I am a very experienced Greek traveler...I have been to Patras at least 15 times and usually stay with my family..I visited this June on my honeymoon and much to my dismay, chose the Astir on the advice of my family....I didn't mind the older, dated appearance of the hotel as I can appreciate the nostalgic effect it brought....The staff were polite to me...EXCEPT for the man who sits behind a long wooden desk and calls himself a manager...after sleeping in a room with no air conditioning for 3 nights (82 degrees at least), and the room with smoke smell and stains, musty carpeting in the halls, I could have left peacefully and without complaint...the 3rd night there was incredible noise, swearing, music and commotion from a bar across the street....couldn't sleep at all in or out of the room...I wanted to switch rooms, with air this time...the nice fella at the desk politely said all the hotel was without AC and I could talk to the manager tomorrow..I did that..I wanted the last night for free as no one slept until 4 am...after saying he would knock off 11.00 from the bill as this is the "norm" for air conditioning failure the police came as I would not pay that night...finally, I got that free night after preferring to be arrested rather that pay for that night....Enough???? Not yet, when we opened our suitcase at our next destination, 2 hand-made tablecloths were stolen from our luggage....the third was still in the bag so we would not detect the theft until later....I am easy to please and not a avid complainer but I felt compelled to let unsuspecting travelers know that the Astir Hotel is unfortunately clinging on to an old reputation that has no relevance to its present state...This is epitomized by the ignorance and callousness of this "manager" who would be dismissed and make room for someone with integrity and character far beyond his macabre state...good luck to all who pass through those doors, sincerely, Angelo :)
Go to the Patras Palace just down the street...do not, not , not stay at the Astir Hotel
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