If you book a Temple View room that is what you get, very expensive to pay for this view but it is wonderful especially at night with the lights. But considering the price for the Presidential Suite (very expensive!) I would have expected a couple of basic complimentary services would have been offered. As we arrived by bus and did not wish to drive in Sicily I was told I could pay to have a car service pick us up from the bus station - I queried that and asked if that could be complimentary as we were staying 3 nights at considerable cost. The hotel agreed but I was disappointed that this was not offered in the first place as the bus station is not far at all from the hotel. The other main point is, I would suggest a free shuttle bus be offered to guests to take you into the town of Agrigento and return to the hotel possibly 3 times a day at set times and then one evening shuttle with say a 10pm return to the hotel as again the price you pay for accommodation is high and a simple inexpensive courtesy bus would be very helpful and appreciated by guests who do not wish to drive in Sicily. We found out that there are not many taxis in Agrigento and especially at night - we could not get back to the hotel one night from the town, there were no taxis to be seen and coming from Australia and not understanding a lot of Italian to ask about buses, finally catching a bus part of the way back to the hotel and then having to walk in the dark the rest of the way to the hotel. We have stayed in Greece at a hotel that was just out of the main town and they offered a complimentary shuttle a few times a day and at night for their guests which worked really well - a suggestion I think Villa Athena should consider. If you want to be close to the Temples this is the place to stay, you can easily walk there and spend a good day. Hotel Villa Athena is a special hotel with location its best asset, also dining at night in the hotel restaurant highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Athena re-opened in July 2009 after an extensive and authentic restoration which lasted one year. The entire villa underwent a massive renovation to meet international luxury standards. The hotel features 27 large comfortable rooms and suites, most of them facing the enchanting Tempio della Concordia. A traditional cuisine-based restaurant Il granaio di Ibla, a Lounge bar, an outdoor swimming-pool and a gorgeous park complete the outstanding services of this new luxury property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athena Hotel Agrigento
- Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento, Sicily