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Via Civita 28, Matera, MT, 75100, Italy, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.9 / 5Outstanding

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    4.9
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    4.8
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    4.7
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    4.8
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5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wish I stayed longer"
Incredible. The most memorable hotel stay of my life. I still dream about the breakfast - it was the best I have ever had to date. I cannot wait to go back - I absolutely loved it here. The cave was so comfortable. Staff was also lovely and the town was very quaint.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Mar 24, 2015
Rochelle
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"CELEBRATING MY 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY"
THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST AUTHENTIC CAVE HOTEL IN MATERA. IF YOU DO NOT STAY HERE YOU WILL HAVE CHEATED YOURSELF OF A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. I VISITED NUMEROUS CITIES IN ITALY AND MATERA WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART AND TRANSPORT YOU BACK TO BIBLICAL TIMES (NOTE: THE MOVIE ," PASSION OF THE CHRIST " WAS FILMED HERE). OH , AND IF THAT ISN'T ENOUGH , THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZING.
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2 night romance trip Mar 29, 2015
andres
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Unique experience in a unique town"
Hotel staff provided excellent information prior to arrival. The facilities make use of caverns and grottoes in the cliffs underneath the town. Unique and well executed. Substantial effort involved in making use of natural and historic caves and grottoes. Matera has unusual charms, sights, shops and restaurants, and the experience is amplified when one stays at this hotel.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 8, 2015
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A wonderful and inviting place"
We absolutely loved our cave-room at Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita. The room was beautifully prepared for our arrival, with candles lit and fresh fruit and water waiting. We found the room warm, inviting and wonderfully comfortable - and interesting, too, given the rich history of Matera and the sassi. The staff were kind and helpful at every turn. I hope to have a chance to come back.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 21, 2014
Seasummer
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Coolest place you'll ever stay!"
This place is incredible. Right smack in the middle of the Sassi, super cool design of each cave, and great service. Don't even question it...just stay here.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 20, 2014
JJG
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Sassi in Matera"
Amazing setting with incredibly unique accommodations - a once in a lifetime experience. Hotel was very unique, staff was good, breakfast delicious, room very nice - a tad warm.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Oct 17, 2014
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Good"
Good
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Oct 6, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Something different"
Loved the concept of sleeping in a cave. Very comfortable and modern decor. Attentive and helpful staff. Delicious breakfast, a good break from the average hotel fare.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jun 27, 2014
Gerry
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
My husband and I spent two nights in this exquisite hotel in mid-May. We were in #13, a suite with a balcony overlooking the gorge. Our stay couldn't have been better. The cave suite was huge and very quiet. Breakfast, served in a large cave, was ample and delicious. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the hotel offers a variety of events and sightseeing opportunities. We hated to leave! Be warned that there are a number of steps to climb to reach Reception, but they are not steep.
Genuine Venere guest review
Other trip May 21, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"History Overload"
The hotel is more an experience than a room. You have a view from your room that dates back farther than you can imagine, a great staff and a room which broods cool. The tub in the center of the room beckons you in, the bed is comfy and treatment is stellar. We had tours booked through them, lovely breakfasts and even a pot of hot water for tea at night.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 8, 2014
Mike
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Consistently great"
This was my third stay at Sextantio in Matera, and as always the hotel proved very special. This hotel provides such a unique and unusual experience. Luxury turned upside down. There is simply no better way to experience the Sassi di Matera than this.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 22, 2014
Ash
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Best place in Puglia/Basilicata"
Matera is a fantastic location - off the beaten track but lots to do and see. Sextantio is the most unique hotel experience we've ever had. Atmosphere of the cave room is amazing and breakfast in the dining room is great. Very close walk into the center of town and the sassi - extremely safe environment. Only minor drawback - it's hilly with lots of steps so if you don't like walking think again. Also the hotel address is not good for gps as it's pedestrian only so confirm with hotel directions first.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Mar 25, 2014
Bob chris
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Amazing Setting on "Edge" with a view to Ravine"
Hotel is in an amazing setting, in a "redesign and reclammation" of cave homes into "rooms" on edge of town overlooking ravine and with a view to the Matera "caves"- NOT a view of town but of the caves on mountain side. Close to some recommended restaurants and quiet in evenings given location. Staff extremely helpful. Difficult to drive to as GPS does not differentiate pedestrian walks. Hotel.Com should provide that claim and provide client emails or encourage to get in touch with hotel - worth going, but need guidance given nature of Matera streets.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Dec 26, 2013
Stella
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Unbelievable!"
It's hard to describe just how amazing this place is. Every detail was perfect. The cave room was awe-inspiring but still comfortable and modern. We could feel a little of what it would have been like to live in the caves....but if the caves had been like the Sextantio, no one would have been removed. Matera is lovely, melancholy, with an air of permanence, decay, and renewal all coexisting in a most unique way. Of everywhere we went in Italy in our two weeks, Matera will be the place I remember and ponder. The Sextantio is worth the price. It's a life experience that will stay with you forever.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 4, 2014
Nancy
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Two days is enough"
Second visit this Summer. It's something that you must try but the novelty will wear off. It is a novelty. Slippers would be nice as the floors are "dirty"
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip with friends Oct 8, 2013
Kenny
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Lifetime experience"
When we first arrived we were lost, hungry and definitely confused. Only to be greeted for the most amazing experience of our entire trip. Not to say the others pailed simply this experience was something words can't describe. Amazing is all I can say.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 11, 2013
Mike
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A 5 Star Cave"
Be prepared to walk lots of steps and pack lightly. Once you arrive at the hotel it is worth the effort. Room was large, candles made it feel warm and it had all the modern conveniences you need. The staff was extremely helpful. The view from the terrace of the sun coming up was special. The breakfast was outstanding.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 11, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"WONDERFUL!"
The hotel was unlike anyplace I have ever seen or stayed. They painstakingly removed each stone to put in current amenities in the cave rooms. This place is a must visit. LOVED IT.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Jun 11, 2013
Lisa
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Sassi in Matera"
Sextantio was a great choice for our 14-day romantic/exploration trip from Naples to Southern Italy. It is a Sassi (cave hotel) which was clean and beautiful inside. We wanted to experience the historical city of Matera and get a feel (although at a luxury level) for the people who lived in the sassi. Its really is a once in a lifetime experience to stay at a cave room. If you are looking for amenities such as TV, phone, and even good lighting, this is not the place to stay. Most of the sassi use candle lighting and a few strategically placed lights. Upon arrival, we were given a history of the sassi and welcomed to "our cave." There was fruit waiting at the table. The bathtub and toliets were modern and beautiful. The furniture was lovely wood. Breakfast was very good and consisted of various different mozzarella, ricotta cheeses, pastries, fruit juices. There were a few challenges to the hotel 1) was finding it..the sign was a small red sign on the side on the road high up on a building and 2) if you have limited walking capability, you will need to climb several stairs to get to town and to get your luggage to the hotel. I would certainly recommend this hotel.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Aug 30, 2013
Couple
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Unique experience"
This is a hotel built in a cave where there was a monastery in the 13th century. It's unbelievably pretty and modest. Do not expect TV and an even floor. Expect an incredible feeling of knowing where you are sleeping. The breakfast is yummy with salty and sweet foods. The room is very nicely decorated and simple. I booked the smallest room and I was very happy. There are lamps but also candles if you want more light. Finding the hotel was not easy because the GPS kept using pedestrian roads so the best way to get there was around the town, not through it. Also, the car does not get to the front of the hotel. You have to go up some stairs. I would definitely go back and I already gave the information to some family members who love this kind of unique place to stay. It's also right in front of the Murgia caves so you have quit a view during the day.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 18, 2013
jorge
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Surreal Stay"
This is an amazing place, unlike any place I've ever been. It is very difficult to find from the small lower ring road that takes you along the Sassi; however, if you park at the main (and free) parking lot by the tourist info building, you can walk over to the hotel down the road. The hotel is situated in a rather chaotic manner throughout the Sassi, but each room is pretty amazing. We were in room 20, which is small but has a great view and is comfortable despite being in a cave. The quality of the room is remarkable and the rooms are very clean. They are simple, but that allows you to really take in the room, which is the highlight of staying here. The breakfast was great in that it had all local products and cuisine, even though it was too heavy for me. Overall, this was an amazon hotel, I only wish I could have stayed two days instead of 1.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jul 4, 2013
Michael
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Five Star all the Way"
This is an exquisite hotel. It is built into ancient caves but with chic new plumbing, etc. It was restored as the 13th C. monastery it once was. The architect and designers did a brilliant, elegant job. Five star all the way.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Feb 10, 2013
Eve
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wow."
Don't think twice. This place is a little slice of heaven. The rooms are wonderful and atmospheric, the beds soft and spacious, the bath luxurious and inviting. It's a romantic paradise! The breakfast is great, too.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Jan 23, 2013
Ariel H.
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Modern Step Back into History!"
We had a little difficulty finding the hotel. Once we got there I was a little concerned that I had made a mistake booking the room. We were given a tour of the facility and then taken to our room. My opinion changed! The room was perfect - clean, dimly lit and with candles strategically placed throughout the rooms. No concern with heating; the room temperature was pleasant. I prefer a shower, but our room only had a tub which turned out to be just fine. Matter-of-fact, it was quite nice soaking the sore muscles after hiking around Matera. There was plenty to eat at breakfast. The staff was very nice and helpful. The only complaint I have is concerning parking. There is free public parking nearby where we parked without any problems. But there is also a parking area at the hotel that we were told was not for guests, but then some guests were allowed to park there. The "No Parking" rule should apply to all guests.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jan 18, 2013
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
I was the first time to stay at the cave room. Good location and good view. friendly staff. we want to stay again if I go to Matera .
Genuine Venere guest review
Other trip Sep 10, 2012
A Traveler
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wow! Loved it!"
What an amazing place! It is absolutely fabulous and the scenery is breathtaking. I would recommend this hotel and its location to everyone. The cave rooms are so lovely, lots of candles and a sunken bath, it felt a very magical Place to stay. Would love to return one day.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Jul 9, 2015
Lesley
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Stunning location and service"
The room was beautiful and we were looked after extremely well by the staff. The live TV music show was an unexpected bonus too :)
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jun 16, 2015
David
NZ
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Location different and very unusual ."
Do not stay here if you want and expect the boring experience of the usual 5 star hotels..What you get instead is all that the best hotels can offer in a very unusual setting .
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 18, 2015
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Heavenly"
Absolutely divine with 5 star staff
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Nov 18, 2014
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A different experience"
Nothing can prepare you for staying in a cave. Once you get used to it it is the most weird yet pleasing experience. The complex of caves is so interesting. The hotel staff were the nicest and most helpful we've ever come across in all our years of travelling. Highly recommended.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 7, 2015
chris
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"The room and hotel enhanced the holiday!"
It was simply a unique experience. Opening the door to a luxury cave sums it up. You just need to experience it.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 22, 2015
Patrick
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Grande bellezza"
This hotel provides you with one of the most amazing experiences in your life that you will surely remember for a long time. Every room is a cave for it self, in which you will feel the spirit of old times. The room is covered with candles giving peaceful and romantic atmosphere. Breakfast is located at one larger cave, the food was simple, traditional and delicious. I would recommend this hotel to everyone who seek unforgettable experiences.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Mar 1, 2015
Mia
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wonderful"
Wonderful
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Feb 13, 2015
Raavish
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"spectacular"
This was an amazing experience. We had a lovely night we bought our children with us which we would recommend an child free night in this hotel! !
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Dec 21, 2014
Tiffany
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wonderful experience, great location"
enjoyed our visits to the area, the unique hotel room, and the nice restaurants in town
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 20, 2014
Peter
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Once in a lifetime experience"
An amazing and wonderful experience.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 21, 2014
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Unusual and great fun"
My wife and I stayed here for our last night while touring Puglia, We were not disappointed. The staff were very helpful and all spoke superb English. We were shown to our room after a tour of the dining area and a briefing on the history of the hotel. The room, sorry, cave, was beautifully prepared and all the candles lit when we walked in. The photographs really do represent the room experience. Taking a bath is a surreal experience. A very comfortable cave indeed but then it was air conditioned (very subtly installed) and even had underfloor heating in the bathroom area. The bed was very comfortable and we had very peaceful nights sleep. The following morning we enjoyed an interesting buffet breakfast facilitated by a multi lingual waiter. We very much enjoyed our stay.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 4, 2014
Jonathan
GB
4.0 / 5Excellent
The room was supposed to have air conditioning but you could not use it in the room as it was centrally controlled from reception and it did not seem to even for reception either. Breakfasts were amazing though.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip May 10, 2014
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Totally different"
The caves were amazing. The first night we had a small one (the toilet in the same general area of the bed!!) was not well received by my partner!!! The rest was magical. The second night we were given a larger room with bath and separate en suite. The breakfast room was atmospheric ( an old cave church). The location of caves were ideal for exploring all of the Sassi region. I
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Apr 9, 2014
Dave
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Fantastic stay"
Stayed here for two nights and although a bit sceptical initially we were quickly impressed by the facilities. Would definitively recommend anyone who wants to go to Matera to stay here.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Mar 25, 2014
Mansjoha
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Interesting and unusual hotel"
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.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 19, 2013
Rolie
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Amazing place and staff!"
We thoroughly enjoyed it and the only reason for a 4 out of 5 is that the sink tap fell off and needed fixing but that was a small observation as it still worked! Would thoroughly recommend it.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 14, 2013
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"An amazing hotel experience in an amazing city."
If you think staying in a cave sounds primitive, cold and dank then you must try this hotel to totally dispel these thoughts. The room was spacious, beautifully lit and beautifully appointed. It was truly a memorable part of our holiday. Its proximity to the historic city and wonderful eating was an additional bonus.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 30, 2013
A Traveler
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A cave with a view"
Without doubt one of the most enjoyable hotel experiences we have encountered. The restoration of the hotel was sympathetic and tasteful, the staff were friendly and informal, extremely helpful and a pleasure to spend time with. They were very in tune with the area and enhanced our stay immeasurably. The breakfast was superb and used local produce with fresh fruit and breads and a host of options. The location of the hotel is very convenient for exploring the old town and the views are breath-taking. I would never have imagined staying in a cave could be such a pleasant experience but this hotel has managed to get that difficult balance between efficiency and respect of privacy perfectly.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Sep 11, 2013
Martin and Emma
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Unforgettable experience"
We stayed one night here and it was a truly magical place. Fantastic location, right among the Sassi. At night, you can see the moon right outside the hotel terrace. Super-romantic. The bed is incredibly comfortable and the atmosphere in the cave room is very serene. Their breakfast is delicious and includes local food. Highly recommend - you will NOT be disappointed!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 28, 2013
KatGit
CA
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Fabulous all the way!"
From the moment we were greeted at the gate and our bags cheerily carried to our room, it was wow! Our room was beautiful, and all the little touches such as candles having been pre lit around our room before our arrival & the lovely bowl of fruit made us feel very welcome.The views and setting are fabulous. We had been travelling around Italy for a month and this hotel and city were the highlight. Breakfast in this backlit 13th century cavern was an experience, nothing too much trouble for the girls to cook for you. Quality in every area, you won't be disappointed.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night family trip Jun 14, 2013
Jeanette
AU
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Unique location"
First time I have stayed in a cave and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Breakfast taken in the old rock church was delicious with a variety of local produce/specialities. Obviously darker than a modern hotel but the atmosphere more than made up for this. Rooms come with en-suite facilities but disappointed not to be offered a room with a shower. Probably need to specify this at time of booking.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip May 16, 2013
Trapper
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great romantic getaway"
Although a little tricky to find, the locals were very helpful and we found the hotel where we proudly shown to our cave. A mixture of dimmed lighting and candles made for a very romantic atmosphere. The bedroom was very comfortable and the bathroom, quite stunning. We did however feel that the hotel would benefit from a lounge area, but this was our only criticism. The staff could'nt have been more helpfully and the view from the hotel was quite simply breathtaking.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 25, 2013
Mary-Jo
GB

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5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Spectaculaire"
Incroyable petit dej fabuleux juste Ca manque de chose sucrée...
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Aug 14, 2015
David
FR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Das top Höhlenerlebnis"
Wir waren in den heissesten Sommertagen bei über 40 Grad in Matera. In den heissesten Stunden konnten wir uns in unsere kühle, komfortable uns stylische Höhle zurückziehen. Ein besonderes Erlebnis der Sonderklasse! Super Frühstücksbuffet, perfekter, sehr persönlicher Service.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jul 16, 2015
Meinrad
CH
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