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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Via Civita 28, 75100, Matera Italy
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Updated 04/27/20


#1 of 47 hotels in Matera
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in the Sassi di Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata region - is the most extreme expression of a Historical Minor Heritage. A heritage, which represents the almost paradigmatic expression of this Minor History, marked by rocky caves, inhabited until the first years of the fifties. The sassi (stone settlement) have been turned into 18 romantic boutique bedrooms, simply furnished, candlelit and calming. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a cultural project born to bring hospitality experience outside the schematics, not classifiable as "stars" and far from any traditional concept of luxury, so much so that the New York Times deemed it one of “the most extraordinary destinations in the world”, the Times “one of the ten most beautiful hotels on the international scene” and the Tatler guide of Condé Nast has included among “the one hundred most beautiful hotels on the planet”. They talk about the luxury of emotions.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Paid private parking nearby
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
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Complimentary toiletries
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
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English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 2 more
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Lovesacity wrote a review Oct 2020
United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
Matera was a lust list location for me - ticked off yes, but we are very likely to return. The location is perfect, directly opposite the hills of Murgia National Park where the goats roam and their bells jingle. The hospitality is extremely warm and the set up is very professional. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with their grotto, be it large or small and I do not hesitate one little bit in recommending you stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Dec 21, 2020
Dear guest, Thank you so much for being with us and for your kind words, very much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Ciao from Matera.
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CuriousSophia wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom1176 contributions82 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
WOW! I don't know where to begin. I stay in a lot of nice hotels, but Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita was a stay I will remember forever. Matera is the most incredible town, hidden in the hills of inner Puglia, it is well worth taking some time away from the region's famous beaches, to visit. To truly immerse yourself in the history of the place, I think it's definitely worth staying a few days, and the experience is all the more authentic if you get the chance to stay in the Sextantio caves. The caves, built into the limestone, are just magnificent. They face the mountinans and are the most beautiful, peaceful place to watch the sunset! Our suite was absolutely breathtaking, with both candle light throughout and also electric lamps (tastefully placed around the room with warm bulbs to match the candles). We had a lovely big bath in our room even had a balcony off the bedroom. Everything about the room was stunning and so carefully curated with effortless chic style, from the lovely old wooden table and chairs, to the modern bathroom appliances, tucked in to perfectly sit alongside the thousand year old stone steps. For anyone worried about staying in "a cave", don't stress at all! Everything about it was luxe. The floors are smooth and very clean, the bathroom has everything you could need, the bathroom products are very high end, the bedding was soft and heavenly, and there's electricity and space to hang clothes! They're very glam caves! The staff were lovely, we were looked after by Marco who was just charming - he knows his stuff and gave us some excellent restaurant recommendations, and is clearly very well versed at making guests feel special. The breakfast at Sextantio was also a treat, really delicious breads, pastries, cakes, cheeses, way more than we needed, but we ate it all! And all with a breathtaking view over the mountains. All up, it was one of the most exceptionally unique and beautiful stays I have ever had, and although I would call it a "once in a lifetime" hotel, I very much hope to return again... worth every penny!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Room 13 has a balcony!
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4 Helpful votes
Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Sophia, Thank you so much for being with us and for your kind review. We really hope to welcome you back soon here in Matera or at Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Abruzzo region, an authentic experience as well. Warm regards.
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Eric D wrote a review Oct 2020
Woerden, The Netherlands64 contributions19 helpful votes
Sleeping in a “ grotto” but with all comfort really makes holiday something special. We would certainly recommand booking a private guided tour through the village. It s a great story from not long ago. The staff is extremely friendly and helpfull.
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Date of stay: September 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Dec 21, 2020
Dear guest, We are very glad to read your review, thank you so much. Hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards.
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ninalondon2018 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom7 contributions11 helpful votes
This place is excellently run - competent whilst still maintaining independent charm. All rooms very clean, wonderfully authentic and a joy to stay in. A true once in a lifetime experience to eat breakfast in a deconsecrated rock hewn church! The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Overall: definitely stay!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: Get a suite and treat yourself to a candlelit bath!
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2 Helpful votes
Di D wrote a review Sep 2020
Miami, FL365 contributions382 helpful votes
Stop looking. This is the hotel! Perfectly located over looking the canyon. Artistically renovated caves and design. We loved having an aperitif on the large veranda at sundown. Breakfast was high quality with lots of choice. The people who work at this hotel are professional. Helpful. Friendly. Proud of the project. Truly one of the best hotel experiences in all of our world wanders. We travelled with our little dog. We was welcomed as a guest. Truly a dog friendly hotel
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Date of stay: September 2020
2 Helpful votes
$204 - $714 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Which popular attractions are close to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Nearby attractions include Sassi di Matera (0.3 miles), Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina (0.10 miles), and Materasum Ipogeo (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Yes, paid private parking nearby, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Conveniently located restaurants include Il Rusticone, Vitantonio Lombardo Ristorante, and Regiacorte - Restaurant & Lounge Terrace.
Is Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Matera.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cripta del Peccato Originale (4.7 miles), Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera (0.4 miles), and Piazza San Pietro Caveoso (0.3 miles).
Does Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.