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“Simple and no frills” 3 of 5 stars
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Il Ponte
Via Sarzanese, Trav. III 11, Lucca, Italy   |  
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Ranked #34 of 57 Hotels in Lucca
La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
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“Simple and no frills”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

First of all, you should know that this hotel is about 2 km outside Lucca, and that you'll need a car if you want to visit the old town (which, presumably, is why you're there!). Taxis are probably expensive, and I suspect the public transport won't be running late at night (you should check if you're thinking in this direction).

Next, you should know that the hotel is right on a busy road (just at a bridge) and there's traffic noise all the time. That's OK with the (double-glazed) windows closed, but not so nice if you want the windows open if it's hot.

This is a simple hotel, run by family. Service is friendly although English doesn't seem to be spoken by the hosts. This wasn't a problem, but a little bit surprising.

We'd booked an "Elite" room, which is a bit of a laughable description for what we had; we didn't have high expectations, and they were met. The room was pretty small, with most of it taken up by the largish double bed. The whole thing was painted orange, which is a bit of an acquired taste. There was a cupboard and a couple of small bedside tables and a large floodlight pointed at the ceiling.
Our room had a private bathroom (that was the "elite" part I guess), which essentially meant that we had exclusive used of the bathroom on our floor. Presumably, the guests in the other room on our floor had to go downstairs to use the bathroom there. The arrangement with the doors clearly allows the bathroom to be "private" or shared, depending on bookings.

This is a simple place, no frills and if you don't have high expectations, you'll be happy. Everything worked, there were clean towels and linen and the place was basically clean. It's a couple of steps up from a backpacker's hostel I suppose. It probably goes without saying, but there's no lift and the stairs are a bit narrow. Best not to have much in the way of luggage.

Parking is free and available right outside the hotel (a bit awkward, the access is down a ramped driveway from the street).

The hotel has free WiFi, but during our visit it wasn't working, so I cannot comment on how good it is when it does work (assuming it does sometimes work).

Breakfast is simple but perfectly adequate, served on the little terrace in front of the hotel. Good coffee - made to order, a pastry, and a few other packaged items.

Room Tip: There's at least one room on the ground floor if you want to avoid stairs
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Guangzhou, China
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Il Ponte was a lovely b&b. it was clean, spacious, and the owner, Luigi, is a very nice guy. Breakfast was good as well. That said, the location was somewhat of a problem for us. It is about a 45-55 minute walk from the city centre. It is accessible by bus, but only before 8pm. For us, this meant walking for nearly an hour after dinner to get back. The buses also stop running for several hours in the middle of the day (2 to 4, I think). If we had a car with us, this would have been the perfect b&b, but without a car if was a bit challenging. All in all, a great guesthouse, though!

Other tips: check in is not possible before 4pm, and Luigi will not be there, so leaving luggage is not an option. Make sure to arrive in Lucca after 4.

Stayed July 2013
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Montpellier, France
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

The tenants are very nice, the rooms are clean and the bed very comfortable.
Just maybe a bit loud if your neighbors snore.
The breakfast is good.
For the price, it's a great place to rest for one night on your way to Rome.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth UK
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Hotels was fine for a night. Probably would have been ok if stayed longer. On arrival check in ok, the hotel manager even took me to a meeting I had. The hotel is, I think about 3 miles from the centre. For one person I got a room big enough for 3 people and a little sofa. Clean and tidy. Check in was 4pm which could be a pain for some. Towels a bit hard but what do u expect for 42 euros a night. Breakfast from 8.30. Perfect for me but maybe not for some. Enough English is spoken. Hotel guy was friendly at breakfast. All in all fine for the money.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Lucca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I will come back to this hotel because of the nice stay, good performance and friendly hotelmanagement.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The hotel Il Ponte in S. Pietro is located very near to Lucca. You can park in front of the hotel in a quite street. It's free of charge.
We stayed in a triple-bed room which is air conditioned. It is big and has a sofa and a nice bathroom. The breakfast was good: The hotelier made good and fresh coffee/cappuccino and served fresh croissants (tasted like it was from a bakery).
It is easy and quick to get to the centre of Lucca (just take the car. in 5 minutes you are at the centre. The best is to park in a side street, then it is cheap/free of charge) and to Pisa (it's a 20 minutes ride. we parked next to an university building and payed 60 cents per hour).
We loved the hotel since it was simple and nice. The hotelier was very friendly and answered all of our questions.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2010

Not plush or luxurious, but good value for the money. Staff were helpful as well as the receptionist giving us a useful tips of where to visit as well as recommending a very good restaurant which was very popular with the locals as well as being packed on a Wednesday night. Also advised us on a free parking spot almost next to the city walls to avoid parking charges.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 Sarzanese, Trav. III 11, Lucca, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed and Breakfast Il Ponte is a 5-minute drive from the center of Lucca and offers refurbished rooms with satellite TV, radio, wi fi in the room. free parking First in Lucca on Tripadivisor for price / quality Useful Tips on trips and restaurants in the area. Paladini family ... more   less 
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