We would highly recommend the Hotel Basiliani in Matera. My wife and I, both in our early 60’s, stayed four nights.
It is a beautiful location in the Old Town (Sassi), which is a UNESCO heritage site . We would open our room door each day to a beautiful panorama of a river gorge with tall cliffs across the river containing Neolithic caves dwellings, which are part of an Archeological Park and also a component of the Heritage site.
It was an easy walk through the entire Sassi area and a modestly longer one to many of the New Town’s shops and restaurants. We were sincerely taken by the vitality of the town, including its regular “passegiata”, or “walk and talk” activities that involve large numbers of town residents strolling and visiting with each other in the afternoons and evenings in the large central plaza.
Thought some of its rooms are built into the cliffs on the Sassi side of the gorge, the hotel is totally modernized. We had a huge room with four beds (two in a loft), and a good sized bathroom with full sized soaking tub and shower. We had good hot water throughout our stay and good wifi connectivity.
The breakfast that came with the room was a generous, varied buffet. The staff members were all very nice and went out of their way to do some small extras for us.
We would highly recommend this hotel, which we felt was modestly priced (at least in March) for its quality.
- 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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