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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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Sacramento, California
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“What a great stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

We loved it at Hotel Da Carlos. Great prices, great people, and great views. The beds were comfortable the restaurant was great. We got the chance to meet Carlos and he was very kind and welcoming. If you ever get a chance to come to Lucca please stay here. My girlfriend and I truly enjoyed it.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

My wife and I stayed 5 nights at this excellent hotel. Beautiful views of the Tuscan Hills, it is located a couple of miles outside the not to be missed City of Lucca.

Eduardo and his sister Carlotta are excellent hosts, offering knowledgeable tips on places to go, their best tip being the town of Volterra.

They are both so very helpful and extremely friendly but not " in your face ".

I would thoroughly recommend Hotel Da Carlos.

One day we'll return to Tuscany and when we do, Hotel Da Carlos is where we will definitely stay.

Rod, Ascot, Berkshire, U.K.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

Lovely and very cozy Hotel. Perfect position between Pisa and Lucca ( an adorable city), very quite and peaceful. The bedrooms were very nice, not very big, but very comfortable modern and most of all very clean. We had a great view of the green hills around the hotel. They have a very big parking (free) and centre wireless (free). Inside the hotel there is the restaurant but I understood that hotel and restaurant have two different management, anyway the restaurant was excellent!
The hotel was very very comfortable and mainly welcoming. It's a family hotel and all the people that work there were so nice, willing to help at any time and most of all very very kind. Very nice to hotel to stay both with family or friends.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

My husband and I spent three nights at Hotel da Luca in July 2010. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our room was spacious and spotless. The A/C worked although we didn't really need it because the outside temperature was comfortable.
Carlota and Eduardo were very helpful offering us tips on what to visit and how to get there. They even printed the train schedules to Florence. They were also very friendly and we really enjoyed talkin to them. They happily responded to any questions we asked.
The hotel is conveniently located just outside Lucca. We visited Lucca, Volterra and Florence. We never made it to Pisa because it was raining really hard on the one day we were going to Pisa.
You absolutely need a GPS if you're going to be driving in Italy. Maps just don't cut it; you'll end up lost.
The hotel restaurant was very good. We ended up eating in the restaurant all three nights. We never even asked for a menu; we simply asked our waitress what she suggested and we were never disappointed. Be sure to try the tagliatelle with tomato sauce. The presentation alone is unbelievable: flambéed parmesan cheese which gets scraped down (in the Parmesan cheese wheel) and added to the pasta. Very tasty. The antipasto buffet was delicious. There was a good variety of vegetables, prosciutto and fish. Monday nights are fish/seafood night. We enjoyed a seafood ravioli and spaghetti with seafood; both were excellent. A complete meal including Prosecco, antipasto, bread, pasta, wine and dessert came to 55 euros for two. We thought that was reasonable, given that the quality was excellent. Our waitress, Loredana, went out of her way to accommodate us. She even gave us a table away from the smokers.
Breakfast was simple, but tasty. The croissants were wonderful! The coffee was also great, which is what you expect in Italy.

All in all, it was a great experience. We wish we would've booked a fourth night. Maybe next time.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

Stay in the hotel by all means but do NOT use the restaurant. Its awful and a rip off. The Hotel say the restaurant is not theirs but its connected by an internal door. I cannot stress how bad the food was and the 4 euro pp cover charge is really a con.
I can cook better than they can.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Southwest
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

We just returned from a 2 week whirlwind trip to visit family and tour Italy with our teenager, and stayed 3 nights (our single longest stay) at Hotel da Carlos. It was very welcoming to return to this cozy hotel after strenuous days of non-stop activity. Its convenient location is nestled in a small town just south of Lucca, making it a great regional center for Lucca, Pisa and Florence. We would have been happy to stay even longer, with its exceptionally clean and well-lit rooms, quiet location and wonderful staff. Our host was very helpful and friendly; the adjoining restaurant was a nice convenience for our late arrival. We have traveled throughout Italy for decades and know what to expect - Hotel da Carlos is a real gem!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

Stayed there during off-season (Sept 15-16) so crowds were not a problem. Note that I base my evaluation on booking two rooms (room for single and room for double occupancy).
The single room was to the side and had a balcony but not really a great view. The double room was to the back and had a nice view but no balcony.

Liked:
1. Bedrooms: Nice size and very clean. Room to put stuff was adequate in both rooms. Rooms have a safe.
2. Bathrooms: Roomy, modern and very clean (but see "towels" under "neutral").
3. Elevator to the upstairs floors came in handy for getting luggage to the rooms.
4. Carlos was very personable and the waiter (don't know his name) was also helpful. In general, the staff was nice/polite.
Check-in and check-out was fairly efficient.
5. Parking: As this was off-season, the parking was adequate and parking spaces were plenty (and free). Easy to unload the car.
6. Location: Easy to drive to Lucca or Pisa from the hotel.
7. Restaurant: Food was very good but not outstanding (we only ate there one night, the second night it was closed.)

Neutral
1. The towels were kind of a thin fabric the first night (kind of like a kitchen towel material) but the "normal", fluffy kind on the second night.
2. The breakfast was continental style and merely adequate.

Disliked
1. The restaurant's chairs! These are the most uncomfortable chairs I have ever sat in. Dinner service was good in the beginning when we were the only guests but became a lot slower once a few tables were occupied. It took a long time for the dessert to come out (we almost canceled our order).
2. We didn't try the TV in the single occupied room (look like a flat panel TV) but the TV in the double room (a very old looking thing, very tiny) did not work or at least we could not figure out how to make it work. (OK, we were not really there to watch TV but it is nice to catch up on the news.)
3. The room to the back is over the kitchen which has been mentioned several times. We could hear kitchen noises and yes, bottles, in the evening when the restaurant is still open. Not really super annoying to us (more amusing) but some people might not like this "feature".

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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