True facts about Sextantio le grotte della Civita:
the rooms are set in large caves, so rather than be influenced by the management images of the hotel imagine a real cave - it's dark, it's very humid; it smells (some of the suites at this hotel truly stink!) and you find bits of stone falling of its walls (literally!)
the beds are large, reasonably comfortable and do have nice bed linen, but you don't get to appreciate as it feels unpleasantly wet from the humidity of the cave and smells unfresh...
the furniture might be antique but it's questionable whether it is fair to speak of furniture at this hotel - we were offered a suite with not a single cupboard to empty our suitcases into plus a table and a couple of chairs with mould on them! the one and only mirror in the bathroom was a size of A4 sheet of paper and so old that you actually could not see a thing (no exaggeration!).
wi-fi is free but you have to log-in every single time you want to use it and the connection drops frequently
there are nice large baths in the caves but you won't find any bathing milk or shower gel in this 'luxury' hotel - a greasy, horrible liquid soap instead (something I have never come across before but the smell and texture put me off so I couldn't use it)
Breakfast is nice and is served in a cave that used to be a church in 13th century - this cave also smells so you might struggle to eat unless you get table close to the door, though we've seen people brave it and have breakfast in the dark depths of the cave. Selection of cakes served at breakfast is truly amazing, but savoury things like pizza or bruschetta seem odd as breakfast choices.
There is no spa! the hotel offers possibility of booking a treatment at your cave. We didn't as we were too disappointed by the fact that the hotel lies in some of its descriptions given to online travel directories.
Sextantio Le Grotta della Civita promises a lot! It promises to be a truly unique luxury hotel with "rooms and suites set in large caves uniquely decorated with antique furniture"; it promises free wi-fi throughout, air conditioning, bed linen made from antique cloth, breakfast set in 13th century church... The description of the hotel on one of the sites promises even "a spa with relaxing treatments in comfortable setting". If you go through pictures of the hotel on sites like this one or like similar you will be tempted by rooms which look filled with light and air despite being set in a cave and by artsy snapshots creating in your mind images of true luxury. Don't be fooled like we were! Sextantio le grotte della Civita has got what its stuff refer to as "a commercial manager" who is obviously exceedingly good at making promises! They also paid a lot of money to a good photographer! The hotel actually delivers on very few of its promises. It does offer "a panoramic view of Matera" (after you leave your cave!) but that's about it... It has been not much more than a costly disappointment for us and what a shame that it happened during our honeymoon!