The Grand Universe Lucca is the only luxury hotel in the historic center of the city. The best architecture and design firms are working on the renovation, and they’ve designed a new hotel that harmoniously blends art and culture with the most modern and technological concepts of luxury hospitality. There is also a focus on respecting the environment
The hotel overlooks two of the most beautiful piazzas in Lucca, a city located in the heart of Tuscany. There is the Piazza del Giglio, where the historic Teatro di Lucca is located, and then the Piazza Napoleone, home to the Palazzo Ducale, which takes its name from the times of Napoleon’s rule. In fact, it was once home to Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, the emperor’s sister. The Grand Universe Lucca is mere steps away from masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance architecture, such as the Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Reparata, the Cattedrale di San Martino and many other ancient gems in this history-rich town
At the Grand Universe Lucca, the hotel’s past lives on in the present, allowing guests to be immersed in an evocative atmosphere that is steeped in history, where the classic and the modern come together. Since 1857, it has been a destination for poets, philosophers and artists from Italy and abroad. Now the hotel is preparing to host a whole new generation of clients who will be able to experience the excitement of staying in this property that has undergone a renovation that respects the traditions of a town that was the capital of silk-making in ancient times. Refined decorative elements, furnishings and fabrics will bring back that understated elegance and charm that have always been the hotel’s trademarks
The hotel is part of the Autograph Collection, a Marriott Group brand, which includes upscale and luxury properties for travelers who want to stay in boutique hotels, historic residences and urban resorts. Being part of the collection is synonymous with high quality because Marriott has incredibly high standards. Furthermore, by joining the Marriott Rewards program, clients can earn points when staying in Autograph hotels, which offer the same privileges as the other members of the group
The Grand Universe Lucca will have special offers for all guests that sign up for the site’s newsletter and book a stay at the hotel in the first year after it opens.
At the hotel, clients can expect an informal atmosphere but with “white glove” treatment. The hotel’s welcoming and professional staff is ready to offer suggestions and tips for making sure guests have the best experience in and around the city of Lucca.
Everything is authentic, from the city—with its rich history and almost perfectly preserved original architecture—to the elegant palazzo where the Grand Universe Lucca is located. The palazzo dates back to the sixteenth century, and, today, it has been masterfully renovated.
Staying at the Grand Universe Lucca guarantees access to various exclusive services, including:
A Bistro and Wine Bar
Netflix and YouTube
Video On Demand
A Fitness Area
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The Gold Book
Chet Baker, the romantic yet tormented trumpet player known for the ‘cool jazz’ genre, frequented the city and the Hotel Universo in the nineteen-sixties. The greatest trumpet player in jazz history was often photographed playing his famous music from the windowsill of room fifteen.
It is said that King Victor Emmanuel of Italy once stopped at the hotel during a visit to Lucca to have a coffee. The owner went to greet him and introduced himself as the ‘owner of the Universe.’ The king replied by saying that he was merely ‘the humble king of a country
Giacomo Puccini, one of the greatest composers in the history of opera, was a frequent guest at the hotel, which is still today located opposite the Teatro Del Giglio. The maestro of Lucca presented operas like Edgar, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and the Girl of the West on the city’s most important stage. And he never failed to show up for the many ceremonies honoring him.
Intellectuals and philosophers like John Ruskin and Robin Collingwood, along with composers like Pietro Mascagni and Leoncavallo and poets like Giuseppe Ungaretti all signed the hotel’s Gold Book. Today, the book is kept in the public library as a testament to the history and cultural richness of the city
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Piazza Del Giglio, Lucca (LU) Italy
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Known for its historic monuments and intact sixteenth-century walls, Lucca is a beautiful city of art located in the heart of Tuscany, at the base of the Apuan Alps and less than thirty minutes from the wonderful Versilia coast. Lucca is also known as the “city of 100 churches”—many of which date back to Medieval times—and has been recognized for its important architectural heritage thanks to its past. This is something that will not go lost on visitors as they walk among the elegant, historical palazzos or climb the towers, such as the Torre delle Ore or the Torre Guinigi, from which it is possible to admire the famous rolling Tuscan hills with their vineyards and olive groves. Visitors will be amazed again and again by this gem of perfectly preserved Medieval and Renaissance architecture in a city also known for its important musical tradition. In fact, Lucca is the hometown of composers Luigi Boccherini and Giacomo Puccini. The town can be easily reached by car and by train from Pisa and Florence.
In the historic center
Located in the historic center of Lucca, the hotel overlooks two important piazzas: the Piazza Napoleone—also known as the Piazza Grande—and the Piazza del Giglio where the Teatro Comunale, an important hub of culture, is also located. The Piazza takes its name from the theater, which dates back to the seventeenth century. The name also references the fact that local Duchess Maria Luisa di Borbone asked that the Borbone family crest—featuring three golden lilies (lily in Italian is “giglio”)—be placed on the facade. At the center of the piazza is a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the “hero of two worlds.” It was made in 1889 in white marble by sculptor Urbano Lucchesi.
The new hotel is to become part of Marriott’s prestigious Autograph Collection. It is located in an elegant and historic palazzo (Palazzo Paoli) from 1500 in the historic center of Lucca, a Tuscan art city. In fact, the Grand Universe Lucca is the only luxury hotel in the city’s historic center. The best architecture and design firms are working on the renovation, and they’ve designed a new hotel that harmoniously blends art and culture with the most modern and technological concepts of luxury hospitality. There is also a focus on respecting the environment.