Plaza Lucchesi Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPlaza Lucchesi Hotel Florence
The Plaza Lucchesi is the perfect hotel for anyone visiting Florence. The front of the hotel faces the Arno River, the back of it overlooks Giotto's Bell Tower and the Duomo. We were blessed enough to be given a room on the fourth floor, overlooking Giotto's Bell Tower and the Duomo. The view was so fantastic, that it looked as if you could reach off of our balcony and touch the dome of the Duomo or the peak of Giotto's Bell Tower.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Plaza Lucchesi Hotel Florence
We stayed at the Palza Lucchesi Hotel in Florence , it was wonderful , full of grace , very stylish italian, right on the river banks of the Arno river ,a few steps from the Fabled Ponte Vecchio . From your room you have some exquisite views oft eh city of Florence . A true enchantment . You may see this hotel at a website called ...
An excellent hotel and staff
I stayed in Plaza Hotel Lucchesi twice in 2002. I spent five days there in July, and enjoyed it so much I returned to Florence for a second five day (arty) visit in October! It is worth paying extra for a superior room - my view on the second occasion was over the Santa Croce Church and towards the Duomo - a fantastic view. Hotel location is excellent, beside the Arno, but it is a little further from the Santa Maria Novella Station if you are travelling. Hotel staff are very nice people - Eg : during an 8hr transportation strike on my day of departure, they were able to help with alternative travel arrangement as all trains to Pisa airport were off! They can also book dinner for you, or arrange side trips or visits to the Uffizi or Accademia. Have a good holiday In Florence!
View from room was great (overlooking the arno river). The room was just OK...for a 4 star hotel. I tend to judge a hotel by it's cleanliness and the lobby of this hotel really smells of smoke. The staff was very good, the breakfast was very good.
Room with a view
I recently stayed three delightful days at the Hotel Plaza Lucchesi. My "superior" single room was spacious and beautifully decorated, but best of all was the private terrace with a splendid view over the rooftops of Florence. I had the advantage of a promotional rate which made the hotel a very good value. The staff were courteous, helpful, and attentive. Indeed, this was one of my best experiences in many years of travel. Highly recommended!
Great value for a true 4 star
Stayed in the Plaza Lucchesi for 4 nights in March 2003. This was an excellent 4 star hotel with very large rooms (both of ours overlooked the river). Staff was very helpful. Paid less than 190 Euros per room per night, which was comparable to much less luxurious 3 star hotels in Rome and Venice on the same trip. Definitely recommend this hotel, especially at a price like we paid.
Wonderful staff and location
We spent 4 nights here in March, with our 3 children. Our two rooms connected and were excellant for what we needed. Beds were perfectly fine. rooms were beautiful, clean and larger than we expected. We had a wonderful view of river, and yes, we heard the traffic, but only when we left our windows open, and not so much that we couldnt sleep with them open. The staff was incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive. Nearby recommended restaurants were wonderful. The location was great, easily able to walk to sights. Breakfast good. We would love to stay here again.
We spent three nights at the Plaza Lucchesi in February. Perhaps because of fewer travelers due to the war scare or perhaps because we e-mailed ahead of time asking that our bathroom have a tub, we were upgraded to a wonderful two-level suite for our 199 euro charge. It had a half bath downstairs and a full bath with tub in the upstairs bedroom. It also had a wonderful view overlooking the Arno. (The view does come with the annoyance of traffic noise from the motorini. However, the double-glazed windows minimized the noise except when we opened them to let in some cool air.) Unlike one of the previous reviewers, our room was clean and well kept and the bed was fine. We also were satisfied with the breakfast (although we could do without the Italian practice of sweetening croissants). One reason was that we discovered that, although not on the buffet, we could have eggs and bacon simply by asking for them. The desk clerk whose name I think was Roberta recommended three different restaurants close by, all of which were excellent. All in all, a pleasant hotel.
Awesome Location, Great Staff
We spent five nights at the Hotel Plaza Lucchesi (2/19/03 - 2/24/03) and had a terrific time. The Hotel staff was terrific (especially the night concierge, Michael). The single best reason for staying is to get a lovely room right on the River Arno, overlooking the Piazza Michelangelo, San Miniato on the Hill, Fort Belvedere, and the Porto San Niccolo. When we "threw open the shutters and windows" on the afternoon of our arrival, we just looked at each other and grinned! We KNEW we were in Florence--no doubt about it. Beautiful views of all of the above--incredible sunrises and sunsets on the river and hills, warm, sunny southern location. While on the eastern "outskirts" of traditional tourist areas, the hotel was very close to everything. The furthest we had to walk was about 20-30 minutes at a leisurely pace to get to Santa Maria Novella. Now, that is about ALL that made this hotel great. The complimentary breakfast was at best uninspired and mediocre. The coffee was horrid (a sin in Italy). The bed was in terrible condition, sagged every way a bed could sag. Linens smelled odd, and room was so smoky (non-smoking room doesn't mean much in the smokestack environment of Italy) that my asthma was going beserk. We could barely breathe and had to sleep with window open and heat blasting (it was quite cold at night) to make it through the evening. Showers were designed by a moron--there is only a small partial door across the tub, so whenever you shower, the bathroom was flooded (no kidding). Bathroom had adequate amenities (hairdryer, toilet, bidet, tub/shower). Rooms have NO soundproofing. We heard everything that everyone next to us and above us did--and I truly mean everything (using the bathroom, bathing, opening doors, drawers, windows, etc.). Had we not been so exhausted and come with a terrific supply of sleeping pills from my doctor who had been there before, we would have been completely unable to handle the smoke and noise.Would we stay at Lucchesi again--very likely. We saw very few reasonably priced hotels (and we got our rooms at the Lucchesi for a terrific $120/night through a great tour packager) with better environment and location. We would probably pack a small fan next time (to suck smoke out of room and into the night) and would have to have the ear plugs and sleeping pills again.
This Place is Great
I recommend this place. It doesn't appear in any of the guidebooks I bought but a travel agent recommended this place. I would categorize it as a 4+ star. It cost about 220 Euros (double room) in early January. It's well worth it. Our travel agent gave us a good deal and we got our 5th night free so our ave cost was much less.
The rooms are clean and large. We were lucky enough to get a terrace overlooking the Arno river. Very romantic.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The free breakfast was very mediocre but we didn't eat much since we were saving our appetites for the wonderful lunches and dinners we had in Florence (check out Il Pizzaleou for the best pizza)
Overpriced and Obnoxious concierge
I stayed in Plaza Hotel Lucchesi with my family 08/21/02-8/25/02 Suite room was beautiful, clean and good location, breakfast okay.
Front desk woman - Barbara was exceptally sweet, smiley and helpful, however a guy -a day time concierge was oppisite -Obnoxious and with constantly frown face. On my departure he completely spolied our stay, he stopped bellboy from loading our lugguge in taxi and send him to check if we did not steel $1 electicity adapter, which he brought down to him. Paying $400 a night I thought his behavor was rude and outragesly impolite. Next time i would not stay at this hotel for this money.
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