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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stayed here for my big birthday weekend in January. The inside looks as amazing as the photos you see.

If you love the natural simplicity, rustic and with a slight modern tough, this is for you!

I noticed when I walked in was a beautiful Lemongrass essential oil smell - what a nice touch! The bedroom was lit up with some candles, and is so spacious with a giant and comfortable iron bed with nice white crisp linen. Air condition (heating) and the underfloor heating kept us warm (lovely walking around in bare feet on the old stone floor).

Into the bathroom, there is an anciant giant door and is the only divider between the bedroom and toilet/bath room. You can hear everything - ie: my partner weeing. It's not a problem for some but it was quite a challenge for No.2 - we were make sure one of us are still having coffee in the breakfast room.

Lovely breakfast in an amazing wobbly-floored ancient chape, there was a huge feat of local cheese, fruits & salad and delicious bread and pastries).

Staff are very warm and attentive, and so friendly and helpful.

We stayed 3 nights, but could have done 4 nights if the money no object. Because the room was very comfortable and relaxing, we didn't want to rush out checking the old Sassi. Wifi throuhg out but no TV - which would've been an annoying electrical equipment killing the spirit of the calm room.

Location-wise, restaurants / bars / shops are all walking distance. You'll get to understand the routes pretty quickly as sassi is very small.
We could've walk to the bus station, but got a cab as we were rushing around 8 euros.

The hotel says they can arrange a trekking trip, but we just decided to go ourselves. Right next to the main car park on the same road as the hotel, there is a steep path (kind of blocked by a metal bar, just go over) heading down to the river. You can start trekking to the other side of the We also spent 1 day of trekking (did 4-5 peaks) without any proper gears (just a pair of brogues!).

Both the landscape, old city and the hotel are extremely romantic.

I recommend to go there in winter as it worked out extremely cheap and more romantic.

Room Tip: Room 19 has a view of canyon from the window, and the private small outdoor area. Phillip Stark bath tub by the window.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

If I could give 5 stars for location and room and three for hotel service (except for the lovely man on night duty) I would, but on TA, you can't.

The location and caves are beautiful and wonderfully restored. The view over the rugged hills and prehistoric caves is stunning. The town is dramatic and a delight to explore. This is my 12th visit to Italy, and I've not experienced anything quite like this. Rooms at the hotel are minimalist and basic. They are clean, comfortable and rustic. Up-cycled furniture from original furnishings are suitable and reflect the historic style of living. The room's nooks and undulating floor are what you might expect in cave, but by contrast, and not out of place, a luxury bath is situated in the centre (of our room, they are all different) whilst candle lighting add to the ambience. It's a great place to return to at the end of a day spent exploring.

Don't expect luxury items usually associated with hotels in this price bracket, no fluffy dressing gowns, slippers etc., and bath items are very minimal. Hand made soap, and two bottles of liquid, one labeled shampoo, the other soap. They looked and smelt suspiciously the same, and I found the shampoo impossible to use for washing hair. Fruit was provided on arrival, but hospitality ends there. There is no information about food or drinks, but we asked for tea and that was provided (by a very helpful and accommodating lone night staff). It's not till you check out that you find out that tea for two will set you back €7! Ouch.

When finding out information, the day staff were polite, but not particularly warm or overly helpful. I read on this site things about breakfast being amazing which wasn't really my experience on this occasion. It was just Italian, simple, basic and minimal. Regarding advice on what to do and where to go, my advice would be to do your own research.

A word of caution about the hotel and the area -I would think anyone not steady on their feet, or pregnant would be advised to take great care. The floors and stairs, of which there are many, are of course very old, uneven and slippy.

Go for the experience, the town, the art (contemporary and historical) the culture, the music, and try to speak as much Italian as you can. It opens more doors for you.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Had a great stay at this unique and special hotel in Matera, but I was a bit disappointed. After having read all the recommendations here on Tripadvisor, I expected more. I stayed in cave 13, the big suite. It was great. Was moved to cave 10 the second night to accommodate for a family, which was ok. Cave 10 I would not recommend! There are pigeons sitting on the other side of the walls, and they come and go (fly) all day, also night. There is a small window in the bedroom, which they could consider blinding, as you can see the car lights from passing cars all night, when dark. A noiser room than cave 13 that's for sure. I had problems with the cave lighting, especially bathrooms and mirrors. Could be better. Breakfast is very local, and there is not much to choose from. Service is very good at the hotel. The staff is very nice, and the guided tour was really good, and can be recommended :-) The thing that I will remember is the breathtaking views over the ravine. Go to Matera, definitely! Go to Matera before it is overrun by tourists!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed one night here and it was a truly magical place. Fantastic location, right among the Sassi. At night, you can see the moon right outside the hotel terrace. Super-romantic. The bed is incredibly comfortable and the atmosphere in the cave room is very serene. Their tub is luxurious and the air in the cave feels great, especially on a hot July day.

Their breakfast is delicious and includes local food.

The place looks even better in real life than in photos (if that is possible). The staff are very helpful about what to do and where to go in the area. Fantastic overall experience and atmosphere.

Highly recommend - you will NOT be disappointed!

Room Tip: We stayed in room #6. Highly reco that for a romantic time.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Super cave accommodation, everything was so very magical . We stayed in the suite room 15 the furniture and king size bed all in keeping with the this theme, fantastic bath and shower. The whole hotel was so peaceful and relaxing . Ladies do not take heels as cobble steps and lovely stone floors. The candles add such a romantic touch and you chill out the moment you open the old wooden door. Brilliant Matera.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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