The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel With an Amazing Orient Express History

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  • Zagreb

  • Croatia

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The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel With an Amazing Orient Express History
Curator’s statement

The historic luxury hotel and its Michelin star restaurant goes back to the magical Orient Express days as it was built in 1925 near the stately train station, and it has a story to tell.

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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Dating back to 1925, this hotel property in Croatia has beautifully designed rooms blended with the delicate combination of Art Deco heritage and contemporary touches.

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My husband an I explored Zagreb recently as part of an independent extended trip to the Faroe Islands, France, Italy Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. We chose the Esplanade hotel, which we loved! Very impressive.

It was a worthwhile splurge— a reasonable amount of money spent for what you get.

The Orient Express route was Paris Venice and Istanbul with a stop in Zagreb

It was taken over by the Nazis in WW2 and rebuilt after the war to its original architectural splendor.

This iconic hotel reminds me of the Colonial era hotels we have visited around the world...The Norfolk hotel in Nairobi, the Raffles in Singapore, the Foreign Correspondence club in Phnom Penh, Amangalla Hotel in Galle, Mount Nelson Hotel in Capetown. There is something really special and hugely romantic about these and other hotels from this era. I really love traveling, absorbing not only the different cultures but the fascinating history of each country.

The location is wonderful, a short walk away from the old town, cafes, museums, parks, shopping, etc

We were given a bottle of wine as a VIP perk as well as upgraded to a lovely suite.

The room and bathroom is lovely, upscale, smartly decorated, with a comfortable bed, fabulous in every way with a loveseat and desk

Breakfast was beyond amazing!

Staff give 5-star service … and are friendly and accommodating.

The whole experience was enchanting, especially given the rich history and stately architecture.

Inside view of the hotel

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Highly recommended for a memorable stay in historical and culture rich Zagreb!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Croatia. In need of further inspiration? Check out Diamond Durant’s guide, Guide to Zagreb, Croatia.

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