I knew seconds after Dario opened the door (June 25, 2012) that it would be a fun stay (he was waiting for us). His English was better than my Italian, but not by much. He was, however, super friendly and super helpful as he carried most of our baggage up 3 flights of worn stone steps outside.
If you want to know what your room will look like, visit the web site. There are three guest rooms and they are all accurately pictured. I never quite had the experience of walking into a room and knowing it already. We had the Louis XIV suite (or some such) and it’s a cute period reproduction. It looks like a very recent makeover because all surfaces showed barely any sign of wear. The golds were bright, the reds velvety, and the drapery crisp. Towels were bundled with a gold ribbon and placed artistically on the bed. Waiting on the desk were complimentary Sicilian pastries and snacks and beautiful Champaign flutes with bottles of local bitters.
We had a small but usable balcony where we ate breakfast and gazed out over the local church and Mediterranean. The food was generous, delicious, and brought to us on time. Bathroom was very clean and as artistic as the bedroom.
Bottom line. It was convenient to the train station and the buses to the temples. Easily worth the 74 Euros. Cozy, friendly, and charming, quirky in a good way.
The bad: Don’t stay here if you require any of the following: en elevator, easy walking (lots of steps), frigid US style air conditioning in the summer, a roomy hotel lobby, or round-the-clock front desk staff fluent in English (Dario is gone from supper time until about 8 AM.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “La Dolce Vita” bed & breakfast is located in the heart of Agrigento, 50 metres from the railways station and from the coach station, and a 5- minute- ride from the wonderful Valle dei Templi. The Bed & breakfast overlooks the magnificent church of San Calogero (12th cent.) and it is inside a palace built at the beginning of the 19th century, recently redecorated, once the mansion house of one of the wealthiest families of Agrigento. ... more less
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