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Albergo La Locanda di Castromediano
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Castelmezzano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 27, 2012

We spent one night here on the way to Rome from Sicily. The accommodation is average for the price, but its the lovely setting in the beautiful little town of Castelmezzano in the wild Lucanian Appenines and the very good restaurant that makes this a place definitely worth staying.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

My wife and I were visiting this area for a few days and were very impressed with the little town of Castelmezzano. We stayed only one night at La Locanda and were treated very well with attentive service and a great dinner. We hiked to the next town (one hour there, one hour back) which was a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and country air. This is a nice hotel to spend two or three days.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dear Customer, Thank you for the compliments addressed to our structure, although in the face of many accolades the vote that gave to our hotel could be higher.

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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We had a fantastic experience here. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere and the view from out balcony was incredible. Stayed for 3 nights and could have stayed a lot longer. Lovely town too - would definitely reccommend visiting and doing the volo d'angelo!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

We drove to Castelmezzano to view the town's astonishing landscape, but we discovered, to our surprise, a way of life that has been lost to most of us. Nature, history, culture, food and drink all came together in a perfect balance. And Signora Santoro, the proprietor of the hotel and its restaurant, was the key that unlocked this experience.

The population of the village is less than 1,000. The town has been built into fantastic towers of rock, which have provided protection for centuries. But also isolation. You can see today how the village survives on an agricultural economy of chickens, sheep and goats, with small plots of food crops planted here and there. The hotel rooms open up onto a panoramic view of the village embraced by the looming rock forms.

Signora Santoro points across the valley to the village of Pietrapertosa, set in equally otherworldly spires of rock. That, she explains, was the Arab village. The history of this area, with Saracens and Normans glaring across at each other from their stronghold settlements comes alive.

The hotel accommodations are comfortable, solid, in unpretentious good taste. And the hotel is beautifully situated with panoramic views from the bedrooms, and easy access to the central square, the church and shops.

But the real experience is in the restaurant. Signora Santoro is a highly accomplished chef, with plaudits from Michelin, Gambero Rosso, etc. What is really extraordinary is her cooking's connection with the place. She asked every morning what we would like for dinner -- that was her menu! We put ourselves entirely in her hands. A pork dish arrives; "that is from my pigs," she announces with obvious pride. She puts before us a salad made from primula that she has picked that morning. She explains that it has been used in the area from prehistoric times for its detoxifying properties. And she tells us of other herbals grown around the village that are used in the local diet. Her cooking, then, not only gives pleasure; it gives health, it gives life.

She sets before us a dessert of some sort of semolina pudding with swirls of colours and flavours, all packed into a miniature canning jar. We pop open the lids to find a disk of chocolate and the layers of pudding underneath. We are peeping like enchanted children. Why the little jars, we ask. She says she doesn't know; she just thought of it that morning. She bustles back into her kitchen chuckling to herself.

Our recommendation: it's not just the hotel; it's the landscape, the food, Basilicata wines, and the spirit of the people. Go and enjoy.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2008

We found this hotel through Tripadvisor and planned to stay one night on our way from Rome to Brindisi As the other reviewer says this is a wonderful place to stay. The views are excellent , the rooms good and the restaurant is everything you expect from a good Italian restaurant; good local food , excellent service and good wine
After dinner we were entertained by a local flag waving procession by the locals in Medieval costume
Breakfast is provided on the 5th floor which is also the ground floor (the hotel is built on the hillside)
We enjoyed our stay so much we booked to stay one night on our return journey; again the stay was memorable

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 6, 2008

Castelmezzano is one of those attractively precariously-situated towns on the side of a mountain, locally called the "Southern Dolomites", but being in Basilicata, is a secret kept by daytrippers from Potenza and that's about it. Reassuringly, no one spoke English, nor was remotely bothered that they couldn't, and all signs and menus are only in Italian, and no postcards or other tourist tat at all. I think there is one other hotel here. Parking is a bit fiddly, but there are places nearby if you look. The rooms are great - good size, balconies, aircon, (Wi Fi ? - don't be silly) and the restaurant on the third floor is really very good and not expensive. The local wine is Aglianico del Vulture, strongly recommended, as is a visit to Melfi and Matera for the antiquities there . It's only a matter of time before Basilicata is touristyfied, so go there whilst it's genuine.

Stayed: June 2008
5  Thank PeterHarvey
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Reviewed November 1, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Michele Volini 50/a, 85010 Castelmezzano, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Potenza > Castelmezzano
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Castelmezzano
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo La Locanda di Castromediano 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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