Everything has been said about the rooms by others and not much about the restaurant and food so here goes. As we stayed in January we were in the restaurant building rather than under the stars looking up at the temple of Concord. For a five star restaurant the décor is disappointing and clinical rather than comfortable and chic. My wife and I would have preferred something with a little 'older feel' rather than 'Italian designer'. Lighting is on the glaring side and the overall effect is 'un-cosy'. Some curtains would probably soften the whole place rather than the black of the night-time windows. However the waiter who looked after us couldn't have been nicer and friendly and suggested some quite amazing typical Sicilian dishes, particularly the remarkable desert; a baked pistachio casing with a chocolate centre somewhat like a soufflé. The linguine with eggplant sauce, mushrooms and swordfish strips was to die for.
And the breakfast was great with dishes not on the buffet available to order. Eggs any style, grilled tomatoes etc.
The Archeological Museum is a good half a kilometer from the hotel (uphill) and the first Temple of Concord the same distance although not such a climb. Something to be aware of if you plan to walk on a hot day in the sun.
- 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, Italy