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Hotel Villa Athena
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, 92100 Agrigento, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Bruges, Belgium
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“Extra Temple in the Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The moment you enter your room, you feel sorry you have to leave it in a few days :-) Very nice, spacy room, a bathroom to spend your day in, a walk-in dressing... Wonderful view, tranquility allover. It's a short walk to the temples or the museum. Great breakfast, and we had nice dinners. Lunch at noon was a bit 'simple'. Very friendly, professional staff. Pity there is no fitness room.

  • Stayed April 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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htlvillaathena, Responsabile reception at Hotel Villa Athena, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Dear Hans G,
thank you from all of us for your lovely comments..
We are glad to read from your review that you had enjoyed yours stay with us at the Hotel Villa Athena.
We don't have yet a gym but a beautiful outside swimming pool and a lovely private park for do jogging.
We hope to have you once again as our guests.
Kind regards,

Claudia Iannantuoni
Front desk manager
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

With world-beating views over the Valley of the Temples, lovely rooms, helpful staff and an excellent restaurant, this for me is pretty much as good as it gets. Room rates are steep, but great online deals are available.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This hotel is very pricy, but you get what you pay for and the service was outstanding; the room was spectacular and all in all it was worth the money to stay there for a few nights at the end of our trip as a treat. I would avoid having lunch or dinner here as its vastly over priced, and there are much cheaper restaurants 4 min drive away. Our room had a balcony overlooking one of the temples; the best hotel view we ever had. The pool area is lovely and the pool is very clean. The breakfast in the morning was was delicious and one of the best breakfasts in Italy.
The location of the hotel means that you can walk directly from the hotel down to the temples. Though you would have to drive if you were to go into the town. We did a lovely day trip to Marsala also from this hotel.
I'd recommend this hotel to stay as a treat if you got a special offer.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a lovely hotel in a great location. Very nice views of the ruins and it is an easy walk to the site. I would recommend staying here if you wish to visit the historic site. The property is well maintained and the rooms very well appointed. There is also a lovely pool for relaxing after sight seeing. We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant and both meals were excellent.

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  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My husband, 15 year old son and I recently stayed just one night at the Hotel Villa Athena in room 301, a large triple room with temple views. It was the largest triple hotel room we have ever had - there was still room to use the side chairs and desk, as well as spread out suitcases etc with the king and extra bed in the room! The water pressure in the shower and bathtub was remarkable, and the bathrobes and slippers were a nice touch. Lots of room to hang clothes up was also handy. The buffet breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was very very good - a wide variety of cakes, pastries, meats, cheeses, cereals, jams, breads..... as well as the option of having made to order eggs and coffees. These made to order options were offered to us the moment we sat down at our table, and the eggs and coffee were delivered hot and fresh just a few minutes later. The service by the bell hops and desk staff was courteous and helpful, and we very much appreciated the opportunity to leave our car and belongings at the hotel after checking out in the morning while we walked to the Valley of the Temples (maybe 500m) and spent the morning there. However, the best thing of all about this hotel is the proximity to the temples. The Temple of Concordia was framed by both our bathroom "porthole" and a big bedroom window, and because it was a corner room, we could also see other temples through the other bedroom window. It was magical watching the temples change as night fell, lit up in the complete darkness, and again as the morning light brightened. Don't miss a chance to spend a night with a view of the temples - they are so close it seems you could reach out and touch them!

Room Tip: We had room 301, a large corner triple with temple view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed only one night at the Hotel Athena, but it is an excellent inn with a terrific restaurant. The service was very friendly and helpful. The hotel faces the valley ( really a ridge) of the tombs which is one the best preserved collection of Greek ruins in Sicily. The hotel is positioned the best of anyplace for a visit.

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The position of this hotel cannot be beaten if you wish to see/visit The Valley of The Temples. It is a short (500m) walk to the park entrance. We had a "Concordia" room, overlooking The Temple of Concord, which was surreal to experience as it changed colour from daylight, through dusk and into the darkness as the floodlights illuminated it. The room was stylish and very comfortable, though not huge, and the rainforest shower was the best I've experienced - complete with porthole, so that you could see the Temple whilst showering! The staff were very friendly and professional, remembering us throughout the establishment, which made us feel valued guests. We dined at the hotel's stylish restaurant and enjoyed one of our two best meals in Sicily. Try the stuffed, deep-fried artichokes (starter) - amazing, followed by the tender rack of lamb, done exactly to our liking. The breakfast spread was also excellent and again the staff were welcoming and willing to provide any cooked items you wanted. A charming and elegant hotel with very welcoming staff. Highly recommend.

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  • Stayed March 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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Also Known As:
Athena Hotel Agrigento
Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
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 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Business Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Family 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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