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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Matera
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I took my partner here as a suprise for his 30th birthday and it really was an outstanding place. The caves have a really romantic atmosphere due to being lit mainly by candlelight (although a nightmare to do your make-up!) and the whole experience was very relaxing! The staff are brilliant, very helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I decided to splurge on a mini vacation to Matera, 3 days which is a perfect amount of time to spend there. This hotel looked great in pictures and did NOT disappoint. Yes, hard to find! the government won't let them add directional signs, and really they are right, it keeps this museum/city as authentic as it can be. We got bumped up to room 19, a drop dead gorgeous room. The decor here is rustic/monastic/restrained. Not a drop of extra decor except what will give you a sense of living here in spartan style, but in this case, with drop dead beautiful mod cons: lovely lovely bathroom fixtures, very modern and simple and then the drama of a big white pod bathtub set down in the room. No expense has been spared to recreate a rustic experience with each room holding a few big country benches or chests, hand woven linens, and recreated handblown glass in all the windows and doors. Our mattress was O SO comfortable! it must have been about 16" deep, lovely linens, wonderful muted colors, candles throughout and hidden lighting. FAB breakfast buffet! local cheese specialities, such as mozzarella braids, bur rata fresh ricotta, crostatas, fruit salad, sweet breads, or order eggs: coffee any way you want it. I would only recommend that you really study exactly how to arrive! Staff is suer friendly. Great destination for a honeymoon! Good wifi and quiet make this a true retreat.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Staying at Sextantio Le Grotte is worth every moment of the difficulty in finding it. Our cave room was stunningly beautiful and romantic, lit by candles, with an enormous bathtub in the bedroom that looked out onto views of the Sassi. The staff (special mention to Roberta, Michele, Marco and Aman) is delightful and helpful; the breakfast room and the buffet it offered is beyond compare, also candlelit, with soft classical music enhancing the ambience. We recommend setting up a 3 hour tour through the hotel -- there are layers of history to uncover in the Sassi, and our guide, Angela, made it all easy to understand. It should be noted that there are lots of stone steps to navigate in order to get to the Duomo and the charming village square beyond it but here again, it's worth the effort. I would inlcude this hotel as one of my favorites in the world. What an extraordinary and memorable experience!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Spent 2 nights in cave 18. Really great and something to remember over the years when other hotels will be forgotten. Superb location for Matera, luxury bed, great shower, good breakfast and such professional and friendly service. Nothing was too much trouble. We'll done to Amaan for carrying our case up the steps too. Excellent.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank MarkJ0j0
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hotel was everything we expected from seeing it online - careful renovation of cave rooms in Matera. There is a 'no technology' policy in the rooms, though wi-fi is excellent. Candles supplement subtle lighting. Beautifully comfortable bed, lovely modern bath, loo and bidet. Only suggestion to improve the room would be informal cushioned seating built into the alcove (previous cistern) as currently no seating so we had to sit on the bed to read. No meals available except for a superb Italian breakfast served in a large cave with ancient wooden tables and soft music.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

First - you had better have a map to locate this hotel. You can not drive to it however there is public parking nearby. Contact the hotel for details. Locating the place was our only fail in our two weeks of travel. It's worth the effort to find. Comfortable and designed with a concept unique to Italy it is different from any other accommodation we've experienced. Tasteful and primitive but with comfort in mind. We did not have time to fully explore Matera but would return again just to spend another night at Sextantio.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We recently spent three nights at this unique hotel. Wouldn't have wanted to spend more because of the unusual nature of the place but thoroughly enjoyed the time we did spend there. My cave was a "superior" and quite large, with separate spaces for the bed/desk, bathtub/sink and toilet/bidet. And what a bath tub! The large egg-shaped Philippe Starck is the first tub we had ever been able to totally stretch out in, though getting in and out was a challenge. Downside of the tub: no shower for us Americans who are totally devote to that morning ritual. That's one reason we wouldn't have wanted to spend longer. (We did find out later that some of the caves have showers....) The second reason is the lighting, or lack of same. Yes it is very evocative and even romantic. No one cannot really apply make-up or see anything but upper brow in the small mirror. But the management took our request for a reading light seriously and sent someone out to purchase several for our small group which was very customer-oriented of them. Breakfast is in the old church and is quite a lavish spread, including eggs if one is so inclined. Lots of local cheese and pastries, yogurt and delicious fruit salad. The young people manning the reception desk were very friendly and welcoming and eager to make our stay as wonderful as possible. Almost made up for the lack of any tissues in the room! This is an amazing experience and a worthwhile effort to reclaim some of the past in stylish and eco-friendly ways. It is not cheap but worth it for the sake of the experience. And Matera is a truly fascinating place!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Address: Via Civita 28, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Matera
#1 Family Hotel in Matera
#1 Romantic Hotel in Matera
#9 Business Hotel in Matera
Price Range: $177 - $878 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matera can be found in the south of Italy and is world famous because of its Sassi quarters, a stunning and well preserved example of a village where hundreds of caves were turned into dwellings, churches and palaces. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, the Sassi represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: the earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age, in the middle ages it boasted several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre, owing to the rich harvests from the surrounding hills and plains. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is placed in the oldest part of the Sassi quarters, the CIVITA, facing the spectacular Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. It comprises 18 rooms (some of them exceeding 160m²) and an ancient church, the "Cripta della Civita," now used as a common area, all renovated to retain their original features. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is situated in the historical heart of Matera. The 18 caves have been renovated in full respect of the local heritage. Each cave reveals the original shape and materials. The interior design, the respectful and minimalistic approach of Sextantio is reflected in the plain furniture elements. The guests will experience a particular atmosphere evoking the cultural and human history of the Sassi of Matera. ... more   less 
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