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Do you think that climbing in such places you are not supposed to be is fun and overly exciting? I do. Slipping or squeezing myself into some abandoned building has been my long time passion, as well as climbing on trees, which not the best activity for a decent girl.

Do you think that climbing in such places you are not supposed to be is fun and overly exciting? I do. Slipping or squeezing myself into some abandoned building has been my long time passion, as well as climbing on trees, which not the best activity for a decent girl.

Well, one of the most amazing places I managed to break in couple of years ago, was long abandoned Palace Hotel in one of the Slovenian coastal touristic towns – Portoros. It immediately caught my eye – mysterious and overwhelming old building, a quite typical for the end of the 19th century. Wonderful historicism – death of traditions.

First time I set my eyes on that beauty, I was told that it used to be a favourite destination for austrian tourists, since the Adriatic Coast was and still is the closest to reach. Palace Hotel used to be the marvel of Portoros, towering over the beautiful garden that reached the shore. Nowadays only a humble part of the previous splendour has survived – savage bushes and trees in front of the building and a small pond – with water lilies and even! fishes in it. The garden was split by the highway that was built along the coast to transport more and more fun-thirsty tourists as the town kept growing bigger. Major construction works that ruined the fine composition of the Palace Hotel were held around 70’s when a large ugly annex with a pool was added to the side of the building. People obviously weren`t thinking those days. The hotel was closed in the beginning of 90s, the time liberating for many countries, as well among the others for Slovenia.

I will never forget the first glance at the rooms in that sad building. On the ground floor one could see the majestic foyer with columns decorated with gilded stucco, vandalized glass chandeliers and gray drapes covering the glass doors leading to the garden. As I continued down the corridor I was led to the gentlemen smoking room with dark wood panels, fireplace and truly retro bar counter from 70s covered with cheap artificial leather.

The rooms on the first and other floors weren`t so impressive as I had expected, though when I once made my way to one of the balconies – it changed my mind totally. The view of the Adriatic Coast was amazing – blue sea and rocky coast in the distance, small private yachts rocking next to one another and palm trees lined along the busy highway. Only thing to pay attention at moment was not to slip in the pigeon po, that was truly everywhere.

At the time of my long visit to Slovenia, the inheritors of the hotel were having a lawsuit. The last time I heard anything about the spot, the case was finished and the fresh owner had started with the preparations for the renovation works. Finally!
If you happen to be once by the coast of Slovenia, drive definitely down to Portoros and have a look what has been done. The site has definitely changed since I visited it, but despite of that, it`s still worth seeing.

written by kadrike

1 comment

  1. spela

    spela

    Haj, it is not Portoroš it is Portorož ;)

    about 6 years ago · report as spam

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