Hilton and Zagreb City Hotels have announced development plans for Canopy by Hilton Zagreb.
The project, featuring Hilton’s hotel brand that redefines the lifestyle hotel category, is scheduled to open in late 2018.
The property will provide a comfortable stay for guests in search of thoughtfully local experiences in Zagreb’s vibrant downtown neighbourhood.
The hotel will be the first Canopy in continental Europe.
Situated in downtown Zagreb, close to the city’s main rail station, the hotel is expected to welcome its first guests in late 2018, and will be the second Canopy by Hilton property in Europe, joining Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik in the Icelandic capital.
“Zagreb is a thriving city and the perfect fit for Canopy by Hilton,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton.
“We’re excited to play a central role in the next phase of the neighbourhood’s evolution, giving guests a unique opportunity to experience food and drink inspired by the local area, and offering a stylish base from which to explore the Croatian capital.”
Downtown Zagreb is undergoing a transformation – benefiting from considerable inward investment and the subject of a major urban renewal programme.
The connected shopping mall, Branimir Centar, is currently under redevelopment by Supernova, one of Europe’s leading retail developers, and is set to become Zagreb’s leading entertainment and retail destination.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said: “Croatia is a major draw for leisure tourists, with pristine beaches, national parks, historic cities and a vibrant cultural scene encouraging more visitors than ever to visit.
“Last year was a record year for tourism, with more than 20 million international arrivals – and this impressive economic momentum is set to continue.
“We’re thrilled to be adding to our Croatian portfolio and to be working with Zagreb City Hotels once again - launching Canopy by Hilton on the continent.”
Once the site of Croatia’s first confectionary factory – Union, which opened in 1911 – the hotel’s design will draw on the heritage of the neighbourhood, with industrial materials and fittings used throughout the property’s interiors.