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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Built in 1925 as a stopover for Orient Express passengers journeying between Paris and Constantinople, this glamorous Art Deco style hotel has attracted a star-studded clientele throughout its history. Nowadays, the vibe here is still one of luxury, with the property’s grand façade concealing an elegant lobby with vaulted ceilings, magnificent chandeliers, and a marble staircase that sets the scene for the design that follows.

Referencing the building’s illustrious past, the 208 sophisticated and spacious rooms feature classic decor, lavish fabrics, original furniture, historic photographs, floral wallpaper, carpeted flooring, and soothing hues of beige, cream, and violet. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, minibars, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, comfortable beds with goose down pillows, and marble bathrooms with underfloor heating and walk-in showers.

Elsewhere, you’ll find an acclaimed restaurant for traditional Croatian dishes paired with fine regional wines, a smaller bistro for casual fare, and an inviting cocktail bar with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s also a health club with a large fitness area, a spa with a sauna, and a helpful concierge team who can advise on nearby attractions, including the parks and gardens surrounding the hotel.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Available in varying categories, the 208 sophisticated and spacious rooms have classic decor, lavish fabrics, original furniture, historic photographs, floral wallpaper, and beige, cream, and violet hues. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, minibars, air conditioning, beds with goose down pillows, complimentary Wi-Fi, and marble bathrooms with underfloor heating, walk-in showers, and toiletries.

The larger Junior Deluxe and Deluxe suites offer more upgraded room amenities, with the latter offering a separate bedroom and living room.

Location

Located next to Zagreb’s train station and Tomislava Square, you’ll be ideally positioned to explore the city’s museums, shops, restaurants, cafes, and 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian buildings. The Botanical Gardens, Croatian National Theatre, and Mimara Museum are all within a five-minute walk from the hotel while the historic Upper Town takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach on foot.

Food and drink

Overseen by acclaimed Chef Ana Grgic, the hotel offers several dining options. Head to Zinfandel’s for traditional Croatian dishes paired with fine regional wines or try the more casual Le Bistro for an ever-changing menu or small dishes, cakes, and pastries. The glamorous bar, Esplanade 1925, has indoor and outdoor seating and makes the ideal spot for evening cocktails.

Facilities and activities

The hotel has an on-site health club with a large fitness area. Personal training is available on request. There’s also a spa with a sauna and a selection of massages, facials, and body treatments for an extra charge. Outside the hotel, you’ll find a number of paths for running, jogging, or cycling.

Accessibility

The hotel has an elevator and offers accessible rooms. All rooms feature walk-in showers.

Our opinion

We love this glamorous hotel in Croatia’s north-western capital of Zagreb for its high level of service, interesting history, and lashings of Art Deco charm. It’s easily the most luxurious place to stay in the city.

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