Hilton Hotels and Resorts and Zagreb City Hotels have announced development plans for Canopy by Hilton Zagreb. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the property will be situated in downtown Zagreb, close to the city’s main rail station and marks the first Canopy by Hilton property in continental Europe.
“Zagreb is a thriving city and the perfect fit for Canopy by Hilton,” comments 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.”
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.
As the city’s industrial activity waned in the middle of the 20th century, Zagreb became home to a number of residential developments built in the modernist architectural aesthetic. The furniture within Canopy by Hilton Zagreb will draw on this mid-century influence, offering stylish public spaces and guestrooms. Elsewhere, the hotel’s walls will be adorned with urban art, echoing the thriving street art visible throughout the local streets.
The Downtown area of Zagreb is currently undergoing a transformation, benefiting from considerable inward investment and the subject of a major urban renewal programme. The connected shopping mall, Branimir Centar, is also 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 adds: “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. 2017 has been 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.”
Launched in 2014, Canopy by Hilton is characterised by its connections to local neighbourhoods. Canopy by Hilton Zagreb joins two Hilton properties in Croatia – DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Imperial Dubrovik.