Experts choose the best hotels in Zagreb

Discover Zagreb, the cultural hub of Croatia, just steps from each of our Experts’ Choice Award Winners

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is like a gateway between Western and Eastern Europe –– as well as to its stunning coastline dotted with more than 1,200 islands. From its Art Nouveau to Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque architecture, Zagreb is a beautiful city that was once called "Little Vienna" when it was under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Whether strolling along the landscaped parks that make up the Green Horseshoe or indulging in the city's coffee culture, Zagreb is a charming and relaxed weekend escape in Europe. These hotels, reviewed by expert sources, will keep you comfortable while providing a central location to the walkable city.

Built in 1925, the Esplanade is an Art Decor hotel of grandeur. From its lobby beckoning to the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire to the dazzling chandeliers, the hotel exudes Old World charm with modern comforts. The Esplanade was actually once a stop on the Orient Express, which is why the hotel is located near the train station. Guests will enjoy tasteful, comfortable rooms and highly-praised service. Order strukli, a traditional Croatian dish, at the restaurant. It's one of the best spots in Zagreb to try the dish.

Located in the heart of the city, the Westin Zagreb is a five-star Starwood property that is within walking distance of any attraction or destination within the city center. Once known as the Opera Hotel, the Westin is located just across from the beautiful Croatian National Theatre. In addition to plush rooms, the hotel offers access to top-notch business facilities and a gym equipped with a pool, sauna, and indoor cycling room. Take breakfast on the terrace or enjoy a drink at the bar offset from the marble lobby.

Sleek and modern yet comfortable, the Hotel Dubrovnik is located right on the main square, Ban Jelicica Trg. Often filled with business travelers, the Hotel Dubrovnik offers an unparalleled location and the opportunity for equally great people-watching from the hotel's cafe and restaurant. The rooms have been recently renovated, but book the suite for its terrace with an amazing view of the city and cathedral.

Zagreb's oldest hotel dating to 1827, Hotel Jagerhorn is set back from the main street, Ilica, in a tranquil courtyard. The boutique hotel holds 18 charming rooms with nice views. Located just under Lotrscak Tower, there is a staircase that leads from the shop-filled enclave through the hotel's courtyard and up to Strossmayer, a promenade connecting into the green, leafy Kaptol, or Upper Town.

One of the most luxe hotels in Zagreb, Hotel President Pantovcak offers private chefs, butler service, bathrooms with Jacuzzis as well as a private restaurant for hotel guests. A combination of modern design and European antiques, the hotel strikes a harmony between old and new. Relax in spacious rooms with stylish furnishings away from the noise and bustle of the city center. Filled with thoughtful design and original art, both design and art enthusiasts will love this hotel.

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