Villa Athena, a former private villa, is a smart well equipped oasis in the dry south of Sicily. Its USP is its proximity to the Unesco heritage site in the Valley of the Temples. At supper the dining terrace looks up to the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Hera and the rising full moon (do time your stay to catch it!) makes this an impossibly evocative and romantic location.
Excellent spacious and quiet junior suite (room 110) close to reception and to the separate breakfast room cost E 399. The food...mixed impressions. My wife's red snapper was fresh caught and impeccably prepared. My filet of pork was overcooked and inedible and by the time the staff had fetched some extra salsa it was cold too. Part redemption with free drinks thereafter but the occasion was spoiled. The staff on our visit was entirely male/efficient and a touch of female/warm might have improved our welcome.
- 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