We spent one night in the Astir while waiting the departure of the ferry boat to Italy. Arriving in Patras at 9 in the evening we stopped at the first hotel we saw, the Patras Palace, but this did not accept pets in the room, so I drove a little bit further and went into the good old Astir. I call it this because I've stayed there more than once, starting way back in 1975. The lady at the Reception was very nice and said there was no problem with our dog so long as it didn't make noise. Our little dog has been traveling with us for all of his twelve plus years and has never caused us any problems in hotels so with this assurance, we were given a room on the fourth floor (405) overlooking the harbour. The room rate was €108 a night plus €8 for parking our car in the hotel garage (very worthwhile).
The Astir was once the premier hotel of Patras but it has always given me the impression of being dark. Coupled with this is the all too-evident damage it sustained from the last earthquake a few years ago. It seriously needs a good face-lifting and repair. Aside from this, it's still rated as a four star. Our room turned out to be very comfortable with two twin beds and more than adequate furnishings. We loved the comfortable beds and the new and perfumy fresh sheets and bath linens which overcame the negative aspects of the cracks in the walls, splintered door, etc. There were extra pillows and a stocked mini-bar as well. The bathroom was more than adequate but rather dark. It even had a bidet. From the balcony I enjoyed watching groups of illegal aliens constantly climbing over the harbour fence and trying to find space in or under the truck trailers waiting to be pulled on board the boats to Italy. The police would arrive and chase them off but fifteen or twenty minutes later they'd be back trying it again.
Back to the hotel, we had dinner in the hotel restaurant which was just off the entry hall (the roof garden restaurant was already closed for the season). Perhaps because it was late we were the only customers. The waitress was both friendly and professional, but the food was only so-so. The next morning we also had breakfast there (included in the room rate) and this was quite good, varied with eggs, bacon, sausages, cakes, sweets, cold cuts, etc. The same waitress brought us espressos which we enjoyed, much better than the standard Nescafe one usually finds in Greek hotel restaurants.
Since our boat was not scheduled to depart until 6 p.m. we were allowed to retain our room until 5 (paying an extra €30). This way we could leave our dog in the room and walk a block to one of the outside cafes for a light lunch. Patras by the way has a nice pedestrianized area with lively cafes, bars and restaurants all filled with younger customers. The downtown shops and stores were all open and doing a brisk business with local shoppers. I've never been inpressed with Patras before but this time it was great.
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