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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
Treviso, Italy
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36 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We're a family of four and shared room #8. The location is very close to all major attractions and for visiting both sides of the old town.
The hotel is not simply a hotel. It is really a very special experiance. It's a place where trying the emotion of living in a real cave.
In addition stafff is very kind and helpful.
And finally morning breakfast is just unique!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I took my partner here as a suprise for his 30th birthday and it really was an outstanding place. The caves have a really romantic atmosphere due to being lit mainly by candlelight (although a nightmare to do your make-up!) and the whole experience was very relaxing! The staff are brilliant, very helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I decided to splurge on a mini vacation to Matera, 3 days which is a perfect amount of time to spend there. This hotel looked great in pictures and did NOT disappoint. Yes, hard to find! the government won't let them add directional signs, and really they are right, it keeps this museum/city as authentic as it can be. We got bumped up to room 19, a drop dead gorgeous room. The decor here is rustic/monastic/restrained. Not a drop of extra decor except what will give you a sense of living here in spartan style, but in this case, with drop dead beautiful mod cons: lovely lovely bathroom fixtures, very modern and simple and then the drama of a big white pod bathtub set down in the room. No expense has been spared to recreate a rustic experience with each room holding a few big country benches or chests, hand woven linens, and recreated handblown glass in all the windows and doors. Our mattress was O SO comfortable! it must have been about 16" deep, lovely linens, wonderful muted colors, candles throughout and hidden lighting. FAB breakfast buffet! local cheese specialities, such as mozzarella braids, bur rata fresh ricotta, crostatas, fruit salad, sweet breads, or order eggs: coffee any way you want it. I would only recommend that you really study exactly how to arrive! Staff is suer friendly. Great destination for a honeymoon! Good wifi and quiet make this a true retreat.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Staying at Sextantio Le Grotte is worth every moment of the difficulty in finding it. Our cave room was stunningly beautiful and romantic, lit by candles, with an enormous bathtub in the bedroom that looked out onto views of the Sassi. The staff (special mention to Roberta, Michele, Marco and Aman) is delightful and helpful; the breakfast room and the buffet it offered is beyond compare, also candlelit, with soft classical music enhancing the ambience. We recommend setting up a 3 hour tour through the hotel -- there are layers of history to uncover in the Sassi, and our guide, Angela, made it all easy to understand. It should be noted that there are lots of stone steps to navigate in order to get to the Duomo and the charming village square beyond it but here again, it's worth the effort. I would inlcude this hotel as one of my favorites in the world. What an extraordinary and memorable experience!!

  • 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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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Spent 2 nights in cave 18. Really great and something to remember over the years when other hotels will be forgotten. Superb location for Matera, luxury bed, great shower, good breakfast and such professional and friendly service. Nothing was too much trouble. We'll done to Amaan for carrying our case up the steps too. Excellent.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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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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4 hotel reviews
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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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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 Romantic Hotel in Matera
#2 Family Hotel in Matera
#2 Luxury 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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Sextantio Civita Caves Hotel Matera

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