A landmark in downtown Zagreb since 1925, the Deluxe Esplanade Zagreb
is located in Zagreb’s fashionable Donji Grad or Lower Town. The hotel is set among elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings and near the Botanical Gardens. Offering impeccable service, the hotel was a destination for celebrity passengers traveling on the famous Orient Express
during the 1920s and 1930s. On-site amenities today include a casino, health club and spa, concierge services, currency exchange, gift shop, laundry and dry-cleaning services, and broadband Internet access. The hotel’s Zinfandel’s Restaurant serves international cuisine; Le Bistro offers French and regional light meals; and the Esplanade 125 lounge serves light snacks, afternoon tea, and cocktails. Each of the elegantly appointed guest rooms offers a private bathroom, air-conditioning, iron and ironing board, minibar, in-room safe, cable / satellite TV, VCR / DVD, and broadband Internet access.
Hotel Sveti Jakov
A former villa, built in 1886 and located in a charming park, the Hotel Sveti Jakov
was renovated at the end of the 2016 season, maintaining the elegance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but modernizing throughout. It enjoys an excellent location close to the highlights of the city, including St. James's Church, Slatina Beach, and the famous Maiden with the Seagull
statue. Classic touches in the 26 rooms — such as parquet floors and antique furniture — blend superbly with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, and a minibar. The revitalized menu and dining experience, featuring delightful Mediterranean cuisine and international dishes, have helped make this Opatija’s new hot spot. Guests have access to the indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, and luxurious spa treatments next door at the Royal Spa Wellness in the Hotel Sveti Jakov
’s sister hotel, Hotel Milenij
. Personally inspected and contracted by Vantage’s Regional Manager in Croatia, the Hotel Sveti Jakov
provides guests with a “personal villa experience.” Note that this boutique hotel has not been rated by Hotel & Travel Index, as is often the case with smaller hotels.
Grand Hotel Toplice
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Situated on the shore of spectacular Lake Bled, the Superior First-Class Grand Hotel Toplice,
a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, is a classic European spa hotel from the late 1800s (toplice
means “spa” in Slovenian). It has been recently restored to its earlier grandeur, with up-to-date amenities. All guest rooms have a balcony, direct-dial telephone, cable TV, and private bathroom. Hotel features include several excellent restaurants, an elegant American-style bar and lounge, and a natural, thermal-spring indoor pool surrounded by columns. Other spa features include sauna, massage, solarium, and gym.
Located in the heart of Budva’s city center, the 4-star-plus Hotel Budva
is situated on the city’s main promenade, in immediate vicinity to the Old Town and marina. It features an on-site restaurant, bar and fitness center. All guest rooms have a guaranteed sea view and are equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, phone, and individual bathrooms with a hair dryer.