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“a beautiful place run by lovely people” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Smodlaka

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Villa Smodlaka
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“a beautiful place run by lovely people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

We stayed for a week in the bougainvillea apartment and would highly recommend both the accommodation and commend the hosts for creating such a lovely holiday environment. Marija, her husband and mother are friendly, accommodating and charming, always on hand to help without being intrusive.
The apartment is decorated by Marija's lovely, summery artworks and the fresh, personal decor really suits the location and climate. The beautiful shuttered windows look out to the sea from every room - it is a real pleasure to be brushing your teeth to such a view!
We spent many hours on the terrace overlooking the sea, lying in the deck chairs or lolling on the giant swing lounge listening to the waves. It takes 2 minutes to get to the rocky cove just below the terrace and 5 mins down stairs to a beautiful beach (the restaurant on the beach serves fantastic food) both with gorgeously clear water. It is a 15 minute walk into the old town of Dubrovnik however there are local buses if you're feeling lazy. Marija told us about the green markets in the old port (a 15 min walk - we were able to easily and inexpensively stock up for the week) and offered help should we want to take any day trips (we only managed Lokrum this time but will be venturing further afield on a return visit).
There was a negative comment about check out times and payment from a previous guest however i must clarify that we found the check-in/out times perfectly reasonable and payment options were easy to manage - having stayed at private rental apartments all over europe we found neither to be nusual or difficult. We had a wonderfully relaxing and easy going week and would certainly pass on details on staying here to friends and would most certainly return ourselves.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2010

A great place to stay - we enjoyed two weeks in apartment Bourgonvilla which suited our family of 2 adults and 2 children (4 and 7 years old) perfectly.

The house is situated on a cliff very peacefully on the end of a small road. You have a beautiful view from the large and furnitured terasse - nights are easily enjoyed here. The neighbour is a large hotel - however, don't worry, no it does not affect your stay in any unpleasant way.

The landlady and her mother - both very friendly and warm - live in the house, You feel very welcome and you are close to good advice on what to see and where to go.

The apartment is fully equiped.

Five minutes down the stairs you are on the local (stony) beach and 15 minutes walk from the old city (5 minutes walk from the bus that goes every 5-10 minutes to the old town - nice with tired children.).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2010

I have been back half a dozen times. The location simply cannot be beaten. Incredible views of the Adriatic and a quiet sanctuary from the madness of the cruise boat infested old town during the heat of the day. There is a choice of two beaches each a two minute walk from your apartment with no road or buildings in between. Then at dusk walk down the hill for 20 minutes to enjoy everything the old town has to offer in terms of .

OK this place is a little rough around the edges - you have to walk through one of the bedrooms to get to the bathroom and the beds are not huge but if you prefer to spend your days swimming in amazing blue water and chilling out with a drink in a swing chair rather than watching tv from an A/C hotel room then this is the sort of place for you.

The owner has always been happy to help us with any questions or arrangements and it is a great place to stay if you want to be a bit more self sufficient than many of the other apartments in the area ie you have your own fridge/freezer/espresso maker/oven - even the use of the house BBQ for the fresh seafood from the local markets.

I have recommended this place to a dozen others who have all enjoyed it and I cant wait to get back there!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2009

It is very nice play to stay but you have to take in the account that pictures on the web site are not actual - there are two really large hotels in the nearby and hotel guests use the beach so the beach is definitely not private. In th lagest apartments there are passable rooms so you have no privacy there.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Valencia, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2005

Villa Smodlaka is a nice place very near the old city of Dubrovnik. The villa has magnificent views over the Adriatic and the place is lovely. But there are some important aspects that can be improved in order to offer an unforgettable stay.
First of all, the beds are too small (French size) and none apartment has twin beds.
Secondly, Ms. Smodlaka requires you to do the check out at 10 a.m for cleaning the room for the next guests and, literally, she pushes you out using the brush.
The payment is only possible by cash and, euros are the unique accepted currency.
For reservation you must send a deposit by bank transfer because she doesn´t accept credit card. This is very uncomfortable and sometimes not easy to do.
But if you are able to obviate all these drawbacks, Villa Smodlaka may be the best place to stay in Dubrovnik

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Additional Information about Villa Smodlaka

Property: Villa Smodlaka
Address: Kotorska 5 | Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Region: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 481 Speciality Lodging in Dubrovnik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
My home is fifty years old stone made house situated on an ancient lava cliff directly by the Adriatic sea, surrounded with lush evergreens and Mediterranean flowers, with direct access to the beached and only a ten minute walk to the center of the Old City.Our idea is to offer you; The Residential flat with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen with dining room, 3 terrace, spectacular sea view and also two cosy apartments, next door, so you can bring with you all your family or your friends and enjoy together your holiday. ... more   less 
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