Villa Cheli was the venue for our wedding 19-22nd June 2014 - we had visited and stayed at the hotel several times the previous year, first to just 'try' the hotel, then to taste the menu and wine lists etc - it became a kind of any excuse to visit.. We fell in love with fell Villa Cheli the very first day we visited, the long impressive Cedar lined drive up to the hotel could have come straight out of Gladiator or the GodFather movies and the hotel itself which has not been over developed over years, keeps much original decor and features both of which we love. The ambience of the place is quiet and chilled and the pool for setting and atmosphere and is as good as any we have seen anywhere in the world. We took over the villa for the full weekend of the wedding - the staff were all absolutely superb, welcoming and accommodating, they made sure everyone was looked after - even when England were playing in the world cup late on the first night - nothing was too much trouble. The food was a major talking point throughout the weekend (more than the football) - the menu is traditional Tuscan fair and is extremely well put together by the chef and his team and whilst maybe being a tad expensive compared to resturants in Lucca I'd recommend you eat in the hotel. The service despite providing complex dishes to a group of over 50 people never dropped once over two days, we had a wedding BBQ on the first night which was just superb. I know hand on heart we will stay at Villa Cheli again and again over the years - infact if we could get on flight now I know we would. Thank you so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello everybody! I am the owner of Hotel Ristorante Villa Cheli and my name is Vincent. Today I decided to write a review to tell a little bit of our house .. Villa Cheli is a colonial villa built in 1700 , formerly owned by the family Cheli . The last owner was a sculptor , a sculptor of chalk. During the restoration , in fact , we found some of his works in the attic .. And we thought .. Why not share it with our guests ? Coming to visit us in fact you can admire them within the walls (internal and external ) of the Villa .. A bit ' as we were in a museum. The hotel rooms are located on three floors .. The first floor, the main floor of the Villa, are situated the suite and two rooms overlooking the balcony .. The second floor rooms with large windows and high ceilings on the third floor .. Instead there are the most romantic rooms with sloping roof with exposed beams and small skylights in the ceiling. On the ground floor, in addition to the reception, we have our own restaurant, open for the summer season , from March to November , that in addition to the typical dishes of Italian cuisine in general , it also offers some taste of the Tuscan tradition and Lucca. And for relaxation ? Do not miss our pool and our wellness area! All the staff and me we will be happy to welcome you in the warmest way possible and help you with all your needs ... more less
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