Keep City Plaza Open. Refugee Hotel Athens

For: Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza
Athens, Greece
Organizer: Friends of City Plaza
of £25,000 goal.
Raised by 291 donors
83% Complete

The Story


City Plaza is a refugee accommodation and solidarity space in the heart of Athens, Greece.


Following the closure of the borders when the EU trapped almost 65,000 refugees in Greece, the Greek government created more than 49 detention centres and camps. City Plaza offers a safe and dignified alternative to these places where the conditions are wretched, unclean and inhumane.

On the 22nd of April 2016 refugees, volunteers and solidarity activists occupied City Plaza Hotel which had been closed for 8 years.

126 rooms on 7 floors. A reception, bar, dining room, kitchen, storage, play ground, health care centre, roof terrace, classroom and library.   

City Plaza is supported exclusively through political solidarity and individual donations.


400 people live together at City Plaza.
The numbers: More than 100 families 165 children, 100 men, 115 women, 35 locals, activists and volunteers.

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine & Pakistan


Self-organisation is at the heart of City Plaza.

The philosophy: We live together. We work together. We struggle together.

The foundations of the day to day running of City Plaza lie in solidarity and collective participation. Refugees, locals, activists and volunteers work together in this way.

Your donation will go towards the essential working groups of City Plaza

- 3 meals a day for all, that’s 1,200 meals a day
Health Care Centre
- Daily appointments with doctors and nurses & coordination with public hospitals, working to resolve refugee-specific health care services
Storage space and distribution of supplies for basic needs
- Everyday the people of City Plaza are given supplies to provide for basic needs (toiletries, washing powder, supplies for babies etc) but supplies are currently low.
Maintenance of the building
- A team of volunteers working for maintenance. City Plaza has not yet had enough funding to provide heating for the building.
Language Classes
- Greek for children, English for adults and children, German for adults and children


However small or big your donation, every little will help. Everyone at City Plaza thanks you for your kindness and support in helping us to continue to live and work together in our home, to continue to live here in peace, togetherness and solidarity.

This campaign is organised by international volunteers who have spent the last months at City Plaza.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 20, 2017


Posted on September 20, 2017

We are delighted that City Plaza was featured in marie claire Australia this summer. Described as a 'hotel of hope' and including some wonderful photographs of residents at City Plaza, refugees and volunteers. A huge thank you to journalist Greg Donahue who put together this piece and presented City Plaza as the dignified accommodation space that it is. It is fantastic to have such exposure and for word of this beacon of hope to be spreading far and wide. Another huge thank you to everyone who has shown their solidarity with and support for this project through donations so far. We have now passed £20,000 are are overwhelmed by the kindness which has been shown.
With love from City Plaza x

Posted on April 18, 2017


Posted on April 18, 2017

We're over halfway to raising our £25,000 goal! What an amazing moment. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and been part of sharing and spreading the word of this essential campaign so far.
Love from Athens x

Posted on March 22, 2017


Posted on March 22, 2017

This is Eleni, doctor at City Plaza Refugee Accommodation & Solidarity Space.
Doctors here work on a voluntary basis to provide basic healthcare for every family, man, woman, child and baby living at City Plaza. Thank you for all your support and solidarity so far which allows us to continue to provide this.

With more donations we can continue to live in security and provide for the basic needs for the 400 refugees living here. City Plaza offers a safe and dignified alternative to the inhumane conditions of the refugee camps and detention centres in Greece. We stand to prove that an alternative is possible! #keepcityplazaopen

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