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“Truly a gem”
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Hotel Villa Athena
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Agrigento
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Belgium
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“Truly a gem”
Reviewed 18 August 2010

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.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

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.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

The hotel is supurb! We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Athena. The staff provided excellent service throughout. The hotel itself is a fantastic location with memorable views of the temples of Agrigento coupled with its own beautiful gardens.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Dear Guest ,
thank you for your lovely comments that you had posted on Trip Advisor.
I was glad to note that you were pleased with your room and the amenities received.
It will be our pleasure to have you once again as our welcome guests.
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Montreal, Canada
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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.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Adelaide, Australia
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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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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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Bratislava, Slovakia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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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 Business Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Spa Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Family Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Luxury 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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