I can't imagine what it cost to rehab a cave since electricity, water, sewage, heat and ventilation weren't part of the original package. Don't bring heavy luggage (we made that mistake for you) since you hike up a bunch of steps. In terms of having an original experience, this is the real deal. Our cave room was huge (three distinct rooms) with many niches, carve-outs and interesting twists and turns but without a window which was very unique and probably more authentic for troglodyte-types. The bed was very comfortable. The cave was a bit humid though the temperature itself was fine. We highly recommend this property for the adventurous sort who might otherwise stay in one of the fine but conventional luxury hotels in Matera.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sextantio Civita Caves Hotel Matera