You are wondering where to stay in Zagreb during Croatia’s EU presidency? Hopefully, this article will help you plan your stay in Zagreb.
Finding a place to stay during Croatia’s EU presidency in Zagreb might be a challenge. I want to help you as much as I can. I am not considering any price comparison between these hotels. That’s because all of them are priced according to availability. The only comparison is between service and easily accessing Croatia’s EU presidency venue.
Croatia is Presiding the EU for the first part of 2020, during which accommodation in Zagreb will be scarce. That is why I highly recommend starting planing as soon as possible.
TIP: A LITTLE BIT OF PLANNING IN THIS PERIOD WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME, MONEY AND HELP YOU ENJOY ZAGREB IN FULL EXTENT.
The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is hosting most of the EU Presidency events. And that is why we wrote this guide to help you find the perfect hotel with easy access to both the EU Presidency location and the city center. So you can mix a bit of business and pleasure.
EU Presidency will mostly take place in the National University Library Zagreb. Explore this guide, and you will surely find a perfect place to stay during this period because we provide information about nearby hotels.
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National University Library (NSB), home of Croatia’s EU Presidency
Let’s start talking a little bit about the venue. National University Library in Zagreb (NSB) is a highly modern temple of knowledge. As such it seems quite fitting to host the EU Presidency there.
Locally known as NSB, it is currently the most extensive library in Croatia. A perfect heaven for exploring and researching.
But as we are a modern society, inside you can find free WiFi, coffee shop and a restaurant.
Unfortunately, it is not open for the unregistered public. But do not despair, you can get a day pass for 30 HRK or a week pass for 40 HRK to experience what this grand building has to offer.
Located only 10 minutes away from the Zagreb Main Train station makes it easy for you to explore the city centre. Likewise, Zagreb has an extensive network of trams, public busses and cheap taxi, UBER or Bolt service. It is easy to travel and explore.
But, even a quick walk around Zagreb Main Train station will satisfy anyone’s needs. The area around the station is packed with excellent bars, coffee shops, restaurants, museums and of course the beautiful green spaces such as the Zrinjevac Park, the charming King Tomislav Square and the flourishing Botanical Garden.
Formal dinners will be held at locations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mimara Museum, the Preporodna Dvorana in Opatička Street, and the Croatian Music Institute. All of the named spots are a must-see in Zagreb. So even if you’re low on time to experience everything Zagreb has to offer, you will undeniably enjoy these magnificent locations.
Now let start with my selection of the nearby hotels that guarantee comfort and provide free WiFi, breakfast, and some extras as spa, fitness centre and business rooms.
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel – 5 Star Luxury Hotel
Parking 22 EUR/day
This luxury hotel built in 1925 is one of Zagreb’s oldest hotels. With a long and distinguished history of world-class hospitality, it is a favourite amongst Zagreb visitors.
The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is renowned for its highly personalized and impeccable service. From its debut, it has been the centre of Zagreb’s social life since it opened, welcoming presidents, politicians, film stars and musicians.
With a classical structure, it is located close to the main train station and in the city centre. The beautifully and antiquely decorated rooms with marble bathrooms will make you feel like a royal.
For your taste buds, exceptional dining experiences are assured at Zinfandel’s Restaurant and Le Bistro while delectables and cocktails are on offer in the hotel’s welcoming lounge, the Esplanade 1925.
Besides, the Hotel Esplanade also boasts a health club, sauna, and steam room as well as a gift shop, billiards, rooftop terrace, and casino.
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel – Business hotel
Parking 19 EUR/day
Centrally located Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is just a stroll away from Zagreb’s main attractions and very close to public transport.
It’s bright and spacious rooms and suites guarantee your comfort.
Completely renovated in 2015, the hotel is perfect for the business traveller featuring a full spectrum of amenities and services.
Although the hotel has much more to offer, I am pointing out the heated indoor pool, Wellness & Spa centre, fitness facility and a fantastic breakfast. I believe these are one of the most important ones!
The hotel does not provide a shuttle service, but it is well connected with public transport. Because you have to change tram lines, I recommend taking a 10-minute walk to the NSB, or a cheap taxi, UBER or BOLT.
Zagreb is becoming all about food so, enjoy the national cuisine in their Fontana and King Tomislav restaurants and grab a cocktail in the Piano Bar.
The Westin Zagreb Hotel – Business hotel
Parking 19 EUR/day
Located in the city centre, next to the world-famous National Theatre and Opera House it is within easy walking distance to the central square.
The Westin Zagreb is a top-quality, elegantly designed business hotel. They renovated in 2016 with a business traveller needs in mind.
It is a second home for many international dignitaries and everyone looking for impeccable service and lavish accommodation. Its fully-equipped rooms will surely live up to your expectations.
But the Westin is not all about business. Don’t forget to relax in the hotel’s spa zone which includes a heated swimming pool, sauna and relaxation room.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the lovely Kaptol Restaurant, Allegro Terrace, Diana Bar Lounge & Terrace.
I would recommend the Westin cause its location. It is within walking distance to numerous Zagreb attractions and if you need to reach the EU Presidency at the NSB, take a direct tram no 13 in the direction of Žitnjak. Another option is, of course, a cheap taxi, UBER or BOLT.
Hotel International Zagreb – 4-star hotel
Centre 2 km
The International is the closest to the National University Library Zagreb (NSB) and Croatia’s EU presidency.
It is located in the heart of Zagreb business district and offers comfort for any traveller.
As Zagreb is very accessible, International is minutes away from the city’s most famous sightseeing spots.
The hotel offers modernly-equipped and spacious rooms with stunning views.
Indulge yourself in some local and international cuisine in their main restaurant and afterwards unwind in the Terrace Bar and relaxing Lounge Bar.
Also, the hotel offers meeting rooms, a fitness studio and sauna. It’s worth mentioning that this hotel is one of the first green/sustainable hotels in Croatia.
The NSB is just a 5-minute walk, and on the other hand, the city centre is some 10-minutes walking distance.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zagreb – 4-star hotel
Parking 16 EUR/day
Hilton has been expanding across Zagreb and raising the bar on hospitality. DoubleTree by Hilton is no exception.
This award-winning hotel is in the heart of Zagreb’s business district and only two kilometres from the historic city centre.
With its spacious guest room or suites, it is undoubtedly a place to relax and recharge after a busy day. The rooms feature amenities, such as free WiFi, floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views for your comfort and convenience.
It is one of rare Zagreb hotels which offer a range of facilities, including a fitness centre, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam bath.
Likewise, the hotel is a part of the Green Gold Complex, which is starring numerous bars, restaurants and shops.
Regarding Croatia’s EU Presidency the hotel is a five-minute direct tram ride no 3 (direction Ljubljanica) or no 13 (direction Kvaternikov trg) to NSB. Another benefit is the hotel’s paid transfer service to and from Zagreb International Airport.
Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Centre – 4-star hotel
Parking 15 EUR/day
Hotel Canopy by Hilton is one of Zagreb’s latest hotel editions.
It’s the first Canopy hotel in continental Europe and enjoys a convenient location in the city centre. On the one hand, it is within the popular Branimir Centre shopping and entertainment complex.
On the other, you’ll find shops, restaurants, culture and nightlife in every direction.
Like all Canopy hotels, it has chic and sophisticated rooms which are equipped with a wide range of amenities.
Likewise, all rooms showcase local textiles and artwork, include free WiFi, a 49-inch TV, refrigerator, Nespresso® machine, and bed designed exclusively for Canopy.
There is also a restaurant and a bar, an exclusive spa lounge and a casino.
As you have to change tram lines, I recommend taking a 10-minute walk to the NSB, or a cheap taxi, UBER or BOLT.
Book Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb – Radnička – 4-star hotel
Parking 16 EUR/day
Another new addition to Zagreb. Ideally located in Zagreb business district and close to numerous attractions.
This new business hotel has everything you need. All hotel rooms come with complimentary WiFi, coffee/tea maker, HDTV, iron and ironing board.
And as for facilities, enjoy an onsite restaurant and lobby bar, fitness and business centre.
The hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Zagreb Airport and within walking distance from main city attractions.
Why did we include it in our guide? Because the hotel is a five-minute direct tram ride no 3 (direction Ljubljanica) or no 13 (direction Kvaternikov trg) to NSB.
Book Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb
Boutique Hotel 9 – 4-star hotel
Parking 10 EUR/day
This small and luxury boutique hotel offers top quality accommodation.
Inside, the hotel has White, Silver and Golden floors. Each of which offers modern styled rooms with free WiFi, intelligent room lighting and air conditioning system.
In the lobby, you will find the aperitif bar and the illuminated onyx bar where you’ll get to experience the magic of light, glass and marble.
If you get to stay here, be sure to check out their fantastic roof terrace.
The hotel is simply great value and location. Located across the city’s Bus Station, it’s within easy and cheap access to anywhere you want to go.
Want to explore Zagreb, hop on a tram no 6, and you’re there in 10 minutes.
Need to get to NSB and Croatia’s EU Presidency, get on a tram no 5, and you’re there also in 10 minutes.
Need to get to and from the Airport, use Zagreb Airport Shuttle Service which goes to and from Zagreb Bus Station.
Hotel Orient Express – 3-star hotel
The Orient Express is located at the very heart of Zagreb right.
In the immediate vicinity to Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, and only 100 m from National University Library (NSB) and Croatia’s EU Presidency.
Don’t let the three stars divert you from this cute hotel. Its recent renovation brought the old charm back and its positioned very close to historical monuments, galleries and parks.
Each stylish room has free WiFi and breakfast. Don’t expect luxury, but rather a quality service. As such, enjoy drinks at the café or try national cuisine at Orient Express restaurant and summer terrace.
This hotel is all about convenience and location. Very close to wherever you want to go.
Book Hotel Orient Express
Hotel Central – 3-star hotel
Parking 12 EUR/day
The name says it all. Its located in the very centre, opposite the main railway station. Perfect for working during the day and exploring Zagreb once you’re free.
All of the Zagreb’s top attractions, such as the Cathedral, the Stone Gate, and the Grički Cannon are within walking distance.
If you decide to explore, as you walk you’ll pass by the Art Pavilion on King Tomislav Square and Zrinjevac Park. Stop to see if there’s an exhibition or a local festival in the parks.
Hotel Central is comfortable and has well-equipped rooms, all of which have free WiFi.
Enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast served in the delightful dining room, and do not hesitate to enjoy yourself in their Aperitif Bar.
If you can I recommend taking a 10-minute walk to the NSB, otherwise take a cheap taxi, UBER or BOLT.
Useful information and Frequently Asked Questions about accommodation in Zagreb
Typically no, all Zagreb hotels include VAT, WiFi and breakfast in the room rate. The only extra you might pay is the City Tax, usually around 10 HRK per person per day.
Most hotels will accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners (Discover) Cards.
Zagreb has 230 volts, AC of 50 Hertz.
Electric appliances use continental-style two-pin plugs or Europlug. If needed, you can borrow a power converters at the hotels. Unfortunately, electrical supply stores do not usually sell adapters.
Zagreb tap water is of excellent quality. You can drink tap water from anywhere as long as nothing else is stated.
Bottled water can be bought in supermarkets, newsstands, gas stations and delis.
The currency in Zagreb, Croatia, is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). You can exchange most currencies at the hotel or nearby banks and exchange offices.
In most hotels, smoking is not allowed. However, some hotels offer a small number of smoking rooms which are available upon request.
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