We kicked off our trip to Italy in Rapallo and stayed at the BW Tigullio Royal. We didn't book tours or anything ahead of time because we weren't sure what the weather would be, so we arrived with a blank slate. Rapallo is a summer getaway town, much like the Hamptons in NY. We arrived in the 'off season' (end of October), which was perfect because we didn't have to deal with large crowds and we were able to comfortably walk around and explore.
We found this hotel here on tripadvisor and booked through the Best Western website directly. Staff was amazing! Luca, Andrew and Isabella made our stay in Rapallo great! They helped us book a cool guided tour of Cinque Terra as well as assisted us in booking tennis courts, which are near by and beautiful. They all spoke fluent English, which made our life easy. They also made some good recommendations for restaurants (all within walking distance). If you guys are reading this review, we'd like to say thank you for a great stay!!!
Good to knows:
- The location is perfect, central to everything.
- Parking available directly across the street, 12Euros/day through the hotel.
- Our room was small but modern, we had a super view of the town and the water, really pretty in the morning. Also had a balcony.
- Breakfast is 4Euro/per day, per person. Its one of the best breakfast buffets you will find! Excellent food and coffee and the wait staff is also great!. (I see people complaining about paying for breakfast, don't listen to them, its worth 20Euro easily)
- You will be very close to Portofino, maybe a 10 min drive on the coast. It's small but nice to visit and eat.
- If you play tennis, there are really nice red clay courts 5-10 mins drive away depending on traffic, they also have night lights (but those drive the cost up so, play during the day)
-You can take the train from Rapallo to Cinque Terra - it's about a 30 min trip. We did a guided tour, which was interesting, but honestly you're better off just venturing out yourself and walking around... the 5 towns are not very different from each other, they are cool and worth a visit though. less