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Ostello San Frediano
Ranked #6 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good price for the location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

This is not a hotel - it is a hostel. The building it occupies is huge and grand - I was told it used to be an old monastery. We got a double room (not dorms) and it was a huge family room on two levels. Spacious and clean, good value for 50euros. Location is brilliant. Could not be closer to everything! Piazza Frediano just outside is where you can get a coffee in the morning sun - beware though, extremely expensive for what you get. A coffee was 2.80 euros and a croissant 2 euros so for two people a simple pastry and coffee costs 10euros (in other parts of Italy I paid 1.20euros for good coffee). Free parking round the back.

We were looking for somewhere cheap to stay that was within walking distance of everything - this is it.

Only downside is the halls are not carpeted and sound travels so you could get noisy kids running around late at night. We did not experience this luckily (we did earlier in the day).

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2011

The San Frediano is in a perfect spot in Lucca...close to the walls where you can enjoy a stroll; close to the main shopping street...via Fullingo; close to the best pizza we had while in Italy......it's right across the street. Sammy, at the front desk, is very helpful and friendly. There is also an internet point in the lobby where you can check your emails (1 E for 60 minutes of time). It is not a luxurious place but it is spotlessly clean and the rooms are larger than most rooms we stayed in on this trip.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Hamburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2010

We didn't book before our arrival, so, unfortunately, all 2-bed rooms were occupied. But the staff was very cooperative: they gave us a bigger one at the price of a 2-bed-room. The room itself was simple but perfectly clean! Absolutely no bug-alarm! Furthermore, there was no problem to store our luggage in a special room on our last day, so we could spend the afternoon in the town without luggage. The service is fine and the staff super-friendly! Only disadvantage may be the relatively high price for single or family rooms compared to other hostels. But compared to a hotel it's certainly cheaper.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2009

Lucca was an unbelievable city and I would highly recommend anyone thinking of going to go. this hostel, while very cool looking on the outside was probably the worst of my trip. The people were friendly but the place as a whole was a bit off

I guess in the interest of conservation they did not put the heat on at all as they did in all my other hostels and they didn't have any lights on either aside from one at the end of a long hallway. The place was very very empty and kind of creepy. Every night was empty except one where there were mobs of students that came.
Oh and you have to pay 3 euro an hour to use their computer. And you have to pay for breakfast/
I would recommend this place to groups or families that would stay together in a room as it's cheap. I would not recommend it to the single traveler

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2009

This hostel is like a small palace, and in fact a former convent. It is palatial in space and in decor, very clean, very friendly staff, and a fantastic location for experiencing Lucca. I cannot recommend this hostel enough, although I don't want to spoil the secret!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2008

My friend and I stayed here one night in April 2007. We booked a double room with a bath for only 48 euro. The room was huge - the double bed and bath in an upstairs loft and a single bed downstairs. It was much roomier than we had anticipated. The decor is strangely spartan and yet 60's trippy (see photos). We hadn't realized that we needed to provide our own towels so we dried ourselved with "our cleanest dirty shirt". Should have read more closely! Like another reviewer we had the short shower curtain and flooded the bath. The only real downside to Ostello San Frediano is the restaurant. We arrived late in the evening and the much-recommended pizza restaurant was closed. The Ostello's restaurant was ready to close but managed to come up with two plates. Bless them for trying at that late hour but it was the worst thing we ate in Italy. I don't know if it's any better early in the evening.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2008

A HUGE step above an ordinary Hostel! It was huge! Beautiful! Large common areas that are classier than most hotels! They were VERY nice! It is in a great location. Cant beat the price!! The place was practically empty, as it was a weeknight, just off-season, and it was really peaceful and quiet. Especially for a Hostel!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

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  • Disliked — the internet didnt work
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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Property: Ostello San Frediano
Address: Via della Cavallerizza 12, 55100, Lucca, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Lucca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are in the historical center of Lucca, in an old restored building, close to the main attractives of the town, with a wide garden that looks upon the beautiful city walls.We have several kinds of accomodation: double rooms, family rooms for 4 or 6 persons, shared rooms with 6 or 8 beds, most of them with private bathroom; moreover we have toilets and showers on each floor. Besides the comfort that you can find in the spacious bedrooms, we have also TV room, library, dining room, meeting areas, internet point. ... more   less 
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