Dilapidated grandeur: a semi-abandoned hotel from a bygone era – Montenegro, Balkans

Following are a number of photos I took at a recently abandoned Yugoslavian – era hotel in Montenegro. The hotel is no longer in operation but there is some indication that it may (unofficially) host some degree of periodic human activity. I can’t be positive when the building was built, but I imagine sometime in the late 60s / early 70s, perhaps earlier. I can’t find any specific information.

Note the circle - pattern and the pecular angled brick detail, consistent throughout the building.
Note the circle – pattern and the peculiar angled brick detail, consistent throughout the building.

In the photos below you will note the building’s unique oval and circular window styles.

Abandoned hotel window, Montenegro

These large oval window (above) and circular windows (below) appear to be a signature architectural feature of this building. These photos were taken from outside the building.

Abandoned hotel, Montenegro, circle window

Side by side circular windows, below.

Abandoned hotel, circle window, Montenegro

Once inside the building, the generally morbid ambiance encouraged me to shoot in black and white.

Abandoned hotel, hallway, Montenegro

The circle theme is repeated throughout the building, most prominently in the lobby ceiling.

Abandoned hotel ceiling, Montenegro

The reception desk was eery… Visa and Diner’s Club International stickers still visible on the glass beneath a thick veneer of dust.

Abandoned hotel, KRALJICINA, recption, montenegro

An old switch-board.

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I’m not sure what this is.

Abandoned hotel, KRALJICINA, switchboard, montenegro

And below, another unidentified electrical contraption lurking in the shadows.

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A shot of the circular windows, this time looking from the inside out.

Abandoned hotel, circle window, montenegro

I encountered this deteriorating mattress carefully placed next to the bar in the lobby.

Abandoned hotel, bed, montenegro

At the other end of the lobby, down a tunnel of circles and half-circles, you will see the top of a spectacular stainless steel chandelier.

Abandoned hotel, windows, montenegro, chandeliers

And below, a close-up detail showing a portion of the chandelier’s perplexing geometry.

Abandoned hotel, montenegro, chandelier

The immensity of this light fixture is hard to communicate in images, but in the photo below one can begin to appreciate its overall girth.

Abandoned hotel, chandelier, window, Montenegro

In another corner of the lobby I encountered a second chandelier, this one longer and narrower, suspended down the middle of a spiral staircase leading to the restaurant.

It’s hard not to imagine the chandelier in is former glory, shiny metal, bulbs illuminated, perhaps a throng of elite Yugoslavian hotel goers descending the stairs for a meal.

Abandoned hotel, chandelier, staircase, montenegro

Looking up, one will observe a large skylight, reminiscent of a sunburst.

Abandoned hotel, skylight, Montenegro

Below, a long, dreary, mold-infested hallway terminating with light pouring through a circular window.

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An unwelcoming staircase, festooned with guano, leading to a locked door.

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Having exited out on to the roof I chanced upon the exterior protuberance of the skylight and more circular motifs embossed in the building facade.

eAbandoned hotel, KRALJICINA, roof, skylight, montenegro

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  1. What an awesomely weird old building. Circles are so organic and they certainly softened the angular appearance of the building. How amazing that it has been abandoned? Well… sort of abandoned 😉

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