The reviews all seem to be right: this is a simple, average Italian hotel. From the moment you step into the building, you are transported to another century (and, per the comments of my friend who traveled with me, to your "grandmothers spare bedroom"). The decor is dated, kitsch, almost nostalgic, and about what one could expect from a budget Italian hotel. On a positive note, the hotel is rather clean and provides free parking for its guests. The location couldn't be better, as it is located only a few hundred meters from the city walls on a quiet street. Although I would have preferred to stay within the walls of Lucca, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful architecture outside of the center- Lucca's population is concentrated in the center and luckily there is little of the ugly 1960s and 1970s apartments blocks that are found in other Italian cities. The manager of the building was also quite friendly, although he did not make any effort to speak English when he realized that one of his guests wasn't Italian. Our room had one small tv, two modest beds, a desk, mirror, and everything else one would expect. The heating was central throughout the entire building and it was a bit cold. Our bathroom was private but not connected to our room. We had to cross the hallway every time we needed to use it! I actually think I would stay here again, because the price is right and I was more than comfortable for one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new management of the Hotel Stipino, situated a few meters outside the ancient wall of the old town of Lucca, has completely renovated the hotel in April 2015, creating modernity and shininess in a structure known for years, using new and fresh fabrics and wood flooring. 20 different types of rooms are available to the customers, free WiFi throughout the hotel, ample free parking and the possibility of renting bicycles and transfer. ... more less
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