The Bottom Line
Locanda di San Martino Hotel and Thermae is a good place to stay if you want to be in the sassi, or cave area, of Matera. This unusual hotel offers unique and comfortable rooms built into a rock cliff and from the terraces there are good views of the sassi. The hotel is well located for visiting both the sassi and the city above. Be aware that to access most rooms you will have to walk up or down some stone stairs.
- Nicely appointed rooms
- Views of the Sassi from the terraces
- Unique thermal pool
- Good location for visiting the sassi and city
- Breakfast room was small and crowded
- Most rooms require going up or down stone steps to access them
- Unusual hotel set in a former church and cave houses in Matera's sassi area
- Rooms have outside entrances onto terraces or walkways, connected by stone staircases
- Good views of the sassi from the walkways and there's a small terrace with sitting area
- Each room is uniquely configured and decorated
- Unusual thermal pool in a cave
Guide Review - Locanda di San Martino Hotel and Thermae in Matera
Locanda di San Martino Hotel and Thermae is an unusual 3-star hotel set in a former church and cave houses in the sassi, or cave area, of Matera. The hotel is on four levels connected by stone staircases and terraces with views of the sassi. Each room is unique and some of the rooms have views or outside sitting areas.
Our room was la chiesa, the church, and it still retained the shape of a small church with a high vaulted ceiling. The room was surprisingly spacious and comfortable and there was a fairly large bathroom with a nice bathtub and plenty of space to put your things. Unique furnishings included a round pottery bedside lamp from the town of Grottaglie in Puglia, known for its pottery. Since you're in a pedestrian area, there's no car noise at night.
Another unique feature of the hotel is the cool-water thermal pool, a long indoor pool in a cave. In the thermae center there's also a sauna and lounging area with lights that change color, very relaxing. A small usage fee (currently 5 euro) includes towel and bathing cap.
My only complaint was that the breakfast room was small and crowded, already full at 8:15. The food was good but coffee and tea were not so great.
Driving around Matera is not really easy so I was quite happy to pay the 5 euro fee to have my car picked up and delivered. It was parked overnight in a secure parking garage (10 euro) but there is also free parking at the top of the hill.