What We Love
- A historic palazzo with stunning views over a dreamy cave town – includes breakfast and moreThe roof garden terrace with amazing views over the Sassi di Matera
- The splendid breakfast packed with locally produced breads, jams and honey
- The superb and welcoming personal service throughout your stay
What To Know
- Spacious rooms feel even larger than they already are thanks to soaring vaulted ceilings
- Free WiFi is strong and reliable
- The hotel is in a beautiful part of town, opposite Piazza Duomo
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Matera in southern Italy’s Basilicata region is best known for its beautiful Sassi, or ancient stone cave-dwellings. Palazzo Gattini, which dates back six centuries, places you in an enviable location to take in this stunning sight: the highest point of the entire town.
Architect Ettore Mocchetti breathed new life into the historic structure using ancient limestone, subtle lighting, rich fabrics and elegant custom furniture. The result is a luxurious and totally unique property that nabbed a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Italy category.
In your characterful room, you’ll sleep under stone ceilings and soak up the historic atmosphere at every turn. Elsewhere, there’s a dreamy roof terrace and bar with unrivaled views; by night, the whole vista becomes even more magical as the Sassi are transformed with floodlights and lanterns. An equally attractive prospect awaits in the sublime Gattini Spa, located down in the ancient cistern and surrounded by caves carved into the stone.
Rooms and suites
Spacious Deluxe Double rooms and Junior suites all have their own unique character and are defined by their old stone ceilings, curved walls and delightfully modern bathrooms with complimentary Côté Bastide toiletries.
The delicious buffet breakfast includes cooked-to-order eggs, fresh cakes, fruit and local bread and cheeses. The Michelin-starred Don Matteo restaurant offers excellent seasonal cuisine in splendid surroundings.
The small but perfectly formed Gattini Spa is housed underground in the former cistern and has a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, hammam and whirlpool bath. A host of massage treatments are available, as well as numerous beauty treatments.
Palazzo Gattini is superbly located right in the center of town, just across the square from Matera Cathedral. Spend a day exploring the labyrinthine cave dwellings, full of twists, turns and cobblestone alleys. Other attractions include the Domenico Ridola Archaeological Museum, Sant’Agostino convent and Tramontano castle. Make sure to also explore the surrounding Basilicata countryside, with its great hiking trails and traditional villages.
How to Get There
The only trick is the parking ! If you are driving into town, ask them for the location of the parking garage - which is in the "new" part of town. Unless you can drive into the ZTLs... The garage is easy to find and they will send a shuttle to pick you and luggage up and drive you to the hotel.
The hotel is gorgeous, views are spectacular. The staff very friendly and helpful. Easy to walk to either of the Sassi and into the small town for dinner/gelato.
Great Hotel in the wonderful town of Matera. Very professional and great views. I wish I could have tried the restaurant. The restaurant that they are affiliated with in the off season is nothing special.
We found it tricky to get to the hotel on our first visit and found it more easily the second time when we returned - in snow and ice. They kindly put our car in a garage. We were there in off season so the restaurant sadly was only open one night when we were there and we were the only people there.....still wonderful. The hotel is in a beautiful building with a mesmerizing elevator. We stayed in two different rooms on our two visits - both very attractive and comfortable and very clean. We were greeted warmly every morning at breakfast. It was a beautiful buffet with everything we wanted. There are some stairs and you take one elevator to the entrance and breakfast and many rooms and another elevator to the spa and restaurant. The location of the hotel in a quiet, elegant church square and the building itself, and the views from the hotel terrace all make this an exceptional experience.
I enjoyed a nice massage and my partner enjoyed the water treatment ; jacuzzi and steam. The hotel is made of beautiful massive stone, beautifully decorated and the most wonderful feature is the views over the Sassi. ...a terrace indoor and out. If it had been in season and warm, we could have eaten on the terrace. We were directed to the cafe for lunch where we had wonderful chicken salad and sandwiches and to a restaurant nearby where we enjoyed excellent dinners and one lunch.
At this 5-star Hotel, all of the staff members deserve 6 stars for customer service. They were very welcoming and attentive to every need and request. There is a view of the Matera caves from large windows in the hotel hallway.
The Palazzo Gattini is an adventure to find if you are driving your own car but a wonderful experience once you arrive. The building is beautifully maintained and decorated with period furniture. The staff could not be more professional and efficient.
Wonderful views from our room towards the Sassi made it quite magical at dusk.
We ate dinner in the hotel's restaurant and it was the best meal we had during our vaction