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“Stunning, Beyond Description”
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Palazzo Viceconte
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Matera
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2014

The reviews are all correct--staying at the Palazzo Viceconte is an experience you won't forget and is truly like staying in an old-Italy palazzo. The reviews are also true that it takes a miracle to find this hotel----we drove in circles for an hour before finally paying an unofficial "tour guide" on his scooter 10 euro to lead us there. Easy once you know how, but otherwise almost impossible in this maze of winding, narrow streets, and streets that end at pedestrian zones. If you enter the hotel address in your GPS, you will NOT get here.

So, here's the definitive route....having just done it and then walked it to be sure.

Once you get to Matera, follow the brown signs to the "sassi" or old town. You will ultimately end up on Via Lucana by following these signs--mostly the 2nd exit at each round-about you encounter.

From Lucana, turn either right or left onto Via Allesandro Volta--you can only turn one way, it just depends on which way you are driving on Via Lucana. The street is narrow but not too scary

At the bottom of a short block, you veer left onto Via del Corso. Stay to the left and you will come to a sort of square with a church on your right, a big bank in front of the church and bank sort of ahead of you. Keep to the left on Via Corso

About two short blocks on Via Corso AFTER you pass the church/bank square, you will see a blue arrow sign on the building in front and to your right, pointing to the right, and a brown sign with it indicating the Cattedrale. Turn right here. This will still say Via Corso even though you have turned right. This little "zig" off the main Via Corso is a very very short block that ends in a "T." Turn right and you will be on Via delle Beccherie. It almost looks like a pedestrian zone, but it's not, so keep going.

Beccherie curves gently and turns into Via Duomo. You will see an occasional sign for Via Duomo high up on the walls. Once you go up a little hill and under a sort of covered archway, you will see the duomo on your left. Keep it on your left, drive past the Duomo Caffe on your right, and head to the right down hill and through a covered archway. You will see the symbol for pedestrian zone, but go ahead--it's OK. You will drive slowly down the hill a few hundred feet and when you see you can't drive any further (there will be steps), look to the left and there is the Hotel Palazzo Viceconte. You drive through big, double wooden doors into their little courtyard.

Once here, you will be so glad you made the effort. The hotel is absolutely stunning, with artwork everywhere, oriental rugs, beautiful furnishings and a very professional and friendly front desk staff.

We had a suite because all the other rooms were booked, but it was well worth the splurge. A gorgeous reception room, large spacious and super comfortable bedroom, and an enormous bathroom, all with views out across the canyon to the ancient cave houses. Truly magnificent.

Breakfast is included in the price of the room and was delicious.

I would definitely recommend a stay in the old part of the city instead of up in the newer part, and the Hotel Palazzo Viceconte is the perfect base from which to enjoy this UNESCO world heritage town.

Room Tip: I don't think you can go wrong here, but if you can, splurge on the suites. They are beyond desc...
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is a wonderful hotel-such an enjoyable experience, The staff was friendly, helpful and ever so often showed a wonderful sense of humour. I have read some of the other reports and believe all the positive bigpoints have been mentioned: The palace, the rooms, the breakfast, the views from the rooftop terrace and in general the atmosphere. Everything is splendid.
I underscore the tip to the management made elsewhere. A clear set of driving directions on your website would surely be welcomed.
PS we have tested neither the restaurant nor the fitness-center

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

The visit to the Sassi area of Matera is a wonderful experience. So much to see and such a busy and interesting place. The Hotel Palazzo Viceconte is situated at the top of this city, next to the Doumo, and is in a quiet and secluded spot, reached via a tiny road,( more like an allyway!)The views from the hotel terrace are spectacular, probably the best in Matera. If arriving by car, parking can be difficult, but you can opt (at an extra cost) to have secure parking within the hotel courtyard. I would really recommend this. The hotel is spectacular, with great rooms and fantastic galleries. The staff speak limited English, but are very professional, helpful, and friendly. There is no dining room for dinner, but the breakfasts are one of the best i've come across. If you want a touch of class whilst staying in Matera, then this is the hotel for you.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Once in a life experience this hotel in the middle of the ''Sassi''. Spectacular view from the room overlooking wild life nature. Take an aperitif on the upper floor and discover all historical sites of this terrific city. The palace is a mix from museum and hotel with all its modern facilities, including good internet wifi-access. Admire all the paintings and other ancient subjects on your minutes walk to the breakfast room. The Palazzo is situated in the most exciting part of Matera, a few minutes from the famous 'Sassi' and the heart of the historic district with bars and restaurants.
A special thank to the hotel-staff; all warm and helpful people.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

As we are on honeymoon this turned out to be the best room of our trip so far. Massive room, arches everywhere, huge bed, french windows overlooking the ravine with swallows and falcon flying close by as the sun set. The hotel converted four years ago from a palace and no expense spared. 14 guest rooms, and we wd recommend room 104. Huge buffet b.fast with fresh fruit and little cakes. Interesting art in all the corridors and rooms. Don,t forget to go up to the roof to get great pictures of the ancient town.
It is difficult to find, but the locals knew its whereabouts and were always helpful. Another bonus was that parking was provided.

Room Tip: Room 104 is on ground floor but still overlooking the deep ravine.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

This hotel is at the top of the historic district in an converted palace. The rooms are smallish but inviting with nice bathrooms. Staff was extremely helpful and made sure we were aware of all of the features including a fantastic modern art gallery on the premises in the basement. There is a small lobby bar and you walk through beautifully decorated salons one floor up from the lobby for breakfast service. A small number of parking spaces are available for a premium at the courtyard or you can drop your luggage off and return the car to one of the public lots below the historic hillside buildings. The site is in the heart of the historic district however the modern town can be reached by a short walk downhill past the Duomo. We were very happy with this hotel.

Room Tip: Matera streets are hard to follow... To get to hotel by car drive up Via Del Corso and then to the D...
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

just few steps away from Matera's cathedral in a hidden alley lies palazzo Viceconte that is a place really worth to be discovered . A meticolous restauration has turned this ancient building into a secret gem
Rooms I had 105 are high vaulted ,furnished using antiques pieces, extremely generous in size with splitted bath and shower and enough space to rest . Bed matress is of good quality and ensure long relaxing sleeps those will be interrupted just by birds singing in the morning - anyhow a double window will ensure you a total silence)
The whole Palace is adorned with tastefully paintings and you can really feel the genuine love behind this project that has achieved an high sense of warm hospitality
The breakfast room on the third floor roof is simply out of this world even if selection is not that wide , from the terrace you can embrace the view of the cathedral clocktower just few meters away , I sassi and all the town that has one of the most unique personality that you can realize only when you experience the magic of this place.There is plenty of restaurants nearby and I recommend to stroll through the roughly shaped stairs of the sassi to find a good place (the old roads of the town are not for hi heel shoes , stay confortable when there)
The hotel has a special art gallery mostly amazing photos that I was delighted to be introduced by the
ex marathonete taking good care of the reception
A parking space is granted to all those brave enough to drive until here
An amazing discovery. really loved it and super recommendable for all those that do not know yet the beauty of Matera- Very good for families and tourist in look of something better

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Palazzo Viceconte

Address: Via San Potito 7, 75100, Matera, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Matera
Price Range: $135 - $382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo Viceconte 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Viceconte Palace: the charm of a historic building just steps from Piazza del Duomo. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, decorated with prestigious furnitures, digital TV and air conditioned and wired internet access. Most of the rooms enjoy a splendid view of the Sassi of Matera.The two large terraces, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the 'Old Town and archaeological sites, you can organize any type of event. ... more   less 
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