Elegance and refinement
Elegance, refinement and Secession architecture
The Pannónia Hotel was built in 1904, near the theatre, in the King Ferdinand I Square , following the design of architect József Guttman. Actually, it was Guttman’s
investment in the hotel business. The construction of the two wings expanded during the years 1903-1904.
The style to which the building can be attributed is eclectic with strong secession prints. The façade facing the Theatre Street is almost identical to the main
façade. The surface of the ground floor is striped, the ground floor windows alternate with panels similar to rectangular blind windows, decorated with curved lines
and floral motifs. The most decorated part of the building is the lateral axis, protruding into a risalit.
The hotel had 60 modern, comfortable, fully furnished rooms, completed with four corridor bathrooms. A huge 400 square meters café and a similar size restaurant
used to be at the ground floor. Both the floor and ground floor rooms had electric lightning and the entire building had central heating.
The restaurant, although spectacularly decorated with vegetal motifs specific to Art 1900, retains the stylistic
elegance to the same extent as the main façade. Rounded lines, flattened shapes and decorative borders made in the spirit of Art 1900 are also present, but
the wide, synthetic, calm and rigorous rhythm of the supporting pillars amplified by monumental mirrors, breathes a unique elegance, consistent with the spirit of
In the interwar period, the name of the hotel became “Palace”, and between 1944 and 1990 it functioned as the “Transilvania” hotel and restaurant.
Hotel Transilvania can be admired from Ferdinand Square. It is a historical monument that is not open to visitors. The building houses spaces for offices, while the restaurant on the ground floor has entered the circuit of private event halls.
The State Theater of Oradea
The Rimanóczy Hotel and Baths
The Poynár House
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