Agrigento's Hotel Villa Athena has rooms with a view of the Temple of Concordia.
Lodging options in Agrigento
There's nothing of note in the town of Agrigento itself, so do yourself a favor and stay in the fabled Valley of the Temples—though if you don't have a car, that might be a bit limiting, so perhaps staying in town would be better for those arriving by public transportation.
Best Agrigento hotels—In the Valley of the Temples
For years, the Villa Athena was the only lodging actually in the Valley of the Temples. A few more have since sprung up, and make excellent alternatives.
★★★ Hotel Villa Athena [€€–€€€€] - Splurge shmulrge, this 18th-century villa would be a steal at any price. It may have the most fantastic location of any hotel in Italy: within the Valley of the Temples archaeological park, directly across an olive grove from the Temple of Concord, whose practically perfect Doric profile is framed by the windows of half the rooms (best from rooms 302–304 or 202–206). If you can tear your eyes off the ancient splendor of your next-door neighbor, you'll see the carpeted rooms are smallish but very comfortable, with genuine beds and mattresses and mild-mannered functional pieces. There are several restaurant and bar spaces set into terraced gardens that look over at Concord, and a green pool at the base for washing off the dust of a day at the temples. Book far in advance for this romance, especially during summer, when even Zeus would have a hard time securing a room. Via dei Templi 9, 92100 Agrigento. tel. 0922-596-288. www.hotelvillaathena.it. (Take Via Petrarca—or bus 1, 2, or 3—following signs into the archaeological zone; it's a private drive off to the left after the museum; ask bus driver to let you off.)
★★ Guest House Villa San Marco [€€] - Budgeteers rejoice! No longer do you have to splurge on the Villa Athena (above) to stay in the Valley of the Temples. This little B&B set amid the almond trees lies just in front of the ridge of Via Sacra, with excellent views across the ruins to the standing columns of the nearby Temple of Heracles. OK, so that's not the poster child Temple of Concord—though you can see that from the property as well. However, since rooms at the Villa Athena start at €99 (and can go up to €189—with suites up to €299), and double rooms here start at just €59 (going up to a high of €90), we can forgive the Villa San Marco being a scosh farther away. The rooms themselves are nice: large, simple, rustic, and a bit rough around the edges but they are country-comfy and come with all the amenities you need (A/C, TV, minibar, free WiFi, etc.). The apartment has a small kitchen. There's a tiny swimming pool as well. This is the real countryside, so don't be surprised if the local roosters wake up before you're ready to. Also: Goats. (And hey: peacocks!) It is a bit tough to find, at the end of an un-named dirt road (basically it's due west of the museum, but you have to make several turns to get to it). Fortunately, the website has a detailed map—but actually book it through Venere.com or Booking.com since the rates online are 10–15% lower. Contrada San Marco, Agrigento. tel. +39-0922-401-829 or +39-347-88-865, www.villasmarco.com.
Hotel Baglio della Luna [€€–€€€] - Four-star hotel of 23 elegant, old-fashioned rooms set amid green gardens on the far side of the Valley of the Temples outside a village near the sea. Noted Il Dehors restaurant. Doubles from €88. Via Serafino Amabile Guastella, Contrada da Maddalusa 150, Agrigento. tel. +39-0922-511-061. www.bagliodellaluna.com.
Colleverde Park Hotel [€€–€€€] - Spacious, modern 50-room hotel overlooking the Valley of the Temples—not quite down in it, like the others above, but closer tothe town and its restaurants and amenities—but still with stunning views over the temples below. Via Panoramica dei Templi, Agrigento. tel. +39-0922-29-555. www.colleverdehotel.it.
Hotels in town
Hotel Exclusive [€€€] - Modern boutique hotel with only seven lovely, designer-style rooms and thoroughly reasonable prices just across the the train station. If nothing else, it is certainly convenient—though things like the excellent service, free WiFi, and nice touches like a free welcome bottle of wine and chocolates on the pillows help it stand out. Probably the best choice for those arriving by public transportation (bus or train). Via Acrone 15, Agrigento.
Piccolo Gellia [€€] - Small hotel in the historic center, just five simple but spacious rooms with A/C, TV, and free WiFi. Friendly, energetic owner Peppino makes you feel at home. Vicolo Gozza 2, Agrigento.
Hotel Concordia [€–€€] - The Concordia is the eternally favorite inexpensive inn of Agrigento. It's family run and it feels like it, with by far the warmest reception in town. And although the cots are lazy-springed and the baths cramped, the modestly sized rooms are kept clean, the modular veneer furnishings nice enough, and the stuccoed walls repainted regularly. There's also a terrific trattoria just downstairs: La Forchetta. Piazza S. Francesco 11, 92100 Agrigento. tel. +39-0922-596-266. www.albergo-concordia.it. ( Take Via Pirandello—left parallel to Via Atenea—which becomes Via S. Francesco; the hotel's about 500 feet down on the left.)
Hotel Bella Napoli [€€] - It's not a bad budget joint, but it’s a far cry from the Concordia (above). The almost cell-like rooms are exceedingly plain, with functional furnishings of various ages and states of disrepair, and ceiling lamps that look like leftovers from the War of the Worlds film set. The tile floors are clean, though, and it's in a quiet part of town at great, pensione prices. However, the cots springs are on their last legs. The phones aren't direct dial, but the bored staff at the front desk will ring you through. Piazza Lena 6, 92100 Agrigento. tel. 0922-20-435. www.hotelbellanapoli.com. (Walk to the far end of Via Atenea, then turn right past the funky Chamber of Commerce and immediately right again to double back up the short, steep street.)
If you can't find space at the hotels above, rooms 32–35 at the Hotel Belvedere [€–€€], Via S. Vito 20 (tel. 0922-20-051), live up to the hotel’s name with vistas over the Valley of Temples. There are no amenities, but it's clean, if a bit down at the heels.
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This article was written by Reid Bramblett and was last updated in August 2012. All information was accurate at the time.
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