Piccolo Hotel Puccini
Historical Traveler Reviews The Marks Kirkcudbright
Perfect Home Base for Tuscany Touring
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.
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