We continue our series of articles about Croatia for genealogists from abroad who plan to visit the country and do the genealogy work. In the previous article, the transportation had been discussed, and we will now draw our attention to accommodation.
Croatia is a tourist country, so there are lots of accommodation options around, particularly along the cost. However, since a genealogist coming from abroad would probably spend most of his or her time in the Croatian capital of Zagreb (because the largest collection of vital records can be found in Croatian State Archives in Zagreb), we will first focus on the accommodation there.
Zagreb. The Croatian capital has several dozen hotels of various sizes and luxury, the most luxurious being The Regent Esplanade Hotel, Sheraton & Westin. They are all within the walking distance from the State Archive, the Regent Esplanade being the closest.
The budget hotels can also be found in the city center, like Best Western Astoria, Hotel Central, Hotel Dora, Hotel Fala, Hotel Maksimir. The variety of choice inexpensive hotels are in the suburbs: Hotel Paradise, Hotel Holiday, I Hotel. Since Zagreb has a well developed public transportation system, there shouldn’t be a problem for a genealogist to stay in those hotels while spending most of his or her time in the city center, at the archives.
Those who want a really affordable accomomdation, there are more than a dozen “youth” hostels available, many of which are fairly close to the center: Fulir Hostel, Hostel Lika, Hostel Nocturno, Ravnice Hostel, Hostel Mali Mrak… Although called accommodation for “youth”, they are open and available for anyone who is willing to accept somewhat casual and informal, but nevertheless friendly and warm approach to the guests. Hostels, unlike hotels, do not offer breakfast (only bed), but that shouldn’t be a problem for a traveler, as Zagreb is full of small bakeries available at almost every corner, which sell delicious products particularly in the morning.
But that’s not all, private rooms are increasingly popular way of accommodation in Zagreb. They are almost always a good alternative to more formal accommodation, and they are more affordable.
And finally, Zagreb is surrounded with “the Ring”, several urbanized communities extremely well connected by public transportation with the Zagreb city center: Velika Gorica, Zaprešić, Sesvete, Ivanić-Grad. One of those communities is Samobor, where authors of this web site live, and where a traveler can find a hotel or private accommodation of a high quality, but for much less money than in Zagreb city center.
Split. The second largest city in Croatia is situated at the Adriatic coast towards the south. Since it is in the coastal tourist area (although itself is more a transit port rather than touristic destination), it has great variety of accommodation opportunities.
If a traveler wants a high standard four & five star accommodation, Atrium Hotel, Art Hotel, Hotel Park, Hotel Marmont are the choice. But most affordable accommodation is in private rooms, and they are plenty. During the summer time, persons offering private accommodation are available at every corner. With them, don’t accept the first price, you should instead bargain!
Other cities. In almost every larger city in Croatia, there is at least one hotel. But be aware that not all hotels along the coast are open all year long, and that during summertime they are not rarely fully booked. Probably the best time for a genealogist to come to Croatia is mid Spring or early Fall. Then the accommodation is abundant everywhere, and the prices are moderate.
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