We knew our apartment would be good but jaw dropping we were not expecting. DO NOT PASS up staying here. Elegant, old world, luxurious with views everywhere. Although you are in the middle of Lucca once you go through those doors its heaven. We hope to return again and again.
We stayed in this lovely apartment in the historical center of Lucca with our extended family (three adults, one college student, three tweens). The apartment is beautiful and very well-appointed. Views are amazing, and you step right out the door into the heart of historical Lucca. Marina is the most gracious hostess -- kind, accessible, and with great recommendations. Highly recommended; would definitely stay here again. A true gem!
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Absolutely loved it. It's not the cheapest place in town but if you like comfort and fantastic views (from your own tower), it is definitely the place to be.
Part of a group of friends, we were delighted with the location within the city walls and with probably the best views in Lucca. Booking and key handover were very professionally managed.
The property was spacious, clean, elegant (but a bit lived in). The lift is temperamental, I suggest only two people at a time (4 with shopping caused it to stop for 40 mins!!). But note there are a lot of steps.
Overall the furniture and equipment was fine. There is lots of space and the terraces are excellent, but the bathrooms are really only for 2 couples unless you are very friendly!!.
Marina the charming host speaks very good English and was keen to help with any hiccups.
If you like history, walking, eating, sitting on a rooftop terrace with a glass of prossecco and submerging in the ambiance of an old Italian walled city then this is the place for you.
ps you can get almost everywhere in Tuscany from the local bus or train station.
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We arrived to a wonderful welcome from Marina who showed us around the apartment. It certainly has the wow factor! We were a little disappointed that the 3rd bathroom downstairs turned out to be a toilet which you could only pee in and a make shift shower in a separate compartment. We specifically booked this apartment as we were 3 couples sharing and wanted a bathroom each but instead ended up sharing with one couple having to walk through another's bedroom to get to the bathroom! Not ideal with separate couples!
The accommodation is a little tired in places and some of the electricals didn't work for instance the projector screen did not connect with the tv and the ice maker didn't work! Both were reported to Marina but neither were fixed during our stay. Considering the accommodation is sold for 7 people there was only 4 usable chairs on the lower terrace ( and 2 totally rusted fold up chairs) and on the upper terrace 3! Mind you we did have all 6 guests up there once but it isn't really big enough for that number. The kitchen was not brilliantly stocked. There seemed to be loads of plates but few of anything else and nothing matched and the pans were old aluminium ones! Not really deluxe more shabby chic!
Also beware of the lift! Marina did warn us not to have luggage and people in at the same time and that the max is 4 people. We were 2inches from the top when the lift stopped with just 4 people in it! Luckily we had our friends who could raise the alarm when they came in as we pressed the alarm button solidly for 5 minutes and no one came!! It was comedic! The lift guy was AMAZING and arrived within 40 minutes to release us from Monte Catini!! We never used the lifts again!
That's all the negatives but the positives were the excellent location the superb lounge the fact that there was soooo much space that we weren't on top of each other and the views were outstanding! Marina is wonderful and nothing is too much for her. I would recommend the apartment but it's not as delux as I was expecting or promised!