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Reviewed June 22, 2019

Inhabited since the Neolithic Period, the Sassi area of Matera, Italy, is a completely different, unexpected and delightful experience! The ancient and primitive dwellings have over time, been renovated, plumbed, electrified and air-conditioned resulting in a blended experience of new & ancient!

Our stay at the Locanda Di San Martino was wonderful! The room was delightful and absolutely quiet! Talk about thick walls! The hotel's rooms overlooked the stunningly striking Sassi area of the city. The Locanda had some small private patio areas scattered amongst the hotel rooms in which groups of friends met for wine in the evening. The breakfast buffet had everything you'd want in the morning! Some friends enjoyed and raved about the hotel's "incave" pool and spa!

FYI - Matera has been selected as the "EU's Capitol of Culture for 2019", so crowds might be larger than usual this summer.

Go Caving in Matera! No bedroll needed!

Date of stay: May 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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1  Thank susan c
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Reviewed June 13, 2019

This hotel is located along the bottom of the sassi. I really liked the location. There is a great view of the rest of the sassi. The rooms vary in size from almost a closet to a very nice suite sized room. You need your walking shoes if you're going to be walking around. There are lots of steps to get up to the main level of the town. Although, I did see some golf carts taking people around.

Date of stay: May 2019
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1  Thank Marty S
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Reviewed June 1, 2019

The hotel has brought together several cave rooms and formed a hotel. Good location and surprisinly spacious rooms. View out our balcony walkway great. Breakfast good. Staff helpful for tourist. Would return.

Room tip: The elevator is very tiny so plan ahead when checking out. It also seems to be influenced by the last person to push a button.
Date of stay: May 2019
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1  Thank Joseph P
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Reviewed May 31, 2019

Matera is itself an extraordinary city, and the Locanda is situated in one of the areas of old rock dwellings, some of which have been brought together and made into a hotel. So you will be quite literally sleeping in a cave. (There is also a Roman bath/spa, but we didn't use it.) The room was furnished with an odd mixture of largely antique pieces, and the bathroom, though not large, was adequate. There are clearly some disadvantages to staying in a cave; it's not really possible to fit modern refinements like air-conditioning, and storage space was rather limited. But for character it's hard to beat.

The hotel has a small bar, which seems to be used largely by people coming from the spa. It has no restaurant, but there are plenty nearby, and the staff were extremely helpful in making suggestions and bookings for us. Breakfast was excellent, with a lot of local meats, cheeses and cakes and - extraordinarily - live piano music. However, we did have to see off one attempt to serve instant coffee,

I'm a hard marker, and on pure hotel quality this would rate 4 rather than 5, but it is the character of the place and the rooms that tips it over; we should have been very sorry to have missed it.

Room tip: There are some outlying rooms which will entail a trip back to the main hotel for breakfast. Be sure you know what you've opted for.
Date of stay: May 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

This is an amazing chance to experience history. It is simply unbelievable they way they have preserved the authentic sassi feel and yet made the rooms welcoming with appropriate amenities.

One caution, it is a historical venue and the tiny elevator can only do so much, you WILL have to carry your bags up at least a few stairs if not a flight and the rugged cobblestones do not allow you to pull them even on the flat, but it is well worth the trouble.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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