The Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb is the ideal location for a short stay in Zagreb. The hotel is located a ten minute walk from the main square Trg bana Josipa Jelačića and a ten minute walk to the train station in the other direction. The exterior of the hotel is not stunning but once inside, the grand piano, beautiful chandeliers and attentive staff confirm that the Sheraton is a haven of luxury.
The rooms are spacious and boast the most comfortable bed and pillows in the world ensuring after a tough, or not so tough, day of sightseeing, one can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Although there is little Croatian influence on the hotel’s interior the halls are lined with beautiful paintings of Zagreb’s most notable attractions.
Flights with Croatian Airlines run twice daily from London Gatwick to Zagreb at 10.20 A.M. and 5.20 P.M. After landing, luggage is promptly presented on the luggage carousels in only the way a small European airport is able to, and a short, 20 minute taxi ride takes one to central Zagreb and the hotel.
On arriving at the hotel on Thursday night I was too tired to venture out to find some food so decided to order a snack from room service. While the hotel may not boast Croatian charm, its menu at least does, aside all the usual hotel food stuffs. I naturally opted for one of the Croatian delicacies: Zagorska Juha (Zagorje Soup). I was starving and the forty minute wait was a bit frustrating but when the soup arrived, I realised the wait had been thoroughly worth it. Served in a giant wholemeal bread roll, this soup was gorgeous in presentation and taste.
150g smoked beef, chopped into cubes
50g cooked ham, chopped into cubes
50g smoked bacon lardons
100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
4 potatoes cut into cubes
2 peeled tomatoes, finely chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 soup spoon of flour
1 cup of sour cream
1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
4 soup spoons of oil
1 teaspoon vegeta
Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
Heat 2 soup spoons of oil in a medium saucepan
Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes
Add beef, ham, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes
Stir well and fry for 10 minutes
Add potatoes and stir for a few minutes
Top up with one and a half litres of water
Cook for 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft
Make a roux with the rest of the oil and flour and add it to the soup
Remove the soup from the heat and season with salt and pepper
Lightly beat sour cream with a fork to make it runny and add to the soup, stirring well
Add chopped parsley, stir and serve
Sheraton Hotel Zagreb
Kneza Borne 2
Telephone: (385) (1) 455 3535
Fax: (385) (1) 455 3035