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.)
Hotels in town
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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