Aleksandar Palas Hotel
The Aleksandar Palas hotel is located in the very heart of Belgrade, at the corner of the streets Kralja Petra I and Cara Lazara. Situated near the hotel is the Kalemegdan Fortress with an extensive park and the city symbol, the statue of the Victor. The main street, Knez Mihailova, is about 80 meters from the hotel as well as the "Saborna" church and the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Many banks, such as the National bank of Serbia are right across the hotel. The access to the freeway is quick, thus communication with the Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport is very simple. Nearby, approximately 1000 meters, are both the Central bus and train stations.
The building that houses Aleksandar Palas Hotel is known as the Crven?anin House, after its original owner — ? prominent Belgrade merchant, and was built in 1887 according to the design of architect Jovan Ilki? in the academistic architectural style. Representing an architectural complex whose central area has been declared a pedestrian zone, the building has been included on the list of cultural monuments in the city of Belgrade.
Aleksandar Palas Hotel opened its doors in April 2004 with a luxury boutique concept. Named after King Aleksandar Obrenovi? and located between Kralja Petra I Street (Kara?or?evi? dynasty), and Cara Lazara Street (technically a Lazarevi? though a direct successor of the Nemanji? dynasty), the five star hotel gave a historical nod to the third Serbian royal house — the Obrenovi?s.
One of the individuals behind the venture was Radosav Komadini?, Užice-born former professional basketball player and KK Budu?nost head coach, who since 2000 owned restaurant Que Pasa located in the same building where the hotel now opened; Que Pasa thus became part of the hotel's offering.<ref name="ekapija-2011">Radosav Komadini?, vlasnik kompanije "Ice Cream Factory" - Kad košarkaš stvara brendove;ekapija, 1 June 2011</ref> Aleksandar Palas Hotel has been declared to be a five star hotel by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Services. Soon afterwards, Kraljevina restaurant opened in the hotel building's basement, expanding its offering.
Months after its grand opening, in January 2005, Aleksandar Palas became part of the Great Hotels of the World alliance. It has since gone off that list.
Komadini? pulled out of the venture in September 2007.<ref name="ekapija-2011"/>
In October 2010, Komadini?, one of the hotel founders, got beaten up in front of his Novi Beograd home by an unknown group of men. In November 2010 the hotel went into bankruptcy and closed. Throughout 2011 and 2012, Živko Vujisi?, another one of the hotel's owners, got into trouble with the law.
Hotel Aleksandar Palas re-opened during spring 2013 with a garni concept and a four star rating. In September 2013, the hotel's Que Pasa restaurant reopened as well.