"A rock-cut hotel in the famous Sassi"
This was our first visit to Matera, arriving by hire-car for two days with deliberately light luggage. The hotel forms part of the extraordinary Sassi (= rocks) part of the town, where there is no vehicular access and the streets mostly take the form of stone steps up and down winding paths on one hillside or another. Some physical fitness is needed. The hotel had provided us with the name and address of a private garage, which was fine (and the custodian very welcoming), but it was quite hard to find on a first visit. The town has few helpful road signs. The walk up to the hotel was also not easy, with a bit of a climb from one of the main squares, and then a winding descent. It is easy to get lost. The hotel staff were helpful and very welcoming, and they led us down more winding stone paths to our room, which was a large, high-ceiling, rock-cut cavern. It had a good bed, a sofa, a second raised seating-area, a small bathroom, also carved out of the rock, rustic furniture, a good chest of drawers, telephone and TV. The room had air-conditioning, which we found impossible to adjust. The room was therefore cool and, being a cave, rather damp. This was OK for our visit in high summer, but could well be inadequate in winter or even spring and autumn. Breakfast was good without being outstanding, served up at the main hotel building. We would recommend the hotel to friends, but only those of physical robustness, and with appropriate warnings.
Mark from London