As others have stated, this is a B&B right in the middle of the old center of Lucca. We've stayed in nicer accomodations before, but never in such a historic place. There was a great sense of history here - even the steps leading up to the room were worn with time. The rooms have modern amenities, but keep the old feel of the building - nice frescoed walls and antique furniture. Our room had a beautiful old window looking out over a church. The bathroom was modern, small by American standards, but appeared to have been recently updated. The owners were wonderful. They were very helpful for anything we needed - restaurant recommendations and reservations, driving route recommendations, etc. They were even watching for us to arrive and came down to meet us when they apparently saw that we were lost. The breakfast pastries were wonderful. But, be aware this is a very old building with no elevator and several steps. If you're here in the summer (as we were) the common area is not air conditioned (the bedrooms are). The location is right in the center of town on the main shopping street so there's quite a bit of noise in the mornings. You can drive to the door to deliver your luggage (if you're brave enough to do so on the tiny pedestrian filled streets), but can't park in the walled city (but there's free parking just outside the gates). So, if any of that bothers you, you shouldn't stay here. But,if you're looking for a very historic feel for the old city and appreciate kind helpfulness of the hosts this is for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive guest house located on the main street inside the walls of the historical city centre. Typical noble "lucchese" residence with coffered ceilings and original tiled floors. Part of the XIV century Torre del Travaglio, one of the three medieval towers of Lucca. L’Antica Bifore has four spacious matrimonial suites, La Divina, Beatrice, Dante, and Paradiso. Each is different in its architectural shape and form, with beautiful frescoes and unique pieces of period furniture. We can organise wine tasting, cookery classes with award winning chef Carlo and art and craft sessions. In addition to babysitting services we can also arrange transfer for Pisa/Florence airport collections and drop offs. Please inquire at time of booking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Antica Bifore Hotel Lucca