I stayed only one night at the Villa Athena. The hotel's main claim to fame is definitely the view over the temples at Agrigento. It was such a pleasure to open the shutters and to look out over the "Temple of Concord", illuminated at night, as well as in the morning.
The hotel is definitely upscale, but I don't know if I would go so far in calling it five star. First, the positive points. The staff was excellent, and spoke English and German very well. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the breakfast was really outstanding. I stuffed myself with the delicious Sicilian delicacies until I nearly burst.
That being said, there were a couple of negative points. For a five star hotel, and for such prices, I found the rooms were rather small, and everything seemed a bit dated. The decor was a bit lacking, a kind of bland classicism, and the the bathroom, while very clean, had limescale deposits on the shower floor. For that kind of money, I expect everything to be top of the line.
Still, all in all, and incredible place. If you're going to stay, then definitely splurge, and get a room with a terrace as well. In that case, stay more than one night, to simply enjoy the temples from the terrace, and to watch how the ruins shift in their colors over the course of the day.
- 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