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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Il Ponte Lucca
- Il Ponte Hotel Lucca