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V, British Columbia
August 18, 2005
Visiting Mycenae, Corinth and other sites is doable in a day, but be prepared for lots of highway (some what stressful) driving.
All the little villages that you can explore.
Kitchen in the room.
If you like gambling, this place is for you (casino on site).
Finding the hotel is quite easy, as there are lots of signs along the road. You end up turning off the highway on the East side of Patra, so you don’t have to pass through the city when you arrive. The resort is located right on the water and has a nice view of the bay and the bridge to Antirio. Staff was fairly friendly and we had no problems checking in. However upon arriving we were looking forward to doing some laundry since we had been told that laundry facilities were on-site (from the printout we received from RCI to confirm our reservations and on the RCI resort description). Unfortunately it turns out that there were no on-site laundry facilities. They could send our clothes out, but only for an extremely high price.
Our room was located in the main hotel section of the resort. We didn’t face the water (I’ve heard rumors that RCI reservations don’t usually get water views). The view was of the parking lot and the outlying mountains south of Patra. We had a nice deck with a table and chairs. The fact that we were over the parking lot was only frustrating in the evening. Since the resort has a casino and is frequented by many people (lots of locals), and it can get noisy with the talking and constant coming and going of cars.
After settling in, we decided to have a look around the resort. The beach was small and rocky, the pools weren’t open (too early in the year), the casino cost 12€ per person (just to walk through and have a look) and the restaurant looked nice (we only ate breakfast here once - 15€ per person for buffet) and had a great view of the water. Our room was clean, had a mini fridge and a two element stove. Heat in the room was the only option, as the air conditioning hadn’t been turned on yet (too early in the season).
We headed out to explore and get some food. Driving in Patra is an experience. Be prepared to be aggressive and to drive down narrow streets with cars parked everywhere. We found a grocery store on the main road into town (not far from the resort) where we picked up a lot of supplies for breakfast and dinners through the week. Make sure that you buy some dishwashing soap, a dish cloth and a cloth for drying dishes would also be handy. The resort does not supply these items in the mini kitchen (kind of hard to clean up with out them).
It's unlikely that I would chose to stay at this resort again, unless it was the only place available for me to stay in Greece.
From journal Our week in Greece
Albert Lea, Minnesota
October 9, 2004
The room was equivalent to a Budget 8 with a hallway kitchen and rock hard beds (I think all Greece believes in stone slab mattresses).
We arrived after 3 on Saturday, completed the check-in and were told that stores would be closed until Monday. So were unable to get food, went to their restaurant and had a modest meal to the tune of $50 Euro and lunch on Sunday at $25.
It costs $15 Euro to get into the Casino. So we spent very little time there, but explored all the other towns and mountains.
Be prepared for lots of up/down driving through mountains and valleys-watch out for the goats, sheep, and crazy Greek drivers. The Greek people are marvelous, the food is wonderful, and the culture terrific. We loved the country, but the resort was not what we had anticipated.
From journal Greek to us
by been there-again-again
June 29, 2002
All rooms have internet access, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, inroom safe, satellite TV and very luxurious and spacious bathrooms. Many rooms have large sitting areas. It is all so charming and peaceful. The staff are very friendly and most of them speak English, German, Russian and of course Lithuanian.
The hotel is within walking distance of most of the attractions of the old town.
Weekend packages are offered. Check out their website here.
From journal Vilnius for a weekend getaway