Matera, in southern Italy's Basilicata region, is famous for its sassi, a city of cave houses and churches dug out of soft volcanic tufa. A fascinating thing to do is to stay in the sassi in a cave hotel. Sassi hotels are in caves that have been renovated and modernized and normally have private baths, internet, air conditioning, and heating.
These well-rated Matera hotels are either located in the caves or have views of the sassi, and provide a great base for exploring this interesting Basilicata city.
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita is a 4-star hotel with rooms and suites inside nicely restored caves. Rooms have air-conditioning, stone floors, and antique furniture and the hotel has a panoramic terrace. You can dine by candlelight in the restaurant inside a former cave church.
Locanda di San Martino is a 3-star hotel set in a former church and cave houses in the sassi, very near Matera's city center. It has 32 rooms, each one unique and some with views, on four levels connected by passageways in the rock and an elevator. Rooms for four people are available. From the terraces and walkways there are good views of the sassi. There's also an unusual thermal pool.
Basiliani is a modern design hotel in a renovated cave dwelling near Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, at the bottom of one of the sassi districts, with views of the caves and the valley. Parking is available at the hotel or nearby.
Residence del Casalnuovo, in the sassi district, has serviced apartments with kitchenettes. There's also a common lounge area with fireplace.
Hotel Sant'Angelo is a 4-star hotel that includes 22 historic dwellings, a restaurant, two bars, panoramic terraces, common areas and an art gallery.
Residence San Giorgio is a 3-star hotel in two historic buildings centrally located in the sassi. It offers suites with kitchens for 1 - 5 people.
Le Dodici Lune, in the heart of the Caveoso Sassi district, has 7 rooms made from original cave dwellings with air conditioning, nearby parking, restaurant, and terrace with great views.
Caveoso Hotel is a 3-star hotel in the center of the sassi. It has 14 rooms, a large terrace, and free parking.
Agli Archi is in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, near the bottom of one of the sassi districts, above a canyon, and near the Church of San Pietro Caveoso. It's possible to get to the piazza by car where there's a small parking area and the bus from the train station stops 30 meters away. The 3 rooms are air-conditioned and have internet.
This 35-room hotel near the University of Basilicata has a mix of traditional cave rooms and more modern accommodations. They come with breakfast, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
Albergo Italia is a comfortable 3-star hotel just above the sassi. Many of the rooms offer great views of the sassi, and there's a relaxed restaurant and pizzeria next door.
Looking for luxury? Palazzo Gattini is a 5-star hotel in a 17th century villa with 20 deluxe rooms and suites, one of which has a swimming pool on its private terrace with views. There is a wine bar, spa with jacuzzi, Turkish bath, restaurant, and bar. The hotel is by the cathedral, overlooking the sassi.