We stayed for two nights at this hotel which is very close to St. John's Gate and only a 10 minute walk to the railway station ( take the left set of steps up from here ). The welcome at the desk was warm and the team were very efficient. The rooms and bathrooms are a good size and views on to the neighbouring squares are fantastic - the hotel has a bar and restaurant spilling out on to one of these squares. Walking anywhere is easy - less than an hour round the walls. Highlights are the amphitheatre ( try to avoid the temptation to eat at one of the many restaurants as service is very quick and quality suffers ) and all the sites associated with the Holy Face - Cathedral and museum combined tickets are great value and this allows you to visit the Roman ruins beneath St. Giovanni.
Breakfast was good and the imposing facade was always a welcome sight after a long day's sightseeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Universo is the very first hotel built in Lucca, locatedo in the hearth of the historical centre. Estabilished as a guesthouse around 1850, under the name of "Locanda Universo and Tosca" it became an hotel in 1857. The Hotel is definitely the best starting point to discover the treasures of Lucca and its surroundings: within a few minutes walk you can reach all the sights of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Universo Hotel Lucca