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“Great location - at a price”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Villa Athena

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Hotel Villa Athena
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Agrigento
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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“Great location - at a price”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The only reason for going to Agrigento is to see the temples (and the archeological museum, which is mostly full of the same old stuff but has the occasional interesting, unusual piece); the main reason to stay at the Hotel Villa Athena is that it is easy walking distance to the temples, and you have a great view of them from the hotel.

The hotel itself is very clean, comfortable beds, air conditioning - all you can ask for except (as usual) poor quality pillows. Why is it that so few hotels at least offer the choice of feather-filled pillows? After a hard day in the heat I do not want a piece of unforgiving foam to lay my head on.

The pool is quite big and there was plenty of space around the poolside with sufficient umbrellas; breakfasts were good; can't speak of dining in the evenings as we ate out at one of the (many) good local restaurants.

So the only drawback of the hotel is the price; our nightly rate there was €315 per room, which is far from being cheap. But the hotel has a captive audience and little or no competition. And in a way I found the temples slightly disappointing, in just the way that I found the Graeco/Roman theatre at Taormina disappointing; very touristy, and there are more impressive sites in the Middle East - now sadly inaccessible in many cases due to conflicts.

As for Agrigento; a sad atmosphere, with tower blocks of shoddy ugly flats packing out the place; the seafront at night is full of cheap rip-off consumer goods being sold by immigrants trying to eke out a living, while the gritty Sicilians wander along and choose a restaurant. It felt quite raw and I must say I liked it enormously for its authenticity. The hotel was fine, no complaints, very helpful staff, good breakfasts - try the iced cream coffee.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This hotel has recently been redone to minimize lobby space and maximize the rooms that face the temples. Some of the older reviews of the hotel, which call it overhyped are probably from before the renovation. Everything is lovely in the redone section of the hotel, and the lunch and dinner areas have incredible views at all hours, plus the food and wine are quite good. The breakfast room is separate and behind the hotel, and the breakfast very good. Avoid garden rooms as they have no view and are not particularly interesting or private in terms of being able to seat outside or even have your blinds up.

You can walk to all the temples easily from the hotel. Don't miss the Archeology Museum, which is closed on Mondays--plan ahead! This is the finest museum for artifacts of Greek Sicily. It is comprehensive and well laid out.

Room Tip: Plan ahead and reserve a temple-view room--it's definitely worth the effort.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is an absolute gem of an hotel. It thoroughly deserves other good reviews. We spent two nights in Agrigento to see the temples and the archaeological museum but we also wanted just to relax.This location is perfect for both. We were lucky to be upgraded to a temple view suite which was delightful not only because of the views from each room but because of its comfort.
We sat by the pool one afternoon which was very comfortable and also had lunch at the poolside bar.Service was great and the light lunch menu was just right. We also ate dinner twice on the terrace. Food ambience and service were all impeccable.

This is a lovely place and from the moment we were welcomed in, we experienced no thing but charm peace and comfort.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

The superb view to the Concordia temple is THE reason to stay for a night or two at Villa Athena. The five stars are well deserved and you are spoiled from the moment you arrive. But you pay for all of it - or overpay...?. Be certain that your room faces the temple. And be sure to eat at least one dinner at the hotel.. We found the food exquisite, but expensive. The unique experience is to watch the Concordia temple through dusk - as the colors change and the floodlight comes on. Awesome! So - enjoy all that comes with five stars - lean back and relax - and expect a five star tourist bill!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Even if your room doesn't have a view of the Temple of Concordia you can still enjoy this matchless view from the terrace, supping pre or post-dinner drink. The hotel is well-located for visiting the temples and museum. Our suite was generous - sitting area, as well as bedroom, closet area, well-appointed bathroom with all that one would expect in a top grade hotel. Good breakfast. But we were disappointed by the dinner menu, so ate out for 2 of our 3 night stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel was everything the website said. We had a room with a view of the temple. The weather was a little cold to go into the pool but warm enough to enjoy everything else the hotel had to offer. If you go to see the temples here then this hotel would be a very good choice.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

As we were driving into Agrigento, my husband remarked that off to the right, he saw what appeared to be a "fake" temple. Why fake? It looked so perfect, and appeared to have been plopped down, a bit incongruously, just below the modern city. Little did we know then that what he saw was the Temple of Concordia, and that the Villa Athena, our perch for 3 nights, had the best possible view of this historical marvel. We stayed in a temple-view room, which gave us the opportunity to gape at the classical structure at all hours of day and night - from our private terrace, from our bedroom entry, and even from the porthole window in the bathroom! The swimming pool is delicious, and also offers a front-row view of the temple. And the restaurant is top-notch - delicious food, extremely well-trained wait staff, and excellent wine list - and again, those views!!! The first night we were there, a wedding was taking place on premises. Instead of letting the non-wedding guests fend for themselves, or offering substandard service while most of the staff was engaged with the festivities, the hotel offered a complimentary guided night tour of Agrigento, complete with a stop for gelato in town. Classy. Would come here again in a heartbeat and would stay at Villa Athena, no question.

Room Tip: Get a temple-view room. You will pay more, but it is worth it. Oh yes, it is worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Athena
Address: Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, 92100, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Agrigento > Agrigento
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Business Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Family Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Spa Hotel in Agrigento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Villa Athena 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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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Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento, Sicily

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