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Hotel Villa Athena
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Agrigento
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

Excellent property BUT the restaurant is only average with rude and unsurly service .... not what one would expect , especially at these high prices; we could not find a waiter to order dessert and coffee so we left and told someone to just put the tab on our room bill. Too bad as everything else about this hotel is wondeful.

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Reviewed 9 July 2010

After driving across Sicily, we arrived at Hotel Villa Athena just after 4.00pm, to be told by a female staff member at reception that our room wasn't ready, even though check-in is 2pm. After waiting 25 minutes and making our displeasure obvious, we were shown to a room without a bath (despite having a booking of a room with the view of the temple and a bath). We were then told this type of room doesn't exist in this hotel. 'The travel agency knows the layout of the hotel. There are no rooms with baths overlooking the temple', we were told. ( We did, however, book direct with the hotel). She insisted that it was not possible. More waiting. More arguments! Then miraculously this room did exist and we were shown to the room we had confirmed and booked. Note for Reception: Don't lie to customers. You will look stupid further down the track.
Now, start again.
Hotel location is stunning, best in Agrigento.
Hotel amenities and quality of rooms is 1st class.
Walking distance to the Temples and Archeological Museum.
Restaurant at night on the terrace is stunning as is the food. Not cheap, but you are paying for the setting. (If you have a car go down to beach nearby at San Leone and eat at the Trattoria del Pescatore. Good quality seafood and good menu).
Breakfast is excellent as is the waiting staff.
Overall, we had a good stay but the check in experience was upsetting and frustrating !

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank djhallett
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

This is the only hotel located in the serene strip of land between the city of Agrigento and the temples and offers a spectacular view. The prices reflect this.
Therefore a tip: The hotel has rooms on all sides, and only one side has the spectacular panorama. But the pool, bar and restaurant areas also offer this. So if you don't insist on seeing the temple of Concord from your bedroom window, you can actually afford dinner.
Service was impeccable, even for a 5 star hotel, rooms spotlessly clean and recenly refurbished in a very classy style. The dinner is indeed very expensive, but justified taking the view and experience into account.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank vincid
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

It was a last minute reservation - I was driving down to Agrigento and just dialed this hotel because I saw it in my guidebook and read good reviews before. And I am so happy I did that. Lady on the phone was very nice, price was great considering value you get, reception staff is great and view from the room is AMAZING. You have completely unobstructed view of the temple day and night. Same from the pool and restaurant.
Service was very good, staff is very nice, they even gave me a laptop for use as I forgot mine.
Hotel is very tastefully decorated.
Rooms are very nice, good beds, great bathrooms, balcony etc. One little thing - toilet cover was creaky:)))) Even from the bathroom you have small window that with a Temple view!!!!
Nice pool. Great garden.
Dont miss restaurant. Great food. Try apple pie for desert! Nice life music. And when you dine you have amazing view of TWO TEMPLES. It is juts breathtaking!!!!!!
Musician was great but I was just thinking that if they would have harper playing something mystical it might be even better instead of great European classics. It would match with Temple view. Just an idea:)
Overall, do not miss this hotel in Sicily!
I came for one night and stayed for two. Come in the evening, have dinner. Next day explore Valley, relax by the pool, have dinner in their restaurant again and leave next day.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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1  Thank Petrzalka
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

You pay for the view. The rooms are adequate, beds reasonably comfortable, bathrooms adequate. But this is no five star hotel. No one else can offer this location. You are 1 kilometer from the the Temple of Concord. It greets you in the morning and bids you goodnight and it is spectacular. But the rooms are not up to five star standards. And the staff is stiff (though that goes with any hotel on any given day). What is not excusable is the breakfast. Yoghurt, cereal, breads and the worse brewed coffee I've ever had. Simply inexcusable in a hotel of this price, especially one that bills itself as 5 star. It was worth staying here for the location, but only in the cheaper rooms. The more expensive ones would not have been worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jAlfano
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

It's almost difficult to believe the view of Roman temples from the hotel's patios and pool. The temple complex and museum are in easy walking distance, and the restaurant is delicious. The rooms are clean, stylish and comfortable.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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Thank David S
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

The hotel was pretty, the rooms nice, the staff helpful. Our only complaint was that there was supposed to be internet (we needed to work while there as well), but it was terrible. It only sometimes worked and we couldn't get onto gmail.com nor many other sites. Very weird.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Spa Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Family Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Business Hotel in Agrigento
Price Range: £81 - £441 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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