Address: Via della Cavallerizza 12, Lucca, Toscana, Itália
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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.
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.
This is a beautiful hostel in a beautiful city. Everyone was very friendly, and it was easy to meet other travellers here. It is a bit of a hike from the train station, but no more than thirty minutes at most, and it's a pretty stroll through the center of the town, with plenty of places to stop for a gelato or coffee. I would definitely recommend this hostel!
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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)