Stay in Lecce
Since Lecce was not a big tourist destination until recently, it doesn’t have the large numbers of historic hotels and pensioni that you’ll find in other art cities. This isn’t a bad thing, though, since in order to accommodate modern travellers, increasing numbers of enterprising locals are setting up good-quality and affordable B&Bs. Within the historic centre you can stay in either a cheap and decent guest house, or a stylish apartment within one of the town’s Baroque palazzi. Since B&Bs can be rather more idiosyncratic than hotels, you should read recent guest reviews before booking. There are also several more standard hotels including one very smart option in the heart of town.
Risorgimento Resort *****
The swankiest place to stay in Lecce, the Risorgimento Resort is a modern five-star hotel in a historic building in the heart of Lecce, close to Piazza Sant’Oronzo. Luxurious, ambitious and convenient too, the hotel has good reviews and is the place to stay if you’re planning a luxury trip. The hotel sometimes offers surprisingly good-value rates.
Patria Palace *****
Another, more traditional, five-star hotel, the Patria Palace is also excellently-located in the historic centre, in a grand palazzo among Lecce’s sights. The decor is impressive and staff are praised by previous guests.
Eos Hotel ***
A modern and well-thought-out three star ‘design hotel’ with free wi-fi, a bar, smart and stylish decor. It’s a short walk outside the historic centre.
The best Lecce B&Bs
Truly lovely B&B for an aspirational Lecce lifestyle. It consists of three luxurious rooms in an eighteenth century palazzo around a private courtyard garden. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available.
B&B Centro Storico
A reliable bed and breakfast option in the middle of town with a roof terrace and free wireless internet.
I stayed here in 2008. The B&B isn’t as atmospheric as some of the other B&Bs in town but it is affordable and practical. Just around the back of Piazza Sant’Oronzo and very convenient for Lecce’s best ice-cream and cake shop, it has good reviews from other guests, too.
A decent B&B with a variety of rooms and ‘suites’, situated near the castle, very close to – though not actually within – the historic lanes of the centre.
Useful external links
Lecce hotels & B&Bs (Booking)
STP Lecce (buses)