Fodor's Expert Review Villa Athena
Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, Agrigento, Sicily, 92100, Italy Fodor's Choice
The 18th-century Villa Athena, updated into a sleek, luxurious place to stay, complete with gorgeous manicured gardens and swimming pool, holds a privileged position directly overlooking the Temple of Concordia, a 10-minute walk away—an amazing sight both during the day and when it's lit up at night. Although the hotel's bar and lobby area are on the small side, the whitewashed guest rooms have either pretty blue-tile or polished wood floors, and many feature a balcony or terrace; just make sure to request a room with a temple view, since some overlook the dreary parking lot instead. The amenities are top-notch, too: the well-regarded restaurant serves up a bountiful breakfast buffet, and the spa is a lovely place to unwind after a day hiking around the temples.
- perfect location for the Valle dei Templi, with phenomenal temple views
- good restaurant and spa
- plenty of free parking
- service a bit detached
- lack of information on local attractions