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Vila Dobra Vila Bovec

Mala vas 112, Bovec, Phone: 31.377.585

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Reviewed by: SL Jones from IL, review #3247

When: September 2012

A surprisingly elegant and interesting B&B in Slovenia's Julian Alps, Triglav National Park.

We weren't expecting much from Bovec, but it turned out to be a pleasant functional town and a good place to stay for a night.

We had just negotiated the pass through the mountains and it was raining steadily. We were hoping to move on to the Soca River valley in morning sunshine, so stopped for the night. The area is a hub for mountain and river sports. I had chosen the hotel from the offerings on It is not on Trip Advisor and does not have a sophisticated web presence. The available photos don't do it justice.

The hotel was a real surprise. It is an old telegraph office, and it has been beautifully decorated with real style and some unique features. As you look at the building from the street, there are stairwell windows like department store displays. In one there is a 1930s or 1940s motorcycle that was said to have belonged to a Mussolini bodyguard. It is spotless and is displayed as art. On two other landings, high quality furniture displayed similarly. The furnishings and fixtures throughout the public areas are Art Deco I believe. Beautiful. All the wall art is old posters.

We were greeted by the friendly young owner who explained that the rooms' numbers are all significant - there is room 1929, room 007, and others of significance to the owner. No logical sequence. There is apparently a rooftop telescope, a basement movie theater, and a wine tasting room.

Breakfast was very good and served on an enclosed porch, which was very pleasant. There are a few restaurants within walking distance. There is an elevator, old style of course, and lots of onsite parking.

Our room was just fine - large, with two windows with views. The bed wasn't great and the bathroom was a little awkward - no electrical outlets and a clumsy tub/shower. But it was all great looking. We visited the WW1 museum in nearby Kobarid. This is a scenically spectacular area and we wished we'd been there in better weather.

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