Excelsior Palace Portofino Coast - Rapallo

Liguria, Rapallo

  • Splendid coastal location just five minutes from Rapallo
  • Beautifully decorated with old-style elegance blended with modern-day comforts

Bordered by the sparkling Mediterranean, the luxurious Excelsior Palace Hotel enjoys one of the most splendid locations on the Italian Riviera, just five minutes from Rapallo. The pretty marina of Rapallo can be seen from one side, and from the other there are views of Portofino Bay. The Excelsior Palace Hotel has been restored to its original turn-of-the-century splendour to beautifully combine in its interiors an old-style elegance with modern comforts. The guest rooms are beautifully decorated with fresh colours inspired by the surrounding region.

The hotel boasts two fine restaurants; the refined Restaurant Lord Byron, spilling onto a panoramic terrace, and the Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, a lovely setting for a casual lunch or romantic al fresco dinner during the summer months. With its maritime décor, the smart Yachting Bar provides a relaxing atmosphere throughout the day in which to enjoy that morning coffee and retire to after dinner. Choose from a selection of treatments available at the Beauty Farm & Fitness Centre, complete with portholes and relaxing sea views, or spend the days lingering beside the two outdoor infinity pools and bathing platform (normally in use June - September) accessible by a private footbridge over a coastal road.

The hotel has 123 rooms (official rating 5 star) Child prices apply to ages 2-12 years. This hotel is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.


Bars & Restaurants

Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening.

Admire the stunning sea views from the terrace of the Eden Roc seaside restaurant. During the day Eden Roc is the port of call for refreshing buffet lunches for those enjoying the pool, while in the evening it becomes cosier and transforms itself into a romantic venue for candlelight dinners.

Lunch Summer: 12.30pm - 2.30pm a small A La Carte menu and pizza  from 2:30pm - 5:30pm In July & August

Dinner Summer: 7.30pm - 11:00pm. On Thursdays buffet dinner. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays. (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

The Sporting Bar

An informal bar located by the pool serving refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Open 10:30am - 7pm  (open seasonally)

The Yacthing Bar

This warm and welcoming bar offers an elegant setting for a cocktail or after dinner drink. In the summer, choose to take it on the terrace where you can enjoy the sea views.

Open 10.30am - 1am

Lord Byron Restaurant

Included With: Bed & Breakfast, Half Board

Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers during the evening.

The restaurant's gracious setting, spilling onto the terrace, allows it to offer a blend of tradition, refinement and creative culinary skill. Impeccable service is perfectly combined with spectaular views and delicious cuisine.

Summer: 7:30am - 10:30am & 7.30pm - 10pm (Closed Sundays, Thursdays & Mondays)

Winter: 7am - 10.30am, 12.30pm - 2.30pm and 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Beach & Pools

Beach Club With Infinity Pools

Open from June to September, the Beach Club offers two outdoor infinity pools, one featuring six whirlpool loungers and a floating pool. One swimming pool is heated.

Guests will also have access to a Restaurant, cabanas, and a jetty where they can start their excursions along the coast.


On-site parking is available free of charge (subject to availability) and a garage is available for a charge of approximately €20 per day.

About the location
Holidays to Rapallo take you to the beautiful Italian Riviera, also known as Liguria, and offer couples an eclectic mix of inviting beaches and proud historic buildings and museums set on cosy cobbled streets. There are artisan shops and an excellent range of cafés, bars and romantic restaurants, ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves in local cuisine.

Take to the palm lined seafront promenade, the Lungomare Vittorio Veneto, and follow in the footsteps of the brilliant but troubled American poet Ezra Pound. Feel the spirit of his friend Ernest Hemmingway and the many other distinguished figures who visited or called Rapallo home.

Stop and take a moment to admire the pretty Art Nouveau buildings with their distinctive splashes of colour – terracotta, mustard and pink – then linger for a while on one of the many benches and watch the world go past.

At the eastern end of the promenade is the Castello sul Mare – the Castle on the Sea – built in 1550 to defend against pirate attack. This powerful symbol of the city of Rapallo, is used for cultural and artistic events and exhibitions.
Transfer Time
The hotel is 45 minutes from Genoa airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
Superior Double Partial Sea View Room

Max 2 Adults

Superior rooms have been recently renovated to create bright spaces that are positioned to offer a partial views of the Rapallo bay.

Size: approx. 22m²

Exclusive Front Sea View Balcony Room

Max 3 Adults

Exclusive Front Sea View Rooms enjoy views over the gulf of Portofino or Rapallo bay from the balcony. These rooms can interconnect with Superior rooms, Junior Suite and Suites (on request and subject to availability)

Size: approx. 28m²

Deluxe Suite Sea View Balcony

Max 2 Adults

Deluxe Suites enjoy a privileged position with lovely front views over the Gulf of Portofino. They’re elegantly decorated with antique furniture, authentic paintings and the exquisite sea views are unforgettable. 
They are available on request, please call to book.

Size: approx. 50m²

Classic Suite Sea View Balcony

Max 2 Adults

Classic Suites have views over the Gulf of Portofino or the Rapallo bay, a furnished terrace or balcony, spacious bedroom and a bright living area decorated with elegant antique pieces. Suites are available on request, please call to book.

Size: approx. 50m²

Junior Suite Sea View

Max 3 Adults

Junior Suites have been recently redecorated and offer a sweeping view over the sea, most with a view of the Gulf of Portofino. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. These rooms have the possibility to interconnect with an Exclusive room.

Size: approx. 50m².

Free Night Offer

1 Free night for stays between 7 and 13 nights completed between 01 April - 04 November 2023 not valid on Superior Room. 

2 Free nights for stays of 14 nights or more completed between 01 April - 04 November 2023.

January and February Sale - Exclusive to Citalia!

Hotel credit of 80 Euros per room per stay to be used in the hotel's restaurants and bars.

This offer is valid for stays of 3 nights or more between 01 April - 04 November 2023 booked by 28 February 2023.


The credit is not valid for clients staying on Half or Full board basis or on room service.

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Beautiful grounds and exceptional views
Suzan R, Palm City, Florida
Tripadvisor review Dec 14 2022
The location and exterior of this hotel is magnificent but the interior is a little tired but well maintained. We walked to town but the most challenging was the hillside to get from the street to...
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Oh my gosh! Magical
Oshiveli1, Kiryat Shmona, Israel
Tripadvisor review Dec 05 2022
We stumbled on this hotel by accident and couldn’t believe our luck. Gorgeous views, heated pool, amazing service,right down to heated towels. They were just decorating for Christmas. The hotel is...
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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist

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What our customers think

We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist