Where to Stay in Zagreb, Croatia: The Best Hotels & Areas

Whether you have 10 days in Croatia or a month, choosing where to stay in Zagreb will cross your mind. The Croatian capital is one of the best travel destinations in Croatia and an emerging hotspot for travellers seeking a combination of old-world charm and modern attractions.

The best areas to stay in Zagreb are as varied as in any city in the region. Gornji Grad (Upper Town) is full of 18th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture and historic sites while Donji Grad (Lower Town) is home to Zagreb’s main square where you’ll always find crowds of people.

In whichever Zagreb neighbourhood you decide to stay, you’ll encounter streets lined with busy outdoor cafes, a variety of shops, friendly locals that are always ready to help give you directions, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Need help choosing among the best hotels in Zagreb? Get started on your accommodations search with this complete guide to the best places to stay in Croatian capital!

Recommended hotels in Gornji Grad (Upper Town)

The small Gornji Grad area doesn’t offer a lot of options for accommodations. Most of the hotels skirt the outer edges of the neighbourhood, placing you close to the central public square and other places of interest.

  • Hotel Jagerhorn: The centrally-located Zagreb hotel is the closest you can get to the centre of old town and the famous Ban Jelacic Square. The top-rated location is also one of the quickest to fill up during busy tourist seasons, so book early.
  • Hotel Dubrovnik: This high-end modern hotel is on the main square and features newly renovated rooms and facilities. Stay in luxurious accommodations, and sleep across the street from historic architecture.
  • Hotel Park 45: Located on one of the main streets that cut through the centre of old town, this mid-range hotel is within walking distance of Cvjetni Square. It’s also a short trip from the Archaeological Museum Zagreb, for those interested in the history of the region.
  • Hotel Capital: The art nouveau architecture adds a touch of class to this reasonably priced place to stay. While this hotel is a little to the east of the centre, it’s still just a four-minute walk to Ban Jelacic Square.

Donji Grad (Lower Town)

✔ Best neighbourhood to stay in Zagreb to explore the rest of the city

Zagreb is the biggest city in Croatia, yet it’s very easy to get around on foot, especially when you stay in the heart of the city.

If you want to explore everything that Zagreb has to offer, Donji Grad places you right in the centre.

You’ll have no problem reaching landmarks and hotspots in any part of Zagreb. Of course, you’ll still find plenty to keep you busy on the streets of Lower Town.

Donji Grad Lower Town

The narrow squares are popular meeting points for locals and starting points for tourists who want to get their bearings straight while they explore Zagreb.

You’ll also find gorgeous parks and public spaces where you can take a load off and relax or waste a few hours watching people go by.

When people talk about Zagreb, they often mention the coffee-drinking culture. After spending a few hours exploring the streets of Donji Grad, you’ll see why.

The area contains more cafes compared to the other Zagreb neighbourhoods, and they all strive to produce the best coffee in town.

What to see in & around Donji Grad (Lower Town): Ice Park, Diamond Palace Casino, Branimir Center Shopping Mall, the First Fountain in Zagreb, and Multiple Art Galleries

Recommended hotels in Donji Grad (Lower Town)

Donji Grad, or Lower Town, is at the bottom of the hills where the original city of Zagreb was built.

It features a mixture of older and modern buildings, including the largest selection of hotels in Zagreb.

  • Esplanade Zagreb Hotel: Located near the Botanical Gardens and Ledeni Park, this top-rated hotel offers modern amenities to help you feel more at home. You’ll also get a taste of the local culture at the hotel restaurant. The house specialties include a selection of traditional Croatian cuisine.
  • Premier Hotel Astoria: Part of the Best Western chain, this comfortable mid-range hotel is in the heart of Zagreb Lower Town. Before exploring the city, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee from the hotel café and a nightcap at the end of the day.
  • Palace Hotel Zagreb: The traditional façade of this classic-looking building hides a luxurious interior with modern furnishings. You get a great view of one of the largest parks in the city and can stretch your legs during a short five-minute walk to Ban Jelacic Square.
  • Sheraton Zagreb Hotel: These reasonably priced rooms are a little further from the middle of the city. You’ll need to spend more time walking to visit the landmarks, but you can save yourself a few dollars on your accommodations.
  • Hotel Le Premier: If you want to split your time between sightseeing and shopping on your visit to Zagreb, this hotel is the perfect base camp. The trendy area around the hotel is home to several commercial districts, shopping malls, cinemas, and art galleries. When you’re ready to hit the town, you can just follow the main road to the city centre.


✔ Best district to stay to experience the culture of Zagreb

Kaptol is right next to Upper Town, north of Lower Town, and home to a couple of the most significant landmarks. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Zagreb, you’ll find this neighbourhood is the perfect option.

Depending on the hotel you choose, you could be footsteps away from Zagreb Cathedral and Dolec open-air market. The top two tourist attractions in the city are always crowded, but it is worth standing shoulder to shoulder with other travellers.

Zagreb Cathedral in Kaptol

Dolec Open Air Market is a great example of local flavours. At the market, you can treat your senses with an assortment of fresh produce, meats, and cheeses.

If the market doesn’t satisfy your stomach, walk over to Opatovina. The busy street is lined with restaurants offering an assortment of original dishes.

Like Upper Town, Kaptol also contains numerous historic buildings, offering a slice of history to add to your cultural experience.

What to see in & around Kaptol: Zagreb Cathedral, Dolec Open Air Market, St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb City Museum, and Opatovina

Recommended hotels in Kaptol

The Kaptol area doesn’t offer too many hotel options, as most of the accommodations are apartments. The following options are mostly located around the southern boundaries of the neighbourhood, near Upper Town and the eastern edges of the city centre.

  • Hotel Academia: This is the one hotel in the immediate Kaptol area, ensuring that you don’t need to walk too far to the various Zagreb landmarks. It’s also one of the best-rated hotels in the city, thanks to the great food and friendly staff.
  • Hotel Jadran: If you want clean sheets and good prices, the staff at this hotel can help. You also get quick access to Ban Jelacic Square and other sites, along with a filling breakfast buffet to help you start your day right.
  • Art Hotel Like: Across from the previous hotel, you’ll find this charming spot. The hotel tries to look like a modern chic establishment. The result is a little eccentric, but it offers a great view of the city from the hotel room balconies. While most points of interest are within walking distance, the hotel shuttle can take you to the nearest train station.
  • Hotel AS: Located about a mile from the centre, this boutique-style hotel is the furthest from the main Zagreb destinations. The four-star hotel is also one of the most affordable options. As it’s further away from the top tourist traps, you may enjoy a little more peace and quiet.


✔ Best area to stay in Zagreb for shopping & fine dining

Maksimir is often overlooked by travellers who want to stay closer to the important Zagreb attractions, such as the cathedral or the city’s historic buildings. While it’s further away from these sites, it provides a more modern feel.

Much of this neighbourhood was built in recent years, including the large shopping mall, department stores, and luxury restaurants located throughout the district. Spending your trip browsing through stores and filling your belly on fine dining is just the start.

Maksimir Park

The largest park in the area and the city’s football stadium are also in the neighbourhood. If you’re visiting during the right season, you may catch a game of European football.

Cheer on with the locals as the highly-ranked national team, known as Vatreni (“The Blazers”) or Kockasti (“The Chequered Ones”), defends its home turf.

Maksimir is further away from the centre, but not too far. Many of the hotels are on major thoroughfares, making it easy to hop on a train and visit any other part of the city.

What to see in & around Maksimir: Zagreb Sports Complex, Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, Zlatni Dvorac Children’s Amusement centre, Zagreb Football Stadium, Supermarkets, and Shopping Malls

Recommended hotels in Maksimir

The top-rated hotels in Maksimir are near the border of the neighbourhood and Lower Town, making it easier to reach the centre of the city.

There are also a couple of options closer to the shopping malls and sports complex, but they don’t quite have the same stellar ratings.

  • Garden Hotel: With a coffee bar, a-la-carte restaurant, and modern rooms, this upscale hotel will make you forget that you’re surrounded by ancient architecture. The Wellness and Spa centres also help you forget about the outside world.
  • The Westin Zagreb: A modern mid-range hotel, this location mostly caters to business travellers and families looking for the best deals. While it’s not anything special, it does offer a convenient location. You can cross the street in the historic Lower Town or head west to reach the shopping malls.
  • Panorama Zagreb Hotel: You may not get a better value. The low-priced rooms include comfortable beds and clean sheets. For the shopaholics, the hotel is also in the heart of the commercial areas of Maksimir. For those seeking the typical tourist destinations, the hotel is about a 20-minute walk from the centre of Zagreb.
  • Hotel Laguna Zagreb: Located near the Sports Complex, you may struggle to walk from the hotel to the middle of Zagreb. Luckily, there are shuttles and buses that can get you there in minutes. The hotel itself also offers a taste of Zagreb, thanks to the in-house restaurant serving a wide selection of traditional Croatian dishes.

Summary: The best places to stay in Zagreb

Still not sure of where to stay in Zagreb? Here’s a quick last-minute list of some of the best hotels in Zagreb…

  • Looking for a central hotel on a budget? Book yourself a room at the budget-friendly Hotel Jadran in Donji Grad for quick access to all of the top things to see in the city centre.
  • Got a little more to spend on a mid-range hotel? The comfortable Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria is among the top places to stay in its price-range, offering spacious rooms about a 5-minute walk from the centre of town.
  • Craving the ultimate in Zagreb luxury? You won’t regret grabbing a room at the 5-star Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, featuring palatial rooms and a host of modern amenities like a fitness centre and spa to make your stay in the Croatian capital nothing short of perfect.

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