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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Le Monacelle is an old convent attached to the Duomo in Matera. You have to stash your car on the pizza and walk a short distance down a narrow street to the entrance, so make sure your bags aren't big or are on wheels. Matera is a surreal place, and this is a fitting hotel for a recovering Catholic. The hotel has a big terrace with views of a canyon. Matera is a stone-covered ravine with residences and winding, narrow, stone streets carved into the sides and bottom of the ravine and crowning both ridges. The hotel sits on one ridge with a gorgeous canyon behind, beckoning hikers to walk down the steep side below the hotel, across a stream, and up the other green side for a view back to the stony town. Our room (number 8) is reached off a door near the breakfast room. You walk through an interior courtyard and up a few steps to the door. There is a sitting room with a nun's cell off that, where the bed is. On the opposite side is the bathroom with a bid window and a killer view of the canyon. We were there the last few days of June. Welcome rushing breezes blow through that window--also through the little window in the bedroom. No need for air conditioning here. Wash a few clothes, hang them by either window, and they're dry in a few hours. Room 9 and two others also have these views. Stay in them if you can. These windows face east, so if you don't want a very early wake-up call from the sun, close the bathroom door most of the way (you don't want to close off the cooling breezes). Same goes for the bedroom window. Sunlight seems magnified off all that whitewash. A very friendly couple worked the front desk. She spoke no English and was nursing a baby sparrow she had found. He speaks English well enough. Fifteen dollars a day to stash the car. They hold fancy events on the terrace. Our last night was a Tuesday. There was a birthday party with DJ, so the music was cranked up til midnight. It was okay with us, since we wandered the main piazzas, packed with people, til 12. It was actually chilly at night. I wished I had brought a sweater or jacket. Matera is 1,300 feet up, and I guess all that stone cools down fast at night.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2014

I love this hotel. I am here at least once a year for business and you can't beat the meeting rooms and views at this hotel. All the rooms are roomy and nice. The terrace has a breathtaking view of the Sassi. It has several meeting rooms, a library, an outside court yard, a nice breakfast area that leads out to the terrace, an internet/meeting room and several nice lounging areas.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Unlike some of the negative reviews posted here, I had an excellent stay alle Monacelle. I stayed in the dormitory, and lucky for me, I was the only one in the entire 18 bed dorm. Everything was clean, the two baths were excellent (no problems at all with the hot water as complained another guest), and I found the front desk staff to be very accommodating and helpful. The space too is lovely -- sure, it's not one of the sassi, but at 18 euro a night, staying in a converted monastery was not too shabby either. Loved having a large deck with stunning views just off of the dorm, and how many hotels have there own private church. A great place to stay for the price!

Room Tip: In the off-season, I would imagine the dorm to be relatively empty, and it's a great value for solo travelers.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

I was there 3 days, and it sounds a common hotel based really near the city centre... which are amazing!!

strongly suggest to visit Matera, but if you can find other place to sleep and rest would be nice to serch more! The room ii was had no hot water, no heater working... so.. not so good!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

We travelled in April and stayed in Matera for 2 nights. Ten of us from Zimbabwe. We found this Hostel superb. The views from the terrace are stunning. Our dormitory accommodation was just great. Comfortable beds, Four private showers, and as many sinks were more than adequate for us. The Hostel is right next to the Duomo, and all is walking distance. We parked (free) about 3 minutes' walk away from 'Le Monacelle'. There is a lovely continental breakfast served each morning. Those wanting an upgrade can book into the Hotel section - ( the other half of 'Monacelle') for private rooms and luxury accommodation. This is quality, affordable accommodation at its best!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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