Hotel Haludovo

Hotel Haludovo

Aerial view of abandoned hotel Haludovo. One particular investor was Bob Guccione, a prominent businessman, owner of Penthouse Magazine and of the soon to be Penthouse Adriatic Club at the Haludovo Palace Hotel. Guccione favored the business climate in Yugoslavia and therefore invested nearly $50 million in developing a new project there. Once completed, the Haludovo Hotel was a center for luxury and relaxation. It was beautifully built using glass and concrete on the island of Krk in Croatia that attracted foreigners and locals alike. Guccione had poured all his resources into this hotel, and affluent businessmen from around the world would travel from far and wide to be a part of it. The architect for the project was Croatian Boris Magaš, an architect whose creations still stand in many places around Croatia. Magaš was a follower of the Brutalist Style of architecture that was used in the construction of the Penthouse Adriatic Club. The hotel was opened on June 15th, 1972. Its guests were now free to choose from the plethora of activities such as bowling or simply relaxing by the pool in the hotel. And so Bob Guccione fulfilled his dream, for tens of kilos of luxury food such as caviar were consumed daily and hundreds of bottles of champagne drunk at the hotel, which hosted high-profile guests including Saddam Hussein. The workers at the hotel began to be self-managed to a certain degree, meaning that the employees were given a chance to participate in the making of important business decisions. www.abandonedspaces.com

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