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La Dimora di Metello

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#1 of 154 Specialty lodging in Matera
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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Bicycle rental
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Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Free internet
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Shared lounge / TV area
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Non-smoking rooms
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My husband and I were fortunate to stay at LaDimora di Metello in May, 2019. Elisabetta, the owner, provided excellent communication during our Matera/Basilicata trip planning, and we were greeted with her warm heart and enthusiasm for her native city upon our arrival. After working for over 15 years in the hotel industry , she had a dream to open her own unique hotel. Elisabetta and her husband decided to purchase and renovate several of Matera’s caves, preserving not only the nuances of the caves (such as artifact seashells embedded in the walls of the hotel hallway) but also providing modern conveniences and amenities to their guests. Good things come to those who wait! After 8 years of hard work, her dream was fulfilled and we were excited to stay in our sasso room named Eumenia. Attention to detail was everywhere -- our immaculate guest room had spacious ceilings –we appreciated there was no mold and no mustiness, which can often accompany this type of setting. The tall modern glass patio doors with linen curtains opened onto our stone balcony, where we could experience magical Matera both in the daytime and at night. . Our bed was comfortable and dressed with high quality expensive bed linens and fluffy pillows. The contemporary bathroom with rain shower experience was enhanced with luxury toiletries. Our room included a contemporary small couch and Italian leather chair beside a sleek counter space which included a coffee maker and refrigerator. There was plenty of space for hanging clothes, and storing our luggage. Flat screen TV and wi-fi were provided. Elisabetta and her staff did not allow us to leave hungry from her hotel – we enjoyed an egg entrée, regional cold cuts and cheeses, homemade tortes, bread, pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit every morning. In addition, fresh juices and several hot beverages including espresso/ cappuccino accompanied the beautifully displayed food each morning. We were excited to try different kinds of taralli from Matera and treats such as scorzetta from neighboring Bernalda. With only 3 full days in Matera, we didn’t have a chance to try La Dimora’s spa – compete with massage, special showers and a hot tub all enclosed within the mini cave complex, but be sure to do so if you can. This hotel is an absolute hidden gem in Matera. It only has a few rooms, so book in advance. What is special about La Dimora is the care and love which Elisabetta provides to her guests. She helped with maps, directions, and restaurant recommendations. We were delighted to meet.her wonderful daughter and members of her staff each day. Grazie mille, Elisabetta for all the wonderful memories you provided for us. So happy to see your dream come true after all of your hard work!! Some recommendations: If you are travelling with a car, trust Elisabetta to arrange parking for your car. You can walk from the parking ramp or dropoff to the hotel can be pre-arranged if you have luggage. We drove from Bari to Matera via Bitonto and Altamura. In Bitonto see the Cathedral (especially the mosaic griffin) and be sure to purchase some focaccia at Forno Caesaro. We walked to a family store/home called Bocconutto for its regional pastry. In Altamura visit the bakery Jesu with its old oven fired with olive wood and special bread. We drove to Matera’s Belvedere/lookout point to see the sassi from a distance before we parked our car and then could see all of Matera by foot. Visit Casa Noha for a multimedia explanation of history of Matera over the centuries and don’t forget the giftshop with handmade local items. Then be sure to see all the ancient sassi churches and walk through the labyrinth of Matera’s streets. Matera is still rebuilding itself. Named a UNESCO site, this is one of the oldest cities in the world and we were amazed at how an abandoned city has come back to life in a few short years by the determination and passion of the Materan people. La Dimora is perfectly located, so it is easy to walk to see all the ancient sassi churches. Rain can make the stone streets slippery, so be careful walking in inclement weather. With only carryon luggage, we have to limit our gift-buying on trips. We did purchase some handcarved Timbri del Pane (Stamps for Bread) by Mr. Mancini. Located at Via Bruno Buozzi, 87 in the Sasso Caveoso, you can purchase a bread stamp made of selected wood and he will carve your initials in the stamp to use when you bake bread in your home (extending a tradition from this area where bread was baked in large communal ovens). Plan your days wisely. Stores and churches close for 3-4 hours every afternoon. Local non-touristy restaurants are closed on certain days of the week. We highly recommend the restaurant Osteria al Casale which is only a 2 minute walk from La Dimora. We enjoyed it so much we ate there twice during our vacation. It is a small restaurant located in a renovated cave , so sure to make reservations. It is favored by the locals. Sample the wonderful local Materan cuisine provided by owner and chef Fabio, chef Mimo and servers Pasquale and Cinzia. Although we saw all the ancient and newer rock hewn churches, Basilica, Crypt of the Original Sin and many other sites, we didn’t have the time to cross the ravine to tour the other cave churches, but you can hire a guide to assist with that adventure. After seeing the historical sites of Matera try to stay at least one night in Matera and enjoy the glowing lights of the city and the charm of its people. Staying at LaDimora allowed us to experience Matera and Basilicata in a very special way.
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Response from ELISABETTA D, Proprietario at La Dimora di Metello
Responded 3 days ago
dear Donna and Gerald, it was very important for me to meet you and talk to you. I have learned so much from your life experiences and I will always remember you with great affection. I really hope to see you again in the future. A warm hug, Elisabetta Nico e Agata
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Our one night was a real treat. We expected something pretty good from the reviews and were not disappointed. We had one of the 4 rooms. The hotel is up a step flight of stairs that leads to a terrace. All the rooms have glass doors opening onto the terrace which has tables where breakfast is served. This overcomes any issues with feeling you are living in a cave. But frankly we did not find this an issue. The rooms are just style plus. We just loved it. The view out the glass doors and from the terrace is classic Matera. Point to note - check with the hotel about arranging parking ( which is offsite) and transfer in. For us it all worked without a hitch. One final point - really good breakfast with excellent coffee
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Response from ELISABETTA D, Proprietario at La Dimora di Metello
Responded Jun 14, 2019
Thank you for your feedback and for staying with us. I appreciated it too much. Goodbye Elisabetta
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Confort & design in one stay. I went for two nights and I could stay for a week. Fantastic location inside the Sassi with easy & accessible access to the property. Right in the heart of Matera to explore it all by foot. Carefully designed rooms. Spacious & comfortable, full of small details. The quietness and the marvelous view are amazing. The breakfast is absolutely magnificent: homemade & local products. The service provide from the moment of the reservation was outstanding with an obviously reflection of the professional service. Strongly recommend it.
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We booked a room with two beds at the hotel but our booking.com communication didn’t work so they only had one room with a large bed. Luckily the suite was free so one if us could stay there for a decent price. The suite is truly amazing with a bathtub in a small cave, everything you need is available in the room. Every room has a nice outdoor terrace with a great view of Matera. Elisabetta and everyone else working at this small hotel, only 5 rooms, are super friendly. Breakfast was delicious. My only complaint, but that is very personal, is that I didn’ t like the “smell” of the room because it is in a cave, even with the air freshener in the room.
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Response from ELISABETTA D, Proprietario at La Dimora di Metello
Responded Apr 15, 2019
Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate your feedback!
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We stayed at La Dimora di Metello for five nights. The service was excellent. Elisabetta was very welcoming and was a great source of information about Matera. Breakfast was wonderful. Luxury stay in a beautifully renovated Sassi cave house. Highly recommended.
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Response from ELISABETTA D, Proprietario at La Dimora di Metello
Responded Apr 2, 2019
I really thank you for staying with me and hope really to meet you again...before o late. It has been an important experience for me to know you. All the best, Elisabetta
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$179 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ItalyBasilicataProvince of MateraMatera
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