Location wise, Plaza Lucchesi is not exactly central, situated along the north Lungarno which runs beside the River (or Fiurme) Arno. We had a room with a river view (in fact, we had a corner room with a balcony - there is only one of each per floor - which is twice the size of the typical room). The historical center is behind the hotel, with the Piazza Santa Croce as the closest piazza to the hotel. The front desk and bell service were all very friendly.
The lobby is small but impressive, with its grand staircase - obviously, the hotel used to be a rich family's grand villa or palazzo and converted into a hotel, as with a number of luxury hotels in Italy. The room is all done in old-style (some might say "worn") off-white, with brass (or gold plated) fixtures. There's a large LCD TV in the center wall which is nice - though only CNN and BBC are in english. The three lamps and the chandelier are made of Murano-style glass - nice. The bathrooms are on the small side. The clothes cabinets are functional, with mirrors, and there's the usual electronic safe. They have complimentary water.
Breakfast is very decent, with veggies (e.g., cauliflower, string beans, etc.which we strangely found missing in the other Italian hotels we had stayed in), sausage (which certainly tastes better than usual franks), sliced oranges (we never found this in the other hotels), cream cheese (again, only butter and regular cheeses in the other hotels we stayed in). But - they didn't have sliced bread nor a bread toaster. They had senior well-dressed friendly waiters but some weren't too attentive - on our first morning, no one met us at the breakfast room entrance so we got our own table. And no one came to ask if we wanted coffee or tea - which we had been used to with the other Italian hotels we had stayed at. The offer of coffee never came so we got it ourselves. But we were met at the entrance the next days and led to a table.
For the price, Plaza Lucchesi represents very good value. They do need to get their brekafast service to "very good" levels.
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Lucchesi Florence
- Hotel Plaza Lucchesi