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Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort


In the late 1990s, just a few years after Matera was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort was one of the very first properties to see the value in reimagining the ancient caves into luxury boutique hotels. Today the property continues to do an excellent job of preserving the cave dwellings while providing guests with stylish, comfortable accommodation. The various areas of the hotel retain the natural structure of the Sassi and sit housed throughout several different layers of stone connected by staircases.

Rooms vary from traditional cave dwellings complete with rocky stone walls, to more modern rooms with balconies and views out over the city, located in a historic building. In addition to the sleek, stylish rooms, and the excellent service, the restaurant and bar on site are the property's big draws. The restaurant is charmingly located in an ancient cave with a large terrace adjacent. The views out over the rocky, stone city of Matera illuminated in the evening make for a truly memorable meal.

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Each of the 23 rooms in the hotel has its own character. Some rooms have been carved out of the caves of the Sassi and offer typical domed stone ceilings and rocky walls. Others are housed in a historic building on the piazza and follow a more modern architectural design while still retaining a boutique feel. All rooms follow the whitewashed palette typical of Matera in a classic contemporary style. Characterful design details shine through in the form of deep bathtubs, balconies with expansive views, or historic stone doorways. Each room offers something special and unique, yet all maintain modern comforts and stylish appeal.


Set in the ancient caves in the Sassi of Matera area, Sant’Angelo benefits from the historic character of this area of the city. Rooms and the public area of the hotel are in several different structures on the Piazza San Pietro Cavoso. There are restaurants within walking distance, and the sights of Matera are all easily accessible.

Food and drink

The dining options at Sant’Angelo offer guests a memorable experience. The main restaurant where breakfast is served in the mornings as well as lunch and dinner, is housed in a cave structure above the hotel. Dishes focus on excellently prepared local cuisine. One of the main draws of the restaurant is the impressive terrace area with beautiful views out over the historic city of Matera. In the evening this stunning location offers an ideal spot to enjoy a romantic drink while soaking in the views.

Our opinion

With an excellent location in the sassi, we love Sant’Angelo for its ability to offer a sleek, stylish hotel, while maintaining the historic character and charm of the caves and the area.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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