The hotel at City Centre Athens
Athens Lotus Hotel in Athens Greece - The Building
We have temporarily relocated to Favierou Street number 54 to an old man’s bedsit.
We are open to the public on the middle floor from 5 to 7 in the evening any day of the week.
We are happy to accommodate hustlers, seamstresses, mademoiselles
and ladies of good standing.
The house on Favierou Street quoted in this poem, was the house in which poet Kostas Karyotakis lived in 1916. The poet’s life journey ended in Preveza, one morning in 1928… In 1930, the building permit listed “construction of an inn” on its site, with the cosmopolitan name of “The Louvre”.
Older inhabitants of this special, commercial neighbourhood remember the 1950s-1960s, when the figure of Antonis Samarakis sat on the hotel’s small balcony and wrote:
“A confused clamour came from the background… The city breathed in the night… Life travelled the wide streets… Life, life worth standing up as Cynegeirus baring his teeth and saying I REFUSE to death, saying I REFUSE to refuse life… Life worth standing up and fighting for, to finally make this life less ugly… less oppressive… to make this world a new world… a different world…”
(A. Samarakis – I REFUSE)