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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 25 Hotels in Agrigento
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New York City, New York
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28 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a room that had unobstructed views of the Temple Concordia, and it was breathtaking. I forgave all the minor things that would usually irk me (i.e. less than stellar sound insulation, double booked confirmation - which they quickly fixed) because the views were just so gorgeous, day and night.
The hotel itself was beautiful, set in an old estate, and as many reviewers said, has the best view in Agrigento, bar none. The price was absolutely worth it. Breakfast was lovely and plentiful as well.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Lichfield
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We enjoyed a 2 night stay here after a week in a Eurocamp in the north of Sicily so we were looking forward to 5* treatment. & that is what we got! Fabulous & welcoming reception staff. Travelling as a family of 4, we were given room 101 which was enormous, spotlessly clean with all the mod cons one would expect. We had a side balcony with a partial view of the Temple of Concordia. The pool was lovely, clean & the warmest we encountered all holiday. On arrival, we noticed that a wedding party was going to be in full swing in the evening. We were slightly concerned given previous comments about noise on Trip Advisor but we didn't hear a thing (perhaps because of the side room). We enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant on our 1st night - an amazing view of the Temple of Concordia from the terrace. The Maitre d' was excellent, welcoming & great with the children. Good food (the children loved their hamburgers!!), not too expensive given the 5* classification, & the best wine list we saw all holiday! Breakfast was excellent with a huge choice of food. The highlight of our trip was a wonderful tour of the valley of the temples organised by the hotel. Our guide Lorenzo, was so well informed, vivacious & great with our children. If you want a special treat, go to Villa Athena.

  • Stayed August 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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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We went to two different hotels in agrigento, and villa athena was miles better than the other (yet 4 stars) hotel. Great service, attention to detail, location etc. A 5 star place as you'd expect.

The view on the temples is fantsastic. If you don't stay there at the hotel, you should at least get an aperitivo (or dinner) there.
The pool area is nice, with full service of towels.
Rooms are spacious, modern, super clean. And quiet.

A bit pricey, but probably reflects the difference in quality with other places.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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 August 30, 2013

We spent two nights at this hotel which was a splurge we were looking forward to because of its extraordinary location. The hotel is very nice in appearance and exquisitely sited. We had a lovely bedroom with a terrace overlooking the Temple Concordia. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Regrettably we never had maid service and our dishes were never cleared from the terrace. Remnants of our snack from the afternoon before sat out over night in a rain storm until they were a mushy mesh. We were shocked that for the price we paid for the room that the maid failed to come to tidy the room and clear the dishes. we finally had to call the desk at 6:00 pm to get new towels. We had one super expensive dinner on the terrace which was very mediocre. The next evening instead of eating at the hotel we bought sandwiches from the bar near the entrance of the archeological park and enjoyed them on our terrace with a bottle of wine that we had and then took an evening stroll of the temples which is open from 7:30-10:30 at night. The walk was gorgeous as the park is beautifully lit at night. We do recommend staying at this hotel as its location is so beautiful and it is walking distance from the park and museum. The service may not live up to your expectations for what you are paying but it's location will not disappoint you. It is extraordinary.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Villa_Athena, Responsabile reception at Hotel Villa Athena, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Dear Jackie W,

Thank you very much for your note that you wrote on Trip Advisor concerning your stay with us.
First of all, please accept our sincere apologies for the circumstances occurred. I'm sorry to read from your comments that your recent stay at our property was not up to your expectations
and that you were disappointed with the room clean-up which is one of our strongest points. The hotel system software indicated your presence inside the room.
When you keep the room key inserted in the lock we read a message that the guest is in there.
Therefore, if you leave without taking the key with you the room will appear to be occupied and our maids will have no access to it: we really care about guests' privacy!
On the other side it is very difficult to me to think that having a sandwich bought in a touristic bar would be comparable with having dinner in a multiprized restaurant.
On a positive note, it is a pleasure to hear that you were pleased with the service of the staff and thank you for your appreciation.
It is never our intention to disappoint our guests and I would like to once again offer my personal apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.
We will always welcome the opportunity to be of service and I look forward to welcoming you back at the Hotel Villa Athena.

Kind regards,

Claudia Iannantuoni
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new jersey
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135 reviews 135 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I was at theis hotel 10 years ago and it was great then but needed work.
3 years ago the redid the entire property and it is just magificient.
The service, the food the view the rooms all are beautiful. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The hotel by far the closest hotel to the ruins. The rooms are spacious and quite. You of course are paying extra to be close and have an amazing view. I would high recommend staying here. The restaurant is good but a bit over priced but of course you are paying for the amazing view.

  • Stayed August 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I’d recommend this hotel to anyone planning to stay in Agrigento. Our room was clean, spacious and we had a fantastic view of the temples from our room. The hotel is only a 10 minute walk to the valley of the temples or you can take the hotel shuttle. We had a great dinner at the hotel and the staff was very helpful making dinner reservations and arranging tours. Only downside is there is no gym or spa which was a little bit of a disappointment and the only reason I did not give this hotel an excellent rating.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 Business Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Romantic 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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Athena Hotel Agrigento
Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento, Sicily, Italy

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