Over the past two years, this was my fourth stay at the Esplanade hotel in Zagreb. Value for money, this five-star luxury hotel is certainly unbeatable in Croatia and probably in the top five in all of Europe. The hotel is wonderfully located close to the main train station of Zagreb and within easy walking distance of the center of town. It is a classic old-school kind of luxury hotel. The service offered by the staff here is first-class, second to no other hotel in all of Croatia. The Esplanade hotel can be considered as one of the main tourist attractions of Zagreb and, in itself, is a reason to visit the city of Zagreb. Many of the staff members have been there for several years and the on-the-job training as well as the hotel traditions with regards to service have been maintained at the highest levels. The rooms are generally large. Some of the deluxe suites, this time I was in room number 207,have balconies. The building itself dates back to the 1920's as it was purpose built as a stop-off for passengers on the famous Orient Express train. Of course, as is often the case with such old buildings, constant renovation is necessary. My one negative comment is that one notices that it is time for a major overhaul of things. Wear and tear is showing, for example, the carpet floorings in the rooms are in need of renewal. The plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and everything else is still in good running order but the owners/managers need to start thinking about a complete overhaul. My final comment is about the hotel restaurants, the breakfast buffet and à la carte breakfast menu is splendid, dinners in the restaurant, or the less formal bistro, are arguably the best to be had in Zagreb. Strukli, a Croatian speciality cheese dish, is a definite MUST. Not only is the food excellent, the service (greetings to maitre d' Zoran!) is spot on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Esplanade Zagreb Hotel built in 1925 for the passengers of the old Orient Express and completely renovated in 2004, features 208 spacious and lavishly furnished rooms and suites. Our Zagreb hotel rooms and suites feature luxurious and convenient amenities such as marble bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes and free super fast Internet access. Esplanade Zagreb accommodations provide the best of both luxury and convenience and are ideal for busy travelers and those seeking rest and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regent Esplanade, Zagreb Hotel Zagreb
- Regent Zagreb
- Zagreb Regent