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“Quiet and within the city walls--convenient to everything”

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Il Seminario Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 173 Lucca B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at Il Seminario from 10/15 to 10/17/2012. It is a lovely b&b within the walls of Lucca and therefore convenient to everything. If arriving by train turn right on the main road and immediately enter the wall on the path to the left, then the b&b is in the first street on the left--extremely easy walk. Our room (Anfiteatro) was on the ground floor and was very large with a large bathroom with a huge shower. It was immaculately clean with a very comfortable bed which afforded us a great night's sleep--there was absolutely no noise either. Breakfast was served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and was a substantial buffet that included buccellato (the traditional Luccan bread), pastries, toast, yoghurt, cheeses, meats, cereals, hard boiled eggs, fruit, and coffee or tea (which was served by the two wonderful staff who worked the breakfast, handled check-in and check-out, and managed the cleaning of the rooms). Paolo, the owner, was not very visible. He showed up and gave a general greeting to everyone during our first breakfast and that was the only time we saw him other than when we were leaving for dinner and he was passing us by on the street and didn't acknowledge us (unless he didn't see us just exit the building). However, we were given great dinner suggestions, ideas for touring the town, and a good recommendation for a laundromat nearby by the wonderful ladies. The town is small and everything is within walking distance. We loved biking the walls, climbing the Guinigi Tower, looking in the windows of all the incredible shops, touring Il Duomo and other small charming churches, and sitting for a drink in the Anfiteatro piazza. We would definitely stay at Il Seminario if we return to Lucca.

Room Tip: Anfiteatro on ground floor, looks out on garden, absolutely huge and extremely quiet.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Il Seminario is inside the city walls, and can be a bit challenging to find. But once we got there (and the manager was very helpful in providing directions and even offering to drive to where we were and have us follow him) we found it very centrally located.

The room was very comfortable and quiet; the staff very willing to help; and the breakfast was one of the best -- featuring a very good choice.

All in all, we highly recommend Il Semiario in Lucca.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We booked Il Seminario at the last minute and while we initially thought we would be booking a B&B room with kitchenette, we were offered a fully-equipped apartment which we very willingly agreed to. The apartment was in a separate building, just 100m from the B&B, and was incredible ... spread over two floors with kitchen/dining/lounge, main bedroom and bathroom on one floor and a very funky cellar-style lounge (with fold out bed) and bathroom downstairs. Everything was new, clean and we couldn't have wanted for a single thing. We even had a washing machine which after weeks of travel was very welcome. It was also a surprisingly quiet location - and we had the added bonus of having the breakfast in the garden at the B&B available to us each morning (included in the price). AND off-street parking behind the B&B. All for an exceptionally reasonable rate. In addition, the hosts, Paolo and Marcella, were a dynamic pair who just couldn't do enough for their guests. They run an amazing property in a really lovely part of Lucca, easily accessible to all that the great Tuscan city has to offer, and they treat their guests as if they are friends coming to visit in their own home. I can't recommend Il Seminario highly enough.

Room Tip: If you like the idea of living like a local, shopping at the markets and dining in occasionally then...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Right inside the walls of the old town of Lucca, this is a great place to stay - you can walk to all attractions, the rooms are spacious, staff are great and if you have a car, there is private parking (one of the issues in the old towns). I highly recommend it - excellent breakfast, outside if weather permits. Go for it - you won't be disappointed!

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

What a find! I will recommend this B&B to anyone who will listen! It is in a great location and the property is well kept and welcoming. Manuela was most helpful upon check-in and gave us just the right amount of information to help us start exploring the city on our own.
We stayed in the Suite Guinigi. A great room on the 2nd floor. It has a little kitchenette too. The room had everything and more. It's a shame we are only staying the one night. On site car parking was a bonus- large cars will have some issue if there are cars parked on the street opposite the gate- just be patient! We became traffic assistants to someone trying to exit the property before we could park. Half the neighborhood was involved!! It was rather amusing!
Breakfast was perfect. Would not consider staying anywhere else if coming to the area again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed at B & B iL Seminario and absolutely loved it. They waited for us to arrive at late hour in the night and made sure we were comfortable. They even offered us a bottle of wine. If in Lucca this would be a great family place to stay. Our travel was through Europe and this was by far the best place for the money. Breakfast was great in their lovely garden. They have A/C which is important in July

Room Tip: Always email them if you are traveling as a family and they will let you know if they have family ro...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Having travelled by train from Pisa the location of the Il Seminario was just perfect as it was just inside the walls of Lucca but also a stones throw from the train station.
We were greeted by very friendly staff and shown to a lovely quiet room at the back of the property. The breakfast was adequate and it was a delight to stay at this B&B...

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via del Seminario 5 Centro Storico, 55100, Lucca, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 173 B&Bs / Inns in Lucca
Price Range: $69 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Il Seminario Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms have air conditioning and all rooms have private bathroom There is also wireless internet connection so that you can always stay in touch with the outside world. For a pleasant distraction you can switch on the satellite television instead. If you have any pets please do not leave them at home, they are more than welcome in our apartments. Private parking 10 € per day ... more   less 
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