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“Excellent location and accommodation”
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Karmen Apartments
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South Wales
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent location and accommodation”
Reviewed May 2, 2011

The apartment is extremely well equipped with great attention to detail and very comfortable with lots of original features. It is very conveniently located being literally within metres of the lovely harbour area and also all the restaurants, shops and cafés. When staying in a city for more than a couple of days the freedom to self cater is very welcome and the extra space is also a bonus. The owner is very welcoming ( the fact that he is English -speaking certainly eases the situation) and cannot do enough to give information and assistance. The guest books also provided a wealth of ideas and comments as well as all the literature (about Dubrovnik) and there is a wide range of reading material, DVDs etc for the times when we weren't out exploring. We stayed in Apartment 2 (which has the added feature of a balcony for eating outside) and saw Apartment 1 which overlooks the city walls and the harbour, so both have their good points.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

Best accommodation we stayed in throughout Croatia! The hosts were happy to chat whenever we bumped into them, and were always forthcoming with dining suggestions and options for day trips. Location is amazing - right within the old town! We stayed in Apt 4 and 1 over six days. They were both extemely well laid out and made us feel very much at home. It was the perfect base from which to explore Dubrovnik. We'll definitely stay there again if we ever get a chance to go back!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Byron called Dubrovnik "The Jewel of The Adriatic." Karmen Apartment 2, which we stayed in (3 of us) was small, beautifully formed and placed like a gem within the ring of Dubrovnik's old city.

"Never have I felt such a sense of wonder about entering a city as I (we) did as we walked across a short bridge and through a stone Gothic arch gate into this walled city. A cylindrical fort, 60ft. stone walls and shiny marble paving stones to walk on. It took us ten minutes to click over the stones dragging our cases, led by Marc, the owner of the apartment. Past the clean and shiny main street with towers at both ends, a fountain, St. Blaise's church, the Rector's Palace and one of the city's two cathedrals - all in pale cream stone - we walked as in a dream.

Marc is a class act - his decoration of his building is idiosyncratic and full of character. I think he is entered in the next olympics, representing Croatia in the "Talking Non-stop event."

We were so excited. The flat was compact and beautifully furnished with pictures or artefacts on every surface.

Seafood risotto, whitebait, fried squid and a large green salad was our first supper in a restaurant right on the quayside, three minutes walk from where we were staying. We had "chosen wisely" and ate it all up, still glowing with the fun of being there. I addressed the waiter in fluent Croatian, but strangely, he recognised I was not a native. All the five days they were warmly amused at my attempts to speak the lingo.

Marc van Bloeman is the kind of neighbour you want, unless you are the mayor. He's restless and creative and his years of work has produced a brilliant place to stay in this astounding city.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed November 26, 2010

On our first trip to Dubrovnik, we knew we wanted to stay inside the Old City. Lucky for us, we booked at the Karmen Apartments.
Situated on a quiet and secluded side street, only minutes walk from Dubrovnik's historical sights, shops and restaurants, our stay in this marvelous city was enhanced by our charming, gregarious, and helpful host, Marc van Bloemen.
By email, Marc answered many of our questions which helped us finalize our travel plans. He also arranged for our pick-up at the airport, and, met us outside the city gates upon arrival. Carrying my bags, Marc served as tour guide on our walk through the city.
Though it was late October, at the end of tourist season, the only apartment available to us was #4. A bit tight for two, what we lacked in space was made up for in charm.
Marc, an avid collector of many things with stories behind each find, had filled our room with paintings on wood, canvas, and other objects( some antiques) of interest.
At the small grocery around the corner, we purchased breakfast and snack provisions. But, dinner was reserved for the wonderful restaurants which Marc suggested.
Staying at the Karmen, we felt, almost like, residents of the city. After a leisurely, late breakfast, we would set out to wander the marble streets, stopping, always, at a favorite cafe for coffee. Then, back to the Karmen for an afternoon rest and read. Later, after the crowds had vacated, we'd head out again for a quiet evening on the town.
The Karmen felt like home, warm and comfy. We recommend it highly, you won't be disappointed.

Janet & Joel Greenhill; Atlanta, Georgia



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Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

Spent a wonderful 5 days at Karmen Apartments. They are in a fantastic location within the old city and a great base to explore Dubrovnik's old city.

The owner Marc is extremely welcoming and very helpful.

I would recommend them to anyone who wishes to spend time in this beautiful city without spending huge amounts of money in a modern hotel which lacks both the charm of this beautiful old building in its pefect location and the personal attention of the owner.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

This was a great place to stay and I loved being so close to everything I wanted to see. The apartment is small but set up in a great way so you don't notice it as much. Having a mini kitchen made it easy to have a inexpensive breakfast and Mark recommended some amazing places to eat. I would love to come back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sidney, Nebraska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 10, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dubrovnik at Karmen Apartments. We were lucky to stay one night when we arrived, and two nights at the end. The only we regret we have is not having longer. The rooms are very cozy, warm and inviting. Marc is a wonderful host and has a wealth of knowledge about Dubrovnik. We would highly recommend this apartment but would suggest you allow several days so you can get a chance to really know the people who run this establishment

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Karmen Apartments
Address: Bandureva 1, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 496 Specialty Lodging in Dubrovnik
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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