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
An elegant hotel in the exclusive resort town of Rapallo, steps from the Mediterranean Sea
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.