We booked this hotel via Hotwire (it’s the only 5 star resort in Agrigento, so we were fairly certain of which hotel we were getting). In addition, we were upgraded to an amazing suite which made it our most glamorous stop in Italy. In addition, the hotel is only blocks from the entrance to the Valley of the Temples, so it’s an easy walk. In addition, our terrace looked directly out at the Temple of Concord, which was lovely by day and stunning when it’s lighted at night.
The hotel is a beautiful property with a relatively small number of rooms. It has an outdoor bar and restaurant with views of the temples, as well as an indoor restaurant where breakfast is served. It also has a large pool. Our room was a 2-room suite, with a terrace. Everything about it was first class, including ceiling to floor windows with flowing drapes, elegant furniture and a king-size bed. The bathroom was the nicest of anywhere we stayed. It included a large shower with a full shower door, a soaking tub, and a window above the tub that perfectly framed the Temple of Concord.
Since Villa Athena is outside the new city of Agrigento, it feels like a secluded country estate. For this reason, we chose to eat dinner at the outside restaurant at the hotel, rather than driving into the city. We were very pleased with the food and the service, as we gazed at the lighted temples on the hillside. We couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting.
Breakfast is excellent. It includes a buffet, along with cooked to order omelets and other breakfast foods. As you walk into the restaurant, you walk over relics that were unearthed during construction. The hotel placed a plexiglass floor over the excavation so that diners can appreciate the history that surrounds them.
As far as I concerned, Villa Athena is the only place to stay when visiting Agrigento.
- 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