While staying at the Renaissance Ciocca (photo) - near more familiar Italian towns of Lucca and Pisa - we learned from our friend and Ciocco general manager, Georges Midleje, that Marriott would open a new hotel in Lucca in 2018 - the Grand Universe - for which he will also oversee. Below is hotel's Facebook page listing (not yet up on Marriott.com).
It's in the heart of Lucca, and if you've never been there, it's a fascinating, walled city; the site of recent "Rolling Stones" musical presentation. Fortunately, we were there week before the concert. * I much prefer Puccini (photo below), whose home was Lucca, to "R.S's"!
Let me know if any of you "Insiders" would like information about the area.