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Hotel Da Carlos
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nuova Per Pisa 5901, 55058 Santa Maria del Giudice, Lucca, Italy   |  
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Munich, Germany
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“Great Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We picked this hotel based on its good reviews and its convenient location just 10 minutes from Pisa, Lucca, and the Florence autostrada. It more than met our expectations. The rooms where comfortable and clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The very popular restaurant offered good food and good service for a modest amount of money. The perfect place to end a long day of sightseeing. We were so pleased that we extended our stay to a total of four nights.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This isn't a terrible hotel; room was large and clean, but furnished very ugly and depressingly. Shower had absolutely no pressure - but there was bath so I used it instead. No shampoo and soap (to speak of), bring your own. Horrible breakfast - but, a wonderful pasterria (wish also superb ice cream) about 5 min driving towards Luccia. Location is Ok for both Luccia and Pisa - if you have a car and don't mind tricky road (gps recommended). Ah and you'll have to be VERY careful on existing their lot, as they have several huge garbage cans completely obstructing the view of approaching cars (and many drive really fast).
(I was on a conference trip and thought this hotel was better based on reviews... ah well...)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This review is for the restaurant at this hotel.

Me and my family were on our way from Pisa to Lucca. The road is very beautiful but it was middle August so it was simply too hot! We were driving with open windows despite the air conditioner. So we decided to make a stop and make a refreshing pause. At this moment we were entering Santa Maria del Giudice and we saw this hotel-restaurant. As we entered the restaurant we were welcomed in Italian by a nice young man, whose first question after welcoming us was: how would you like to have your water, with or without gas? Amazing! (Did we look so desperately thirsty?) As he noticed we were not Italians he kindly offered us a menu in English. We ordered three different dishes and they were simply delicious! I mean, eating in Italy is always a pleasure but this food was like home-made (of course Italian home-made!). We'd have ordered more if we knew it was going to be so good! One more point in their favour: the kitchen was almost closing as we arrived due to midday break but they were very kind and waited for our order to be taken, then they closed but we could still eat calmly, without any hurries. I highly recommend it if you want to taste the real Tuscan kitchen in a very nice atmosphere and be kindly treated/served.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The Hotel da Carlos is a little gem of a find and we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay there. We chose the hotel after reading the other reviews and I was initially concerned because we didn’t intend to hire a car while we were there and, instead, wanted to get around by bus. I emailed the hotel beforehand to see if this would be do-able and they gave me assurances that it would be. On the whole, everything worked brilliantly – once we got used to the wacky system of needing to buy a bus ticket at the tobacconists before getting on the bus (you can’t seem to pay the driver!). I will discuss the bus situation in more detail toward the end of my review in case anyone is interested.

The hotel staff were very kind, friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal. Most importantly, the room was spotlessly clean with modern bathroom fittings and everything was in good order. Breakfast takes place in the restaurant where the staff provide lovely coffees and cappuccinos etc. Our room had a balcony although I don’t think all of the rooms have one – something to ask about if this is important to you. The restaurant opens at 8.30pm and we ate there on just one of the evenings because we normally prefer to eat at lunchtime when we are out and about. The food was good - in fact, the restaurant was surprisingly full so it must have a good reputation. The hotel is located on quite a busy road so if your room is at the front some road noise is inevitable. For us, the roadside location was a bonus due to our reliance on public transport so we didn’t feel that this was in any way a problem.

The buses! We were advised by more than one person that the bus service to Florence is much more efficient than the train. To catch the bus to Florence, it is necessary to travel first to Lucca. To do this you need to use the tickets you buy at the tobacconist - or I think you can buy them at the information desk at the airport – remember to ask for Lucca district tickets. You buy them in books of 4 for 3.50 euros or 2 for 2 euros. To catch the bus from the hotel to Lucca you cross the road, turn right and you find there is a fork to the left which leads up to the village square with a war memorial. Its about a 5 minute walk. Once on the bus you push your little ticket into the machine and it gets stamped. You can’t use that ticket again – its for one journey only. When you arrive in Lucca you pull into Piazza Verdi and you need to cross the piazza to go to the office and buy your ticket to Florence. It is best to go for the direct bus as some buses go via Montacatini which is a bit of a windy route and takes half an hour longer. However, if you miss the direct bus its handy to have the Montacatini bus to fall back on – which is what happened to us the first time and which we wouldn’t have realised had it not been for a kind Italian lady! The queue for tickets was quite long (though not unbearable) and some peoples’ transactions seem to take so long you wonder if they are setting up a mortgage rather than simply buying a ticket! Tickets to Florence were 5.20 euros for a single fare. We didn’t realise that we were only buying a single ticket (we don’t speak any Italian!) and, apparently, you can’t buy a return ticket from Florence to Lucca in the Lucca ticket office. Instead, you need to call at the ticket office in Florence when you arrive (which is right beside the drop off point) to buy the ticket back! This is a pain but it’s also a handy opportunity to check the times back for the direct buses. You get the buses back from Bay 1 which is just around the corner. You also need to be mindful of whether or not it is school holiday time as there are little symbols on the timetable indicating whether or not a particular bus is running on this basis. If you are unsure the ticket office will advise on that. Once on the bus, the trip to Florence is very speedy and efficient and takes 1 hour with the journey almost all on the dual carriageway through lovely Tuscan countryside. On the return trip from Lucca to the hotel, don’t be perturbed when the bus shoots past the hotel – it turns around and then terminates in the village square where you got on.

On our trip back to the airport to come home, we were able to catch a bus from the bus stop conveniently situated opposite the hotel – a no. 54 bus. I assume therefore that you can catch the bus from the airport to Santa Maria Guidice (the village where the hotel is located) which I believe is a 53 bus. Once again, the information desk at the airport will be able to help with this. Final comment re: buses – they don’t seem to operate on Sundays which would have been very disappointing for us had the hotel staff not kindly offered to give us a lift to Lucca and collect us at an agreed time later in the day. We were obviously very happy to pay them for this service.

Now that we have all of this sussed, we will be able to hit the ground running the next time we visit. And I’m pretty sure there will be a next time as this is such a pleasant place to stay and we enjoyed it all so much. While we were there, we managed a brief visit to the leaning tower which I thought was well worthwhile. We also spent one and a half days in Florence (an indescribably beautiful and fantastic city!) to see the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella church and Santa Croce church. I happen to be an art history student so this was incredibly exciting if not essential for me! We also spent a wonderful day in Lucca which is well worth a visit. It is the most beautiful walled town (also the birthplace of Puccini) it is possible to walk all the way around the walls which are as wide as a road. This takes approx 1 to 1 ½ hours to complete. There are also lovely buildings and piazzas plus the beautiful oval piazza which was once the roman amphitheatre and where you can have a lazy lunch and people watch.

This was our first visit to Tuscany and it was absolutely perfect – I really hope we go back and, if we do, we will definitely stay at Hotel da Carlos.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Difficult to explain why this little hotel feels so special to so many people from so many different countries but after reading some of the previously written reviews it soon becomes obvious that this "special" feeling is something many of us share. The review of fellow-guests the "mccleans"made me smile because we, too originally booked a short stay (3 nights) and ended up staying 9 days. We couldn't tear ourselves away and will most certainly be returning. Madlyn's review mentions the "personal" touch and perhaps this is the key to the magic of Da Carlos ! We drove out of Pisa airport after midnight (so definitely a late arrival) and promptly got lost. After many phone-calls (and about an hour later) we were rescued. Imagine any other hotel sending someone out at 1am to escort guests back to the hotel ! It was especially embarrassing the next day to find how simple the journey should have been ... and how short. Our hapless arrival was not held against us. Quite the contrary . Da Carlos is a very special place and we are already looking forward to our next visit. Thank you all so much !

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

We found this hotel by accident at the end of a 10 day trip to Tuscany. Thought we'd just stay a night but enjoyed it so stayed for two. Really comfortable, excellent room with a great view, great friendly staff. Genuine people who care. I'd been mosquito bitten in every hotel we'd stayed in Tuscany. I looked like Frankenstein meets Elephant man (badly bitten on face) This was first hotel who had a Vape magic in the room, worked like a charm, why can't all Italian hotels have these? Truthfully the first decent sleep I'd had in Italy (despite being close to a main road) Comfortable room with all amenities. We stayed extra night here instead of booking a hotel in Pisa itself. Freshly baked warm biscuits was surprise at breakfast. Yummy.
Its situated between Pisa and Lucca so a great base for exploring both. Excellent value for money.
Highly recommended, we'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Our traveling party found this hotel to be surprisingly special. We were trying to visit Lucca but found the hotels closest to to city expensive and/or unavailable. The Da Carlos is 15 minutes out of Lucca so there was not a problem with a car. First, we were struck with the personal feeling of the hotel personnel. When we called for reservations, they didn't even want our credit card information, only a request to call if we were planning on coming after 4 PM so they would continue to hold the room. When we got there, they were quick to try to help in any way they could. It felt like they actually enjoyed conversing with the guests and getting to know them. It felt more like a B&B in attitude than a traditional hotel. The rooms were comfortable and immaculate and we were able to get a good night's sleep. Breakfast was plentiful and the outdoor seating area was very pleasant. This is a wonderful,comfortable economical place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Nuova Per Pisa 5901, 55058 Santa Maria del Giudice, Lucca, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca > Santa Maria del Giudice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Santa Maria del Giudice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Da Carlos 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel da Carlos is situaed on the slopes of the lucchesi hills. It's only a few Km away from Pisa and Lucca. The city is rich of architetural and historical evidence where a passionate tourist will find master pieces of medieval art, renaissance and more. Near the sea and mountains, the hotel is in a strategic position. It is possibile to visit in just a few minutes by car, the most beautiful places in Tuscany: Lucca, Viareggio,Forte dei Marmi,Volterra,Firenze, Siena, Pisa .......and more. Our Hotel is furnished with all the comfort necessary for our tourists to spend a relaxing stay in the beautiful countryside of Lucca. Offers large and comfortable rooms, we will make you feel at home with our family management and friendly atmosphere. A room well furnished and cozy is the best way to start a vacation And have private bathrooms, telephone with a direct line, air conditioning, minibar, free Wi-Fi and television. Our staff is always at your complete disposal. ... more   less 
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