Zagreb: Hotels and accommodation
As Zagreb continues to spread its wings as a destination in its own right – rather than a spot to lay-over before the coast – hotel options continue to grow. The problem with Zagreb lodging in the past was the dearth between the couch-surfing and smoking-jacket ends of the spectrum. At the high end, the Sheraton, Westin, splendid Regent Esplanade and new DoubleTree by Hilton reign supreme. A more boutique-ish slant is offered by the Hotel President and Hotel AS – both of which have a lost-in-the-woods feel even though they are right in the heart of the city.
For budget travellers, Zagreb is filling up with the kind of hostels that offer dorm beds and private doubles too – Chillout, Shappy and Taban are worth mentioning, as well as the Art Hostel Like, more of a small design hotel. If you’re staying at least three days, you may want to consider short-term rental through Veribo (www.veribo.hr), an agency with flats in the centre. InZagreb apartments (Remetinečka 13; tel/fax 01 65 23 201, mobile 091 652 3201, www.inzagreb.com) offer similar options. Prices include bedding and towels, plus cleaning and laundry. Discounts for longer stays. And, clicking on the accommodation link on the Zagreb Tourism website (www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr) provides a long list of private home-stay options, which make up with authenticity and price (usually in the €40 range) what they may lack in five-star and turn-down service.