My husband and I spent two nights at the hotel while traveling through Sicily for our honeymoon. We did not want to leave. Can you imagine staying almost right in the middle of the Valley of Temples (ruins of Greek temples) and only 400 meters max from the most preserved of those temples?! Imagine coming to your room in early evening, opening the window and seeing an illuminated temple so close by? Or sitting by the pool with the temple view? Or having dinner almost in front of the temple? It felt like we were in a movie.
Even without the views, the hotel would have been something special. Renovated a year or two ago, the hotel is top-notch. The rooms are done in a cottage style with beautiful white furniture, the beds are extremely comfortable (medium to soft mattress), the shutters are cute, the bathroom very new and modern. The best sleep we remember outside of home.
The restaurant is certainly worth visiting both for the views and the food. The food is not cheap but the meal was excellent and so was the service. You should absolutely try the lamb chops if you get a chance.
Not to mention that we managed to enjoy all this luxury for only 119 euros a night. This was the only 5-star hotel we stayed in Sicily and by far it was the cheapest hotel we stayed in. The value of the stay is certainly much, much higher than what we paid.
- 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