Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell’Alba
What We Love
- A historic boutique hotel in the picturesque Tuscan city of Lucca, with breakfastThe hard-to-beat location in the very heart of Italy’s fortified city of Lucca
- Borrowing one of the hotel’s bikes to cycle around the historic Renaissance walls
- Characterful rooms and suites with tasteful Tuscan décor and lots of luxuries
What To Know
- The lounge offers complimentary drinks and snacks plus prosecco in the evening
- You can arrange to borrow bikes (for free!) from reception
- Free WiFi is reliable
Perfect for style-lovers seeking a cultural kick, Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell’Alba is a unique four-star boutique hotel in the Tuscan city of Lucca. Comprised of a 14th-century church and the former stables of the 16th-century Villa Bottini, the property is lovingly restored and supremely elegant. The tastefully appointed guest rooms have cozy beds, tiled and glass en-suite bathrooms and all the mod cons, while the split-level (and more splurge-worthy) suites, inside of the historic towers that are in front of the main building, come with dressing rooms, Jacuzzi baths and a lot more living space.
When it comes to Tuscan cities, lovely Lucca may be lesser-known than its more glamorous neighbors, but the so-called City of 100 Churches is one of the country’s most cherished spots for staking out Renaissance architecture and historic monuments. Days can be spent cycling around the city’s walled perimeter, visiting the tiny churches and art galleries, and gazing up in awe at Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower) that’s unexpectedly topped with a garden of oak trees. Equally visit-worthy is the Duomo San Martino that houses Volto Santo, the wooden crucifix that Nicodemus believed was carved by an angel.
How to Get There
We were greeted at reception with “we’ve upgraded you”.i think I may have mentioned that this was my treat for a special evening for my boyfriend’s birthday. But...we were treated to a two-story room in the hotels annex. Quiet, great privacy, but just walking distance from the great city of Lucca. The room had a canopied bed, spa tub and a second bath on the other level. It was clean and comfortably air conditioned. I think we paid a small addl amt to park our car at the hotel. I would heartily recommend this hotel. It was a perfect stopover between Umbria and Milan to fly home.
The rooms are large good water presión and a great black out in the room
They have parking in site and a good breakfast is included
The reception people gave us very good information and recommended good inexpensive restaurants
Lucca is a great little town in toscana to visit
At night it looks like a miniature model
We have just returned from a trip to Lucca / Pisa and this hotel really was a fantastic element of the trip.
The rooms are large and fitter to a high standard unlike the one we stayed in, in pisa it had working air con which was a godsend in the hot summer heat.
There is a small area in the hotel near reception where you can help yourself to soft drinks and a small alcohol selection which was a nice little touch.
Its 10 minutes walk to the station and 5 minutes walk into lucca town so perfectly situated. They have bikes to use (for free) if that floats your boat.
Would definitely recomend this hotel.