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Hotel Villa Athena
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, 92100 Agrigento, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 27 hotels in Agrigento
Surrey, England
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“A super hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed for 7 days at the Villa Athena in February. We had a super stay and the hotel was lovely. It is very clean and our room, a superior - number 108, was very comfortable with a perfect view of the temples. They are definitely worth visiting and the cafe near the entrance does a super pizza and large beer.
Our only disappointment was not due to the hotel, but due to Agrigento itself. It was not what we expected and there was very little to see - it was very run down. We recommend hiring a car and visiting Ragusa and also the shopping outlet inland.

Room Tip: Room 108 has a super view of the gardens and temple. Try to avoid those on the car park side.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was a great place to stay. My room was clean, comfortable, and spacious. The staff was very attentive. But the best aspect is the location, a bare five minute walk to the entrance of the fabulous Agrigento archeological park. To my knowledge there is no other hotel in the area that has this kind of access. The location permits you to explore the park at your leisure and at different times of the day (which is good for photography). Attached is a picture of the hotel as seen from the park, through the gorgeous almond blossoms.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed in the most expensive suite in this hotel and it was an outrageous price but, because the weather turned out to be unexpectedly hot, we were able to sunbathe on our private terrace while overlooking the Temple of Concord. We were also able to lie in bed and see it floodlit at night. The second room in the suite had a hot tub which was very complicated to fill and work but there was no other bath. There were not enough staff over Xmas so that one exhausted young woman ran backwards and forwards to put right the inevitable mistakes made when ordering room service. The food in the restaurant was not very good. The beds were comfortable but there was only one room downstairs in which to sit. It really isn't a 5 star hotel except for its remarkable view.

Room Tip: Only worth staying if you have a room facing the temples
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Fabulous view of the temples, and within walking distance, so you can leave your car at the hotel while you walk to the site. Beautiful lush grounds and nice swimming pool. All very tastefully done. Our room was quite simple, not particularly spacious for a triple. Nice bed linens and a bathrobe and slippers in the bathroom. Friendly front desk staff. Average breakfast.
We have recommended it to many friends, all of them very happy with it too.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Campbellford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

If you've come to Agrigento to see the Valley of the Temples, then this is the hotel where you should stay. The view from our bedroom window after sunset, overlooking the Temple of Concordia warmly floodlit under a starry sky, must be amongst the most romantic we've seen.
Service at the hotel was professional and courteous, even if a little impersonal. Our room was clean and well appointed, with a big bathroom and three windows overlooking the archaeological site.
The biggest drawback? There's a restaurant on site, the Granaio di Ibla, but we wouldn't recommend eating there, and you have to drive into town to eat somewhere else.
The bottom line? This was one of the very finest hotels we stayed at in Sicily. We'll be going back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed a couple of nights at a very good-value winter rate. The location - overlooking the temples from the gorgeous gardens with swimming pool - has to be seen to be believed. The rooms are ultra-modern and luxurious, glass bathroom not to everyone's taste, excellent beds. The lobby staff are helpful and efficient and speak excellent English (the only place we found this anywhere in Sicily). The breakfast is certainly not five-star and was most disappointing, breakfast staff were of no help.

Overall, a fantastic place to stay that is let down by the breakfast. On winter rates an excellent choice, would hesitate to pay top dollar!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, 92100 Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Agrigento > Agrigento
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Business Hotel in Agrigento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Villa Athena 5*
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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