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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Civita 28, 75100 Matera, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Matera
Chester, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Cave sleeping in luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hotel was everything we expected from seeing it online - careful renovation of cave rooms in Matera. There is a 'no technology' policy in the rooms, though wi-fi is excellent. Candles supplement subtle lighting. Beautifully comfortable bed, lovely modern bath, loo and bidet. Only suggestion to improve the room would be informal cushioned seating built into the alcove (previous cistern) as currently no seating so we had to sit on the bed to read. No meals available except for a superb Italian breakfast served in a large cave with ancient wooden tables and soft music.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

First - you had better have a map to locate this hotel. You can not drive to it however there is public parking nearby. Contact the hotel for details. Locating the place was our only fail in our two weeks of travel. It's worth the effort to find. Comfortable and designed with a concept unique to Italy it is different from any other accommodation we've experienced. Tasteful and primitive but with comfort in mind. We did not have time to fully explore Matera but would return again just to spend another night at Sextantio.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Altos, CA (USA)
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We recently spent three nights at this unique hotel. Wouldn't have wanted to spend more because of the unusual nature of the place but thoroughly enjoyed the time we did spend there. My cave was a "superior" and quite large, with separate spaces for the bed/desk, bathtub/sink and toilet/bidet. And what a bath tub! The large egg-shaped Philippe Starck is the first tub we had ever been able to totally stretch out in, though getting in and out was a challenge. Downside of the tub: no shower for us Americans who are totally devote to that morning ritual. That's one reason we wouldn't have wanted to spend longer. (We did find out later that some of the caves have showers....) The second reason is the lighting, or lack of same. Yes it is very evocative and even romantic. No one cannot really apply make-up or see anything but upper brow in the small mirror. But the management took our request for a reading light seriously and sent someone out to purchase several for our small group which was very customer-oriented of them. Breakfast is in the old church and is quite a lavish spread, including eggs if one is so inclined. Lots of local cheese and pastries, yogurt and delicious fruit salad. The young people manning the reception desk were very friendly and welcoming and eager to make our stay as wonderful as possible. Almost made up for the lack of any tissues in the room! This is an amazing experience and a worthwhile effort to reclaim some of the past in stylish and eco-friendly ways. It is not cheap but worth it for the sake of the experience. And Matera is a truly fascinating place!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Not much to add that has not been said - highly recommended. We booked on line at the rack rate and received a free up grade so i am guessing others were on deals. The receptionist described our room (number 8) as a cathedral - good description. Free wifi but intermittent availability. Front office staff charming and attentive.

Things to do in Matera include visiting the water cystern, the restored cave house and walk to the other side of the gorge (for the slightly more adventurous). Enough to fill 2 days but not much more in our view.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clayton NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

What a delightful place to visit! After checking in at reception, Aman, the lovely gentleman who carried our bags up and later down the long stairs brought our first of many proseccos to enjoy on the terrace outside our suite. What a start to an fantastic stay.

We entered the room using the biggest room key we have ever had. What a delightful entrance! Candles place in niches all around, glowing a warm welcome. Fresh fruit and pitcher of water waiting on the rustic table. Totaling charming. Large comfy bed, huge egg shaped tub with decanters of shampoo and body wash and a large pottery pitcher to pour water over your head while you bathe. A separate bathroom with an old trough mounted as a sink with a little dressing table and mirror, toilet and bidet, Very modern sleek fixtures compliment the rustic thousands of year old hewn rock. Magical ambiance. There are a few electric lights tucked in discreetly.

We wandered down the stairs to one of the local restaurants for a delightful dinner. After climbing the stairs back to Le Grotte, Aman delivered our new nightly tradition, prosecco.
Breakfast is served in the former cave sanctuary by candlelight of course. After the arrival of our cappuccinos, we made our selection from a extensive savoury and sweet buffett, plus fresh fruit, yogurts, cheeses, meats. Every day a different locally sourced and prepared menu.

Wandering around Matera is magical. One night, part of the town turned off all electric lights for 1 hour and candles were lit in windows, on stone walls. Lovely.The view across the valley to the Sassi and other cave dwellings is breathtaking. If you come prepared with the appropriate gear there are extensive hiking trails to follow and caves to explore.

Matera is built into rock so there a lot of stairs and uneven stoneways. Not suitable for anyone with physical limitations.

The staff are amazing. Everyone is first class, just trying to make your visit enjoyable.
Definitely will come again and will be prepared to take a hike across the valley.

Thank you to each and everyone at Le Grotte, you made our first stay a very special experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The previous reviews pretty much tell the story of how special this place is. After being led from the reception area to our room we were advised that we were receiving an upgrade from a superior room to a cave suite (room 14) - and unlocking the door to reveal the candle-lit room within was one of those "wow" moments that we will stay with us for quite some time.

Very sympathetically furnished and to a high standard - and first class service too.

A special mention also for the breakfast which was an outstanding mixture of sweet and savoury.

An amazing experience all round and highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Great stay, highly recommend. Don't stay here if you need handicapped assistance. its built into a mountain. alot of modern amenities in a place that is not modern.

Great stay, highly recommend. Don't stay here if you need handicapped assistance. its built into a mountain. alot of modern amenities in a place that is not modern.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Address: Via Civita 28, 75100 Matera, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Matera
#2 Luxury Hotel in Matera
#2 Romantic Hotel in Matera
#9 Business Hotel in Matera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matera can be found in the south of Italy and is world famous because of its Sassi quarters, a stunning and well preserved example of a village where hundreds of caves were turned into dwellings, churches and palaces. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, the Sassi represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: the earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age, in the middle ages it boasted several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre, owing to the rich harvests from the surrounding hills and plains. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is placed in the oldest part of the Sassi quarters, the CIVITA, facing the spectacular Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. It comprises 18 rooms (some of them exceeding 160m²) and an ancient church, the "Cripta della Civita," now used as a common area, all renovated to retain their original features. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is situated in the historical heart of Matera. The 18 caves have been renovated in full respect of the local heritage. Each cave reveals the original shape and materials. The interior design, the respectful and minimalistic approach of Sextantio is reflected in the plain furniture elements. The guests will experience a particular atmosphere evoking the cultural and human history of the Sassi of Matera. ... more   less 
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