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Bandureva 1, Dubrovnik 20000 Croatia
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Karmen Apartments "Personal character and charm within the ramparts." REVIEW The fabulous location right within the ramparts of Old Town would be reason enough to stay here. But with so many fascinating details and your enthralling Anglo-Canadian host, this is a place that you just won't want to leave. Marc van Bloemen has lived in Dubrovnik since 1972, speaks fluent Croat and probably knows more local history than most locals. Every inch of his fine stone mansion is decorated with art, souvenirs, old photos and fascinating keepsakes. From kitschy collages of sea-smoothed glass 'pebbles', to the 1923 'character wall' or the original Marcel Marceau self-portrait, every item tells a story. All rooms are comfortable, air-conditioned and offer a little kitchenette. There's even free wi-fi. Room No 2 features wonderful Deakin semi-naive still-life paintings. It has a small balcony overlooking partly overgrown walls albeit with no real views. The smallest (and cheapest) ground-floor room displays a framed series of Vasko Lipovac prints and was used as the make-up room when the BBC filmed Casanova here during November 2004.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Croatian
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ABK wrote a review Nov 2019
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A gem in all respects. Great location. You only have to go up 12 steps to reach the front door, not 200 for some of the other apartments available for rent in the old town. This is adjacent to the wall by the old port, slightly off the beaten track, yet with easy access to everything. Charmingly decorated with folk art and historical photos. Marc is an ebullient host with an extraordinary life story and in depth knowledge of Dubrovnik past and present. It was a treat to stay in apartment 1. Thank you, Marc!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Martin S wrote a review Nov 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina32 contributions9 helpful votes
This apartment provided all the comforts of home, in an ideal location, in Old Town, Dubrovnik. Was able to walk everywhere in and around Old Town, at my convenience. The owner was most helpful with many excellent recommendations.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Peter wrote a review Nov 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
From first contact through to departure Marc was a wonderful host. We stayed in Apartment 2 in September. It looked and sounded great and fully lived up to our expectations. It is individual and unique and is clearly part of a family home, and immediately made us feel at home in the beautiful old town. The apartment is tucked away in a side street very close to the harbour and within easy reach of all the main attractions whilst at the same time feeling off the beaten track and a haven away from the crowds. Marc arranged for us to be met and the airport and then met us himself in the old town to take us to the apartment. Marc himself is a great raconteur and a great source of local knowledge. Very helpful and approachable without being intrusive.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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AliWManchester wrote a review Oct 2019
Manchester3 contributions2 helpful votes
Tucked away from the main routes, the apartment was really easy to access from everywhere in the old town but also a haven of serenity from the bustle of the busy main drag. Marc met us from the taxi he had arranged for us from the airport, so finding the hotel was not a problem. The apartment was clean and quirky, with all the basics needed for a simple self-catering trip. Having a kitchenette meant we didn't need to eat out for every meal and could make our own breakfasts and an occasional lunch or dinner. It was great having a second bedroom as we had space to spread out.
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Date of stay: October 2019
DAS102 wrote a review Oct 2019
San Diego, California180 contributions48 helpful votes
We stayed in apartment #2 for four nights in late September. Its location was easy access from the Ploce Gate. It also means that escaping the hordes of tourist that choke Dubrovnik midday is easy and necessary. The apartment is very well equipped and quite comfortable. Aircon, WiFi, and all other systems work well. It is very clean, quiet, and secure. Marc is an attentive host and a pleasure to deal with. We quite enjoyed our stay here and consider it the very best option for surviving the crush of Dubrovnik.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karmen Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Karmen Apartments?
Nearby attractions include Walls of Dubrovnik (0.2 miles), Old Town (0.1 miles), and Malvasija Wine Bar (0.1 miles).
Which room amenities are available at Karmen Apartments?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What are some restaurants close to Karmen Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota, Restaurant Dubrovnik, and Gradska Kavana Arsenal.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Karmen Apartments?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Croatian.
Are there any historical sites close to Karmen Apartments?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Walls of Dubrovnik (0.2 miles), Stradun (0.2 miles), and St. John's Fortress (0.01 miles).