Esplanade Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

At a Glance

  • Built in 1925 as a stopping point for the Orient Express, this hotel is packed with history

  • Original features in the lobby and the exterior transport guests back in time

  • Located at the heart of the city, surrounded by impressive Austro-Hungarian architecture

  • The elegant Zinfandel's Restaurant serves contemporary cuisine with a Croatian twist

  • Oleander's Terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink in the summer months and watch the world go by

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The warmest months of the year are July and August, during which time the daytime high temperatures will hover around the low 30°C's. The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, during which time the daytime highs will be around 12°C. The rainiest months of the year are generally November and December, with the summer months being fairly dry.

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Insider's View

Look out for the original Art Deco features in the hotel's beautiful lobby.

Stroll through the hallways to have a look at the pictures from the early years in the hotel when it was a highlight stop on the Orient express halfway between Istanbul and Paris.

Don’t miss the signature cocktails in the lobby bar.

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Located in Zagreb's historic centre and dating back to 1925, Esplanade Zagreb is an icon of the city's past. With original features and Art Deco touches in the rooms, Esplanade Zagreb offers a sense of old world glamour at the heart of the city.

Dating back to the 1920s, Esplanade Zagreb is a historic hotel at the centre of the city. Originally built to welcome guests travelling between Paris and Istanbul on the Orient Express, Esplanade Zagreb still proudly displays many of the hotel’s original features. With such a glamorous history, the Esplanade Zagreb has long been the hotel of choice in the city for countless famous names, from Hollywood celebrities to Royal families.

The 208 rooms at Esplanade Zagreb are designed in a classic style, with Art Deco touches to transport guests back to the glamour of 1925. Many of the spacious rooms offer lovely views across the picturesque architecture and charming parks of the city, and the décor is in-keeping with the elegant façade of the building.

Dining at Esplanade Zagreb takes place in Zinfandel’s Restaurant, where seasonal ingredients are combined with a creative take on traditional Croatian cuisine to provide a unique fine-dining experience. Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the hotel’s bar, Esplanade 1925, home to a delicious selection of Orient Express-inspired cocktails.

Thanks to its fantastic location, the Esplanade Zagreb is within easy walking distance of many of the city’s key sights. It is just a 10-minute walk to Zagreb’s main square and the Old Town, where there are many picturesque winding streets to explore. After a day discovering the best of Zagreb, guests can return to the Esplanade Zagreb’s health club to relax in the sauna or enjoy a revitalising spa treatment.

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The 208 rooms and suites at Esplanade Zagreb are each designed in a classic, elegant style, reminiscent of the hotel's origins as a stopping point for the Orient Express. Many of the rooms overlook Zagreb's picturesque streets and parks, and windows have been soundproofed to keep out the noise of the city. Each room has a spacious marble bathroom and amenities by L'Occitane, and many of the rooms have both walk-in showers and stand-alone bathtubs.


Children are welcome at the Esplanade Zagreb and there are interconnecting room options suitable for families, however there are no other specific childcare facilities.


Zinfandel's Restaurant at the Esplanade Zagreb is known throughout the city for its fine-dining cuisine. Local ingredients are combined with contemporary techniques to create modern Croatian dishes. In the adjacent Esplanade 1925 bar, delicious cocktails take their inspiration from the Orient Express and the golden era of the 1920s.


Thanks to Esplanade Zagreb's central location, the key sights of the city are within walking distance. Zagreb's Old Town is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and guests can easily explore the city's winding 13th-century streets and admire the picturesque architecture.



Gwen Nicol (Staff)

Esplanade Zagreb feels like a mixture between a city business hotel and an old world grand dame. Built in 1925, this hotel was a popular stop for those traveling from Istanbul to Paris on the orient express. The hotel is next door to the train station and just a 5 minute walk to the centre of town. Esplanade hotel retains many of the original features on the exterior and the interior of this historic building. The lobby is stunning and feels like you are stepping into a 1920s movie. The hotel has one restaurant and one bar, both elegant in their dcor and they offer an outdoor terrace for the sunny summer days. The hotel has 208 rooms and many interconnecting options. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The service was attentive and friendly and this hotel is the place to stay during your time in Zagreb.


Robyn Ewart (Staff)

Esplanade Zagreb is a city hotel with a difference - packed with history, this hotel was built in the 1920s and still boasts a selection of original features alongside a touch of Art Deco glamour. The bedrooms at Esplanade Zagreb are spacious and comfortable, and many offer views across the city and its elegant parks. The Zinfandel Restaurant has a great reputation in Zagreb and its outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by during the summer months.


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Location & directions

Zagreb, Croatia

Esplanade Zagreb is located in the heart of Zagreb, within easy walking distance of the city's main sights.

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