I was wondering whether to write yet another review of Villa La Principessa but I really do think they deserve it. Each time we've stayed there (4 times now - twice this year) we've been in different rooms and each time they have been wonderful. The staff and service in general remain delightful, the food likewise, the accommodation airy and excellent quality, the pool terrific... Everything seems just "right" at this hotel.
We, a middle-aged couple who live in a city centre, travel a lot for work and stay in bland 4* or 5* business hotels that efficiently pack you in like sardines, where everything works perfectly -- and where there is no soul. We've stayed in some in Italy like that too. Villa La Principessa is not like that *at all.* It *is* smart, everything does work perfectly, but the staff are *really* charming, the decor thoughtful and personal, and spaces grand without being intimidating, the aristocratic history of the place everywhere and yet uncompromising to comfort. A boutique (but still medium-sized in terms of rooms) hotel outside Lucca, converted from a royal villa, it offers what is for us a unique experience: the closest we can think of are smart British country house hotels - but with better weather and far more generous accommodation (was our last room 50 m2 with 4m high ceilings? Probably. The previous one was even larger and had the most wonderful terrace overlooking the fountain and woods).
We shall certainly be back for the 5th time next year to what is still, after 4 visits, our favourite hotel in the world. Keep up the good work, Villa La Principessa!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa La Principessa is an elegant hotel with private park and swimming pool, surrounded by the hills around Lucca. All rooms are air-conditioned and bright.The historic centre of Lucca is 3 km from Villa La Principessa, formerly a noble residence.La Principessa's restaurant serves traditional recipes and Tuscan wines.The sun terrace and the garden offer panoramic views of the countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa La Principessa Hotel Lucca
- Hotel La Principessa
- La Principessa Hotel