"the Secession masterpiece" Top 5 Page for this destination Pecs Things to Do Tip by picek
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Grand Hotel Palatinus has survived turbulent times after being opened in 1915, yet it is considered as one of the finest Secession buildings in Pecs, rising upon Kiraly street a few steps from Szechenyi square - and though you won't maybe stay here, do take a step inside to view its magnificent lobby. Staff is friendly and allowed me to take few photos. Alternatively take a seat in their restaurant, try some specialities and note beautiful peacock-like decoration at the side wall. This part (a restaurant) is named upon Bela Bartok whom had a concert there in 1923.
The Hotel had been changing hands of few different owners after it was originally build (and sold) by the industrialist family of Hamerli; after WWII it became state property and since the 'business' wasn't that good at those times, it was closed for few years until being rebuilt and re-opened again by late 1980'ies. Now it belongs to Danubius hotel chain.
There is some fine feel when you stay in the building, in front of the monumental staircase and you try to imagine early 20ieth centrury or so, after Hotel just being open - all those fine aristocratic ladies in feathers and wearing gentle, almost transparent silk, like those models from Mucha or Klimt pictures, sipping liquor and a cigarette on a long holder, gents with cigars, many glasses of wine drank and thick smoke in the air... with fine music playing yet most people chat and laugh discreetly (or not), and the atmosphere of seduction.
I guess this kind of thoughts you bear in mind as you enter the Hotel. Immagination helps - it brings the most vivid dreams to a lonely reception halls.
Address: Kiraly utca 5
Directions: centre, near Szechenyi ter
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