Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa

Liguria, Rapallo

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  • Located 1.5 km from Rapallo, just 150m from the Mediterranean Sea
  • An elegant property with fantastic facilities including an excellent restaurant

Dating back to 1908, the much loved Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa is characterised by an elegant Liberty façade, crowned by large domes and set amongst camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Located one kilometre from Rapallo, the Grand Hotel Bristol's elegance and style is accompanied by a wonderful position just 150 metres from the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Enchanting views over the Bay of Rapallo and Portofino can be admired from the lovely guest rooms and pool (normally in use mid May - mid September).

The hotel's spa and wellness area overlooks the enchanting Tigullio Gulf and Portofino's Promontory and welcomes guests with a fully equipped fitness area, sauna, hammam, and Jacuzzi. The hotel's à la carte rooftop Restaurant Le Cupole serves excellent cuisine and, weather permitting, you can experience elegant al fresco dining on its terrace. With its splendid location on the Italian Riviera, including great accommodation and the scenic walk to and from the town centre, the Grand Hotel Bristol is an excellent choice for your Ligurian hideaway.

The hotel has 80 rooms (official rating 4 star) Citalia does not accept children at this hotel, however this is not an adult-only property. This hotel is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. 



Bars & Restaurants

Bar Le Vie Della Seta

The stylish lounge bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cocktail.

The Bristol Bistrot restaurant offers traditional local cuisine over beautiful views of the Gulf from its panoramic terrace in a more informal setting. 

Included With: Bed & Breakfast and when choosing the Bristol Bistrot Half Board.

La Cupole Restaurant

Included With: Bed & Breakfast and when choosing the Le Cupole Half Board.

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

The hotel's à la carte restaurant, located on the 6th floor, enjoying breathtaking views of the Portofino Promontory. La Cupole is serving traditional Ligurian cuisine as well as international dishes and weather permitting, offers an elegant dining on the roof terrace.

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pool

The pool is normally in use from mid May to mid September and a pool bar is open from June to September serving light snacks.

Spa & Wellness

Wellness Area

The hotel's wellness area has a Turkish bath, Sauna, Mediterranean bath, Emotional showers, Whirlpool and relax zones. Massages and Treatments are payable locally. 

Entry fee for Spa/Wellness area is €24,00 per person per day.


Parking is available and payable locally (approx. €15 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 1 hour and 45 minutes from Pisa airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
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Double Prestige Side Sea View French Balcony

Max 2 Adults

The Prestige rooms are elegantly furnished and offer side sea views. 

Size: 22m²

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Double Deluxe Sea View French Balcony

Max 2 Adults

Deluxe Rooms offer more space and sea views from the french balcony.

Size: 22m²

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Double Deluxe Panoramic Sea View French Balcony

Max 2 Adults

Double Deluxe Panoramic are situated on the 3rd floor, are decorated with rich fabrics and enjoy lovely wide sea views from the french balcony.

Size: 22m²

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Small luxury hotel that deserves the name

petermZ5330TV, Boston, Massachusetts

Tripadvisor review Sep 25 2023
This is an excellent hotel and we enjoyed a lovely week’s stay. The facilities are first class . We stayed in a sea view Room which was a good size and had a wonderful view of the gulf. Breakfast has...
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The grand hotel certainly lived up to its name

Graham D,

Tripadvisor review Sep 13 2023
Everything about the hotel is focused on making the guests feel welcome and special. The rooms and facilities are all first class. The breakfasts and dinners on the veranda were fantastic and the...
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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