by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
May 14, 2005
Location: The apartment is approximately 20 minutes by foot from Trg bana Jelačića (the city center); largely along Ilica ulica, Zagreb’s trendiest shopping street; and a 5-minute walk from the Republike Austrije Tram Stop (nos. 1,2,6, or 11 - see http://free-zg.htnet.hr/muzar/grad/velkamapa.jpg for details). In comparison with most other accommodation options in Zagreb, expensive and budget alike, this is a comparatively good location, especially considering that the area is extremely quiet and safe but also close to a busy commercial area. The almost universal Croatian plague of graffiti is mercifully not in evidence nearby.
Room: I stayed in a single room (with two beds – Mr. Muzar charges per room) with its own bathroom. It was reasonably spacious in terms both of what I was used to having stayed in neighboring countries and by Croatian standards. The furnishings were quite new, and the bathroom was spotless (by far the finest I’ve seen in any private room). As is typical of Croatian private rooms, towels and hand soap were provided but shampoo and body soap were not. Crucially, given Zagreb’s harsh winters, the room is well heated and sufficient blankets were provided on the comfortable (thought somewhat narrow) bed. The room included a television (which only receives terrestrial Croatian channels) and a hi-fi sound system with tape and CD players.
Service: Mr. Muzar resides elsewhere (and also rents several other less centrally located rooms) but was always available on his cellular phone. Besides arriving and departing, I had no cause to deal with him, although he very kindly lent me books on local attractions (as opposed to the tourist office brochures most hosts provide.) He very kindly did not charge me for my having accidentally broken a glass and accepts both kuna and euro at the official exchange rate (as opposed to many hosts who inflate it.).
Please see http://free-zg.htnet.hr/muzar/smjestaje.html for further information and rates.
From journal Zagreb: A Central-European Metropolis with Balkan Charm