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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Via Civita 28, 75100, Matera Italy
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#1 of 43 hotels in Matera
2020 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
Entertainment staff
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Fax / photocopying
Paid private parking nearby
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Private balcony
Room service
VIP room facilities
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 2 more
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ninalondon2018 wrote a review Sep 9
London, United Kingdom7 contributions3 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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CatherineCLS wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom156 contributions16 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
We had the best stay at Sextantio during our ten-day trip around Puglia and Basilicata. The hotel is extremely unique and I’ve never seen anything like it elsewhere. The owner is really committed to preserving the history of Matera and wants to share with you the experience of living in a cave like the locals who once did - but the luxurious version of it. Think about bathing in a gorgeous bathtub in a cave! The designers tried to make everything in the room, even the tiniest detail, true to the original. Even the tables and the lamps are sourced from antique markets. The place was so romantic even without trying. To top it off - Everyone in the hotel was so friendly, from the bellboy to the cleaner to the concierge, and they do everything to make your stay a happy one. They explained the history of Matera to us, suggested a great itinerary, and helped with restaurant recommendations. Thank you for all your help and patience :) Also, they have the most phenomenal breakfast spread. We started our trip off in Sextantio and loved the place so much that we came back to stay again for the last leg of our trip. We have “Sextantio hangover” for a week after going back home. Will be sure to visit again in the future!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Di D wrote a review Sep 7
Miami, FL367 contributions342 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
LovelyLuna wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom24 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights in cave 12 and it was magnificent. The cave is so authentic and just amazing. The hotel staff were so so helpful and friendly. They really went above and beyond. Breakfast is super with lots of option... and great coffee/cappuccino/macchiatos etc. We also booked the night tour with the hotel desk for our first night and it was super. The guide was full of knowledge and really set us up well for the rest of the trip. It really was a brilliant hotel and trip. Matera is one of a kind!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Julia wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom63 contributions1 helpful vote
The best hotel in Matera and unforgettable experience for me and my husband. Exceptional stuff, really friendly and supportive. We had a honeymoon and told them about this special event for us and they gave us a bottle of wine and some fresh fruit, it was unexpectedly pleasantly. They made an upgrade of our room for free as a gift for our honeymoon. We lived in the biggest grotto which was up to modern standards, amenities are also modern. The breakfast was in buffet style, and included meats, pastries, cheeses, cakes, juices, fresh vegetables and fruit, jams, small sandwiches, some local dishes, etc. It was the an exceptional breakfast!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: Exceptional experience!
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$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 Vitantonio Lombardo Ristorante, Il Rusticone, 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.