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“Great 3star location for a stay in Tuscany!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Universo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piazza del Giglio 1, 55100, Lucca, Italy   |  
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Ranked #45 of 57 Hotels in Lucca
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“Great 3star location for a stay in Tuscany!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 11 nights at the end of May and I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews expressed.
It's in an ideal location within the city walls of Lucca, next door to one of the cities best restaurants, and adjacent to all the major sites, shopping and restaurants.
We found all the staff we encountered friendly, helpful and efficient throughout our stay, so met most of them in that time.
Our room was great (number 11) with a huge vestibule and bedroom with a good sized toilet and shower room. It was on the corner of two major piazzas, so was a little noisy later at night, but the windows when shut did reduce it quite a bit.
The shower had a huge head, the water was always piping hot and we had loads of nicely smelling towels each day.
Yes, the bed was firm but we like it that way and it was big! The bed linen was changed very often, which was nice when you're staying for 11 nights.
The only downside was the breakfast room. It was crammed and got busy very early on, there wasn't a huge variety to choose from - 1 cheese and 1 meat, hard boiled eggs, various breads and pastries, some yoghurt and fruit. It would have been nice to have more variety over our stay, but as most guests appeared to be there for a few days only, I expect it's OK for most. The girls cleared away tables quickly and always kept the food replenished so you didn't have very long to wait, or run out, if you didn't get a table. We were down at different times and always got a table, as did all the guests when we stayed.
We travelled by car and the garage the hotel uses is expensive (26 Euros per night), but they did suggest an adjacent public car park which was only around 8 Euros overnight and was about 10 minutes walk.
Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Lucca, and would certainly stay again - in room 11!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Decided to try this hotel for a change as stayed in The Rex Hotel last year. The Universo Hotel is in a fantastic position, very central. Very dated, but clean with a pleasant room. The breakfast is very limited, and could be a lot better. We stayed for 4 nights in this hotel and it was fine. We were given a room which looked out to the front of the hotel which which had a lovely view although it was a bit noisy in the evenings. Stay here if you want a great location, not if you are looking for an upmarket hotel, but as they say "you only get what you pay for". Would I recommend this hotel, I probably would.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed for two nights at this hotel which is very close to St. John's Gate and only a 10 minute walk to the railway station ( take the left set of steps up from here ). The welcome at the desk was warm and the team were very efficient. The rooms and bathrooms are a good size and views on to the neighbouring squares are fantastic - the hotel has a bar and restaurant spilling out on to one of these squares. Walking anywhere is easy - less than an hour round the walls. Highlights are the amphitheatre ( try to avoid the temptation to eat at one of the many restaurants as service is very quick and quality suffers ) and all the sites associated with the Holy Face - Cathedral and museum combined tickets are great value and this allows you to visit the Roman ruins beneath St. Giovanni.

Breakfast was good and the imposing facade was always a welcome sight after a long day's sightseeing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This hotel has a great location; close to stores, the wall, the train station and the opera. However, that is really the only good thing I can say. We were with a tour group and each of the others in our group shared stories about their bathrooms. Toliets not working, no hot water, etc. Our shower was in the middle of the bathtub - with no shower curtain or door. So, every time we showered the entire floor got wet. The bed was rock hard, and the lighting horrible. Wi-Fi worked only 1/2 the time we were there. The keyboard to the only computer provided for guests is filthy! The breakfast room is a nightmare....tables crammed in to a small space make it very hard to get to the buffet, and most mornings there was not a table to be had by 8:30am. And finally, the staff members are rude and generally unhelpful. I would not stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We have just arrived home after spending three nights in Lucca at the Hotel Universo. Good location except when they were setting up a youth event in the piazza. Men spent all day putting up stands etc. and they worked until midnight with generator noise keeping us awake. In the morning activities started just after 8 am with loud music and then they packed up at 1 pm and everything was taken down and they left! Our room was very spacious - Had a shower but no bath but large bathroom and high window onto the piazza. Also large window in the bedroom onto the adjoining piazza. i.e. corner building and our room was on the corner. Close to numerous cafes and shops and restaurants. Small breakfast room with tables close together and breakfast itself was adequate but not impressive. No staff to help with luggage and only a small lift. Reception staff were reasonably helpful. Furniture and decor in need of uplift although rooms clean and beds comfortable and plenty of drawer and wardrobe space and comfortable sofas. Our room had an anti room with a sofa and space to store luggage. Mini bar had broken down but free bottled water provided.. Lucca is a lovely town and we enjoyed walking on the ramparts which surround the town and are used by locals for cycling, jogging and walking. Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. Also Cathedral and other churches. We had three nights there and divided the town into areas which we were able to enjoy individually. We were told there were good rail links to Florence, Pisa and other towns.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

A grand old hotel in Lucca, which is an under-rated city in Tuscany. It may not have the Piazza del Campo of Siena or the Ponte Vecchio but it's a lovely town well worth a stop. The Universo is perfectly located on the edge of two of Lucca's main squares & I see some of the other reviews talk about it being a bit tired but I think the fact it's an old, but grand hotel is part of the charm. The room we had was big with an old four poster - all quite charming. On the negative side, the Wi-Fi was not good, and the fruit juice at breakfast was a bit tasteless but overall, I'd definitely recommend the Universo.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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nova scotia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Univero in Lucca. We arrived very late as our plane was late and we drove there from the airport in Rome. We found the staff welcoming and helpful,and they continued to be so on or stay and even after we left as our luggage had been lost during our teip from Frankfurt. The rooms were a good size and very comfortable and the hotel was inside the wall facing a interesting piazza. It was easy to explore Lucca as well as close to the train station. My husband had noticed this hotel 2 year5s earlier when we had sp0ent an evening in Lucca and thought we would never be able to stay there so we were pleas3ed that we had this opportunity. Just a wonderful elegant hotel and perfect to come back to after tourimng through Tuscany!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza del Giglio 1, 55100, Lucca, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Universo 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Universo is the very first hotel built in Lucca, locatedo in the hearth of the historical centre. Estabilished as a guesthouse around 1850, under the name of "Locanda Universo and Tosca" it became an hotel in 1857. The Hotel is definitely the best starting point to discover the treasures of Lucca and its surroundings: within a few minutes walk you can reach all the sights of the city. ... more   less 
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