Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877
What We Love
- A picturesque stay in a restored palace on the Italian Riviera, with breakfast and a lunchStaying steps from the Mediterranean on the beautiful Italian Riviera
- The gorgeous design throughout this lovingly restored palace
- Hopping on a ferry to visit romantic Portofino or the postcard-worthy Cinque Terre
What To Know
- Roughly a 5-minute walk from the nearest train station
- Be prepared for ringing bells, as early as 7 am, coming from the nearby church
- Free WiFi throughout
It may not get as much attention as the Amalfi Coast or even its French counterpart, but the Italian Riviera – a picturesque stretch of rocky Mediterranean shoreline along northern Italy’s Ligurian coast – provides an equally dreamy setting for a chic European escape. The region’s scenic villages and postcard-worthy beach towns have long lured A-listers, and you can make like one of them yourself with a stay at Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877.
This contemporary TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner occupies a gorgeously restored palace in the exclusive resort town of Rapallo, just steps from the seafront and across from a historic castle. A dusty-pink exterior complemented by mint-green shutters gives way to sleek, avant-garde interiors, boasting designer furnishings, a state-of-the-art spa and a gourmet restaurant. And when you want to explore the rest of the riviera, the nearby ferry can whisk you off to Portofino, Fruttuoso and the incredible Cinque Terre.
Rooms are comfortably appointed, with bold patterned wallpaper, goose-down bedding and sound-proofed walls.
Bright, modern and minimalist, Plinio Riviera Restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine and Ligurian specialties, such as seafood and Genovese pesto. The hearty breakfasts have been praised by previous guests on TripAdvisor.
Plinio Therme Spa is dramatically lit from below with intense ultraviolet and green hues. Here, you’ll find a Finnish sauna, hydromassage pool, thalasso steam bath, Himalayan salt room and relaxation area. The 90-minute Wellness Circuit is not to be missed.
The hotel sits pretty in the exclusive Italian Riviera resort town of Rapallo, just steps from the Mediterranean seafront and across from a historic castle. It’s also close to various beaches, shops and the railway station. From here, you can hop on aferry to visit romantic Portofino (famed for its picture-postcard harbor); Fruttuoso (with its submerged Christ of the Abyss statue offshore) and the colorful Cinque Terre.
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Lovely hotel in a beautiful town. Very clean in all areas, old fashioned styled rooms. Staff were very polite and friendly especially Sorin,nothing seemed to be to much trouble. Very close to the main town and the scenic promenade. If going in a group although the food was excellent we were given a set menu.
To start with I pretty much agree with previous reviews of this hotel. The negative points are that it is definitely a little 'tired' and the rooms would benefit from some TLC. Having said that there is also something rather nostalgic about the hotel; it reminds me of a faded glory and is quite charming. Our standard room was large with a huge comfortable bed and a side view of the sea. The door to the en-suite creaked rather loudly, which made night-time visits a bit noisy, and the shower was pretty poor, with very low pressure, and situated in a whirlpool bath (not tried) which meant the base was sculptured to sit in so a bit awkward to stand in. There endeth the negative lesson.
We had booked this through Secret Escapes and had half-board. The food was wonderful, to put it mildly. The deal gave us a welcome drink, which turned out to be a glass of prosecco at dinner, but we got it at every dinner! Also the 2-course meal advertised was in fact 3-courses, plus garlic pizza bread to nibble on with the prosecco. Wonderful pasta, fabulous meat dishes, great fish, including sea bass baked in salt one night, and superb desserts – the tiramisu was sublime! And breakfast was wonderful, including, as one reviewer has mentioned, the foccacia bread. And the carafe of house wine very nice indeed, and reasonably priced.
The staff also make this hotel a real delight to stay in, especially our waiter Daniel, who was always cheerful, friendly and a really great waiter. The reception staff were very helpful and we managed to park outside the hotel in their marked space. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. The hotel is literally 2 minutes from the harbour, and 5 min from the train station. There's an excellent supermarket about 3 min away which catered for everything we needed.
We had landed at Genova airport and took the Flybus (a short ride every 15 mins) to Sestri Ponente train station. The train to Rapallo took 1 hr 15 mins and is very cheap. The hotel is an easy 5 mins walk from the train station, with a large supermarket located half way and open 24/7.
We had a double room facing the rear of the hotel overlooking the many air conditioning units. Also a church which started ringing its bells every 30 mins from 7.00am each morning! Nice size room but it was dated and a very small bathroom squeezing in a bath. No hair conditioner is provided. Facilities included free wifi, air con, safe, fridge, hairdryer. Only 2 English speaking tv channels: CNN & Euronews. No tea & coffee in the room, but lovely breakfast with omelette cooked to your liking. The hotel restaurant and bar area is nice and modern, with a lovely seating area outside. I understand the food for evening meals is also of high quality, but we would also recommend eating out at Ristorante Nettuno (book in advance) or Vesuvio next to Nettuno on the promenade front. The hotel is located very close to the promenade and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the bay.
Rapallo and the Europa hotel is a convenient central location to easily visit Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli and Sestri Levante by train or ferry.