Address: Via della Cavallerizza 12, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
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I don't usually write reviews but I had to for this hostel. The staff were amazing from beginning to end, extremely helpful with providing information about tours and things to do in and around Lucca. We could tell that they really cared about helping us make the most of our trip!
Great place, no kitchen
I enjoyed my time here but the only thing preventing me from giving this 5 stars is the lack of a kitchen. There are a lot of areas to relax after a day exploring Lucca or any of the nearby cities. The hostel staff were always very friendly and were able to quickly answer any questions I had. The beds are bunk beds and the top bunk didn't have any railings or stairs to get up, which could be a problem for someone a little out of shape. Each room has lockers that are big enough to hold most luggage.
Train strike in Italy (I could not get to the hostel) and they charged
I has made a reservation for this Hostel, but that night there was a train strike in Italy so I could not get to Lucca. I called as soon as I knew about it, and they said the manager was not there but that they would look into my case. The next day I sent an email to the hostel explaining the situation and they never replied, and they did not give me a refund either.
Ostello San Frediano is a huge building on the inside border of the city walls of Lucca. It is the only hostel in town and it is part of the YHA.
Located within the walls of the historic center of Lucca, the hostel is certainly way more than the five hundred meters from the train station as written in their own description. From the train station, take the front exit and walk towards the city wall that is just in front of you. There you have the first direction sign to get to the hostel. Going into the narrow streets of Lucca, watch carefully for the next signs as they are easy to miss! Locals are willing to help if you get lost like we did.
There are also a few very small buses that can get you almost to the door of Ostello San Frediano if you don't feel like walking. The location of the hostel is excellent, as you are at walking distance to everything that has to be visited or seen in Lucca.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel offers dorms as well as family rooms. Our dorm had eight average-comfort bunk beds, a personal in-room locker for everybody, and also a small sink in it. The beds are quite close one to the other, so hope you don't have a snoring person next to you! And get ready for some brain activity, because you have to remember how to get to your room. This gigantic hostel looks like a maze if you sleep in the dorms at the other end. The hostel in general is very clean and quiet.
The bathrooms are located usually in front of the dorms, and there are usually two showers per bathroom. Watch out because the bathrooms' door can be locked, so if somebody wants to monopolize the place to take a quiet shower, nobody has access to the other shower, to the sinks, and to the toilet! The showers are hot and pretty clean, but they tend to overfill so that the floor gets damped all over.
People have access to some huge resting rooms with approximately twenty-five-foot ceilings and couches. There is also a TV room with a few tables, which is also the only place where people are allowed to eat their own food. There is no kitchen where guests can prepare food. The hostel doesn't serve breakfast for free, but they do have a restaurant beside the reception desk where you can buy one or buy a dinner.
Ostello San Frediano is not really a place where you can expect to meet friendly backpackers, maybe due to the size of the building. During our stay, the woman at the reception told us the hostel was full and we barely saw ten people during our stay.
Overall, Ostello San Frediano is a great place to stay to spend a good time in Lucca, because it is really in the central area of the town. Facilities provided to travelers are of relatively good quality and are definitively adequate for backpackers as well as families.
Great, cheap, perfect location!
Lucca is a flat fortified town, so it's an easy walk to the ostello, which is perfectly located to explore the whole place -- and get a quiet sleep! I was there with my brother in june 2007 -- we just showed up, asked for a private room. I think they were all booked, but the very friendly guy at the desk gave us the keys to a dorm all to ourselves, while only charging us for the regular dorm price! Very cool. The place is huge, with many little cozy common rooms to hang out and play scrabble or cards. there is also a TV room with comfy couches. Very clean, solid non-creaky bunk beds, very quiet (thick doors!), big washroom with shower in our dorm, with plenty of hot water. Big lockers to put our stuff in, and the place felt nice and safe. Lucca is wonderful! So much to see, walking the walls in the evenings with the locals and joggers, make sure to climb up the torre Guinigi for great views of the place under the ilex trees. Lots of shops, cheap and expensive/fancy alike. Wonderful experience to see all the locals zooming by on the tons of old bikes barely locked everywhere, a bit la Amsterdam, from the old dude with his cigarette to the plump mamma in stilettos and faux gold lam DG bag. Priceless. Lucca is a must-see in itself, but is also very well-located as a base to explore the region -- all the charm of an old town with modern-city comforts!
Clean and friendly
We stayed here for two night. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and the people friendly. Lucca is a nice little town. You can't cook your own meal, but you can eat in the hostel. There's a cheap pizza place across the street though (six euros a pizza) and a few nice restaurants in town which we found to be cheaper.
About the most unwelcoming and unfriendly place we experienced in Italy. The rooms were nice and clean and the facilities were good. But the atmosphere was very stale. A "hello" from the person at the front desk would have been nice. Even an acknowledgment that we were there could have helped.
Its not a forty-minute walk, well maybe if you are a snail. Its about ten minutes -- no hills, easy walk. Showers were fine and didnt leak at all. The dorms were full when i got there, so they used a family room as a dorm for one night, which was great. But the dorms there are also fine.
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Groups (10+ people)
Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Max. Age: All Ages
Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: 01:00 (1 AM)
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 7:30 AM - Noon & 3:30 PM - Midnight (07:30-12:00 & 15:30-24:00)
Size: Very Large (100+ beds)