The increasingly cosmopolitan capital of Croatia mixes old and new architecture, and offers unexpected weekend wonders for travellers who’ve enjoyed places such as Prague and Budapest. As one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, it has become known for its many festivals and famed Christmas market, while lashings of gothic splendour and cobbled streets remind visitors of the past. As for where to stay in Zagreb? These are the best hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
Travellers who love life’s little luxuries will want to check in at the Esplanade. Located in the centre of Zagreb, it’s one of the finest and most famous hotels in the Croatian capital. Built in 1925, its art deco styling continues inside with its plush retro interiors – it’s no surprise that Orient Express passengers stayed here back in the day. With a wealth of facilities including a gym, a spa and three top restaurants, this hotel impresses.
Embassy Row is the epitome of a cosy B&B – think shabby chic interiors with good-quality old furniture and fittings. The garden will charm you, and don’t forget to try the owner’s home-made jams at breakfast in the orangery. History buffs will appreciate the 1922 art deco architecture as well as the interiors – in fact, the whole street is heritage-listed by the Croatian government.
This converted factory in downtown Zagreb is the most awarded hostel in Croatia. Private rooms and shared dorms are on offer, plus there are two studio apartments available. As for the funky facilities, there’s an outdoor pool and terrace, free coffee and regular live music, as well as games nights. It’s an ideal choice for solo travellers and anyone visiting Zagreb on a budget.
Wondering where to stay in Zagreb for a romantic retreat? Couples on a city break will love the cosy, elegant rooms at this boutique hotel. Homely florals and soft lighting make the rooms welcoming. The Modern Art Museum and the river – ideal for an evening stroll – are both close by, while the old town is just a 20-minute walk away. Breakfast is included, with fresh fruit picked in local orchards, prosciutto, cheese and artisan bread.
For those looking for where to stay in Zagreb away from the bustle of the city centre, Vila Tina provides a relaxing stay out in the Zagreb suburbs. There are lots of adventures to be had on the hotel’s doorstep, as it’s handy for the zoo and the city’s fringe mountains. Rooms are simple in design, with neutral tones – choose the deluxe room for a balcony. The signature Vila Tina plate at the restaurant is a favourite, with kulen sausage (a Croatian speciality), local cheese and octopus.
Fresh, modern and dare we say funky, Hilton’s youth-focussed brand Canopy is on par with global competitors such as Moxy, Aloft and CitizenM. This means quirky decor, lively public spaces and young staff, plus extras tailored to the millennial market – in Zagreb, this means bikes you can ride around the city. Dogs are welcome and there’s even a fitness centre for an early morning workout.
This B&B is run by two sisters who named it after their beloved grandma Blanka. Both are architects, and the design of the place will appeal to young travellers. The small white rooms are set off with pops of bright pink or racing green, and a healthy breakfast is included with your stay, served on the outdoor terrace during the summer.
Veganism isn’t a huge thing on the Zagreb hotel scene yet, so plant-based folk will be pleased to hear that the welcoming Guesthouse Noce serves up a vegan breakfast that might even persuade carnivores to give sausages the boot. Intriguing artworks adorn the dining room, and the simple rooms come with free wifi and parking for an easy and accessible stay.
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