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“Nice pool and good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Villa Cheli

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Hotel Villa Cheli
Ranked #14 of 53 Hotels in Lucca
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“Nice pool and good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

The best thing about this hotel is the pool and the scenery. The location is good as it's close to Lucca & Pisa. On the negative side;

- Staff not overly helpful.

- We stayed in one of the apartments, it had a kitchen with no utensils, saucepans, crockery, cutlery or tea/coffee making facilities.

- The apartments are quite dingy & dark, you need a to have the lights on all the time.

- Breakfast was terrible - stale croissants and pastries everyday!

Room Tip: Would not recommend staying in the apartments

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Spent a week a villa cheli with tuscan tennis holidays. What a lovely hotel. It has the feel of staying in a private home, but with all the comforts of a great hotel. The practicalities... Rooms are fully air conditioned, very tuscan (tiled floors, beamed ceilings etc). My room had a shower room, toiletries, built in hair dryer etc. good linen, immaculately clean. The breakfast was a good buffet. A real bonus was the restaurant (evening only) which is set up outside in the courtyard each evening. Food was excellent. Best thing about the hotel was the staff. Friendly, helpful, completely lovely. Great pool, and a stunning setting. About 10 mins by car from lucca. Another bonus is the ice cream coffee and cake shop at the end of the drive....!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

A beautiful country villa reached via a long drive and surrounded by olive trees and cypressa (hope that's right). Lovely large rooms with old/antique furniture, comfortable beds and ensuite shower rooms.

Great staff and a lovely simple swimming pool that never seems to get crowded.

Breakfast is good, but lacks in healthy options, other than a few apples and the occasional Kiwi fruit. Definitely not a dieters delight.

Resident cat with a few friendly dogs roaming about.

No modern amenities . . everything in keeping with the age of the villa. No tea or coffee facilities in the room, but fridge supplied. Rubbish hairdryer, so take your own if you take pride in your appearance/hair.

Across the very busy/dangerous road is a cafe/galateria - Perla, which provides cold, hot and alcoholic beverages.

Lovely.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Last year we stayed in the separate building. This year we were in the main building and we think our room was more comfortable and modern in comparison. This is a quiet hotel, it has a nice pool area (and 2 resident cats and a dog). The staff have always been pleasant and helpful. The breakfast supplied is adequate, nothing too exciting.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Viborg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Hi

We spend our holiday here from july 17th-24th and we had a very lovely stay.

At first we were a little disappointed about getting a room on the top floor due to the heat and missing light from the small rooftop window. This was no problem at all, as the air condition was very effective and during the day you would have to close the window anyway due to sun and in the evening due to mosquitoes - so the top floor rooms are just excellent.
The cleaning lady did a very good job, though on top of the closet it could need some dusting, but in general we was very pleased with the cleaning of the room and new towels almost every day. Don't know if it had something to do with tips :)

Pool area is also very good, and has a good size as well. You can borrow towels at the fee of 3€. Very refreshing water without too much chlorine in it, so also child friendly that way.

Refreshments can be bought in the reception during the day, and you can just charge your room for it - very handy when staying at the pool and doesn't carry cash.

The free internet was ok, but we had problems connection to it at times, but we found out the routers had to be restarted once in a while for us to be able to connect to it, so we powercycled them - so it might be an idea for the staff to power cycle the routers on the different floors once each day.

Prior to our stay at this place, we had 4 days in rome, and along with various restaurants in Lucca, the food at villa Cheli was a very pleasant surprise.During the 7 days in Lucca, we had dinner 3 times at Villa Cheli, because it was an excellent meal. In fact it was some of the best food we had on our 10 day trip in Italy. Do yourself a favor and taste the house wine from Monte Carlo - it is very good for the price, Can't remember if it was 9 or 12€ a bottle, doesn't matter, I think it tasted great.

You need a car to stay here, as there's a long way into town and a road with heavy traffic - so would not be safe to walk into town. If you are staying during lunch time, there's a small sandwich cafe and ice cream bar just down the main road from the Villa - you can walk here, no problem.

All in all, we was very satisfied with this place - it is in wonderful surroundings, good food, friendly staff, nice and clean, we will be coming back the next time we are in the area.

Heino & Maibritt - Denmark

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

nice calm hotel - everything ok (room, pool) - well placed for a visit to Lucca - only 10 min. by car - nice surrounding and quiet atmosphere - big room and nice view - breakfast buffet was very good.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Henlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

My family and I stayed 3 nights at Villa Cheli. We had twin rooms (no151 over looking the pool and 153 over looking the drive) both had lovely views with rolling hills.
We arrived quite late the first night so grabbed a slice of pizza, ice cream and some red wine from the gelato bar at the end of the drive. This then became the last stop before bed every night as the ice cream from here was simply the best. The red wine was good also and excellent value.

The rooms are a good size at Villa Cheli with en-suite bathrooms with shower and also with a fridge and safe in the room. They have wooden shutters on the windows too which will give you total black out at night. The rooms are cleaned everyday with fresh towels. Pool towels are available from reception.

Breakfast is a continental buffet style which is more than enough to get you ready for your day ahead. If you choose to spend the day by the pool there is lots of space and is a lovely area.

The reception staff are fantastic and very helpful with suggestions about places to visit. Lucca is literally 10 minute drive away and was one of my highlights of Tuscany.

We ate at Villa Cheli on the last night. The food was ok, a few choices. | order the trofie pesto (we ate at Il Castello in Monterosso the night before which was amazing so very hard to compare the same meal against this) but the pancetta was out of this world, the wine was good and service was also very good.

Villa Cheli is a very good base to travel but you will need a car to explore.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Villa Cheli
Address: Via Nuova Per Pisa 1798 | Di Fronte Alla Pasticceria "La Perla", 55100, Lucca, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 53 Hotels in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Cheli 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hello everybody! I am the owner of Hotel Ristorante Villa Cheli and my name is Vincent. Today I decided to write a review to tell a little bit of our house .. Villa Cheli is a colonial villa built in 1700 , formerly owned by the family Cheli . The last owner was a sculptor , a sculptor of chalk. During the restoration , in fact , we found some of his works in the attic .. And we thought .. Why not share it with our guests ? Coming to visit us in fact you can admire them within the walls (internal and external ) of the Villa .. A bit ' as we were in a museum. The hotel rooms are located on three floors .. The first floor, the main floor of the Villa, are situated the suite and two rooms overlooking the balcony .. The second floor rooms with large windows and high ceilings on the third floor .. Instead there are the most romantic rooms with sloping roof with exposed beams and small skylights in the ceiling. On the ground floor, in addition to the reception, we have our own restaurant, open for the summer season , from March to November , that in addition to the typical dishes of Italian cuisine in general , it also offers some taste of the Tuscan tradition and Lucca. And for relaxation ? Do not miss our pool and our wellness area! All the staff and me we will be happy to welcome you in the warmest way possible and help you with all your needs ... more   less 
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