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“No longer the shame of Italy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of L'Hotel in Pietra

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L'Hotel in Pietra
Ranked #4 of 30 Hotels in Matera
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“No longer the shame of Italy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Well Matera is certainly different, although you may feel you recognise it, as the Sassi have regularly been used as backdrop in various movies- such as Mel Gibson's Passion. We stayed 2 nights and I feel that's about right. The rock churches, and the Sassi themselves are the highlight of any trip- although make sure to go over to the other side of the gorge for a full on view, and to see where Gibson chose to site the crucifixion. This is a place for adults, and probably when the sun is warm and not broiling, as you are likely to be doing quite some walking, and there's no pool. But it's certainly worth the effort.
Hotel in Pietra is located in the Sasso Bariano,- be prepared for walking and to be flexible over parking- as the original town planning was done 1500 years before the invention of the motor car. As others have commented the hotel is quite unique, loads of character, a lovely common area, and excellent breakfasts (the best bruschetta pomodoro). It is within walking distance of some lovely osterias- I'd certainly recommend Osteria Pico.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Very friendly staff. Hard to find but if you're driving, finding the parking garage is easy with gps, and porter service to walk you to hotel is handy. It would be pretty tricky finding the hotel on your own. Our room was huge, with hollowed out cave areas through out..problem is the space isn't well used and you have to accept that, well...you're in a cave and it feels humid and damp. Hotel is easy walk to the modern part of town as well as the old, pedestrian section. Advertised with wireless but not available in many rooms (caves), but good connection in lobby area.

Room Tip: rooms without the extra cave areas, which are unused, might be less cool and damp.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is a very unique hotel. Driving into Matera was a little nerve wracking. The outskirt of the city is very urban, lots of very generic apartment buildings etc. The directions were tricky- we drove in ourselves, but after making it to the city center we were finally able to make it to the hotel.

The city itself looks like I would imagine Jerusalem to be. It's very authentic, and beautiful. The hotel itself is a converted church, and the owners have done a good job of adding some nice touches. We had a room right by the reception, and we could hear people coming and going at the desk. We had a loft with a tv and couch with a small terrace overlooking the town, which was nice. The only complaint was there was a very high window door that we weren't able to close with the string (it was broken), so the sun woke us up before 6am, which wasn't ideal. Since the hotel is carved out of an actual cave, it had a slight musty smell, but there was a dehumidifier in the room, and the a/c worked well. Shower was nice, and room was very clean. Linens were of high quality. We would stay here again.

Breakfast was really good. Nice croissants, and exceptional cappuccinos.

I wouldn't recommend the restaurant that is famous for Mel Gibson frequenting it when he filmed Passion of the Christ. It was ok. Matera is a must see, but I don't think there's much to do there after a couple of days. Very beautiful, and like nothing we've ever seen before. Another cool thing, is we were able to pick fresh figs off of the trees as we walked around the city.

Room Tip: the room by the reception we stayed in was a little noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Literally hewn out of rock this little gem of hotel perches in a maze of what was not too long a a sprawling community of makeshift cave-like homes and churches known asthe Sassi. Now modestly gentrifying thanks to its designation as a world heritage site must be experienced to be appreciated, and the L'Hotel in Pietra affords. However difficult to find (we were helped by various locals) , the hotel was a welcoming oasis; the rooms distinctive, clean and comfortable, the breakfasts v ery good, and the staff at the ready, to fetch luggage from the car, to make dinner recommendations, and provide extra pillows, etc. And we loved our evening strolls, through the crowded plazas and the desolate alleys. Our experience was out of a time past, and a place different, just what a vacation should be.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Our family rented two of the suites in the main building. THe rooms were very nice. Large bathrooms. A nice small terrace in one of the suites. Service was very friendly. It was a long walk from the area where cars were allowed and the hotels, but our hotel helped get all the luggage to our rooms. Thanks.

Room Tip: The suites in the main building were great.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

L'Hotel in Pietra was a wonderful, unique experience. We knew Matera is a UNESCO World heritage site, but you really need to see it to reach a full understanding of its fascination and beauty. Our hotel at one point was a Benedictine Abbey. The history of the hotel, from the reception hall to the rooms, has been maintained in a very unique way. Our room had a lower level with a cave and niches used by the abbey. The hotel has been beautifully but simply designed, and we had two wonderful nights here. I would highly recommend L'Hotel in Pietra. There are very few rooms, so check early on availability. Some of the rooms have tricky staircases and steps, so it would be good to check out the options.

Room Tip: Ask about available suites with views. It would be worth the extra cost. Also, a lovely breakfast...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We arrived at the hotel with great expectation having booked and had confirmation for a 'deluxe double room'. While waiting to check-in the front desk was in discussion with a woman who had complained about her room and they had upgraded as a result (at an extra charge). We checked-in and were shown to the tiniest little room with a ladder (not steps) to climb up to a double bed on the floor. I returned to the front desk to say that this was not the room we had booked. I was told that it was and that it was in fact the only room they had left. The attitude was 'what can you do about it'. We spent an awful night in an awful room.
The next day our suspicions were confirmed when on check-out we were charged for a 'small standard room'. When I pointed out that our reservation confirmation was for a deluxe double and that I knew they had given it away before we arrived to the complaining woman, the clerk was not embarrassed about being caught out. Clearly the policy of this hotel is not to honour their bookings. Beware!

Room Tip: Don't let them dump the 'small standard room' on you.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: L'Hotel in Pietra
Address: Via San Giovanni Vecchio 22 | Basilicata, 75100, Matera, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Matera
#3 Family Hotel in Matera
#5 Romantic Hotel in Matera
#6 Business Hotel in Matera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — L'Hotel in Pietra 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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