I "had" to stay in Lucca due to plan changes when I was in a village that filled up with an event. While I'm not a Lucca fan (I've tried it 3x and still feel the same---too packed with shops and tourists for my taste), I very highly recommend Casa Paolina.
I had Apt #6 which I think is the smallest unit.1 full bedroom, not a studio. Cold A/C in living room and bedroom. Shower only in this one, no tub. Adequate, very compact, brilliantly designed for a small space, kitchen. Coffee maker with Nescafe packets. A living room TV, which I didn't turn on. At first, upon entering, I wasn't so pleased with the view of the walls of the deconsecrated church so close to my windows. After a little while, I was grateful for the privacy and quiet. Modern furnishings. Great storage. Bed is sort of comfortable. A lot of space for a moderate cost.
Now, as to the QUIET issue: this building for some reason was designed very poorly regarding sound. I assume that it is an old palazzo. How is it possible to renovate that solid building into apartments in which you hear people next door in the toilet, walking down the hall, and closing their doors? It's not terrible, but it is a touch disruptive when you are in such a lovely place.
The delightful, helpful and kind Roberta significantly enriched my Lucca experience, suggesting a piazza I may like and a restaurant. The restaurant was a great experience, with good food, a kind owner, attentive service and such wonderful ambience (Caffe della Mura). I told Roberta of my interest in contemporary art and she gave me a flyer for a "must see" exhibition and stamped the back for a small entry discount.
Roberta wanted me to see a larger apartment available if I, or someone, wanted it another date, and it was huge. A New Yorker would die for such space.
I highly recommend this apartment building to anyone who is visiting Lucca.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Paolina apartments are just a few steps from the town centre, at the junction of the cardum and decumanum, which marked the very heart of the ancient Roman town; Casa Paolina apartments overlook Piazza XX Settembre (once called Piazza delle Erbe because a fruit and vegetable market used to take place there), Via Beccheria, Piazza San Giusto, Piazza Napoleone (the most important square in Lucca). Besides boasting a particularly central position, Casa Paolina apartments also enjoy a very pleasant sun exposure, very difficult to find in other parts of the town. Casa Paolina Holiday Apartments in Lucca are the ideal place for both a historical and modern holiday; they are set in the very heart of the pedestrian historical centre of the town, rich in history of the 12th, 17th and 18th century and very close to Via Fillungo, the “most elegant promenade” in Lucca, whose smart boutiques fill the ancient town inside the Roman walls. ... more less
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