La Dimora di Metello is one of the best boutique hotels in Matera.
Beautifully located in the Sassi of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, la Dimora di Metello is the perfect place to discover this amazing city; ideal for couples in search of a romantic spot and small group of friends. It is a truly welcoming place that offers a great variety of services to ensure you have a wonderful stay.
The first thing you will notice as soon as you arrive is the incredible views. The terrace, where a few chairs and tables are located, is a fantastic place to sit and take in the magnificence of the Matera – which was the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
As you walk in, there is a small reception desk and a lounge with a few tables and chairs where you can hang out, read and relax at the end of a day of exploration. As this is such a small, family run hotel (it opened in 2015), there are only a few members of staff and you will mostly talk to Elisabetta, the lovely owner and manager. She was born and raised in the Sassi, and is a wealth of information about the city and its main sights.
I had the pleasure to stay at La Dimora di Metello during my trip to Matera, and since I truly enjoyed my time there I thought I’d write about it so that you know what to book when you decide to visit the city.
8 Things To Know About La Dimora Di Metello, Matera
La Dimora di Metello is nicely located in the heart of the Sasso Barisano of Matera, in the Civita, the hill that separates the two main neighborhoods of the Sassi. It is close to the historic Via Fiorentini and the Torre Metellana (Metellana Tower) from which it takes its name.
The hotel measures a total of 300 square meters, and beautifully balance the traditional life of the Sassi with design touches – thus becoming incredibly cozy.
Via Fiorentini is literally a step away – this is a street where you’ll find many good restaurants, cafés and small shops, as well as a couple of interesting museums. The hotel is at about five minutes walk from Piazza Duomo, from where you will be able to enjoy even more impressive views of the city, whereas the Church of Santa Maria di Idris and the Palombaro Lungo (Matera’s antique water cistern) are both at about 10 minutes walk.
Matera is best explored on foot, and La Dimora di Metello is a great starting point for that. I recommend joining a guided tour to get at least some background information about the city.
You can book yours here.
How to get to La Dimora di Metello
Matera is easily and directly reached from Bari airport, which is well connected to the rest of Italy and Europe by plane via regular and budget flights. From there, you have the option of renting a car, taking a direct shuttle bus or hiring a private driver such as this one to take you all the way to Matera.
You can also get to Matera by train Bari town; or by bus from various cities in Italy.
If you are visiting Matera as part of a larger trip across Basilicata and Puglia, renting a car at the airport may be your best bet, but once you get to Matera you will have to park the car outside of the old town, as the Sassi, where La Dimora di Metello is located, are only accessible by car to local residents.
I recommend parking your car at the Via Saragat parking lot, which is about 20 minutes walk from the hotel, or a quick 10 minutes bus ride. The bus stop is right outside the parking lot. The bus Linea Sassi departs every 30 minutes, it costs €1.50 and takes you to Via Fiorentini, from where it’s an easy and quick walk to the hotel.
TIP: Make sure to pack light for your time in Matera, and to use a backpack rather than a suitcase. The city is not exactly walking friendly if you have a suitcase with wheels!
Rooms at La Dimora di Metello
There are only four rooms at La Dimora di Metello, each one slightly different from the other. All rooms – which are smoking free – are proof sound and have a large LED TV, coffee and tea mater, air conditioning, safe, fridge, hairdryer and wifi access.
Here is a brief description of each room.
METELLA – this is the largest room, measuring 44 square meters (that’s the size of a one bedroom apartment here in Italy!). It fits up to 4 persons, so it is perfect for a family with children. The highlight of the room is the stunning design bathroom, with a massive bath tub. The room enjoys a beautiful light and direct access to the terrace, for fantastic views of the city.
AGAPTA – a 29 square meters room that fits up to 3 guests, and features a stylish staircase that leads to the bathroom upstairs.
EUMENIA – partially excavated in the rock, this beautiful room is perfect for a couple. It measures 26 square meters and – like all other rooms – has direct access to the terrace.
NUMISIA – an incredibly comfortable, stylish room with a spacious bathroom and plenty of space to store your belongings. It’s right in front of the main terrace, so beautiful views are guaranteed.
During the late spring and summer months the terrace at La Dimora di Metello is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast with a view. I wasn’t fortunate to be able to enjoy this, as it rained and it was quite chilly when I visited, but I can assure that the views remain stunning throughout, whether you want to enjoy a cup of coffee, a glass of wine as the sun sets over the city and the light gives the city a magic aura, or you simply read a book and ponder about the beauty of matera.
The common areas
Other than the terrace, the only other common area at La Dimora di Metello is around the reception, where breakfast is served during the winter months. There, you will find two small round tables with comfortable chairs and a long rectangular one, as well as shelves with books you can borrow, and a large TV. It’s a minimal yet incredibly stylish area, where you will feel right at ease and at the same time cozy.
One of the highlights of La Dimora di Metello is the small yet perfectly functioning spa on the grounds. I find it incredible that a place in such a historical location is equipped with it!
The spa counts with a state of the art jacuzzi, a bio-sauna, a halo-therapy room which uses salt for beneficial purposes, and a large “shower of emotions.” Both rooms at the spa are dimly lit, for an even more relaxing experience.
You will be able to enjoy several treatments, including massages – either the aromatherapy massage, a candle massage, a tranquillity massage – or a ritual scrub, all of them with the use of high quality products made in Italy.
A fabulous breakfast spread is served daily either on the terrace or in the main common area. You will have ample choice of local specialties such as traditional cookies and bread, as well as more international choices such as croissants, cereals and various spreads. Eggs, croissants, savory sandwiches and quiche are also available.
Fresh fruit is always on the table, and as soon as you arrive you will be offered freshly squeezed fruit juice and freshly brewed coffee (they make the best cappuccino!) or tea.
Vegan and lactose free options are available upon request.
Services to visitors
Staff at La Dimora di Metello is readily available to help you make your experience in Matera memorable. Throughout your stay, they will help you arrange laundry service; book shuttle transfers or tours of the city (such as the Silent City Experience, which I will describe in more detail in another post) as well more classic tours; and even restaurants.
Final considerations about La Dimora di Metello Hotel
I truly enjoyed my stay at La Dimora di Metello, and I can foresee visiting again in the near future. Should you decide to visit this beautiful city, this is easily one of the best accommodation options in town. Just make sure to book well in advance because with only four rooms and such glowing reviews, this is a popular place to stay! Should you decide to visit for the Festa della Bruna – which celebrates the saint savior of the city – on 2 July, it’s of the utmost importance that you grab a room as soon as possible!
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Legal Disclaimer: I was a guest of La Dimora di Metello during my stay in Matera. I wish to thank Elisabetta and her staff for their hospitality. The views expressed in this post remain mine without any bias.