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“Incredible Cave Hotel!”
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Basiliani Hotel
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Matera
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Matera has been on my bucket list for many years now and I finally made the trip in April 2017. And I am so glad about my decision to stay at Basiliani Hotel as it provided the perfect base to explore the Matera Sassi and it also gave my husband and I a very unique opportunity to stay in a cave hotel. Matera is such an amazing and enchanting old town with a rich history, and my stay was made all the more memorable by Basiliani. The overall experience was just perfect!

I booked my room directly with the hotel and from the first point of contact, the experience has been great and communication was forthcoming. The hotel gave very clear instructions on how to get to the hotel and if you are going by car, they also offer information on where to park and a pick-up service as well! Matera town is quite small and parking is very limited, so if you are going by car, you will have to park outside of Matera but it's a small inconvenience since Basiliani will pick you up from the parking area.

Since Basiliani is a cave hotel, the rooms are spread out over several cave units, each with slightly different configuration and size, and also some requiring stairs to get to. The reception and breakfast area is located together and is just a few steps away from the rooms. A very good buffet breakfast is served there.

I had chosen a room that faces the Murgia hills and the view was simply fantastic! The room was huge at 40sqm and came with a loft with 2 single beds. The décor is modern and minimalist but the room comes with everything you will need for a very comfortable stay. The bed was super comfy and Wifi was strong. The thing to note is that the heating system is centrally controlled at the front desk, so if you think you will need to have the heating system turned on (when staying in winter), you will need to let the reception know. The April nights were pretty chilly there but we never needed the heater at all as the room seems to hold a rather constant temperature most of the time.

I absolutely love where Basiliani is located as I am always overwhelmed by the gorgeous views of the ravine and Murgia every day when I step outside of my room (oh the view!). It is also easy to get to the other parts of town via a back stairway or just by talking a leisurely stroll towards the Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso. There are also plenty of good restaurants nearby so no worries about food.

I would absolutely recommend Basiliani to anyone who's thinking of staying there while they are in Matera. Heck, I would stay there again when I go back to Matera the next time!

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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Stayed two nights in the Cave Hotel during a motorcycle tour. Very unusual location in the oldest part of the old town. Converted cave into a hotel bedroom. Wow. Given the unique location I can forgive the fact that the cave rooms suffer from humidity and the white walls and ceilings are already staining brown and the metal fittings in the room were rusting. Such a shame. It will take some keeping up to. But I'll excuse all that. Breakfast OK, would have liked more fresh fruit. Safe didn't work in room. But location, location, location just stunning. And the hotel were so kind to let us park motorcycles in a yard they had a few hundred metres away and ship our luggage in a van. Friendly and helpful people. Everything in the city then within walking distance. Live with the few little things wrong with it and simply adore the fact you are privileged to sleep in a converted cave. Recommended. Internet superb. And free.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We loved everything about the hotel (its location, space of the room and its cleanness, the variety of the breakfast buffet, the kindness of staff) however it was unpleasant to breath inside the room because of the moist.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

We stayed here for one night. We are a family of four - our kids are 15 and 17. The rooms - converted from historic sassi cave houses - are stylish and very comfortable. Open plan but with two bathrooms and plenty of room. The hotel is right in the middle of the historic area so the setting is very beautiful. It's also very convenient for exploring Matera. We had breakfast included and it was one of the best of our trip. Lovely fresh pastries/baking, fresh fruit, good tea and coffee etc. The service here was outstanding. The hotel is a little hard to get to by car! But the hotel will happily pick you up from your car and get your bags to the room. A great experience staying here.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

It is actually difficult to put into words how much we enjoyed the visit to Matera and our stay at the Basiliani - everything was just perfect.
The room, The breakfast, The Staff, The location - all absolutely perfect.
The hotel is in the old part of town away from the main tourist areas and it was so quiet on an evening and yet only 5 minutes away from everything.
Nothing more to add that I would most certainly recommend this hotel and cannot wait to go back again.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Basiliani Hotel

Address: Rione Casalnuovo 115, 75100, Matera, Italy
Region: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Matera
Price Range: RM 299 - RM 877 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Basiliani Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the heart of Sasso Caveoso, Matera. There are eleven large rooms with independent access and all the modern technological comforts. They are partly built and partly caved out of the local tufa stone. They evoke the fascination of the prehistoric caves that you can see from the windows on the opposite Murgia plateau, site of the Archaelogical Park of Rupestrian Churches. ... more   less 
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