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“An excellent port in a storm!” 5 of 5 stars
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Locanda l'Elisa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Nuova per Pisa, 1952, 55100 Lucca, Italy   |  
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Ranked #33 of 59 hotels in Lucca
Ottawa, Canada
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“An excellent port in a storm!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

A snowstorm on our first day in Italy prevented us reaching our original hotel. We found this gem by chance, and from the moment we arrived, the staff made us very welcome. Breakfast was served in our room, we were upgraded to a huge deluxe room, and recommendations for local dinner restaurants proved outstanding. Set in the countryside just outside Lucca, this beautiful old villa has a cosy bar, and pretty secluded garden. Very peaceful and so glad we discovered it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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locandalelisa, Direttore at Locanda l'Elisa, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
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Gentili Signori,

Siamo lieti di avervi ospitato durante il vostro breve soggiorno a Lucca, ringraziamo per la vostra gentilezza ed educazione dimostrata verso il nostro staff.

Cordialmente
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

just go to Villa La Principessa on scale 1-10 locanda is 2 villa la principessa is 9+.
i do not know who rate it as 5 star. anyway price is 3 star and breakfast is 1 star. nice guy at front desk is good but that is about it,nothing more. very basic food - just bad breakfast,even the motel near by the airport has served better one.

Room Tip: no spa at all, no fittness center. ery old rooms. verry very small tv that did not work at all...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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locandalelisa, Direttore at Locanda l'Elisa, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
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Gentili Signori,
Siamo spiacenti che il vostro soggiorno non sia stato piacevole come era da vostra aspettativa, tuttavia teniamo a precisare le condizioni di emergenza che erano presenti in Lucca durante il vostro soggiorno: una imprevista tempesta di neve ha bloccato i collegamenti stradali e quindi i nostri fornitori e dipendenti, non permettendo loro di raggiungere il posto di lavoro, ragione per cui non abbiamo potuto garantire un servizio ottimale. Abbiamo altresì provveduto a concedervi un upgrade gratuito alla vostra categoria di camera Deluxe, e siamo sempre stati a disposizione per qualsiasi tipo assistenza nei limiti delle condizioni imposte dalla emergenza climatica.
I clienti dell'hotel, durante questi 2 giorni di tempesta sono rimasti bloccati all'interno della struttura a causa della impraticabilità dei collegamenti stradali. Abbiamo cercato di fare del nostro meglio in una situazione di emergenza e abbiamo ricevuto notevoli ringraziamenti da parte di altri clienti per lo sforzo effettuato, siamo spiacenti non abbiate apprezzato tale sforzo.
Il nostro hotel non segnala e non pubblicizza in alcun modo la presenza di una Spa o di un centro Fitness all'interno della Struttura, questo è un servizio che al momento non offriamo e quindi non capiamo il disappunto per la mancanza di tale servizio.
Le nostre stanze sono in stile fine 800 , definirle vecchie non è corretto, disponiamo di pezzi di arredamento originali di notevole valore, la tappezzeria di ornamento è di notevole pregio manifatturiero, essendo prodotta dalla famosa casa parigina Pierre Frey.
Il disagio accorso per il mancato funzionamento della TV nella vostra camera è stato purtroppo causato dalla temporanea tempesta di neve che ha danneggiato il segnale satellitare, di cui non è stato possibile risolvere il problema in tempi rapidi.

Cordialmente
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at Locanda, and I do like the hotel because it is quiet and out of the central city. Way, way out....and really hard to find. They need a good map on their website. The hotel is an old grand dame, and is showing her age. The furnishings in the public rooms are meant to be evocative of the time when Josephine's sister lived there, but somehow they seem more old than antique. The bathrooms are very modern, however, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. The best rooms are those that look out over the entrance. The dining room is pretty and light, and the food is quite good. The staff is very friendly, attentive, and helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for the room on the second floor with the balcony overlooking the entrance, or the one next to i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed at Locanda l'Elisa in July 2012 for one night. We had read the not so positive reviews in advance, but thought we would give the hotel a chance anyway..after all you can always find people who are not happy about something.

But the reviews were right I'm afaid. If I was to rate the hotel I would say 3½ star. No more.

It seems very old and worn out. From the days when wall to wall carpets were a sign of class and good taste.Those carpets were still there.

We stayed in their best and largest room (they called it junior suite), because we were two adults and our two children (age 9 and 13), but even so it was very worn out. The decor was I would guess 30-40 years old, wall to wall carpets, heavy curtains, floors made a squeeking sound (like old England) etc. The room was actually clean only you do not get that feeling when walking barefoot on a carpet you think has been there for 30 years.

The pool was old too with a wooden frame around it. Some of the would frame was loose so you could not sit on the frame with your toes in the water. There was a small pond next to the pool with a lot of frogs but also a lot of musquitos. So many in fact, that you were not able to dine outside, but had to dine in the gazebo restaurant (which was actually pretty cosy).

The staff was very friendly and helpfull though. It was actually a nice hotel only the rating is wrong, and thereby the pricing wrong as well. 3½ star at the most.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Nice, cute and charming hotel near Lucca, Italy. However, this hotel does not qualify as a ***** hotel. There is absolutely no element that qualifies for *****: no help with the luggage, no room service, reception was friendly but not particularly useful. Breakfast was meagre and disappointing (bad orange juice, we had to pay for any extra). The hotel would qualify for a **-*** hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

During a recent road trip around Italy, we spend a couple of nights in this hotel, and were quite disappointed. Our room was small - looking on the floor plan it was the smallest in the hotel, which was a shame seeing as the hotel was half empty! The buffet breakfast was meagre (you had to pay extra for ham and cheese, which is a bit odd for Italy), and a few tables were swarming with ants. Decor in the room was strange, with ceiling drapes being used to attempt to hide strip lighting in the bathroom!! I'm usually a big fan of boutique hotels, but this was severely lacking and nowhere near the standard of other 5 star hotels. Admittedly, the cost does reflect this, but still, visitors might be disappointed if they are expecting a standard 5-star service.

Room Tip: Room 24 is tiny.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a beautiful hotel in what used to be a villa just outside of Lucca. The rooms were all large (they let us see all the available ones and choose our rooms). The service was great and the staff was very helpful. The breakfast service was excellent as well with plenty to choose from. Overall, it was a great 2 night stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Locanda l`Elisa Hotel Lucca
Locanda l`Elisa Hotel
Locanda l Elisa Lucca
Locanda l Elisa
Address: Via Nuova per Pisa, 1952, 55100 Lucca, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lucca
#12 Luxury Hotel in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Locanda l'Elisa 5*
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