Locanda di San Martino is a perfect location to immerse yourself in the uniqueness of the Sassi of Matera. The floors of the hotel are terraced on a valley with lovely views of the opposite hill of buildings constructed out of and in the local rock. I was particularly charmed by the flocks of swallows that flit and swoop around the valley at dawn and dusk. It's a great base for exploring and getting happily lost in the many nooks and crannies of this fascinating town.
The rooms and public areas at the Locanda are very attractive and the thermae a fun experience. The front desk staff are friendly although the desk is understaffed at busy times and the wait for service long. The breakfast rooms are lovely and there is a large selection of food.
A few issues:
We three adults in our 50s found the beds uncomfortable, the master bed was too soft and the singles were too hard. There is only 1 small elevator so there were times we had to wait a while before there was room to get on. I'm a good sleeper and easily went back to sleep if I was woken by the hourly church bells, but my companions' sleep was disrupted by them.
Despite these issues, the positives for me outweighted and I'd happily return to Locanda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Locanda di San Martino lies in the heart of Matera's Sassi Historical District, and at the same time it is conveniently located at a very short distance (100 meters) from the city center. The Locanda radiates outward from the deconsecrated church of San Martino and the street of the same name, through a series of balconies that enjoy a sunny exposure and a wonderful view of the Sasso Barisano. There are twenty-two guest rooms situated on four levels, renovated with the greatest care in order to respect their original forms as single homes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda San Martino Matera
- Hotel Locanda San Martino