It was comforting meeting the blunt talking George, owner of this budget hotel, as I walked in looking for a bed for the night. He was no fun at first as I was scanned by his investigating eyes but I knew that if he let me book a room I would be safe from hassle of any type from any other guest, or hustler cruising the hotel reception of Patras. He had run El Greco for 42 years and knew trouble when it walked in. I inspected the room on the top floor. It was clearly budget, but clean and it passed the ultimate test for me. The towels were clean and intact and the basin and loo-bowl were spotless and white as well. Back in reception, blunt George had inspected my passport and was now a relaxed chatty host. He discovered his son now lived in my country and he even knew my birthplace. Now he gave his recommendations for good places to eat. The bed was firm and I had the first deep and all-night sleep I had had for 6 months and a rare one in any hotel. Was it the lack of traffic noise? or the cool, crisp sheets on a good mattress?
In the morning, manager Ilias was welcoming, informative about the joys of Patras and, best of all, gave me directions to perhaps the only 'traditional' Greek trattoria left in this trendy port-cum University town. The most impressive gesture of a welcoming hotel was that Ilias realised that I had left a hiking stick behind after I left for the bus-station then lept on his scooter and dashed to catch me. And all that from a budget hotel??
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly and convenient, El Greco offers clean, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and easy access to the bus, train station and the port. It is located in the heart of Patras.The budget hotel El Greco offers rooms with private bathroom and hairdryer,tv and freeze. Each is equipped with autonomous heating/air conditioning.The hotel’s strategic location ensures proximity to business and leisure venues. Many cafe and restaurants are found nearby. The University of Patras is approximately 6 km from the hotel. Free limited parking space is available. ... more less
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