Step through the doors of the most distinctive hotel in town (located in a former distillery), and the workday town seems far away: modernist furniture by Greek artists fills the soothing public rooms, and dramatic fabrics and wallpapers add flair to the handsome, well-equipped guest rooms. This is the place for a splurge when you're shipwrecked for a night in Patras:
Dec 28, 2006
The problem with boutique hotels is that they must be kept pristine and up-to-date to maintain the level of "chic" and "cool" that Primarolia is attempting. Unfortunately, the fixtures and fittings are showing quite a bit of wear and tear and roughness at the edges. The shower in the Map Suite was truly disgusting, edged with foul-smelling black mildew. The bath fixtures were not convenient and very flimsy, some broken. Not enough towels, and a bit
threadbare. Bed far too low and room furniture was nice but not particularly comfortable or convenient. A bit too pricey in consideration of all this. When politely trying to convey the bathroom mildew problem, the ironic attitude of the fat woman at reception (presumably a member of the family?!?) was completely uncalled for and quite insulting. The other receptionist (a slim, chic woman) was very kind, polite and helpful throughout our stay and conveyed the "coolness" of the art-hotel concept... regrettably her colleague, the ogre-woman, completely spoiled it.