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Travel Blogs from Agrigento
... large and has many impressive buildings. Our hotel is **** (4 stars) and is right on a major square. From our window we can see a very impressive building which I think is a theatre. I am going on an optional tour tonight at 6.30, which is to a renouned seafood restaurant. No set menu this time as all guests are given the same. Wine and water ( for which we pay big time each night) are included so it should be good. Edie is not coming as she is ...
What can I say - another early start to the day. This morning we went further south to the town of Noto. The old town was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1600's, so what we see now is what was rebuilt then. The style was Sicilian Baroque - very elaborate. Huge palaces, churches and theaters line the street which was built running east to west so that there was always sunshine in the street. We had one and a half hours free time here. Then we turned north ...
... temples and sites, but provide scant little other information. We decided to walk up from the Temple of Castor & Pollux, past the Temple of Jove, up to the Temples of Hercules and Concordia, then onto the Temple of Jove. Along the way we saw various cemeteries (necropoli) among the almond and olive groves. Our plan was to finish the tour of the ruins in the morning, then visit the Archeology Museum mid day to avoid the heat. We finished the tour ...
... Traffic congestion picked up as we approached the Agrigento/Porto Empedocle area. We decided to take advantage of the fact that it was late afternoon and stop at the tourism office in Agrigento. Aided by the metal caste street map we seem to find in each city, we charted a course that we hoped would get us to where we needed to go. A few minutes later we arrived at the tourism office. They were able to give us a map of ...
... the Temple dedicated to Asklepius (Eusculapius), the god of medicine.
Jim, Marina and I explored the sights of this area to be amazed at some of the archeological wonders of this site. The day was very hot but some of the trees provided some respite from the sun. We spent about 2 hours walking through this place. We then stopped for some lunch where I enjoyed a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blu Hotel Kaos Agrigento
Stayed for three nights whilst visiting other locations.
Lo único bueno de este hotel es el entorno, con unas magníficas vistas al mar, eso si, si tienes suere con la habitación, de ora forma igual te toca mirando a una pared.
We booked for a week and that was a mistake. The Greek Temples are worth seeing but see them and move on. Much the same can be said for the Kaos. Somewhere there's a decent hotel here trying to get out, it's just that the staff can't be bothered. The pool's fantastic, but the experience is spolied by the annoying giggly 'DJ' from the animation team and his megabass loudspeaker spewing out Europop and music to accompany Aquagym lessons. That said the Italians, who make up 95% of the residents, seem to love it, and good luck to them, but not really our cup of tea. The hotel refused to take us half board but in the end this was a good thing as dinner was a bunfight buffet - we could have paid on the night but 30 euros a head was simply too much. Some money has been spent on the rooms, but in a haphazard way - what self respecting builder puts a bidet in the way of the door? The safe didn't work but there was no alternative, the shower was just that and breakfast was like feeding time at Mr & Mrs Locust (there were a lot of children). So, all in all, tolerable if you're passing through and have a sense of humour, but not really for longer.
A recent stay at the well named KAOS Hotel, proved the points that have been made by previous travellers. The star rating is totally unacceptable, it seemed more like a struggling 2* ( U.K. Standard ). The meals were adequate with a good percentage of Pastas, but then it is Italy, so that was to be expected. The service was, to say the least, appalling. The staff in most cases tried hard, which with their lack of English was an added incentieve to at least try to learn a few words of their language, and by so-doing encourage the beginnings of a raport." When in Rome"? sprang to mind.
Rant- hated the bathroom
Showerstall measures 25x30 inches, with dirt and mold in doors and tile; rusty draincover; waterleaks under doors; there is no plug provided for the washbasin; hole in the wall under the basin; bottom right of bathroom door frame broken away from wall and floor, with paint missing here and on door trim; showerhead corroded with mineral deposits; dirty soap dish and bidet with long black hair hanging on it.
Based on the suggestion of our Lonely Planet guide book, we searched for and found the remote Hotel Koas, an appropriate name as it turns out. Considering that Agrigento is a dump of a town save for the beach community of San Leone and the nearby ruins, staying out of the central area seemed like a good idea. Hotel Kaos looked big and had a faded beauty look to it, kind of like that hotel from the Shining. Anyway, after looking at the depressing room and hearing the 130 euro price tag, we opted instead for the boutique hotel for 90 euro a night next door, the Villa Eros. The nice lady owner at Villa Eos didn't speak a word of English, but she offered a good off season price, a friendly face, and great coffee and chocolate croissants for breakfast in a clean, charming hotel with her husband's artwork decorating the lobby. She didn't have a fully functioning restaurant for off season, however, so we made the mistake of going next door to Hotel Kaos's restaurant. I am pretty certain that my meal was the worst of my life, being that it was nearly inedible...unless you like briny little shrimp with their heads still on, burnt cold zucchini and ketchup coated eggplant bits. To top it off, it was one of the priciest meals of our trip, at 40 euros. We complained to the indifferent waiter and he lowered our bill by five euros, but it didn't remove the disgusting taste of that shrimp from my mouth.
The foyer and lounge areas are not representative of the rooms or grounds. Let's start with the rooms. Ugh. Peeling paint, banged up thread-bare furniture (laquered red, you remember 1980 don't you?), and horrible baths.
On the right track
Stayed for two nights. Had some good food and nice rooms.
Great city disappointing hotel
Agrigento is a must-see place but Kaos does not earn its stars. Indifferent staff and breakfast. Still we slept well and it was safe. Can't walk from the hotel to the main sights/sites.
Nice outside - worn out inside
This place looks great from the outside and the view would be OK as well, wouldnt there be the power plant to the right hand side. The inside tops the disappointment of the industrial beach (a few miles away and you wouldnt like to walk there) and the lousy meals and indifferent staff. Rooms and bathrooms have not been renovated for at least 20 years. The accommodations are small and the TV and radio could find there places in a museum. The only thing new was the carpet at least something. This hotel deserves a maximum of 2 stars and rates 1/3 of what they charge now.