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“A Fantastic Stay in a Wonderful Town”

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Locanda Vigna Ilaria
Ranked #9 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Lucca
Reviewed 10 November 2011

This delightful hotel is located just outside Lucca and was easy to find with ample parking. We were welcomed by the young and very enthusiastic owners who bent over backwards to make us feel welcome. The room was very nice and comfortable with a view of the Tuscan countryside. We arrived in the afternoon tired and hungry, having driven from Milan after our flight from South Texas. Since the restaurant was not open, the owners brought a deligtful, complementary snack to tide us over. The restaurant was wonderful, especially since we were able to sit on the patio. The menu was in Italian and they spoke limited English, so we just told them to serve us the specials of the evening. It must have bneen seafood night as that is what we got - and it was WONDERFUL! Not being big seafood eaters, we were introduced to several items we had not eaten (and might not have ordered) before. Each was a delightful surprise, was attarctivcely served and tasted really good. It was a wonderful experience and a fantastic meal. The breakfast, also on the patio, was more conventional but excellent. We were able to look into the kitchen to see them begin cooking for the day and my wife visited with the owner/chef, who also has a small gourmet shop there, gave her some Italian cookiing tips and sold her some great items to take home. This is not a fancy place but staying here was a wonderful experience which we hope we can repeat. Lucca was a short drive from the hotel. Although the closest parking lot was full, we were able to drive around the perimeter of the walled city and quickly found a good parking place close to one of the gates. We arrived in Lucca on the Friday before the third Sunday of the month, which meant that that Saturday and Sunday one of the largest antique markets in Italy fills the squares and streets of this quaint, walled city. Being antique dealers, we felt like we had arrived in paradise and had a wonderful day. Antiques or not, it you want to enjoy Tuscany at its best, Lucca is the town and the Vigna Ilaria is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We stayed for 2 nights after flying into Pisa. The location is about 10 minutes drive north west of Lucca centre so you really need a car. Rooms are simple but clean and spacious like you find in a B&B back in the UK. However the level of service from the owners, Andrea and Elena, and the quality of the restaurant are simply outstanding. On arrival we ordered a glass of wine and beer to have out in the garden and Andrea insisted it was our complimentary "welcome drink". We had planned a full day sightseeing in Lucca and after our breakfast Andrea insisted in driving us down to Lucca centre where he dropped us off right outside the Tourist Office. He then picked us up at 6 pm exactly as arranged and took us back to the Vigna Ilaria. Both nights we had a wonderful meal in the restaurant and Andrea was very patient in explaining the menu to us. The food and wine were lovely. Breakfast consisted of fruit, bread, cheese and cakes and was a perfect start to the day. One minor quibble - a couple of chairs would have been nice to sit on while we spent short periods in our room. All in all a great place to start our Tuscan holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

This guesthouse is perfect if you are looking for a place to sleep while visiting Lucca. Decent price, clean rooms with good shower. If you sleep here I strongly recommend the restaurant, part of the charme is combo of eating and sleeping in the Locanda.

If you are looking for a big hotel with 24-h roomservice, big TV and lots of facilities this is not your thing. It has only few rooms and is driven by the couple that also runs the restaurant. So lots of personal attention. The owners are very friendly and have passion for their business.

Closeby there is a big fitness/Spa/swimming pool where you can spend a rainy day.

I give 4 stars to the room. To make it five it needs wire gauze and a bigger and more solid bed. The restaurant is absolutely 5.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

At this Hotel you feel like you are staying with friends. It's a very personal experience. The Hotel is a few kilometers outside of the city. But that's no problem. The very kind owner will just take you to the city and even pick you up. Andrea and Elena are very warm and welcoming.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

We spent a superb couple of days staying at Vigna Ilaria, the welcome was fantastic, its a great base for exploring Lucca, and the restaurant is absolutely superb. We spent our first anniversary there and would recommend it to all...

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

We had 2 nights at Vigna Ilaria, with our 19 year old son, and at the end of a 2 week holiday in the Garfagnana valley. It was a wonderful way to end our trip. If you're looking for a Holiday Inn style hotel then this locanda is not for you; however, if you want incredibly friendly and personal service, superb, imaginative food, a convenient position both for Lucca and motorway access, picturesque, rural surroundings and a comfortable, characterful bedroom, then Vigna Ilaria offers you the lot.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

We spent a night at the hotel specifically because of the restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor. The hotel room was very large (a bedroom and a siting room) but it is clear that the owners are focused on the restaurant rather than the accommodation. The room was clean but dated and the bed was comfortable.

The restaurant is the focus of the business and it is excellent. There is an extensive menu and the focus is on locally produced food. We were offered the degustation option which we took. One was a meat option the other a seafood menu. My wife took the seafood menu which was excellent. I the meat option and enjoyed it less because it was largely based on offal (lung, tongue and tripe). All was excellently prepared in traditional form but it was just a bit a stretch for me to enjoy it. That is not to detract in any way from the quality of the food – just a bad choice on my part. I should have realised this was likely and looked a bit closer at the other options. We had a bottle of local wine, recommended by Andrea, produced only a few kilometres away and it was top shelf. The wine list is first rate.

The breakfast served outside on a sunny morning was very good – simple but again made from local products.

It was certainly worth going a little way out of town a we would certainly recommend a visit to the restaurant.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via della Pieve Santo Stefano 967c, 55100, Lucca, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #9 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Lucca
Price Range: £43 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Locanda Vigna Ilaria 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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