During our recent visit to Sarajevo we booked our stay at Villa With The View, an amazing apartment located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood only a 20 minute walk from the Old Town and main places of interest in Sarajevo. Our apartment was elegant, beautifully styled and very comfortable and its location on a small hill overlooking Sarajevo meant that it offered what we believe to be the best views of the city and surrounding areas! Our hosts, the Teletovic family moved to Australia when they were 18 years old due to the aggression in Bosnia and Hercegovina. They lived in Australia for 17 years and a few years ago returned to Sarajevo with their two boys. They were amazing hosts and it was incredible to hear their stories and experience Sarajevo as a local in one of their beautiful apartments.
Villa with the View has three apartments, a one bed, two bed and three bed apartment and Alisa booked us into the three bedroom apartment for our stay. The property is gated and very safe and offers secure parking for one car. We loved the open plan living space with a large lounge room, kitchen and dining area. Our apartment had three separate bedrooms all with comfortable double beds. Alisa is an artist and her beautiful artworks are on show throughout the apartment which make it feel like a comfortable and cosy home. Our apartment also had all the necessary mod-cons including free wireless internet, air conditioning, gas heating, a fully equipped kitchen and TV.
We had the most stunning views of the city, surrounding valleys, hills and mountains from the apartment. It was a magical experience to wake up to the majestic panorama of Sarajevo in Spring, enjoy a glass of wine as the sun set over the city and listen to the church bells and call to prayer echoing around the valley.
Our bathroom had a lovely, high pressured shower with plenty of hot water. Towels, soap, toilet paper were all provided and the bathroom also had a washing machine which is a saviour to us when we are travelling on our longer trips!
The apartments are located 1.5 km (about a 20 minute walk) to the Old Town. Taxi’s in Sarajevo are some of the cheapest in Europe and are a very cheap way to get to and from the apartment if you don’t feel like walking (especially as the apartment is at the top of a very steep hill). Sarajevo is a town where various periods of history harmoniously blend together and is an incredible city to explore. The apartment was in a charming neighbourhood and was a great place to base ourselves to explore all Sarajevo has to offer.
Exploring Sarajevo and learning all about its very shocking recent history was an experience we’ll never forget. The people of Sarajevo are truly resilient people and it was amazing to experience this city as a local during our stay at Villa With The View. The apartments are a very affordable place to stay, are beautifully decorated and styled and truly feel like your home away from home in Sarajevo. Alisa and her family are wonderful hosts and made sure we felt comfortable and at home throughout our entire stay. If you’re looking for a wonderful place to base yourself in Sarajevo then we highly recommend one of the apartments at Villa With The View.