Villa Athena Hotel

, Agrigento, Italy
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Villa Athena Hotel

, Agrigento
4 star

Rooms: 40

Via Dei Templi 35 - Agrigento - 92100 - Italy 922596288
417 Traveller

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Amazing location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm not sure why everyone was so unhappy with this hotel. We only stayed there one night and the restaurant is nothing to write home about, but the staff was helpful the location was amazing...the sunset over the temples is stunning. The window out of the room is small, but the room itself is nice. The pool is beautiful, surrounded by lemon trees. We just don't understand why they don't serve meals outside so you can spend more time admiring their view!

Fabulous Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had the most wonderful stay at the Villa Athena. Our room had a terrace and the most amazing view of the temples. Looking at the other write ups would have discouraged our stay, but we knew that the views were to behold. Other comments included the carpeting, the dated looking shower curtains, the staff. We were not interested in carpeting, or the shower curtains as long as they were clean, which they were. And the staff could not have been kinder or more welcoming. The restaurant had wonderful food, and we were able to get back to the terrace to enjoy the evening view of the temples.

A complete dump

from A TripAdvisor Member
For an expensive hotel this is a disgrace.The view is good,the pool and garden are nice,but everything else is poor.The room smelt of mold,the electrical sockets were loose,the shower curtains looked circa 1950,the food was overpriced and the staff disobliging.If my son had been backpacking and paid 75 euros per night,that would have been fine.For us at 250 euros a night or more,there was so much to complain about it was better not to start.

Worst hotel visited in Sicily

from ReallyDolly
Stay at the Colleverde Park Hotel instead, please, it's awful here. After spending one night at the Kaos (nearby) which was also awful, the bartender suggested this place. He said it was 3 times better. It was actually worse.

As we were travelling with friends we had the opportunity to view several rooms. The rooms are dingy, small, and dark. The bedspreads are threadbare and from the 30's. The only thing this place has going for it is the view of the temples. This same view is available from the Colleverde Park Hotel.

We left without staying the night. The manager offered a 60E a night reduction but we refused. I would rather stay in a "Cabtent" at summer camp than stay here.

A total ripoff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed 2 nights at this extremely overpriced hotel which is right near the Greek temples in Agrigento's historical area. That is about the only good thing I can say about this hotel. The management has no interest in running a hotel or pleasing their clientele and ignores any requests or suggestions. Our dingy smoked filled room was large, but gloomy. When asked to turn the A/C on, the management insisted it was was not. It was hot, stuffy, and very uncomfortable. I almost killed myself in the bathroom which had a step up to the sink in a very odd spot. The included breakfast was dreadful. Not only did they run out of food by 7:30, but they seemed to have no interest in serving their unhappy customers. I would recommend staying as far away from this hotel as possible and perhaps that will force them out of business.

Fawlty Towers of Italy

from A TripAdvisor Member
We mainly stayed at this hotel because of the location. After visiting Taormina (gorgeous! - stay at Hotel Condor!), Agrigento was a nasty shock so we decided not to stay in the town. We were deliberating between staying at San Leone but after seeing the size of the carpark for the temples (ie. v small) we drove past Villa Athena and decided to stay there as you could walk to the temples from there. Our room cost €150 for the night and was supposed to be **** and was v. dark and old but comfortable enough but was more like **. The villa's gardens and terrace were very nice however and the views of the Eastern temples was great - obviously you pay for these things and the location. The restaurant however was a real joke - complete with its own Basil Fawlty and accompanying Manuel. Service was terrible and a pretentious attempt at silver service. We paid €13 each for a plate of cold linguine in tomato and basil sauce - the smallest portions of pasta that I have ever seen in Italy. All in all very expensive for what you got, but it is the only hotel within walking distance to Valley of the Temples (except maybe Collaverde Park).

A bit tired, but comfortable

from lmh2006
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We have two small children and the beds/cots were just right. We stayed on a third floor room and it was dated in decor but adequate. The restaurant is sort of 1970s but food is fine. We found the staff very helpful - the manager even found a sitter for our baby so we could put her down to sleep before dinner. The employee who watched our baby brought small gifts for both children and was just delightful. The location was wonderful - we took a nice walk up to the Temple of Concord in the morning - just enough sightseeing with two small children. It is pricey for what you get but all in all I would stay there again.

The shabbiest dump we encountered in Sicily

from A TripAdvisor Member
Miniscule uncomfortable room, never updated. Air conditioning didn't work. Staff had real attitude problems. Almost all of our fellow guests, including us, changed rooms at least once during the two days we stayed there!

It was terrible

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had decided to splurge on this hotel because of its beautiful position and supposed charm. The place is a wreck, and not worth a fraction of its cost. Some of the staff tried hard, but most had obviously given up - which isn't surprising since everyone who stays there must complain; to no purpose. Avoid, avoid, avoid. It's probably the worst hotel I've ever stayed in in Italy, and that's over 30 years of visiting the country.


Worse than expected

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was worse than we had expected. We had booked because of its location at the Valley of the Temples. Although we were given one of the best rooms with a terrace overlooking the Temple of Concordia, we had to immediately vacate it because of a sewer smell and mold and mildew. When we were moved to a first floor room also with a view, we found several wet Oriental rugs draped over our terrace railing. These were subsequently put out on the floor of the hotel reception lobby, again creating a terrible odor. To her credit the concierge realized the problem and had them removed. All the carpeting on the stairs and hallway was frayed and worn out. Again, to her credit, the concierge released us from our second night obligation and we were able to move to another hotel. Our recommendation, visit the Valley of the Temples but stay elsewhere--our choice: Forresteria Baglio della Luna, for about the same cost, provides an oasis of calm, with a gourmet restaurant.

Top Local Tips for Agrigento

spend some time here If you're into ancient ruins, plan on spending the better part of the day here. From one end of the ridge to the other there are multiple temples each of which is worthy of tromping around and learning about. If you can, get there first thing (the buses were unloading as we bought our tickets) and dash up to Concord temple for some incredible photos w/noone else in the view.

Worth a short stay Go only if you visited everything else in SIciliy and do not stay more than on day, outside the Temple VAlley the area is Depressing! In many other areas of Sicily you can find Greek temples ... and much more.


Other names for Villa Athena Hotel

  • athena hotel agrigento
  • Address: Via Dei Templi 35 - Agrigento - 92100 - Italy
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