Esplanade Zagreb crowned Croatia's best hotel of the year

The 2018 Croatian Tourism Awards, the country’s biggest annual tourism conference, has showered awards upon the capital city of Zagreb. Along with winning Destination of the Year, the city’s shining hotel Esplanade Zagreb swept up accolades. Taking place on the island of Hvar, the ceremony awarded the hotel with wins in two categories – the Best City Hotel and the Hotel of the Year.

Esplanade Zagre Hotel [Image:]
“Esplanade is truly an exceptional hotel and my whole team and I are particularly happy and proud to be part of its spectacular and lavish history,” stated Ivica Max Krizmanic, general manager of the Esplanade, who received the award.
“An institution and icon of the Croatian hotel industry, gastronomy and design, which has attracted guests with its irresistible charm and personality for almost 95 years.”
Croatia’s capital city Zagreb [Image: Time Out]
Until recently, visitors mostly came to Croatia for seaside locales and charming islands. Previously, Zagreb was much regarded as a transit zone, known for its beautiful Franjo Tuđman international airport. Mostly, the city provided a temporary respite as travellers embarked en-route to the coast. However, things are changing. In the past few years, Zagreb has been experiencing incredible growth in tourist numbers. A compelling factor is the increased variety of cultural and outdoor events. Due to Advent, Crossover Festival, outdoor film festivals and screenings and luxury hotels like the Esplanade, tourist season is extended.
Esplanade Zagre Hotel [Image:]
Dating back to 1925, the Esplanade Zagreb was initially a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express. Retaining its period heritage, the hotel showcases carefully-designed rooms heavily influenced by Art Deco styles. After a complete renovation in 2004, the hotel re-opened with a rich blend of 21st century comforts and Art Noveau architecture. The hotel sits in the heart of Zagreb, near popular attractions such as the Art Pavilion and the Archaeological museum. Another nearby attraction is the National Opera House, an Austro-Hungarian building with touches from the Imperial era.
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