Hotel Villa Athena
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This morning we left Ragusa after a buffet breakfast and headed to the town of Caltagirone. We boarded a small tourist train which took us into some lovely gardens and then up to the town. This town is well known for its ceramics which they export all over the world. Those who were fit enough climbed the 170 steps to get a wonderful view from the top. These steps had gorgeous ceramic edges to them. They celebrate St Peter and St Paul's day each year. Part ...
... Villa Romana del Casale which has world renowned mosaics.
Having been disappointed with the Roman site at Syracusa earlier in the week I was not expecting too much but the mosaics were absolutely fantastic. So vivid and detailed and on a huge range of subjects. The villa was immense with giant reception rooms and a garden with several fountains both inside and out. The site was occupied by several different buildings but by the first decade of ...
Agrigento valley of the temple To the port and have a espresso Then Ragusa parked at a bridge and see someone marrying in the church Bought wine in Modica welcome to the paradise Arrive at Noto and bought postcard See tree gap and nice archi with a concert ongoing Have a dinner in Syracuse and nice pasta and seafood Jeng room and watch Italy vs England ...
Thursday we had a long walk along the beach and a relaxing swim followed by a laze in the sun. While initially we could only hear them, eventually graders appeared around the headland and began removing some of the flotsam and jetsam than had accumulated on the beach since the previous summer. There was a lot of beach and a lot of debris, so it was going to take quite a ...
Had our usual walk along the beach followed by a swim (please note that I am swimming with Paul every day now!) and some time in the sun before returning for breakfast. The hill back.........
Today's jaunt was to Eraclea Minoa. A Greek settlement in 6th C BC, captured by the Romans in the 3rd C BC before the cumulative impact of subsequent wars left ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Athena Agrigento
A queue of people lined up to complain at the front desk ended a stay at this dreadful hotel. Our room 'boasted': exposed wiring, wet walls from a leaking shower, curtain tracks but no curtains, wonky WC cistern. The hotel itself was dirty and worn out. This is not carelessness, more the symptoms of a policy of deliberate neglect.
Avoid at all cost!
Needs a major rehab
The views form the Villa Athena are supurb, but the villa has obviously not had any real maintanance in years. From the threadbare, dirty carpet to the exposed electrical wires it was sad to see how this potentially lovely villa has been let go.
I stayed at the Villa Athena in September 2004.
The linens were clean and the room in order.
However, an ancient air conditioner was spewing out heaven knows what kind of diseases.
Mold is a major problem in this hotel!!
My shower had a grate on the floor that was yellow and incrusted with whatever kind of human krud one could imagine. I had no choice but to stand on it. I was on a tour and had no choice but to stay in this place. The staff at the front desk were very nice and accommodating. They needed to be because I had an outside door that I absolutely could not open by myself. This hotel is located in a beautiful spot and I just can't understand why someone doesn't gut and restore this place.
This hotel hasn't been updated since 1976!
I stayed at this hotel in 1976. Believe me, it has not been renovated or cleaned since then! In 1976, I was enthralled with the lovely view of the temples. I remembered the view and the hotel as having reasonable comfortable rooms. What a disappointment to return there!!
The hotel was run down, shabby, the carpet runner on the stairs had large tears which were dangerous if you triped on them. The room was large with that fantastic view of the Temple of Concordia lit up at night. BUT..... the bathroom was tiny, the shower a prefab plastic thing, there was a HOLE about two by two feet at the bottom of one tiled wall which was covered with a piece of cardboard and duct tape. The cardboard did not cover the entire hole all the way and I was afraid that rats or some other vermin were going to come out of it. The sheets were threadbare, the furniture was falling apart and had scuffed tops. It was thoroughly disgusting. At night there were bugs all over the ceiling. Breakfast was the worst we had in Sicily with poor quality meats. To top it off, they claimed their credit card machine was broken and insisted that we pay our $300 bill in cash so we had to cash traveler's checks at a very poor rate at the exchange at the temple ticket window or else drive all the way into town for an ATM. There is no excuse for the degredation of this hotel which definitely has the best views of the ruins possible. The place needs to be blown out and redone completely. Stay somewhere else!!
Stay away from the Villa Athena
If you plan to visit Agrigento, stay anywhere else but at the Villa Athena. We spent one night there in early September 2004 and were extremely disappointed by the place which - weirdly enough - all the guidebooks describe as a "must". Although it is true that the view is beautiful, it is not worth the money. The room we had was shabby, smelly and filthy just as was the rest of the hotel. Moreover, the staff was terribly unfriendly and rude, and did clearly not care at all for the well-being of their customers. An example: in the evening we decided to have a drink in the garden and sat at a table "with a view". The waiter started yelling at us that we should sit somewhere else since this table had allegedly been set for dinner. Not only was this clearly not the case but, moreover, we were the only people sitting in the garden, and all the other tables and chairs were dirty and wet (it had rained earlier). Finally, one might wonder what the garden is for, since the breakfast (very average) is served in an ugly annex by - once again - very unfriendly and rude waiters. Definitely a place to be avoided if you do not want to have your stay in Agrigento spoilt.
Hated the Villa Athena
I have two things to say about the Villa Athena. Firstly, dont stay there on any account and secondly throw away the Michelin Green guide which recommended the dump in the first place. Our room was barely large enough to fit two guys and their baggage. The carpets filthy, scuffed, torn and need of immediate replacement, the same went for the decor. As for breakfast , dont even bother. As for the much vaunted view, yes it is nice but see it on your visit and stay else where.
Enjoyed our stay
Surprised to see reviews citing rude staff. We stayed at the Villa Athena for two nights in April 2003 as part of our honeymoon and our stay was made by the staff! Waiter/Barman Tony was helpful at dinner and then entertained us at the bar in the evenings with stories of Sicily and by teaching us to play Sicilian card games. The night porter was also charming and insisted on arranging illicit breakfast in bed for us on our departure morning.
Although the decor was not particularly special, the view of the temples was outstanding and the pool area was clean (out of season, so no water though!).
Covo is great value
Villa Athena has rested on its laurels for years. The only merit is the magnificent view of temples but you must weigh this against the surly staff, rooms in disrepair and lack of service. Breakfast buffet is not replenished so if you arrive at 8 or 8:30am, there's likely to be nothing left. And the surly dining room staff is not in any hurry to get you anything to eat. It used to be the only game in town, now it's a has been with better choices all around the valley. Stay any place but at Villa Athena...Athena should send a lightning bolt!
Really liked it !
In Agrigento we stayed with our two children (ages 2 and 6) in the Valley of the Temples. We splurged and stayed at Villa Athena and were glad that we did! We had Room 201 with an amazing balcony with a view of Temple Concordia. It's true what everyone says, the location can't be beat and the Valley of the Temples shouldn't be missed when visiting Sicily. The carpet was a bit threadbare - and gardens needed weeding, but we'd pay and stay there again.
Avoid the Athena
Although the Villa Athena is well situated in the
Valle De Templi, I would ask anyone considering a stay at this hotel to book elsewhere.
The beautiful exterior of the hotel and well landscaped grounds cannot makeup for the serious shortcomings of the staff and the sorry state of the rooms and public
Our recent stay (late Sept '02) was characterized by extremely rude front desk staff and ill trained wait staff and housekeeping. Rooms are characterized by
out of date and worn furnishings, lack of adequate lighting, and very poor bedding.
The pool lacked sufficient water and was unclean. Wait staff at breakfast and dinner were rude and very inattentive. Housekeeping did not clean or makeup rooms until mid-afternoon.
Despite these shortcomings, it would have been possible to overlook them had the front desk staff not treated guests with disdain and rudeness. It is also imperative that should you stay, you carefully examine your bill at checkout, as our featured numerous errors.