The unique building of the 105 years old Palatinus Grand Hotel can be found in the famous esplanade of the Mediterranean city, in Király utca.
The idea of the hotel mellowed by age is associated with HAMERLI Imre, the member of the famous glove manufacturer dynasty of Pécs, who, despite the destruction of World War I, started to build a grand, modern hotel and inn designed by PILCH Andor in place of the building in Király utca. It previously served as the residential place and workshop of the family and was demolished in 1913.
The construction of the Art Nouveau, 3-story hotel with 70 rooms was completed in 1915 and was given the name of Pannónia Grand Hotel. Within a short period of time it became the most prestigious and most popular place in Pécs. It provided guests with an amazing ballroom, a cafe of high standard and a special restaurant.
The popularity of the hotel is well-marked by the fact that the famous Hungarian composer, Bartók Béla, also gave a concert in the great hall of the hotel that bears the name of the composer today.
After the economic crisis caused by the war Hamerli first rented out the building, and then the Pannónia Grand Hotel became the property of Dunántúli Bank Rt. (Trans-Danubian Bank Plc) in 1924.
It was named Hotel Palatinus in 1975. It was named Hotel Palatinus in 1975. From 1976 it had been under renovation for 13 years, carried out in cooperation with interior designers BALIGA Kornél and UHERKOVICH Ágnes. Since 1988 the hotel has been welcoming the visitors of the town in a new form but with an authentic atmosphere which was experienced by the members of the Habsburg dynasty, Jose Carreras and Plácido Domingo, among others.
The hotel was operating as part of the Danubius Hotels Group for decades under the name of Hotel Palatinus City Center, while in 2020, it became the property of an owner from Pécs once again.