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Excelsior Palace


Good for Couples

  • Located on the Italian Riviera, with panoramic coastal views
  • Five star restaurants offering traditional Mediterranean dishes
  • An impressive Beach Club with infinity pools and Jacuzzis
  • Elegant décor throughout, with touches of 19th Century opulence

Facing across the bay of Rapallo, this magnificently restored 19th Century palace is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. A seamless balance of elegance and comfort is maintained throughout the hotel and the experience is topped off with fantastic views of the Gulf of Tigullio.

Whether you want to keep fit or chill out on your holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to do so – recline by the vast infinity pool or work out in the gym. 5-star bars and restaurants are at your disposal and the stunning town of Portofino is only a short walk away. All rooms at Excelsior Palace have sea views and the majority include balconies. For a truly luxurious experience, stay in the Deluxe Suite and enjoy a moment of bliss in the terrace’s whirlpool.

Excelsior Palace has 123 rooms. Hotel child prices apply to guests aged 2–12 years. Excelsior Palace in not suitable for guests with limited mobility.



Bars & Restaurants

Lord Byron Restaurant

This graciously decorated restaurant is the perfect setting for a sumptuous evening meal; be sure to indulge in the fantastic dessert menu. Come back for a buffet breakfast and gaze upon the Mediterranean Sea from the outdoor terrace. 

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

The Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant

For a romantic and relaxed dinner, opt for this seaside restaurant. Choose the à la carte menu and unwind with a glass of fine Italian wine. There is live music at the weekend, a perfect accompaniment to your evening. A buffet is available on Thursdays and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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

After your evening meal, sit back and relax with a well deserved pint at The Sporting Bar. Stop by in the daytime for snacks, perfect for if you get peckish after a dip in the pool. 

Open: 10.30 – 19:00 in Summer, 10.00 – 17.00 Saturdays and Sundays in Winter.

Thursdays open from 21:00 – 23:00 with live music near the pool.

The Yachting Bar

Adorned with marine memorabilia, The Yachting Bar is an ideal spot for early evening aperitifs. Sit out on the terrace and sip on a fruity cocktail that matches the colour of the sunset. 

Open: 10:00 – 01:00.

Beach & Pools

The Beach Club

Your stay at Excelsior Palace will give you full access to The Beach Club. Boasting two large outdoor infinity pools, one is equipped with six whirlpool loungers and is perfect when you want a moment of relaxation. Each pool offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Spa & Wellness


Take an afternoon to treat yourself to a soothing massage at the hotel’s spa. Enjoy a range of face and body treatments and be thoroughly pampered by expert therapists.


The hotel’s gym is equipped with state of the art machines, an indoor pool and a range of tailor made fitness classes. No matter how you choose to keep active at the Excelsior Palace’s gym, you’ll be able to do it with spectacular views of the sea.

About the Location

Situated on the glorious Italian Riviera, Rapallo is an upmarket town where luxury comes as standard. This former fishing village overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and offers a lively port, traditional terracotta buildings and a historic castle with views over the sparkling ocean.

Spend your days exploring the lanes and soaking in the history of the architecture. Take the cable car up the hill and admire the views, or enjoy the hiking and mountain biking trails. When it comes to dining you’ll find a wide selection of excellent restaurants which cater to the upmarket crowds who return here year after year.

Transfer time
Excelsior Palace is a 45 minute drive from Genoa Airport.
Classic Suite Sea View Balcony

Max 3 adults

Classic Suite Sea View Balcony measure approximately 50m² and feature a view of either the Gulf of Portofino or Rapello Bay. They have a spacious bedroom and bright living area. They feature furnished balconies on which to relax and enjoy the views.


Deluxe Suite Sea View & Balcony

Max 2 adults

Deluxe Suite Sea View & Balcony measure approximately 60m² with superb views of the Portfino Coast and Rapallo Marina. They feature antique furniture with authentic prints and paintings and a terrace with a whirlpool.


Exclusive Front Sea View Balcony

Max 3 adults

Exclusive Front Sea View Balcony rooms are elegantly designed and measure approximately 28m² with views from the balcony of either the Gulf of Portofino or Rapallo Bay.


Junior Suite Sea View Veranda

Max 3 adults

Junior Suite Sea View Veranda measure approximately 50m² and feature a view of either the Gulf of Portofino or Rapello Bay.


Superior Double Partial Sea View

Max 3 adults

Superior Double Partial Sea View rooms measure approximately 22m² and are comfortably furnished with some rooms featuring a small balcony whilst others have a slightly more spacious interior.


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Excellent hotel with amazing views
Alex J,
Tripadvisor review Sep 26 2021
We had a great stay at the Excelsior Palace Hotel. The room was very big by Italian standards with a lovely view over Rapallo Bay. It was clean and we felt the hotel was dealing with the pandemic...
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Not the best
C J, New York City, New York
Tripadvisor review Aug 23 2021
Beware if you are a Black traveler! The shocked & silent indignation of being Black travelers that we received at this hotel was unacceptable. When we arrived the stares received from the guests and...
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