- Eleanor Cunningham
The city of Zagreb is made up of three main sections, and the Gornji Grad (Upper Town) is the medieval core, which occupies a steep hill directly above Trg Bana, Josipa Jelacica and Ilica. These areas make up the key shopping avenue, which runs West off the square. Donji Grad (Lower Town) is a flat and elegant area and was largely created in the late 19th century, spanning between Ilica and the River Sava. Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb), meanwhile, is a grey zone of Cold War housing but has recently been praised for its efficient road network and abundance of parks.
This unique bed and breakfast boutique is the first of its kind in Zagreb. There are four rooms to choose from, each with a theme depicting a different time period in the city. The Writers room, Crafts room, Granny’s room and the Music room all have their own routes for a city tour provided during the stay. Located in the old town, it is just ten minutes walking distance from the Ban Josip Jelačić main city square. Studio Kairos also offer bicycles to rent and can accommodate up to 12 people.
InZagreb offers ten apartments to rent in Zagreb, which are all wonderfully unique. This is a family run business by husband and wife Ivana and Ksandro. Guests are welcomed with a small welcome package on arrival that consists of a Zagreb map, weather forecast, In Your Pocket monthly city guide, brochures on Croatia, and tips for restaurants and shops. Ivana is also a licensed tourist guide for Zagreb so she will be happy to provide information on current events and places of interest.
The Palace Hotel Zagreb
The Palace Hotel was the first hotel to open in Zagreb in 1907. It is housed in the Schlessinger Palace next to the old city park and is only a 5-minute walk from the historic centre and main square. The building was constructed in the Secession style in 1891 and overlooks what is today the J. J. Strossmayer Square. Frequent guests are both Croatian and world-renowned academics, artists and musicians, an artistic note to this art deco designed hotel.
President Pantovack features rooms with carefully selected pieces of antique furniture and works of art by renowned artists. Unlike the popular art deco architecture found in the majority of hotels in Zagreb, this particular hotel has been carefully designed in contemporary style. Its large floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the park, and all rooms are oriented towards the garden. Rooms either have a large terrace or a private garden, while the glass walls can be completely opened to let in both sunlight and breeze.
The Esplanade hotel is an architectural delight with a rich history. It first opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express and has accommodated many A-list film stars, politicians, singers and artists. The hotel has also won many awards including the Best City Hotel in the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
ARCOTEL Allegra Zagreb
The ARCOTEL Allegra Zagreb is a design-focused, lifestyle hotel operated by the Austrian ARCOTEL hotel group. Housed in the newly constructed Branimir Centre, in addition to being surrounded by shops, Tomislav Square, Mestrovic Pavilion, Art Pavilion and Strossmayerov Square are all within a 15 minutes walk. Other points of interest include the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, Modern Gallery and Zrinjevac. The hotel is also conveniently close to the bus and railway stations and is pet-friendly.
Hotel AS is located on the green belt of the city center and is home to the award-winning restaurant of the same name. This boutique offers a beautiful garden where one can enjoy local dishes from the restaurant which the hotel boasts as being the best seafood restaurant of the Croatian metropolis. The rooms are extremely spacious and art deco in style.
Hotel Jarun is a newly opened boutique hotel, both stylish and modern in design. Located near the Jarun Lake, in a beautiful and quite neighborhood, the hotel is just out of town, only a 15-minute tram ride to the city centre. Each of the rooms contain distinctive details of the city of Zagreb and the Jarun Lake.
This new hotel is part of the family-run Antunović TA chain. The Antunović four-star hotel offers guests free access of the hotel swimming pool with counter current swimming, whirlpool and gym, and also features a terrace with an outstanding view, a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, and a steam bath. The hotel is popular with famous guests including politicians, artists and musicians.
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
Sheraton Zagreb is a five-star luxury boutique hotel offering everything from traditional medicine treatments in the hotel spa, to private dining in the hotel restaurant. The reception is conveniently open 24 hours a day and the hotel also organises unique events within the hotel and around the city centre. The rooms and suites are spacious and there are four restaurants and bars to choose from. Sheraton Zagreb is located in the centre of Zagreb, situated only 15 minutes from the Josip Jelačić Square.