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“Small and Charming” 4 of 5 stars
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Albergo San Martino
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via della Dogana 9, 55100 Lucca, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 57 Hotels in Lucca
Wantage, NJ
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Small and Charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This little gem of a hotel in the little gem of a city of Lucca met all of our needs. Situated a short walk from the main part of the city, the hotel is charmingly decorated and the staff are friendly. The walls of our room were handpainted with pretty scenes, I understand that each room is decorated differently. The bathroom was very small, but manageable. Breakfasts at this hotel are a wonderful buffet including delicious pastries made by the owner's wife. We only stayed two nights but would have liked to enjoy the San Martino and lovely Lucca much longer.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I wanted to visit Lucca and find a nice hotel within the city walls. Albergo San Martino was perfect. It was on a quiet street just a block from the cathedral. The hotel was decorated with charm and character and the room was a good size. Everything was clean and tidy and the breakfast was a huge buffet catering to all tastes.

The staff were friendly and keen to help.

All in all, a very pleasant stay. We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a small and personal hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paphos, Cyprus
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We spent two nights here having driven up from Florence and it proved to be an excellent choice. Just inside the walls of the old city, the hotel was quiet but very convenient for exploring this fascinating old town. The room was quiet and comfortable with a more than adequate bathroom while the breakfast was notable for the excellent apple pie! The staff were helpful and pointed us in the right direction for a restaurant, although we eventually found one ourselves which proved to be a good move as we dined there both nights. The manager helped in parking the car and the cost was a lot cheaper than in Florence (€30 for two nights rather than €46 in Florence) and on leaving fetched it for us from the car park a short walk away. While Lucca is only a small city, the location of the hotel made exploring it very easy. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wishing to explore Lucca and/or Pisa.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We thorougly recommend this excellent albergo.

The staff were all friendly. The breakfast was excellent. We were the lucky ones with a balcony situated off our bathroom. A real loo with a view!

The room was well appointed as was the location in the heart of the city. And oh what a delightful city it was to explore.

Our sleep was undisturbed so we slept soundly.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Small and friendly hotel inside the walls of Lucca. The staff helped us through the road system and parked the car for us so we immediately felt welcome. The room was excellent and we were there in very hot weather in August but had no difficulty with either air-conditioning or room lighting. Great situation for walking round Lucca but we also visited Pisa from here. Breakfast was superb and the little outdoor seating area perfect for resting and planning.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We travelled by train to Lucca and the hotel was an easy walk from the station. It is a comfortable hotel and well placed for visiting this small city (everything is walking distance). The bed was comfortable and the room and bathroom were clean. I would agree with previous reviews that the restrictions on when the air conditioning could be a problem in very hot weather. Also, we found the lighting in our room was very poor so difficult to read in bed at night. Breakfast was good and staff pleasant. One thing to note is there is no lift so access could be a problem for some.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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22 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via della Dogana 9, 55100 Lucca, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Lucca
#11 Romantic Hotel in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo San Martino 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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