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Via Civita 28, 75100, Matera Italy
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#1 of 51 hotels in Matera
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2022 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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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Entertainment staff
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Massage
Baggage storage
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
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Private balcony
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English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 2 more
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Rebeca S wrote a review Feb 3
Oakland, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
I have traveled all over the world and stayed in many places. I knew this place would be special, but when I walked into our room, the walls of the cave gently lit with candles and low lighting, gorgeous wood and white linen used to simply design the space, I literally STARTED CRYING AT THE BEAUTY. This place is incredible. Absolute peace, simplicity and the best night sleep of my life. Do yourself and your nervous system a favor and stay here. It is worth every penny and more.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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dbhny wrote a review Sep 2022
New York City, New York28 contributions40 helpful votes
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Sleeping in a modernized cave was a great experience. You really notice the effort to preserve the heritage of this environment and the authenticity of the furniture and accessories. It was very interesting to learn about the history of Matera (and the caves). The hotel overlooks beautiful hills and vistas. Be prepared for lots of steps but it is worth it. The staff is very nice and accommodating. Breakfast is delicious in a wonderful large cave (deconsecrated former church) or outdoors on the terrace with great views. Our cave was enormous with 3 levels and all modern conveniences.. Lighting was the biggest challenge but it is quite charming and you get used to the romantic candles throughout!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Oct 10, 2022
Dear guest, thanks for your kind review and for choosing Sextantio for your stay. We are glad you enjoyed your experience in our caves and our conservative project. A special thanks for your compliments to our staff and our local buffet breakfast. We strongly suggest you to experience also our sister hotel SextantIo Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio. through the Abruzzi mountains, and we hope to welcoming you again in future. Warm regards.
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Allee14 wrote a review Feb 2
Los Angeles, California5 contributions
We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Sextantio. We loved our room and it was such a romantic atmosphere with the lit candles, bathtub, and natural elements of the cave. Our room looked out onto the 9,000 year old sassi and we received excellent service from all the staff (porter, front desk, breakfast server). We decided to use the $35 overnight parking lot they recommended that had a shuttle. It was very easy, nice van, and the car was already pulled out for us upon our return. Fast and efficient. Our stay was obviously in the winter season when things are slow and many of the restaurants were closed. Front desk assisted us with making a reservation and we enjoyed a great meal at Stano. We plan to return when it's a little warmer!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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RicherTrips wrote a review Jan 2023
Monterrey, Mexico3990 contributions498 helpful votes
Can a cave be a luxury hotel? It is for sure a great experience. If you come to Matera and spend the night, it would be a shame to stay in a regular hotel. All caves are different; we chose one with an extra single bed because it was the way to get a king size. There’s a nice bathtub in the room, that becomes an obstacle at night and forced us to leave a light on. The bathroom is behind a wall, with no door and the shower is open air, so close the toilet before showering and place the towels aside. The only mirror is small and vintage, but you can ask for extra ones at the reception. The floor is uneven but heated (it was January). The room had a small table for two, always set with a fruit basket and we were welcomed with all candles on. The closet is small and there are no drawers, but some shelves in rustic wood. They have good wi-fi internet, but no TV. Breakfast is served in a beautiful cave and they will tell you its interesting story. A taxi can take you to the main road access, and from there you must climb a flight of stairs. If you’re driving your own car, it’s imperative to hire the parking through the hotel, as we did. We got the location of the parking garage, and they were expecting us with the van ready to transfer to the hotel, a 10 minutes drive. I surly recommend this exotic, romantic hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Patricia F wrote a review Nov 2022
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This was the most amazing dining experience I’ve probably ever had. Michelin worthy. Biagio and his crew made us feel like royalty but it was the food that deserves the recommendation! The pastry chef created a work of art! The 5 courses were just so unbelievable that I thought they couldn’t possibly top it but then another course would arrive even more incredible! You should go the extra mile to find and dine in this exquisite establishment! Be sure to ask for Francisco sommelier who guided us to every wine I could possibly have dreamed of!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Worth the walk! No cars.
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Jennifer J wrote a review Nov 2022
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My husband and I went here for our honeymoon mid Sept. and stayed in cave 13. It was perfect, we were even welcomed with a special bottle of wine to celebrate! The location, cave and entire staff were amazing. We had the best breakfast each day, some of our favorite food in Italy. I have never experienced better hospitality anywhere and we travel a lot. Their mission and history is amazing and how they restored the property is an unbelievable story worth taking time to cherish. The staff that takes care of the property and their guests are some of the most caring people we have met in traveling the world. While we hope everyone can experience this place someday we hope it remains the special hidden gem that it is.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Nov 23, 2022
Hi Jennifer! Thank you for being our guest and for your nice words. We are grateful you appreciated our philosophy and the mission of our project, as well as the atmosphere of your cave room and breakfast. A big thank you also for the special words to our staff and our hospitality, we do our best to make you feel at home. We hope to welcome you soon and we suggest you also to experience our sister hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a small medieval village through the Abruzzi mountains. Warm regards!
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ChicagoMedicineMan wrote a review Oct 2022
Chicago191 contributions46 helpful votes
I chose this “hotel” based on so many positive reviews and found the reviews were reliable. The service, uniqueness of the stay, food quality, and bed comfort were 5 stars. Candles and a few lights were helpful but the cave is dark even with the lighting. The cave was kept clean by courteous staff. In ours, there is still a bit of a smell especially when we entered after being away for the day. This is the kind of place that you may not want to miss experiencing. We stayed two nights.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Nov 18, 2022
Dear guest, thanks for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our caves and our traditional breakfast in our XIII Century Church. We hope to welcome you in future and we suggest you to visit our sister hotel Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in Abruzzi region. Thank you again!
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Stephanie A wrote a review Oct 2022
5 contributions2 helpful votes
This was truly one of the most exceptional stays we've ever had. The team has done everything to respect the history of the site while making it a comfortable experience. We read previous reviews that refer to the rooms as sparse or plain - we couldn't disagree more! The luxury of this hotel lies in its authenticity and the effort to pay tribute to its past, while providing the absolute best amenities for its guests. The location is absolutely breathtaking.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: We recommend pushing the boat out for the incredible experience of the Executive Suite
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Responded Nov 18, 2022
Hi Stephanie, thank you for being our guest and for your nice words. We are really glad you appreciated our cultural project and the authentic restoration of our caves. A special thank for your comment to our team! We hope to welcome again in future and we strongly suggest to experience also our sister hotel in Abruzzo region, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Warm regards!
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suzZ8126RV wrote a review Oct 2022
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This was an incredibly experience - beautiful rooms, amazing breakfast in the "common" cave - I've never stayed anywhere so atmospheric. The 'rooms' were exquisitely and simply decorated, and the staff was so knowledgeable about the history of Matera.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: The rooms (caves) are allotted as they come available - they all looked beautiful.
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Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Oct 14, 2022
Hi Suz, thank you for being our guet and for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere of our cave rooms. A special than you for your compliments to our buffet breakfast and all our staff. We hope yo welcoming you again in the near future and we suggest you also to experience our "sister" property Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, in Abruzzi region. Warm regards.
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Stephanie M wrote a review Oct 2022
Cleverdale, New York13 contributions2 helpful votes
Our cave experience at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita was amazing. Beautiful, ambient lighting with multiple candles and a very comfortable king size bed made for a delightful retreat after a day of exploring unique and interesting Matera. Breakfast offered an amazing spread of fruits, cheeses, meats, breads and cakes, yogurts and toppings. The staff was friendly and helpful with securing guided tours and dinner reservations. All in all a wonderful and worthwhile visit.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Michele Centonze, Marketing at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Responded Oct 12, 2022
Hi Stephanie! thank you for being our guest and for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the atmosphere of our caves and our conservative project. A special thank for your nice words to our local buffet breakfast and for the compliments to our staff! We hope to welcoming you again in the near future and we suggest you to experience also our "sister" hotel in Abruzzi region, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso in Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Warm regards!
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$186 - $376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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sextantio civita caves hotel matera
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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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 Burro Salato Bistrot Crepes Et Galettes, Il Rusticone, and Tipicamente Matera.
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 Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera (0.4 miles), Cripta del Peccato Originale (4.7 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.