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Lucca: B&B La Romea2 Vicolo delle Ventaglie, Phone: 0583.464175
Reviewed by: JDeQ from Canada, review #2285
When: May 2008
La Romea is a wonderful B&B situated within a 14th century palazzo in the very heart of Lucca’s walled city center.
La Romea has four double rooms and a suite, each with its own design and colour scheme. The owner's attention to detail is evident throughout. Each room has a private bathrooms, direct telephone line, television, mini-bar, air conditioning and internet connection.
The two young hosts, Giulio and Gaia, were at our disposal throughout our stay. They provided great advice regarding restaurants, sights, etc., and responded to questions with prompt efficiency.
We drove to Lucca and didn't want to try and find the B&B on our own. Gaia met us at the Porta Santa Maria; we followed her car to the B&B where we dropped off the luggage. We then followed her car to a private parking lot where we were able to park the car for the remainder of our stay in Lucca. The charge for this was 10 euros per day - far better than parking outside the walls. Later when it was time to go, Giulio drove us and our luggage to the parking lot, helped us load up the car, and we followed him to the Porta Santa Maria so we could be on our way.
I knew from previous experience touring Lucca that we didn't want to drive in the walled city. This was confirmed for us when we heard an American guest talk about the challenges he had trying to find the B&B using his GPS (which apparently just didn't work properly in Lucca). While he was outraged by this Lucchesi 'flaw' Gaia was good at reminding him that the streets were laid out hundreds of years ago, well before the advent of GPS technology! Even lost guy had to laugh.
The B&B is located on the first floor (2nd to North Americans) of the palazzo. You enter into spacious living room which doubles as a breakfast room. The five guest rooms are located off of this main room. Each morning the breakfasts included eggs done the way we wished, fresh fruit salad, yogurt, tomatoes and basil, cheese, ham and a variety of breads and toasts. They were amongst the best breakfasts we have had in a hotel/B&B in Italy.
We stayed in the red room which was once a part of a medieval tower. The large room was very clean and beautifully furnished. The bathroom large, clean and well stocked with shampoos, soap, etc.
The location of the B&B is perfect - you are about 5 minutes from many of Lucca’s main sights and features.
Rooms cost from 90 to 160 euros depending upon the room you select and the season.
Reviewed by: smile_cc from MA, review #852
When: November 2003
Unique B & B in the perfect location to enjoy Lucca.
La Romea in Lucca was one of our favorite B & Bs. Giulio and Gala were wonderful and helpful. We'd planned to only stay 2 nights, but arrived in Lucca a day early so we spent 3 days in Lucca - and we were so glad we did. Guilio upgraded our room so we stayed in the yellow room for the price of the pink room.
La Romea is in the perfect location - right in the heart of the old city. At night walking down the small streets you can imagine what it was like hundreds of years ago. We would definitely go back and stay again. I found La Romea on the Slow Travel website and so glad we stayed there.
Reviewed by: Judi from GA, review #203
When: May, 2002
La Romea is a beautifully restored B&B in the center of Lucca.
This B&B is on the first floor (US second) of a fourteenth century palace. The young owners lovingly and creatively restored it and opened it in 2001.
There are four double rooms, a four bedded room and a suite. Each room has a phone and TV. The rates are between Euro 100-150. I stayed in the beautiful large blue room with a frescoed ceiling, comfortable bed and a wonderful large bath. The three large windows all have geranium filled window boxes. It is the largest and most expensive room.
Breakfasts are fresh and filling ... fruit, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, plus freshly squeezed orange juice, coffe, tea and hot chocolate. Gaia's mother will cook eggs to order. She fusses over the guests and makes sure everyone has what they want and need.
Guilio and Gaia are very gracious and helpful hosts. If I ever return to Lucca I would definitely stay at La Romea again.
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