As we were driving into Agrigento, my husband remarked that off to the right, he saw what appeared to be a "fake" temple. Why fake? It looked so perfect, and appeared to have been plopped down, a bit incongruously, just below the modern city. Little did we know then that what he saw was the Temple of Concordia, and that the Villa Athena, our perch for 3 nights, had the best possible view of this historical marvel. We stayed in a temple-view room, which gave us the opportunity to gape at the classical structure at all hours of day and night - from our private terrace, from our bedroom entry, and even from the porthole window in the bathroom! The swimming pool is delicious, and also offers a front-row view of the temple. And the restaurant is top-notch - delicious food, extremely well-trained wait staff, and excellent wine list - and again, those views!!! The first night we were there, a wedding was taking place on premises. Instead of letting the non-wedding guests fend for themselves, or offering substandard service while most of the staff was engaged with the festivities, the hotel offered a complimentary guided night tour of Agrigento, complete with a stop for gelato in town. Classy. Would come here again in a heartbeat and would stay at Villa Athena, no question.
- 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