After spending a few days in Nice, we were looking forward to a quiet, restful week in Tuscany. We arrived at Hotel Villa la Principessa in Lucca by car, and were immediately breath taken by the beautiful surroundings. This old style villa sitting at the foot of a hill is surrounded by a lush forest of trees and bamboo bushes.
The Villa La Principessa hotel was the home and court of Castruccio Castracani, Lord and Duke of Lucca. The 13th-century manor house is warmly-decorated in the interior, features a lounge with a fireplace, lounge bar, restaurant, swimming pool set in a wonderful garden, terrace, and a park all making Villa La Principessa the ideal destination for those who are entranced by the combination of nature and refinement.
The magnificent building is resplendent with its history and grandeur. Upon entering the foyer, one is simply sent back in time to a beautiful age. The old world style typical of the era of the property, enhances its beauty and charm. Antiques dot the common areas and welcome guests as they stroll throughout the rooms.
The hotel offers 33 elegant rooms and 8 luxurious junior suites. We were delighted to be upgraded to a junior suite which was more than spacious containing the utmost comfortable seating area with a sofa, small deck, and two armchairs. After traveling from Nice on trains lacking air-conditioning, we truly appreciated the coolness of our room, which is not always installed in many European hotels. Our room, on the second floor overlooked the back area of the Villa with a garden view, creating a tranquil and comfortable ambiance. All of the guest rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, a safe, WiFi Internet connectivity, minibars, and an LCD TV, including 20 Italian and foreign channels. All the rooms have a sizable private bathroom. Our bathroom had a double sink with opulent bathrobes, a hairdryer, and even a service phone.
Hotel Villa la Principessa has a Tuscan restaurant onsite for guests to enjoy dining either indoors or out in the garden area. We had a couple of dinners out in the garden, which were all wonderful. I especially enjoyed my homemade fresh pasta, and the beautiful surroundings of the profuse greenery.
They serve an international buffet breakfast outside in the garden each morning on the terrace. There is no shortage of delicious foods. I especially could not believe the selection of food they offered, there was something for everyone, both hot and cold. It was for sure the most plentiful breakfast selection I had seen in a while.
Outside, in the large gardens was the swimming pool. It was surely a great way to relax after a busy day out in Lucca. Serving as an escape from the hustle and bustle of traveling, this swimming pool is the perfect spot for unwinding. Not to mention the picturesque landscapes that can be viewed from the pool make one feel as if they are in a different world.
Hotel Villa la Principessa is only a couple miles from Lucca city center, and about a half hour drive from Pisa, making it an ideal spot to tour the region. Overall, we had a truly enjoyable stay, and we would definitely return in the future.
Note: Wifi is not complimentary, however it is based on a per use basis, so we paid €10 for the connectivity for the 5 days in total. Villa La Principessa is also a pet-friendly hotel.
Hotel Villa La Principessa, Via Nuova per Pisa 1616/G, 55050 Massa Pisana LU, Italy