Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb is a true European destination. Rich culture and art scene completed with a unique mixture of modern, Austro-Hungarian and baroque architecture make Zagreb aperfect city-break destination.
Zagreb is packed with restaurants, cafés, museums and events and in recent years it is becoming more and more recognized as a hot spot.
The city has something for everyone, but the one thing that makes it a crown jewel of inland Croatia is the luxury hotels. We will present you with the top Zagreb hotels in a series of articles starting with Esplanade – the architectural gem which this year celebrates the exceptional 90 years of existence.
Long and glorious tradition
This beautiful hotel was founded in year 1925 with an intention of providing accommodation to the passengers of the famous Orient Express. Extremely elegant hotel that combines art deco glamour with every type of contemporary convenience has been recently completely renovated.
It is located in the very heart of the city surrounded with most interesting attractions such as the Cathedral and the Ban Jelacic square. Being the center of social life it hosted some of the most famous politicians, entertainers and artist of our time. The most prestigious Zagreb hotel has proven its reputation time and time again.
The symbol of service and elegance
One of the things that make Esplanade stand out is the imaginative cuisine.
Gastronomical guide Riso Gallo considered Zinfandel’s one of the 101 best restaurants in the world in 2010 and 2011. Unique atmosphere of restaurant Zinfandel’s and Le Bistro arises from the cuisine that is based on excellent local ingredients and flavors from all around the world.
Down town’s gastronomic delight is provided by a young and talented chef Ana. Ana’s creativity comes from abundant experience, perfectionism and knowledge she brushed along with top European chefs. Unique culinary experience is guaranteed. Ana enjoys connecting Zagreb with Mediterranean and continental Europe, occasionally experimenting with molecular cuisine.
She brings distinct freshness and charm to every dish. Her food creations will melt your eyes as well as your palate with unusual flavors and taste.
The inevitable Strukli
All of the courses are completed with carefully selected wines and innovative and breathtaking sweet desserts. Esplanade is best known for the delicacy named Strukli. Traditional specialty that originates from Croatian Zagorje has been a part of Hotel’s menu since 1951. Gourmet Esplanade Strukli imposed by its undeniable quality, manual production technology and a long tradition of making.
All of the dishes are renewed according to the season and the availability of quality and fresh produce, but Strukli hold their honorary place throughout the whole year.
The impeccable accommodation with luxurious marble bathrooms in all 208 rooms and suites, combined with outstanding service and professional staff ensure that all guests feel special attention.
In the spacious bathroom guests are spoiled with L’Occitane cosmetics, overwhelming choice of relaxing baths, comfortable towels, robes and slippers, non-allergenic pillows and blankets from goose down, super fast wireless free Internet access, satellite television and television channels, phones with voice mail, as well as superior service for dogs (VID – ‘Very Important Dog’).
Esplanade Hotel has been awarded numerous awards for service that collected over the years make it the number 1. Zagreb hotel.
The hotel is voted the best luxury city hotel at the award ceremony of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, and has been listed on the world’s list of Top Seller / Top 500 optionally Expedia Insiders’ Select list.
Three years in a row Hotel has won first place in a competition for the best Croatian pastry chefs and bartenders. The awards speak loudly of the dedication and perseverance invested by all of the staff members in order to truly bring a unique luxury experience to all of its visitors.
Hotel Esplanade remains one of the most innovative leaders in the field and will continue to bring extraordinary experience to all its future guests.
Author: Nikolina Dukic