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Hotel Villa Athena
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, 92100 Agrigento, Sicily, Italy   |  
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“Wonderful Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The view across to Temple Concordia is stunning! Eating in the restaurant there, and enjoying the excellent food is a wonderful experience.

The staff is also very polite. We were given an upgraded room free.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You cannot ask for a better location to walk to the temples. The rooms are modern and the bathrooms amazing. Great simple clean pool with good service. The ability to have dinner with a great view of the illuminated Temple of Concord is a huge plus. The waiters are pros and give great wine advice - even if it means a cheaper bottle. Very family friendly and superb breakfast room. Thumbs up from a Sicilian American who has been to the island numerous times. Skip the town of Agrigento.

Room Tip: Balcony with temple views
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Villa_Athena, Responsabile reception at Hotel Villa Athena, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Guest,
I would like to thank you very much for reviewing Hotel Villa Athena.
I am delighted that you enjoyed your dinner experience on our beautiful "Terrace of the Gods" and your stay with us, I will share your positive comment with our restaurant staff.
Thank you also for mentioning our breakfast buffet that we prepare with passion with a Sicilian touches (fresh oranges for juice, cannoli and homemade cakes).
Looking forward to welcoming you back soon, please do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance you may need.
Kind regards,

Customer Service
Claudia Iannantuoni
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The view from our room was unbelievable, the Temple of Concordia in all its glory. It is really breath taking, waking in the morning and looking out across your terrace at this exquisite 2500 year old Greek monument.
The staff here were also excellent and Salvatore in particular went out of his way to make our stay special including arranging a trip and overnight stay in Taormina. Breakfast was very nice too with good, friendly service.
Why not a higher rating? Room was nice and well furnished but small and did not feel luxurious given the 5* rating and pricing. As other reviewers have said the food and drink prices were prohibitive, a glass of wine costing more than a decent bottle in a nearby restaurant. The main disappointment was during our 12 night stay there were 3 wedding parties which were noisy affairs, The car park was full and on one night we got very little sleep as the sub karaoke band played until after midnight and the noisy guests carried on partying. A sleepless nights was not what I expected at over 300 E a night. In hindsight a couple of nights here followed by a move to another centre would have been better.

Room Tip: Worth the extra cost for a superior room overlooking the Temples.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

After much debate on whether to splurge on one night here, I did decide to go with it for the convenient location,a s our only interest in this area was to visit the temples.
In the end I am very glad we did, since it is indeed very convenient and our one night stay was very pleasant. As expected, however, we did find it overpriced for the size of the room (tiny, and even though I am a member of SLH we'd I'd not get an upgrade) and the food at dinner was disappointing. In fact, our dinner there was the most expensive the whole week in Sicily, and the least satisfying.

That said the grounds are lovely, and we really enjoyed lounging at the pool after the long drive from Ragusa, had very good cocktails by the pool, and the view of the temples at night time is breathtaking.

Breakfast was very good, as everywhere else in Sicily, and service at the front desk was very friendly. Would choose it again for visiting the temples, but definitely know that you are paying a more than 25% premium for the location.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you like everything handed to you on a silver platter and a view of a 2500 year old Greek temple, this is the hotel for you. The staff were great and most of them could speak english well, the food was exquisite all and all. The Only thing I would change would be the breakfast, the freshly squeezed orange juice was a nice touch but the French toast was more of a French wafer and there was no syrup. But other than that minor discrepancy it was pretty much perfect

Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

If you have driven all the way to the Valley of the Temples and can afford to stay in this noble residence then don't dither. Just book it! Dining on the terrace in the half light with the lit up Temple of Concordia just 200 metres away is an awesome experience both in food and view. The hotel generously provide a free of charge night lights tour of the temples and nearby town of Agrigento at around 10pm each night - it's really worth doing. We stayed one night - two would have been really relaxing and three possibly a day too long having seen all we'd come to see. A memorable experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We booked this hotel via Hotwire (it’s the only 5 star resort in Agrigento, so we were fairly certain of which hotel we were getting). In addition, we were upgraded to an amazing suite which made it our most glamorous stop in Italy. In addition, the hotel is only blocks from the entrance to the Valley of the Temples, so it’s an easy walk. In addition, our terrace looked directly out at the Temple of Concord, which was lovely by day and stunning when it’s lighted at night.

The hotel is a beautiful property with a relatively small number of rooms. It has an outdoor bar and restaurant with views of the temples, as well as an indoor restaurant where breakfast is served. It also has a large pool. Our room was a 2-room suite, with a terrace. Everything about it was first class, including ceiling to floor windows with flowing drapes, elegant furniture and a king-size bed. The bathroom was the nicest of anywhere we stayed. It included a large shower with a full shower door, a soaking tub, and a window above the tub that perfectly framed the Temple of Concord.

Since Villa Athena is outside the new city of Agrigento, it feels like a secluded country estate. For this reason, we chose to eat dinner at the outside restaurant at the hotel, rather than driving into the city. We were very pleased with the food and the service, as we gazed at the lighted temples on the hillside. We couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting.
Breakfast is excellent. It includes a buffet, along with cooked to order omelets and other breakfast foods. As you walk into the restaurant, you walk over relics that were unearthed during construction. The hotel placed a plexiglass floor over the excavation so that diners can appreciate the history that surrounds them.

As far as I concerned, Villa Athena is the only place to stay when visiting Agrigento.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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 Romantic Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Business Hotel in Agrigento
#1 Family 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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Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento, Sicily, Italy

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