Hotel Rex is a quiet, clean hotel in a most convenient location. We (couple in our early 60s) arrived in and left Lucca by train (great connections to Pisa and Florence) and the hotel is literally across the street from the station on a quiet piazza. Since we were going to 4 cities in 9 days, my husband and I had small, rolling carry-ons, but the hotel would be convenient for those with more luggage since there is an elevator. Our room was old fashioned, exceptionally clean, with mini-bar, desk, safe and a great bed. The window opened to a small courtyard. The bathroom was very modern (new) with all the amenities, including a hairdryer and heated towel rack. Breakfast was very good, with cereals, yoghurt, meat & cheese, breads, fruit, etc.—not just sweet carbs. Cappucino/espresso made to order. Most importantly, the people were very friendly and helpful. It was nice to be one of only a few guests. I was alone the first night and reluctant to explore a new town in the dark, so the girl at the front desk offered to order me a pizza. She also called to check bus schedules if I decided to take a bus to Pisa. An older gentleman befriended me because I was attempting to speak Italian. Although he did not speak English, we managed to communicate quite nicely by the second day. He loaned us bicycles for a fabulous tour of Lucca, which is literally across the street the other way. We were there for March spring break, which meant great weather and few tourists. The groups of young students were not in Lucca. We ate at a marvelous (but not inexpensive) restaurant in the center of the town called Il Giglio—great food and very friendly waiters. Although there are hotels inside the city walls and there is definitely motor traffic within the walls, I was very happy to be staying just outside the wall and able to explore the town on foot. I wouldn’t want to haul luggage around the narrow streets. Arrival from Pisa Aeroporto is easy. Trains leave the airport approximately every 30 minutes for Pisa Centrale (a very short sprint). There is then a regular train to Lucca. The track is binario 2 ovest, which is a line very close to the station, rather than binario 2 which is further away from the station. Check the partenzas sign, but also ask people (even if you can only say “Lucca?”). Don’t be afraid to use the machines to buy train tickets if there is a line at the ticket counter; there is an English version. Also, be sure to validate your tickets by inserting them in little yellow boxes in the station before you get on a train; if you forget, be sure to contact a conductor. There is a big fine for using an unvalidated ticket. We have great memories of Lucca. Quiet, picturesque and very friendly. Wish we could have spent more than 2 days there. Hotel Rex made it a very homey experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy family-run hotel located 100 meters far from the historic center and 80 meters far from the main railway station, convenient location for easy exploration of the countryside and the coast of Tuscany. Hotel Rex offers a range of services to its customers, such as free Wi-Fi in the entire building and in all rooms, a rich buffet breakfast with sweet and savory dishes, comfort for children and free parking places in front of the hotel. The friendly staff at Hotel Rex is always happy to answer all your questions and give you tips on how to make your stay special in Lucca and at Hotel Rex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rex Hotel Lucca