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“hotel Ilaria in Lucca - gives a good short term stay”
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Hotel Ilaria
Ranked #3 of 53 Hotels in Lucca
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“hotel Ilaria in Lucca - gives a good short term stay”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

we spent seven days in the hotel Ilaria via del fosso in LUCCA Italy recently. we encountered two managers both of whom were helpful but the first one particularly so. the hotel is worthy of 4*. It is clean and friendly. room service is good and toiletries adequate. the reception staff are particularly friendly and helpful. the hotel is sited inside the old walls and attractions are easy to get to. It is particularly suited to short stay visitors since there is not a full sized lounge and bar. there is TV and some lounge chairs in the vestibule. the hotel supplies free cold snacks and soft drinks and beer throughout the day to residents up to seven in the evening. It is well served by quite a few bus stops for the small buses that can go through the narrow streets - though walking is by far the preferable way to go, these buses are invaluable in getting about the city quickly or when you are tired having walked all day.The room was on the street side and there was no noise whatsoever to disturb sleep. Breakfast is adequate and only scrambled eggs are supplied which are quite rubbery as you would expect from lying in a heater pan. all in all we would recommend the the hotel Ilaria and we would certainly use it again if we return to Lucca..
the city of Lucca itself is ia marvellous city to visit - it is a medieval walled city with many historic buildings. the streets are narrow and paved. many people go about on bikes available for hire. - free from the hotel - there are no tricycles to be hired in Lucca for those unable to use bikes - walking the walls is fabulous. we liked the Puccini.
we have three highlights of our holiday apart from the wonderful historic legacy of the city - these are 1. the opera, 2. the leaning tower in nearby Pisa (3 euros bus fare , half an hour from Lucca) and 3. the performance of a visiting manager of the hotel - he was very big, the ferocity of his coughing endangered the fittings and he sat in the vestibule letting off wind (rear end) with fearsome regularity and terrifying volume- no inhibitions whatsoever.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Very comfortable King bed, check
Great bathroom, check
Towel warmer, check
Breakfast with cappachino and express machines, check
Staff at desk, check
We were in the annex, but not a problem at all. Complimentary Food and beverages available throughout the day.
When I asked about their shampoo, they graciously gave me a few bottles free.
Would I stay again? Absolutely without a doubt... Fabulous hotel!!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Our third visit to Lucca and our second to Hotel Ilaria. Being within the city walls is a great bonus - just wandering around the streets is a great experience.
We were there with a group of friends; we had stayed at the hotel previously and enjoyed it so we returned. it is a lovely hotel with the river running by just outside the gates.
The rooms are spotless and maintained to a high standard (tea making facilities included);
Buffet breakfast on the terrace is a treat and it is wonderful to relax in the early morning sun with a second cup of brilliant coffee!
From around 11.30am cold / hot drinks, nibbles and snacks are available to guests at no extra charge. At around 5pm bottles of fizz are on hand with more nibbles!
The receptionists are most helpful - we wanted to go to Torre del Lucca to the opera and a mini bus was organised for us through the hotel.
There is a 'hot tub' on the terrace and this is just superb to relax in after a hard day's sightseeing in the sun - towels and slippers are provided by the tub and are quickly replenished if they run out.
The new bicycles were a treat and we had several enjoyable rides around the walls and through the city (early!)
Lucca is a beautiful city full of interesting things to do and see; it is also easy to use public transport to get to other places in the locality.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Lafayette, California
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I choose this hotel very quickly, needing a place to stay after a last minute change in plans. The location of the hotel was terrific, within the city walls and on a small street without much traffic. My husband and I enjoyed using the bikes that were included in the room price. All in all, for choosing this hotel with very little research, I was quite happy.

There were a few small issues: Our room was on the same floor as the patio where breakfast was served. In the evening this patio was used for a reception, and there was quite a lot of cigarette smoke wafting down the hall, and we could smell it in our room. While it was not a big enough problem to have complained and gotten our room changed, I do think that if I were going to book a room at this hotel in the future, I'd ask to be located farther away from the patio area.

Comparing our room to the images on the hotel's web site, I think that the room we stayed in was not as nice as what is represented on the web site. In other words, I was disappointed in the overall room quality - just a little shabbier than I expected.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

I was visiting Lucca for my third time and checked the reviews for Hotel Llaria - everything was spot on. What a great location - near the city gate, close to restaurants and Ste Michelle Plaza, the bike shop, wonder dolce. The room was very comfortable - was there four nights and each was better than the last. The elevator is a little small - I'm 6'7" and 230 lbs and with two pieces of luggage, was a little tight, but that is the only negative I could think of.
The desk staff was wonderful - I arrived a little early and they stored my luggage until the room was ready - thank you (was very tired hauling that stuff around, especially through the crowds from the Comic and Game Convention).
The daily breakfast was outstanding - nothing fancy, but great variety and all of it fresh,
Would highly recommend and I will return.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Suffolk, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Stepping into their lovely lobby was a nice welcome to Lucca. Desk staff cheerful, and attentive! Our triple room had everything we needed. Bathroom was all updated and spacious. They have nibbles and refreshments out almost all day. You must take their bikes for a ride around the top of the city wall. Love Lucca and this hotel is close to it all.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Excellent hotel, booked after Tripadvisor reviews and it did not disappoint. Situation very good, close to everything in the old town. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the all day free snack and drinks area especially first afternoon when we arrived having had no lunch. We also appreciated the large umbrella in the room for our use which unfortunately came in handy as we had a lot of rain. The breakfast was great and there was a lot of choice, fresh fruits, yogurts, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to mention a small selection. Staff gave restaurant suggestions. Gli Oltri close by - also good review on Tripadvisor- was excellent with local dishes and quite reasonable in price as well as unfussy with mainly Italian diners. La Drogheria in same street had very good Pizza.

Room Tip: Stayed on first floor with door straight out onto terrace. Would be great especially in fine weather...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ilaria
Address: Via del Fosso 26, 55100, Lucca, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Lucca
#2 Family Hotel in Lucca
#3 Luxury Hotel in Lucca
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ilaria 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ilaria and the Residenza dell'Alba are situated in the center of Lucca, within the renaissance walls. Approaching to a medieval door and overlooking on a secular park, under a majestic plane tree, you will enjoy a spectacular architectonic scenery. Our hotel residenza dell'alba are the ideal place for a moment of charme or for a business meeting in a space of light and green designed by the history. ... more   less 
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