I stayed at Casa Biancalana several years ago with a friend and we had four fantastic days. This year I took my husband back to celebrate our second anniversary and overall we had a lovely stay and I would definitely go back again.
That said when we first arrived I was quite disappointed. The rustic charm that I remembered was now just rustic. It is a beautiful very old guest house with lots of chandeliers and antiques.
The kitchen facilties had seen better days and the pond area outside the room we had booked was so overgrown it was like stepping into the Amazon jungle, complete with Mozzies. We talked to owner and manager Atilia about our disappointment and she immediately moved us giving us a choice of all other apartments. We stayed in Lavinia which having looked through all is definitely the best one.
They have upgraded the two free bikes which is great although they hadnt been looked after very well so we spent lots of time with chains coming off and a trip to a bike doctor in the middle of town. Slightly disappointed that we werent offered a discount for the £15 we paid to hire another bike for the day and £10 to repair it. But hey Attilia is endearing and in the scheme of things they were free to start with.
This place is slightly out of town but as Lucca is really flat it takes ten mins on the bike to get into the centre and its a great way to see the walled, car free city.
There is a supermarket around the corner which is open every day until 9pm (no siesta) which is excellent value. Atilia makes the most stunning breakfast each day for an extra 8 euros.
A tip if you're going to stay here is to take your own washing up liquid, cloth, salt and pepper. The cooking facilities are very basic and could do with an upgrade soon but all in all it is a lovely place to stay and we met some great people as it has around 5 apartments.
I gave this 3 stars for cleanliness because whilst Attilia makes the beds and tidies kitchen/bathroom each day some of the cutlery and kitchen equipement needs an upgrade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Casabiancalana For those who love beautiful, the taste and refinement and search for a Bed and Breakfast in Lucca as an alternative to more expensive hotels in the area, in B&B Casa Biancalana a unique solution, that is a level Bed and Breakfast absolutely top, with rooms and apartments located in a splendid villa of the 1600, tastefully furnished and renovated, to provide a unique ambience and excitement guests .... Inside the B&B there are also two receptions rooms, la Limonaia room and the Hall of Portraits, for the Organization of events, ceremonies and meetings. A solution to the Top, absolutely not comparable to traditional Bed and Breakfast in Lucca and its province ... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Biancalana Lucca
- Casa Biancalana Hotel Lucca