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“An absolute delight”
Review of Villa Smodlaka

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Villa Smodlaka
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this delightful studio apartment in June 2014, and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the location and the perfect hosts. The apartment is located 10 mins walk from the Old Town, and sits above a gorgeous beach. The hosts made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. They were attentive without being intrusive. There is plenty of room to sunbathe on the terraces or gardens if you don't fancy the beach. I would heartily recommend staying at this apartment.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

It is almost certainly one of the nicest places in Dubrovnik.
It has some kind of magic to stay there.Immediately you forget all your problems. When you close your eyes, you can move hundred years ago and feel energy of this beautiful place on the hill.

Villa Smodlaka is the best choice.It's just 10 minutes walk from old town and 2 minutes to the beach.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank KarakovaVeronika
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

5 friends and myself stayed at Villa Smodlaka in the two bedroom apartment plus the studio apartment. The experience we had here was fantastic! We wanted a place where we could relax and cook our own food (after being on a tour with 40 other people for two weeks) and this place was heavenly. We stayed for 5 nights at the beginning of August 2013 and were all very sad when we had to leave. The location of the accommodation is brilliant. It has stunning views of the Adriatic that you can reach by foot just as you step from the property! The beaches/swimming spots are so close we were swimming 4 or 5 times a day! The accommodation is an easy 15 minute walk to Old Town, although, it was quite hot when we were there so the bus might be a good option which is so easy to catch there and back. There are a number of market shops, restaurants and take away shops very close by as well. Marija is an excellent host. She was very welcoming when we arrived and was very helpful giving us information about what to do and where to go etc. Throughout the stay Marija and her husband were so kind and friendly, even bringing us a bowl of figs and a bottle of wine one night! The apartments themselves were just what we were after. Very homely and comfortable with views that I am still thinking about!! the beds were comfortable, towels provided, the terraces were spacious and a great place to hang out and relax overlooking the sea. I really can not describe how amazing this place is in all aspects. If i ever get back to Dubrovnik I will definitely be staying here and taking all my friends and family with me!! Thank you so much Marija!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Shantel P
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Went as a group of friends to Villa Smodlaka, staying at the beginning of the season and enjoyed every minute of it. Marija was very welcoming when we arrived and basically offered her home to us for the duration of our stay. Towels provided for, comfy beds, good lounge and kitchen and terraces with views to die for. It's situated perfectly next to a pebble beach cove and on the other side is a pool you can use (casino/hotel right next to the Villa). It's so beautiful waking up in the morning and sitting out on the terrace with the Dubrovnik coastline just sprawling around you whilst you eat baked goods from just up the road and perfect sitting at night looking at the stars. It is situated quite close to the Old Town - about a 15-20minute walk or you can catch a bus - perfect for a night out in the town and getting back to Villa later in evening. As it is next to the Rixos Casino/Hotel - good point of reference if you book any tours and get picked up from. All in all - great stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

If you want to be close to Dubrovnik's hustle and bustle but be able to retreat to the calm of your private oasis, Villa Smodlaka is the prefect place for you. The old town is a quick stroll away along the coastline, a rocky beach right beneath the villa. The owners, Marija and her husband, created a delightful environment. The view is simply spectacular and we almost didn't want to leave our terrace, surrounded by beautiful gardens maintained with care, with native trees and plants. True, a large luxury hotel is nearby, but we were not bothered with loud music or guests.
We stayed in both Bougainvillea (bigger) and Oleander apartments, and both were very tastefully decorated and equipped with modern amenities. Both the traditional and authentic exterior and the charming interior decor are becoming for the environment.
Finally, the owners are warm, charming and helpful yet discrete and if you are lucky, you might even score some of Marija's treats! (Based on what we sampled, I can only regret she doesn't run a restaurant too!)
It ticked all the boxes for me and whenever we are back in Dubrovnik, we won't look any further because Villa Smodlaka truly feels like a home away from home!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DuskaMac
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

We have been spending part of our Summer vacations in Dubrovnik since 1967,and have been staying at Villa Smodlaka in the apartment Oleander for the past ten years.
The Oleander is a one large room apt. with a wall equipped with a complete kitchen;it is simply but confortably furnished and equipped with AC,CD-DVD-recorders,Satellite TV,wi-fi and even a small library of books in different languages.
It is situated on the ground floor and opens on to a diffuse garden rich of trees,plants,fruit,flower,herbs where is wonderful to relax or read.From its terraces you can enjoy stunning view of the Adriatic,or sunbathe,dine and, at night, look at the starry sky.
A staircase built in the rock connects the villa to a small pebble beach washed by a crystal clear sea.A 10 minutes'drive by bus or a 20 minutes' walk take you to the old city.
Nearby there are several food shops,a few restaurant and a pharmacy.
Marjia,the owner, and her husband Jovan are delightful people to talk with and always ready to offer help,advice,and suggestions when required.
We will be at Villa Smodlaka once again next year.

Room Tip: The apt. Oleander is ideal for 2 persons.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank alfredva
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

If you want to wake up in the morning with a spectacular view of the adriatic coast... this is the place to sleep over. If you want to be closed to the beach and the warm sea, this is the perfect place for swimming and laying down. If you want to be closed to the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik, this is the place from where you`ll have a nice promenade. And not least, if you want to get a warmly receiving this is the place to come to. I know every corner of the villa so I can tell that Maria is not only a proper host but also an artist, for the manner she decorates her apartments. She and her husband will certainly do their best to have a pleasant stay in Dubrovnik!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 #77 of 509 Speciality Lodging in Dubrovnik
Price Range: £108 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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