The Albergo San Martino is a very small hotel inside the walls of the ancient town of Lucca. Because we arrived with a tour group, we had to park outside the walls and drag out luggage through the gate and a few blocks to the hotel. Some might view that as an inconvenient attribute of the hotel; I thought it added to the overall quaintness of our stay.
The location of the hotel is actually quite good - a few hundred meters from the gate in the wall, and a few hundred maters from the maiin square. Its also very conveniently located relative to the Duomo, and for us, it was also very close to the Puccini recital that takes place every night at the Church of San Giovanna.
The rooms are small. For a short stay, that's not a problem, but it could be inconvenient for a longer visit. There was no dresser or other place to store clothing, nor was there anywhere to place an open suitcase. The room was also a bit dark, so reading was not a practical option. The bath was quite nice.
The common rooms are nice. There is a sitting area and bar, and just outside the front door there is a deck with tables and chairs that make a nice place to relax with a drink or a book.
Breakfast is provided with the room, and it is quite a complete 'continental style' breakfast. Many of the pastries are made by the wife of the owner who has a reputation for her fruit pies, especially her apple pies.
Lucca can be hot in the summer, and the hotel is air conditioned. But for economic reasons, operation of the air conditioning is limited to a few hours during the heat of the day. That's ok - the problem is that there are three controls over operation of the AC- the master control based on time of day, the thermostat in each room, and a control that is hidden under a panel on the AC unit itself. We had a problem coordinating those three controls such that the AC actually operated.
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