Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort
What We Love
- Innovative elegance at a cave hotel in the heart of the historic town of Matera, with breakfastTaking in the remarkable panoramic views of Matera’s Piazza San Pietro Caveoso while dining on the terrace
- Exploring the history and beauty of the Sassi, with its stunning stone buildings
- Tasting the fresh flavors and ingredients of the locally inspired dishes
What To Know
- The hotel is carved into a rocky hillside
- At night, the romantic cave rooms are lit up with candles
- There's no elevator, but porters are happy to help carry luggage to your room
The striking stones and caves of Matera tell an amazing story of an ancient subterranean city which has been transformed into one of the most memorable luxury destinations in Italy. Carved into a rocky hillside, the extraordinary Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort is built from a collection of caves and provides beautiful panoramic views of Piazza San Pietro Caveoso.
Sassi di Matera – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is right in view, with its maze of alleys, staircases, iconic churches and houses waiting to be explored. It’s no wonder film directors choose Matera as the backdrop to their movies with the layers upon layers of preserved history and beauty to uncover (it’s where Mel Gibson shot The Passion of the Christ).
After a day of touring the town, head back to the hotel’s terrace for an authentic dining experience with yet another spectacular view before bedding down in your room, which perfectly blends chic furnishings with the hotel’s original character.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed for 2 nights in this very well positioned hotel.
We were a little concerned about having to park in the new town and rely on a shuttle to the hotel but once finding the garage (a little tricky as it’s accessed by a one way/ two way lane) it all went smoothly there and back.
The room was excellent with a great balcony and view.
The restaurant was excellent as was their recommendation for lunch on arrival a couple of doors up.
Definitely recommend a visit to Casa Noah to get a full, excellent briefing in life in the Sassi
A wonderful surprise in the old city centre of Matera. amazing cave rooms are located in the Sasso Caveoso area. The services are highly recommended. Very helpfull staff, courtesy and a great breakfast. See u soon!
We were very much looking forward to staying here as a special treat at the end of our honeymoon. After two weeks in a number of different hotels and apartments in Italy, this was unfortunately the worst (and most expensive) by far!
We’re very happy to pay a little more for a good hotel and as a special treat but we are genuinely very confused by how this hotel can charge so much... In our view, it is a complete scam.
The room we were given looks nothing like any of the pictures online. They must only show pictures of the suites, which is unfair and misleading. The views are good - but they are good everywhere you walk in Matera! The room is fine but definitely not worth the +£250 per night price tag. The bed/mattress was uncomfortable, some things in the room don’t work (eg heated towel rail) and it doesn’t include a kettle or any way to make tea/coffee - this is particularly frustrating because if you want a warm drink, you have to order it by room service for €25!
We were unfortunately unwell whilst staying here and so very much wanted to be able to just make a cup of tea (or just hot water) to soothe sore throats. We were not prepared to pay for room service for that for such a small thing as a cup of hot water. But not having a simple cup and kettle in a “luxury” hotel really made our stay a lot less comfortable.
After paying a great deal of money to stay in this hotel, as a special treat for our honeymoon, we were told on the first morning that the price did not even include breakfast and that would cost an extra €50 for the two of us... This was not made clear in our reservation. And I can’t imagine what they could have possibly served us that would be worth €50!
For breakfast in Italy, that is extortionate. We got a nice pastry and coffee in town for €2 each, but when you’re not feeling well and have paid a lot of money to stay in a hotel, walking up a steep hill in search of food is the last thing you feel like doing.
We discussed our concerns with staff but they didn’t seem to take it very seriously or wish to help us in any way. They were very friendly and attentive on arrival - but just looked away embarrassed if any concerns were raised. It is not the fault of the staff who work here - but for a hotel that prides itself on luxury, and is in the service industry, we were astonished that they did nothing to help make our stay more enjoyable when we explained that we were unhappy on the first morning.
A real shame. We were so much looking forward to staying here. Unfortunately, it’s a complete money spinner with no care for its guests. Please don’t stay here.
Our room was huge, the bed comfortable. Everything worked except one stand lamp - a pain since there is so little light in the cave rooms. But smart as the upholstered furniture may look, I don't know how many people really enjoy sitting on couch or chair that is only 12" off the floor. In the bathroom, the sink offers nowhere to put even a toothbrush, let along a cosmetic bag. And the lighting is useless for putting makeup on. Other than that, high marks for fabulous service, a wonderful breakfast in a beautiful room, and a superb location in the Sassi Caveoso.
This resort comprises a selection of renovated and redesigned cave homes in the historic Sassi of Matera.
It's not cheap and, while our room was lovely, for what we paid it could have been better.
The bathroom is a tribute to design over function - the shower (which had excellent pressure and temperature) was too small for the large rose overhead and when I tried to use the hand-held spray it squirted straight at the improperly closing door, and therefore all over the floor. Washing my hair was a challenge when it came to fumbling around for the shampoo.
And it has no soap dish at all, so the soap is in your hand or on the floor somewhere - your choice.
The basin is very stylish, with a narrow rim and mood lighting - therefore nowhere to place toiletries or makeup and no decent light to apply makeup.
The bar fridge is tiny and the contents madly pricey.
There are no tea or coffee supplies or kettle - not unusual in European hotels - but a bloody pain in the ass when you want a cup of tea in the morning, and the room service fee is 20 Euros on top of the price of the tea.