Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is one of the finest and most unique hotel I have seen AND ever slept in. It used to be a CAVE where people used to live 100s of years ago. But don't get me wrong… This hotel was remodeled and restored and mind you, it took 4 years to update the fixtures, bath tub, heated flooring, cabinets etc and they made sure that the original structure were all the same from the original. I could not believe that sleeping surrounded by candles is really peaceful, relaxing and calming. I have to admit I don't want to leave my cave room because it is so clean and very unique.
It is just so HEAVENLY to sleep on the huge bed and very comfortable bedding and pillows. The smell of the bed sheet is so fresh that you just want to stay on the bed the entire day.
Also, they offer free breakfast which they all made from their very own kitchen. The food is very good. Now I must admit I better start eating Mediterranean food with just salad, freshly squeezed Orange Juice, excellent tasting CAPPUCCINO and meatless pizza. I am telling you, their food is very good. By the way, the Breakfast Room used to be the MONASTERY back in the days. So you're having a blessed breakfast meal each time you eat :)
The location is very good too. Matera is a safe place and you don't have to work about anything when you are in this location. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage City. The staff are very helpful and kind and are willing to spend time with their hotel guests. And above all, they speak EXCELLENT ENGLISH so it is much easier to communicate with regards to the history of Matera and of course, for directions.
YOU should try and see for yourself this beautiful and famous CAVE hotel… From what I've heard from the locals, one FAMOUS American ROCK STAR checked in here and was really impressed on how beautiful SEXTANTIO is :) See for yourself :) Happy Travels everyone :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in the Sassi di Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata region - is the most extreme expression of a Historical Minor Heritage. A heritage, which represents the almost paradigmatic expression of this Minor History, marked by rocky caves, inhabited until the first years of the fifties. The sassi (stone settlement) have been turned into 18 romantic boutique bedrooms, simply furnished, candlelit and calming. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a cultural project born to bring hospitality experience outside the schematics, not classifiable as "stars" and far from any traditional concept of luxury, so much so that the New York Times deemed it one of “the most extraordinary destinations in the world”, the Times “one of the ten most beautiful hotels on the international scene” and the Tatler guide of Condé Nast has included among “the one hundred most beautiful hotels on the planet”. They talk about the luxury of emotions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sextantio Civita Caves Hotel Matera