Zagreb, the largest city, and capitol of Croatia, has a rich history dating back to Roman times. The first recorded mention of this area dates to 1094. Zagreb certainly presents itself as an Old World city. It is the most important transportation hub in Croatia because it is where Western Europe, the Mediteranian, and Southeastern Europe meet. Because of the inability of finding a suitable apartment with good reviews from previous travelers, we decided to stay at the Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria, located on the edge of the Old City. For the two weeks that we will be staying here, this was a good decision. The hotel is quite comfortable and fairly centrally located.
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Best Westerns are independently owned and ally with the brand for Reservation services. There's a wide range of properties in the network. The "Plus" and "Premier" levels have stricter minimum standards to qualify. From what little i've seen, the overseas properties tend to be posher than those on the interstate; the "Premier" label on yours marks it as such. Another example, my government per-diem would not allow me to stay in the (at the time) Best Western "Castle" (ex-abbey with license to crenelate) when we had a conference in the great hall in Gloucestershire; one of the commercial contractors booked the haunted tower. (I don't think simple motels over there bother with BW membership.) But there are nice ones in USA too; in Hermon, Maine, there's a Best Western that is a imitation White House; I got the Lincoln Bedroom at the AAA rate because it was the last non-smoking room; posh! (And best truckstop diner next door, the pies at Dysarts!) We definitely prefer "BW Plus" when available, although there are some quite nice properties in the basic tier too - and just a few horrors. (And the worst weren't worse than a discount motel, just not discounted enough.)
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Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.