Via del Fosso 26, Lucca, Tuscany, 55100, Italy
The former stables of the Villa Bottini have been transformed into a modern hotel with stylish rooms done in a warm wood veneer with blue-and-white fittings. A second-floor terrace, overlooking the villa, makes a comfortable place to relax, and there's a hot tub for the adventurous. The use of free bicycles is a nice bonus in this bike-friendly city, and the sumptuous buffet breakfast could see you through dinner. Residenza dell'Alba, the hotel's annex across the street, was originally part of a 14th-century church; now it's a luxe accommodation with in-room hot tubs, high sweeping ceilings, Oriental rugs, and lush, comfortable furniture.
- one Fodor's reader sums it up as a "nice, modern small hotel"
- free bicycles
- though in the city center, it's a little removed from main attractions
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