We stopped at Il Ilaria e Residenzia during an unplanned stop on a 3 day backroads driving tour of Tuscany. The hotel was beautiful and very conveniently located to the surrounding area. When we arrived, we had a bit of trouble pulling our large sedan into their driveway, but once we got it in, they took care of parking it and positioning it for us when it was time to leave again.
We booked the room on Expedia the night before we checked in and think we ended up getting a fairly significant discount due to the short-notice booking ($98 for a double room that was listed on their website for twice as much).
The only complaint I have about this hotel is that it took 3 phone calls over the course of 4 hours to get them to bring us 2 extra pillows for our bed. Oh yeah, and the bed was pretty darn hard. I had no trouble sleeping on it because I was exhausted, but my husband says he tossed and turned all night long and got a terrible night's sleep.
It should be noted that the in-room wireless internet service was down, but my husband talked to the staff about it and believes they were making a good faith effort to get it repaired (apparently there had been a storm more than a week earlier and the repairman was having trouble diagnosing the problem with its repair).
The breakfast here was the most amazing of all the 3/4 star hotels we've stayed at during our 3 week trip to Italy. There was a great variety of hot and cold food items and the breakfast room was atop the building in a nice garden area.
I would strongly recommend anyone looking for a great hotel experience to stay here!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ilaria Hotel Lucca