Hotel Villa Athena
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... after lunch time on Sunday, but I managed to find a pastry shop that was just closing, they made up a mix of mini cakes for me, allowing me a couple of freebies to try out, then gave me a discount in the end too. I then found a take away, also closing, who could only offer me a whole cooked chicken!! So they threw in a tray of mixed potato based products too... Very friendly people... It meant I also had plenty for dinner too, and on Monday morning I found a small supermarket where ...
... br> Had lunch at 'Mandranova' - a vineyard about a half hour drive from the valley of the Temples. Here we learned how they make their olive oil and partook of an olive oil tasting. This was proceeded by a delicious lunch at the vineyard. Mandranova is I'm a delightful setting and has lots of little nooks of seating to just relax. It also provides accommodation and would be a lovely place to stay for a few days that would force you to relax. I don't know how ...
... from the hotel, I realised that much of the haze I have been seeing hanging around the top of the mountain is smoke coming from the main crater on the northern slop. It is the northern slop that is seen from the hotel.
I asked Gilberto for the name of the biscuits Jill and I took such a liking to yesterday - the aim being to download the recipe from the internet. Gilberto and Marco (bus driver) only knew them as 'biscotti' (biscuits), so ...
The morning started with us separating our washing into delicates and others, Donna Franca helped with the finer details of her washing machine.
We had overshot the valley by some 7 miles so cycled back to the archaeological site which is vast and was home to some 200,000 inhabitants. I will let my learned friend fill you in on the 10 temples and other historic aspects of the site.
... that discretion was the better part of valour and retreated before we were detained by the Carabinieri for breaking and entering. There followed a brief, Rob Bryden inspired, excursion onto a motorway slipway where I am sorry to report that discretion won out again but otherwise the journey to Selinunte was peaceful and uneventful.
Selinunte had the distinction of being sacked by the Carthaginians in 409BC and never really recovering, which makes it very exciting ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
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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.
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!!
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.