The most important award in Croatia’s tourism industry has been presented – and the winners are known. At the annual tourism event – the Days of Croatian Tourism held on 24 and 25 October in Hvar, organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism – prizes and awards were given for the best in several categories. Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb has received awards in two categories – the best city hotel and the hotel of the year. The awards were presented to general manager Ivica Max Krizmanić, who has been leading the hotel for nearly seven years and who has worked at Esplanade for a quarter of a century.
“Esplanade is truly an exceptional hotel and my whole team and I are particularly happy and proud to be part of its spectacular and lavish history. Esplanade is an institution and an icon of the Croatian hotel industry, gastronomy and design, which has attracted guests with its irresistible charm and personality for almost 95 years. The hotel has always been known for its top-class service, and we strive to continue this tradition by following the needs of modern guests, new trends and the development of new technologies to provide the best possible level of service to our guests,” said Krizmanić.
There is no doubt that Esplanade Hotel was and is the centre of Zagreb’s social life, a favourite gathering place for many generations of residents, and the first choice for statesmen, royal families and showbiz stars who come to Zagreb. From its beginnings, Esplanade has had great significance not just for the city of Zagreb but also for Croatia.
“I am proud of these great accomplishments and acknowledgments and of my whole team, which helps guests create wonderful memories thanks to their positive energy, an individual and personalised attitude, and the love for the hotel. Our prestigious hotel is the pride of Zagreb and these awards are just a confirmation of our efforts, dedication and successful business results. I would like to thank the tourism experts who have recognized this and once again I congratulate everyone,” added Krizmanić.
Since the beginning of this year, Esplanade Hotel has received many prestigious awards and international prizes and has been included in globally-renowned hotel guides. The Oscars of the hotel industry – World Luxury Travel Awards – have been awarded to the hotel in three categories – Luxury Architecture Design Hotel, Luxury Historical Hotel for Croatia, and Luxury Heritage Hotel for Southeast Europe.
The TripAdvisor Hall of Fame certificates have been awarded to the Zinfandel’s restaurant, Le Bistro and the Esplanade Hotel due to many years of excellent guest reviews. For two years in a row, both hotel restaurants have been included in the Michelin guide, while chef Ana Grgić was named the “Great Chef of Tomorrow” according to the Gault&Milau gourmet guide for Croatia for 2018.
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