Spent a week at the Alla Dimora Lucense. It is situated in the heart of Lucca just around the corner from the Chiesa di San Frediano and the Piazza del Anfiteatro. The bus station is a 10 minute stroll away and the train station is accessible in 15 minutes on foot. It is an affittacamere rather than a hotel but apart from the facts that there are only 7 rooms (named after locations in Lucca rather than numbered) and that there is not 24 hour reception service (the reception is not covered overnight), it seemed like a 3* plus hotel. We were given our own keys to access the property when the reception was closed.
We stayed in the "Piazza della Colonna Mozza" which was a spacious double room on the 2nd floor looking on to the narrow street. We had a view of the campanile of San Frediano. The room was simply but artfully decorated, with ample storage and with modern ensuite facilities. In fact, it seemed that a careful artistic touch was used in the coordinated decor of the property. The place was spotlessly clean, the staff always welcoming, friendly and helpful. The services were those expected in a hotel - daily room cleaning, linen and towel changes. We even got little chocolates left at the bedside every evening.
Our stay there was almost without fault. The only problem really was due to the location. The bells of that majestic campanile seen from our window pealed with regularity every morning between 7:00 and 7:30. Great if you forgot to pack that travel clock, not so great for a little morning snooze.
Lucca itself is a beautiful and gentille city. It is busy during the daytime with day tourists but becomes much quieter during the evening when it is possible to stroll the famous piazzas in solitude.
There are many places to dine locally but I can recommend Trattoria Gigi, piazza del Carmine and Da Francesco, corte Portici, both offering delicious, traditional Lucchese cuisine in a relaxed, familial setting at very reasonable prices. For lunch, the best pizzas are at Pizzeria Rusticanella 2, via San Paolino. They also offer a superb value 2 course lunch for 7.50€. I enjoyed superb antipasti and pasta at Ristorante da Guido, via Cesare Battisti but their main meat dishes were sometimes excellent and at other times disappointing but still at very reasonable prices.
Lucca is a beautiful, relaxing city, la cucina lucchese delicious and the Alla Dimora Lucense a great place to stay.
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