Antica Corte dei Principe is a tiny hotel hidden on an alleyway in the heart of the walled city of Lucca. It is not easy to locate and the walk from the train station with suitcases in hot temperatures can be exhausting. When you finally arrive, you then have to hike up several sets of narrow stone stairways to reach the check-in area. Simone, who runs the place, will be more than happy to assist with the bags and she makes the move in as smooth as possible. She even gave us some cold bottled water which was a real life saver.
The room was small but had adequate space for two large suitcases and bags, etc. The bathroom, which was updated with modern fixtures, was tiny and only useful for one at a time. The shower is extremely small but will get you clean as long as you don’t try to move around much. If you have long legs, you will bang your knees while using the toilet. The towels were clean and plentiful.
My main complaint was the bed. The mattress was very thin and the springs dug in all night long. There was no mattress pad and just a threadbare single sheet. Even though the mattress was clean (I checked), no extra mattress protection made me uncomfortable as this is a hotel and there are so many people sleeping on the same bed night after night. I told Simone about the bad springs and she said it was a new mattress. She should get her money back.
The room was clean but the drapes on the windows and the canopy around the bed frame were soiled as was the upholstery on the little chairs and bench. I’m sure it is not easy to keep things clean in hotel rooms but this could use to be updated. The safe had a “broken – do not use” sign on it and the fridge was warm.
The breakfast was okay, some cold cereal, a few slices of meat and cheese, yogurt and two pastries to choose from. The coffee was good but Simone has to make it for you so you have to sit and wait for her to arrive.
Nice town of Lucca