In 2004 the Hotel City Plaza opened its 400+ guest capacity over
7 floors to Olympic spectators and tourists in an apparently thriving
Greek capital. As the Euro Crisis bloomed and the surrounding area
of Victoria nutured its synonymy for neglect, abuse, poverty and
crime, the hotel is rumoured to have fallen into difficulties;
acquainting itself with sex-work before finally filing for bankruptcy.
In 2010 the building was abandoned and the owner accused
of failing to correctly pay hotel staff. For the following 6 years
the Hotel City Plaza sat exactly as it was, fully functioning yet unused,
at the very heart of the Greek capital and the centre of a European
Union; a union falling into escalating difficulties and disputes
over economic policy, foreign policy and migration.