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Wake Up Here: The Grand Universe Lucca

Wake Up Here: The Grand Universe Lucca

August 18th, 2023

Introducing you to the Grand Universe Lucca hotel in Lucca, Italy.

Centrally-located and impressively elegant, the Grand Universe Lucca hotel in the pretty city of Lucca certainly packs a punch!

Part of the prestigious Autograph Collection, the Grand Universe Lucca is at the heart of the city in an ideal central location of the main square, the Piazza del Giglio.

This grand palazzo has been elegantly transformed into a boutique hotel and like Lucca itself, has an illustrious musical heritage with the likes of jazz legend Chet Baker and opera legend Giacomo Puccini having graced the hallowed corridors.

The city of Lucca is housed within the famed city Renaissance walls and the hotel with its honey-coloured facade overlooks both the Piazza del Giglio and the Piazza Napoleone and is conveniently located to a great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Lucca’s storied past blends effortlessly with its contemporary decor which is opulent with plush fabrics, warm hues and more.

As you enter into the hotel, you are greeted by a grand piano in the main entrance which forms part of the Symphony Lounge. There are live music recitals here, but we didn’t have the opportunity to partake in this during our two night stay.

For those really looking to make their stay at the Grand Universe a memorable one, you can even commission the resident pianist to compose a piece of music as a soundtrack for their stay at the hotel for guests on request which is just one of the ‘Autograph Collection’s highly unique tailored experiences.

There are 55 rooms and suites all of which are categorised by Lucca’s rich musical heritage) which include a standard room named ‘Piccolo’ to the more luxurious and spacious Maestro and Puccini Suites.

Our suite, a Maestro, was on two levels, with a living area with high ceilings with beams and parquet floors, an expansive set of wardrobe and storage, and a shower room with a large walk-in shower on the ground floor.

There were wooden stairs leading up to the mezzanine level where you’ll find a king size bed and yet another bathroom with a sunken bathtub sympathetically decorated in soothing shades of grey paying homage to the Lucchese stone typical of this city.

The ceilings are high and the windows large giving a real sense of space and light. It almost has the feel of a stylish apartment as opposed to a hotel room and it is a relaxing oasis to retreat to in the city.

The hotel’s restaurant - The Legacy offers a fantastic selection of dishes that take traditional Tuscan creations and reimagine them. The restaurant is small in stature, but the cuisine really packs a punch. We enjoyed eating alfresco and listening to the sounds from the Lucca Summer Festival which was taking place during the duration of our stay.

You can choose from a great selection of dishes which includes beef tartare, grilled octopus, cured meats from the region for starters. There’s also some impressive main courses such as Tuscan ragu, fresh pasta and more. Make sure you head upstairs to the tiny champagne bar where you can enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Lucca.

The Grand Universe Lucca is a sumptuous, yet understated hotel that has effortlessly blended the old with the new making this an absolute joy to check into.

Double rooms at Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection are priced from £220, room only.

Emma Harrison

Emma Harrison

Music editor, Emma, is in her element at gigs, listening to records and has freelanced as a music and travel writer for the past 7 years.

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