Stunning looking from the outside and nice grounds to walk around. The smallest lifts known to man, intersting sculptures and clearly was once a very impressive place with some original features to see. However the rooms were covered in vulgar stained fabric, showed photos to family when I got back who laughed heartily! Although the place was cleaned well, it was old and tatty and I tried not to touch anything.
There are only 2 outside tables in the bar area and so was actually difficult to sit outside one night. We went to the front of the hotel to the only other tables we knew of at the restaurant tables and the staff were really quite put out that we just wanted to sit outside for 10 minutes, even though it was practically empty and they had stopped serving.
In fact the table service was slow at best, and if you miss lunch by 10 minutes you have the worst ham and cheese sandwhich you would expect from a petrol station. Some didn't speak English at all and never smiled or said Hi when you went for breakfast. The reception staff weren't too bad although I wouldn't stretch to welcoming.
There was a little water feature in the driveway which had a few poor goldfish swimming in dirty unaired water without even a twig to swim around, felt very cruel!
On the plus side its easy to find with plenty of parking and in a good location a few minutes drive from Lucca. Don't think I could recomend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa La Principessa is an elegant hotel with private park and swimming pool, surrounded by the hills around Lucca. All rooms are air-conditioned and bright.The historic centre of Lucca is 3 km from Villa La Principessa, formerly a noble residence.La Principessa's restaurant serves traditional recipes and Tuscan wines.The sun terrace and the garden offer panoramic views of the countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa La Principessa Hotel Lucca
- Hotel La Principessa
- La Principessa Hotel