Review of Relais San Lorenzo B&B in Lucca, Italy

Updated on December 4, 2017
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Relais San Lorenzo
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There is always a fair amount of uncertainty when it comes to booking accommodations when traveling abroad. You can read all the reviews you want, look at countless pictures, and still end up being disappointed. That is why when we find a truly exceptional place at a fair price, I feel compelled to write about it. We found just such a place recently, located in the heart of historic Lucca. Relais San Lorenzo B&B, owned and operated by host Daniela and her son Michele, do everything right to make your stay a memorable one.

Relais San Lorenzo
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Located in the restored fifteenth century Orsucci palace, Relais San Lorenzo has five rooms, all renovated in the typical Tuscan style. Each room is tastefully decorated and has a private en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, mini-frig with cold drinks for your use, color television, and internet connection. The rooms are large, clean, and quiet. One room does have a small balcony while another has access to a large terrace overlooking the courtyard. There is a large common room with ample seating where breakfast is served daily. The rooms are on the second floor of the historic Orsucci palace, and the building has a center courtyard, which would appear to accommodate parking if you come to Lucca with a vehicle. For those with mobility issues please note that there is no elevator, but help with your bags will be arranged if needed.

Relais San Lorenzo is centrally located on a rather quiet street in historic Lucca close to the Anfiteatro and Piazza San Michele. There are plenty of excellent restaurants close by including one in the same building, Locando di Bacca, which we did try and was exceptional. Really, everything inside Lucca’s massive walls is within easy walking distance of San Lorenzo, and the train station, which is located just outside the wall is only about a twelve minute walk.

Relais San Lorenzo
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Of particular interest to those considering a stay at Relais San Lorenzo is the interesting and informative Domus Romana Lucca Museum, which is located in the basement of the palace. The museum contains the remains of an ancient Roman home and portico, and was discovered in 2012 during renovations to the building. It offers a fascinating look at ancient roman life in Lucca, and the cost to enter is only a few euros. Definitely worth a visit.

Entrance to Relais San Lorenzo and Domus Romana Lucca Museum
Entrance to Relais San Lorenzo and Domus Romana Lucca Museum | Source
Domus Romana Lucca Museum
Domus Romana Lucca Museum | Source

One of the things that separates Relais San Lorenzo from other establishments and makes it so special is the attention to detail that host Daniela puts into everything she does. One walk around the B&B and this will become clearly evident. You will certainly feel like you are staying in a palace. Daniela is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Lucca, and her B&B sets a very high standard for what guests should expect when traveling.

Relais San Lorenzo
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Now on to the wonderful breakfast served daily from 8:30am to 10:30am. I can guarantee that you will not leave hungry after sampling the wonderful assortment that Daniela puts out every morning. When traveling I like to eat a solid breakfast and then find something quick and easy for lunch, so breakfast is very important to me when looking for accommodations. The assortment of breads, pastries, pizza, cookies and jams that Daniela offers is amazing, and this is just the start. There is also yogurt, cereal, fresh fruit, a variety of juices, coffee, tea, and she will even make you eggs served just the way you want them. Daniela really goes out of her way to be attentive to the needs of her quests, and honestly she was a joy to converse with every morning.

Tip: Our favorite pizza place was Pizzeria da Felice. It’s located just a few minutes from Relais San Lorenzo and is a great place to grab a quick slice for lunch while touring Lucca.

Relais San Lorenzo
Relais San Lorenzo | Source
Relais San Lorenzo
Relais San Lorenzo | Source
Relais San Lorenzo
Relais San Lorenzo | Source

Another surprise awaits you after a long day of exploring Lucca when you return to Relais San Lorenzo each evening. Daniela leaves out a decanter of cognac in the common room should anyone fancy a nightcap before retiring. Even if this is not your thing, it’s one more personal touch that helps separate San Lorenzo from the rest of the pack. And be sure to utilize the mini-frig in your room, the cold drinks are for your enjoyment at no extra cost and they are replenished daily. No nickle and diming patrons here. This may seem minor, but grabbing a cold water to take with you as you head out the door for a day of touring is not something that many establishments do.

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As with any hotel, Bed and Breakfast, or other accommodation, the rates will vary by season. We visited Lucca in early September and the price of 135 euros was very reasonable and fair. Rates for the rooms with a balcony will be slightly higher.

My experience in traveling all over Italy has been that accommodations are generally on the smaller side, especially the bathrooms and showers. Prices vary widely and what you see in photos is not always what you get. Rest assured, San Lorenzo is the real deal. There are no surprises, cleverly cropped photos, or misleading information. Read the TripAdvisor, Hotels.com, or Expedia reviews and I think you will get the message. By the way, we discussed TripAdvisor with Daniela one morning and she told us that she pays no attention to it. She knows what visitors expect, and she executes and delivers with precision. I wonder if Daniela is even aware that Relais San Lorenzo was designated a 2017 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor?

Relais San Lorenzo
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The true final grading of any hotel or B&B is the answer to one of the following questions. Would I stay here again if I ever returned, and would I recommend the place to friends and family? To that I can give a resounding yes. Daniela’s warm and welcoming personality perfectly complements this amazing Bed & Breakfast, and I would not hesitate to highly recommend Relais San Lorenzo to anyone visiting Lucca or the surrounding area.

Ciao for now.

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Via Cesare Battisti, 15, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Heidi. Thank you. Didn’t think about it that way but you are correct. Get up, have a leisurely breakfast, tour the museum, then have dinner in the restaurant located in the building. You could spend one day just in the Orsucci Palace. Glad you enjoyed the tour, have a great day.

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      Heidi Thorne 13 days ago from Chicago Area

      That looks like a destination in itself! Definitely not your usual hotel. Adding it to the "someday when I get there" list. Thanks for always sharing these wonderful places and your photos with us!

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Flourish. It really is the details that separate this place from the competition. Daniela clearly gets this. Thanks again, have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Linda, thank you. I would definitely stay here again if we were to ever return to Lucca. Really a special place. Have a nice weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA

      Details matter and it seems like she’s there to please her guests. I’d love to visit based on your review.

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      Linda Crampton 13 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      If I ever visit Lucca, I will definitely consider staying in the establishment that you describe. It looks like a lovely place. Thanks for sharing the review, Bill.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. It really is the little things. A cold drink, a nightcap, a friendly greeting at breakfast. Daniela really does pay attention to the details, and that is why her B&B is a clear winner. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Thank you. It’s been a busy couple of months. First out to Seattle for a week, and then to Italy for two weeks. It’s actually good to be home. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. Daniela really has found the recipe for success. And it’s really all about listening to what visitors want and executing. Something as simple as offering your guests a cold drink at no cost is so simple, and yet it is rare to find.

      Even more rare is finding Pizza for breakfast. At first I thought it odd but I did try it and it was great. Hey, when in Italy do as the Italians do. Thanks again, have a nice weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Kristen. Lucca really was wonderful as I’m sure your brother and family can attest to. So nice to see you here again, have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 13 days ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Terry. We have been to some amazing places and have some great memories. Looking forward to many more.

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      Mary Norton 2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      That decanter of cognac is indeed a nice touch. What differentiates hotels really is the attention to detail in making the guests stay enjoyable.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      As I've said before, Bill, the only way I'm going to see these places is with your help, so thanks again for letting me stow away in your luggage for a great trip. Have a great weekend!

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      Mary Wickison 2 weeks ago from Brazil

      It sounds like Daniela has brought back hospitality. So many B&Bs and hotels have forgotten how to make people feel welcome.

      I love the idea of having a no-cost mini fridge in the room.

      Something I had to read twice was pizza for breakfast!

      It sounds like an ideal place to stay and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Kristen Howe 2 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, it's been a long while since I visited your travelogue hubs. This sounds like a great place to visit on a trip to Italy. My brother, sister-in-law-to-be and her two sons, went to Lucca a year ago this month around Christmas, in part of their European vacation, when they explored Italy (and also went to Munich.) Fantastic hub.

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      Terry DeGiulio 2 weeks ago

      Yet another great article Bill. And, yes, yet another great trip I am blessed to be apart of!!! Relais San Lorenzo was truly one of the best B&B's we have stayed in. Memories, sweet memories... Thank you Daniela and Michele!!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Louise. We really enjoyed our visit to Lucca and our stay at Relais San Lorenzo made our visit that much more enjoyable. If you ever get the opportunity to visit you will love it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Peggy. This place was a great find and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lucca was so interesting, we really enjoyed it’s history and unique architecture. Have a great weekend.

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      Louise Powles 2 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Lucca. I have never visited Italy, but would love to some day. The B & B you stayed in sounds wonderful. I'm tempted to visit here now. Thankyou!

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      Peggy Woods 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Staying in a palace with a museum of archeological significance below it mixed with the charm of a well run B & B is a wonderful combination. Thanks for the recommendation. Relais San Lorenzo looks like it deserves that award by TripAdvisor. I enjoyed your photos of the place as well as your descriptions.