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
The hotel Sant'Angelo is very special and very unique. First and foremost it offers cave-rooms, which is an experience you don't get elsewhere. secondly the hotel is located at the center of old Matera - a few minutes away from most of the interesting attractions in this fascinating town.
The rooms are beautiful, the service is fantastic, the views are exceptional.
The only complaint I have is the quality of their breakfast.
They have a nice variety of cheeses and pastries, however very poor selection of breads. In fact the only fresh bread available was a white bread. They had some prepackaged whole wheat toast, but who wants that in a country where bread-making is an art form. I've asked for a nice country brown or black bread, but they had none. No fresh rolls or buns either. Furthermore, there was only cold scramble eggs and cold breakfast sausage available. Other, freshly made, eggs and bacon are available ... at additional costs !!! How disappointing !!!
At 20 Euros per person the breakfast at the hotel is hardly worth it. I'd recommend you take your room without breakfast, and get a nice coffee & croissant at one of the near by cafe's.
When looking for a place to spend our end-of-year holiday, my husband and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon the website for Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort in Matera, Basilicata, in the south of Italy. We immediately fell in love with the pictures of the hotel, and after reading up a bit on the town of Matera, our decision was set. We were spending a week in a cave!
Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort is a hotel set in the oldest part of Matera, known as the Sassi, an area of town that consists of hundreds of ancient cave dwellings that were first inhabited over 9000 years ago. Matera is the third oldest, constantly inhabited city in the world and began with these cave dwellings that were excavated and settled by Stone Age humans. While lying back relaxing happily in my oversized bathtub, staring at the ceiling of one of theses caves, I couldn’t help but think about how many thousands of lives had been lived right there, in that room, on that spot even. There is something absolutely magical about being in a place where people have lived for centuries, and the rooms at this hotel are no exception to that rule.
The hotel itself is gorgeous, with a sleek, ultra-modern design which accentuates the antiquity of the caves of which it is constructed. Every detail has been attended to and every where you look, your eyes thank you. The restaurant and lounge, the Regia Corte, are both exquisite in visual detail as well as offerings. During our stay, we thoroughly enjoyed the artistry of cocktails created by a gentleman by the name of Hicham, who is a true mixologist. We did venture out from time to time to other restaurants but the beautiful and delicious plates created for us by Chef Pompeo Lorusso at the Regia Corte kept us coming back for more. As did the company of Maitre D for the restaurant and lounge, Adriano Bolognese, who made us feel so incredibly welcome that I almost cried when we said our goodbyes on our last day. Adriano really goes out of his way, over and above, to make all guests feel at home and is a vital resource of information for those of us who wish to explore not only Matera but the surrounding area. I can’t conclude about the Regia Corte without mentioning Carmela, another of Sant’Angelo’s amazing staff. Carmela took exquisite care of us both at breakfast and at dinner, making sure we had everything we needed, providing us with the best cappuccino I’ve ever had, and fascinating us with stories about Matera, its history and its customs. It may sound corny but I mean it sincerely, dining at the Regia Corte is a heartwarming experience that feeds not only your body, but also your soul.
During our stay, we lived very happily in Suite 61, and it was one of the most spectacular rooms I’ve ever stayed in. Unique beyond words, the large entryway opens into a perfect and subtly lit cave. A large and unbelievably comfortable bed takes center stage in the larger part of the cave, with an open bathroom in a very inviting alcove at the back of the room. An oversized bathtub is the star of the show here, with a stone sink to your right as you enter this back area. To the left of the main entrance to the suite is a private bathroom with toilet, bidet, and shower. Further in on the left is a daybed built into the stone of the walls, an ideal place to relax and read. The decor of the suite was nothing but perfection itself. Soft, warm, natural colors envelop you the moment you walk in, accented by natural fibre fabrics, some that drape the bed while others create a sheer barrier to what I referred to as the Bath Cave. One might (rightly) expect a cave to be cold and damp, but our room was warm and very comfortable. Humidity was felt when entering the room of course, but the extensive (and very quiet!) dehumidification system they have installed took care of it extremely well and after a moment or two of being in the room, it was not even noticeable. As you are staying in a cave made of stone, the walls are thick and though we had neighbors on both sides for almost our entire stay, we never heard any noise at all, except for the church bells across the piazza in the evening and some very happy sparrows in the morning. I am not known for being the best sleeper in the world, but in Suite 61 I slept like I had never slept in my life. If total relaxation in an incredibly unique and gorgeous room is your desire, I can only recommend this room with all of my heart.
My deepest thanks also to everyone there that made our stay so memorable. Every member of the staff at Sant’Angelo is exceptional and they really make staying at there stress-free and comfortable. Special thanks to Vincenzo for his tip to visit Craco (it was awesome!), to Biagio for taking care of basically every little detail from the moment we arrived (especially for finding and booking us a table on Christmas Eve when nearly everything was closed!), and to Lorenzo who kept us company late one night, telling us amazing stories and feeding us panettone and introducing us to some very special liqueurs. And of course extra thanks to all the people whose names I didn’t get, I will do my best to next time…because with a place as wonderful as this, there absolutely has to be a next time!
A nice room does not make a Luxury place. Our “suite”: the third bed for my daughter was a poor sofa bed absolutely not comfortable, a micro flat tv, a very limited breakfast choice, no proper 24h service (I had to wait 40 min to get one bottle of water at 10 pm), the breakfast room is far from the rooms and even to reach the hall you need to exit outside and walk through several staircases. In addition the bed in our “suite” was at a different floor to be reached through steep staircase (not safe for small children at all!).
Definitely not worth the money (one of the most expensive in Matera) and absolutely to be avoided if you are families, elder people or people with any disability.
Built into the walls of the old city of Matera, this is a really unique resort! The resort is spread out and each room is unique! The main dinning area is very well done! Although we never ate dinner there we talked with guests who spoke very highly of the food. The breakfast was great! There is an excellent lounge with a terrace that overlooks the city! The staff can accommodate various tours, they really know the city for restaurants, shops and things to do! Enjoyable experience.
Locations is amazing no doubt but the real gem of this place is the receptionist Italian guy named Lorenzo! He really made our feel like we were in our own hometown, recommend us place where to go and shared a laugh :)
Many places have a nice location but not great costumer service. This one can be proud to have both!! We left relaxed and very very happy :))
Will be back soon! And thanks again mate!
Please give him some credit !
Thanks a million! X