A hotel of fastideous charm, immaculate, inspired, exquisite contemporary architectural details married to the ancient original remails of sufa cave dwellers - " Sassi", dwellings dug from outside to within a sufa mountain. Colors of many millenium old stone arches, cream, beige, soot black all of the residue of hundreds of years of living mixed with joyful colors lent to furnishings of the 21 century - pale blue frosted unframed glass doors for the bath and a wonderful large bathtub with a hand and overhead shower.Specially designed lamps made of ceramic glazed in a kind of bleached bone color with holes that seed light sparkles onto magically varried surfaces.The spaces are a spectabular display of subtle texture. pock marks, striations like ancient script. and clear clean colors, ceruleun blue, a chrome green and the beds make one wish to stay in when it rains and read a good book. and for that, there is a lamp placed at the head of the bed. Breakfast "is held" in a kind of double cave with so many assorted fine things to eat the expresso machine was constaintly at work. American coffee ordered as Cafe au lait just wonderful. One might be in the company of a trecker tackling mountain trails and hillside caves with Baroque architectural delails on the face of a abandoned one time home. A family of five, a business man, a lone traveler like me - each person seemed to put on their best duds to enjjoy the morning feast . I was so pleased by the "ombiance'' a diverse group of people, many nations, young old and the inbetween. .The staff is a self styed family each person lending a hand to help with what needs doing. The owner might be at the reception desk or one of the other most efficient, helpful and enthusiastic staff persons. Each of these helpmates makes for a smooth running, friendly, extra special place.and were it possible I would not mention it at all as I would like to keep the lovely Locanda all for myself. Out of the "Sassi" a hundred steps up to a more recent gound level, is a lovely Piazza with a gourmands delight of a shop 0f "Lucanian" and Pulian food stuffs, and for my own personal need great bread, a baker as fine as my old friend Poilane. One excellent trattoria "Il Cantuccio" chef /Carlo Cambi makes fresh past with a sauce of chick peas, hard to imagine so fine a dish made with simply love and fine ingredients and the best olive oil anywhere. The baker is a handsome fellow dressed all in black, his shop is #4 Vitorio Venito in the Piazza.The restaurant I found by my nose paying attention to the smells eminating from a most modest space is no accident it is impossible to believe one might stay the night and depart the following morning as eight days wil be too little for me to fully render this magical place known. I will return some day soon maybe when the chanterelles are peaking out from leafs fallen to ground in October.
- 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