With its absolutely prime and quiet location, its beautiful grounds and pool, plus the recent renovation, the Hotel Villa Athena is a perfect choice for visiting Agrigento. We had three nights in the luxurious comfort of an "as new" Junior Suite which, along with the well appointed contemporary bathroom, was spacious and elegant.
It's easy to understand why the terrace restaurant which commands an awesome view of the Temple of Concord is reputed to be the showcase for visiting politicians and dignitaries. While the service could be described as relaxed, drinking in the view (plus champagne!) at sunset, beholding the heavenly golden glow of the temple beneath a vast night sky in which the moon, for a while, lay seemingly cradled between the open arms of two well placed palm trees, is an experience we will never forget. The pianist added to the magic and for a brief moment I almost fell in love with the indifferent head waiter!
We're unable to reconcile our breakfast experience with the views of another writer. The omelettes which were cooked especially for us were delicious, the freshly prepared fruit salad in abundance, the coffee hot and to our taste. We enjoyed the cheese and ham selection and passed over the cereal and yoghurt options, preferring to round off our banquet with croissants and slices of cakes and flans. At all times, the breakfast service was to a high professional standard.
It's only a short walk to either the Valley of the Temples or the archaeological museum and the hotel provides ample free parking.
I've chosen to end this review with accolades for the exemplary service which we experienced at this hotel. This began with prompt, courteous and helpful email contact prior to our booking and was equally reflected by staff at the front desk who assisted us in a variety of ways. We inadvertently left our passports behind at departure and their high point was in providing overnight delivery to a hotel in Palermo. We highly recommend the Hotel Villa Athena and hope to return.
- 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