Matamata

The main site for any Star Wars fan is the town of Matamata, with its famous underground houses. In particular, one famous hotel.

Entrance

The Sidi Driss Hotel entrance.

Entrance

Rooms

The Star Wars poster (bedsheet) tells you that you've arrived at the right place.

Rooms

View from above

The hotel is spread out over five holes in the ground.

View from above

More rooms

Some of these are quite basic.

More rooms

View from above

This hole is the one with the main rooms. I stayed in the room at the top left.

View from above

Room for two

The room was just big enough for two beds.

Room for two

Room with a view

I was here during the February quiet season, and was the only person staying at the hotel that night. Which was good because the door didn't close that well, and I didn't really want to use the chain and padlock.

Room with a view

View from above

The main crater is the one everyone comes to see. This is the setting for Luke's home.

View from above

View from above

Of course, only the interior shots were filmed here. The exterior setting of a vast desert plain was filmed hundreds of kilometres away (see the Lars Homestead photos later in the trip).

View from above

Dining room

In one of the rooms, the scenes where Luke discusses his career plans with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were filmed. It was also used in Episode II, when Anakin comes in search of his mother.

Dining room

Ceiling

The painted ceiling is still here. Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Ceiling

Dining room

The back of the dining room has a tunnel that leads to another crater. Obviously, the other angles of the dining room were filmed elsewhere (probably in a studio).

Dining room

Front of door

Other rooms were decorated with futuristic looking doors.

Front of door

Behind the door

The other side of the door looks a little bit less furturistic.

Behind the door

Behind the door

The markings confirms that this is the filming location.

Behind the door

Hole

Outside the dining room.

Hole

Panel

The props have been fixed up for the filming of prequels, which is why they are in such good condition.

Panel

Props

However, they have since been repainted by the hotel owners. They wern't dark red in the movies.

Props

Hole

And in the movies, there also wasn't any safety posts around the edge of the crater.

Hole

Dining room

The door at the left leads to the hotel bar. In Episode IV, Uncle Owen seems to come from the bar, before wandering around trying to find Luke (who had gone off to look for Artoo). Similary, in Episode II, Cliegg Lars appears to come from this direction. Obviously the bar is a popular location.

Dining room

Bar

The famous Star Wars bar at the Hotel Sidi Driss. Supposedly it contained lots of memorabilia, but it seemed a bit bare when we were there -- just a few photos and magazine clippings on the walls, and two folders of newspaper and magazine articles.

Bar

Outside entrance

The driveway outside the Sidi Driss hotel.

Outside entrance

Above ground

The area above the hotel. The two huts on the right are above the hotel bathrooms.

Above ground

Matamata

One final look at the old town of Matamata. Living underground is not as popular these days, so the new buildings are mostly built above ground. After this, we head out to Tozeur.

Matamata

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