We just returned from Agrigento and had the pleasure of spending one night at The Villa Athena. A family of three from NYC, we had a lovely room with an amazing large balcony (table, chairs, and lounge chairs) overlooking Valley of the Temples. It is worth staying at Athena for this memorable view! The hotel was recently refurbished and several of the guide books are not updated of this fact. The room was decorated with colorful Italian tiles. It had a huge shower (no tub). The room was extremely modern, very clean and quiet – as was the entire hotel. The air conditioner worked very well. The staff is professional but not as warm and helpful as other hotels we stayed at in Sicily. The breakfast is sumptuous. Delicious freshly baked tea cakes and tarts along with the freshest fruit, meats, cheeses, and assorted pastries and breads. The dinner restaurant is more about the ambiance than the food or the service. It’s worth eating there for the view, but the food and service was pricey and mediocre. Our only complaint is that we were put in a double room, which they called a triple by adding a small and uncomfortable cot for our teenage child. Adding this cot cost an additional $150. The hotel has a lovely pool and its gardens are well kept. As an added bonus, you can walk to the Valley of the Temples. Overall we enjoyed our stay.
- 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