Piccolo Hotel Puccini
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... the air to take silly pictures. Of course, we did the exact same thing. After about 30 minutes of trying to get the perfect shot it was starting to drizzle so we looked at the other two buildings in the piazza which had entrance fees so we didn't do in. One was the Pisa Cathedral and the other was St. John's Baptistry. We were glad we went back for the once in a lifetime ...
... main piazza in the centre of town before carrying on through the town and out through one of the three gates in the walls. We could have walked to the bottom of our road to watch them as they went past, but it was much better seeing them inside Lucca.
It was a curse because the bar we have been using to get on line, (I know, I know it's a tough call having to sit in a bar for a couple of hours), was on a corner where the cars were going past. Now, even ...
... another beautiful meal, the company and the food was only enhanced by the wine and the view!
Don and Cindy, Dar and I managed to walk the rest of the way up the hill to the piazza and reminisce about Grandma Dee hanging her bras and underwear from the shutters in her room over looking the piazza. Not much has changed in this beautiful town. Almost got to see the bride enter the church for her wedding but she ...
... s fault for making some assumptions) we'd ended up turning up to an attraction neither of us were super amped to see. We got some picnic food and headed to the tower to enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass outside. When we arrived we sat down and enjoyed the picnic - Ben admitted he was impressed by it and was glad we had come but was mainly against going because of all the silly tourist photos. After a few photos we jumped into the car and ...
... for which you get a discount. The only disadvantage of this one was that it was not manned so we had to wait. Elsewhere there has been an operator who did it all for us and we cam back late in the day to pick it up. While it was washing we went and picked up tickets for tonight's concert. Lucca is the birthplace of Puccini and it had been suggested that we go to an evening concert. These are held every night in the Church in which he was baptised ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Piccolo Hotel Puccini Lucca
The Hotel Piccolo Puccini is wonderfully located in the heart of the walled city of Lucca and conveniently situated on train and bus lines to enable the first-timer or old hand to see-and-do lots in Northern Tuscany. This is a small, owner-managed property with a convivial staff and a "welcome home" atmosphere. Rooms are comfortable, all en suite and all deliciously warm in off season times. (Not a/c for summer visits, but each room has ceiling fan.) The hotel is close to fabulous dining in all price categories: rely on staff recommendations. The staff will also help with logistical planning for day trips to Florence, Pisa, Volterra, San Gemignano or even further afield. Have returned to this hotel for nine (!) years and love it more each time. Extremely good value for the rates, even with the poor exchange rate, right now, dollars to Euros.
Staff not the greatest
This is a typical 3-star with a good location, and for the money, a good choice. However, we had a very early flight to catch from the Pisa airport, and to our dismay, found the doors to the hotel locked, preventing our departure. (This could be dangerous if there was a fire.) We rang the bell for the night porter and finally he appeared, very grumpy. We had paid the night before, but he still didn't want to let us out until we got angry.
Central, pleasant, reasonable price
This was a very pleasant little 14 room hotel in the heart of the historical center of Lucca. Try to get a room off the street, as the street rooms are a bit noisy with workmen who are restoring Puccini's birthplace just across the street, although even that was not bad. There is no breakfast but plenty a block away. The staff spoke adequate English and were friendly.
Loved Piccolo PUccini
Stayed 3 nights at this pleasant 3* hotel in the center of midieval lucca and an easy 10-minute walk from the train station. All 15 rooms are on the first floor (the floor above ground level). Paolo, the owner, is gracius and had great recommendations for nearby restaurants. Our room with a double bed, tprivate bath/shower, and a safe was spacious and on a corner of the building, one side of which overlook a statue of Puccini in a small square to the rear of the hotel. The hotel is on a side street a few steps down from a large square with several cafes and the interesting triple-tiered San Michele church. We liked the hotel and it happens to be recommended by Fodor's and more interstingly, is starred by the Guyide du Routard for the 4th year in a row.
Loved Piccolo Hotel Puccini!
We loved this quaint hotel in Lucca! It's a perfect location down a small side street, right off the main piazza. The hotel itself is small with only the basic ammenities but was perfect for our 2 night stay in Lucca. Paola and his staff were simply fantastic--drawing out directions to neighboring towns and making dinner and hotel recommendations. Would stay here again if visiting Lucca.
I spend one night here during the end of November 2003. I was quite disappointed. The young day shift manager(owner?) was very friendly, he even gave me a double room for single room rate. but the room was very dark and the bathroom had strong mildew smell. The next morning I left my room early for a walk around the town also for the breakfast, by the time I came back to my room at 9AM, I was surprised that the maid cleaned my room already and took all the one and two dollars euro coins I have unintentionally left next to the TV.
I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2003. Small, with quaint, old fashioned decor. Clean, comfortable room. Quiet, despite being very central - nowhere is very far from the centre in Lucca !! Good range of cafes close by for breakfast.
I booked this hotel on the strength of previous reviews and was not disappointed - Hotel Puccini is comfortable, has plenty of character, is very conveniently located and represents truly excellent value for money. I was in a hurry to catch a train on the early morning I left but the friendly staff made me a large espresso without even having to ask. Highly recommended!
An excellent place to stay
We stayed at this hotel in the first week (6 nights) of June 2003. Its an excellent simple no frills hotel. The staff are helpful and a delight to talk to. Positioned in the centre of Lucca there is no need for a car as everything within the walls is within walking distance. There is a marvellous cafe, Pasquinelli's, just 2 minutes away for a breakfast italian style, although the hotel will make you a cappuccino and provide a croisssant in their reception area for an extra charge, if you prefer. We opted for italian style where there is an enormous range of, savoury and sweet, confectionary to start your day. The coffee is perfect. We will certainly use the Puccini again when we return to Lucca. David and Penny Claridge
Great place, great people. Informed, helpful and always courteous. We will be going back.