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Karmen Apartments
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed in the smaller apartment in the building but it was plenty large enough for two people. We were in Dubrovnik during a hot spell, so the air conditioning was a welcome for us. The owner, Marc, has great ideas for places to eat and things to do, but you will find Dubrovnik very easy to manage by foot, particularly at this location. WiFi works better than mine at home!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We came upon this delightful place via Lonely Planet, and were very happy that it was available for our trip in August 2013. The proprietor Mr. Marc van Bloemen responded very quickly and efficiently to my e-mail inquiries, and also kindly helped refer us to another place to stay upon our later return to Dubrovnik at a time when his apartment was not available. He very kindly arranged for a taxi to personally meet us at the airport in Dubrovnik and - on a Saturday evening no less! - kindly met us at the gates of the old town to personally escort us to the apartment to help settle us in. We were warmly welcomed and this was a nice introduction to Croatia.

The apartment itself was simple and very clean, with Wi-Fi internet service and a small kitchen suitable for preparing basic meals. The highlight was the view from the apartment window-- no more than 10-15 feet from the fortress wall of the town itself. The apartment is just a minute or two from the marina, several main squares, and from the main promenade in town. The farmers market and a small convenience stores are just a few minutes away as well. This was the ideal and perfect place for our too-short visit to Dubrovnik. Many thanks to Marc and his kind family for our stay.

Room Tip: I mistakenly pressed the button for 'swimming pool' and 'fitness center' - however o...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

I read about the Karmen apartments in the Rough Guide to Croatia where they were listed as the top 5 Homestays and B&Bs in Croatia (6th edition, March 2013 pg. 37), from further research the apartments are recommended in a lot of the independent travel review guides. My apartment exceeded my expectations in every way, perfect setting in the old town, near all the old time attractions, a "hole in the wall" to the harbor for a swim or to watch water polo as the sun sets in the evening.The apartment itself, had a balcony, and a bed that I would rate 5 star (and this is the Princess and Pea reviews), air conditioning worked brilliantly (which is a novelty for an irish person). The owners could not have been more helpful, chatty and welcoming, and gave recommendations of places go, its also less than a 10 minute walk to the cable car (where you can also get the bus to the airport). The personal touches really made this apartment, the owners clearly love their home and show their love in donning every wall with art, maps and quirky little pieces, I would happily live in an apartment like this 365 days a year. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a wonderful place to stay right in the old town, surrounded by cobblestone streets and the medieval wall. I really enjoyed my stay there and the owner and his wife were really helpful and accommodating. It is a real gem and I would certainly recommend these nice apartments!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Marc and Silvi are wonderful hosts and the apartment was a terrific place to stay while we explored Dubrovnik and Lokram Island nearby. We stayed in apartment #2 -- enough space for 2 of us (small kitchenette area, which we didn't take full advantage of), 1 queen bed and a small side room with a twin bed. The apartment was clean, quiet, safe and just moments from cafes, churches, stores and the old wall.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We have just stayed in the apartment for a week (Aug 2013). We were met by the host, Marc who was very welcoming and helpful giving his recommendations of places to eat and see. The apartment itself (Apartment 1) was beautifully but simply furnished with a great view over the harbour. The apartment is double glazed so you hear little or no noise from the restaurants below. I would recommend this as the perfect place to stay as you are within the splendor of the old city.

Room Tip: Go for the view across the harbour
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is a fantastic place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the old city. Very clean, great hosts and well equipped.
My girlfriend and I stayed in the room with windows level with the old wall. The only downside was that people walked along the wall so the shades needed to be pulled if we were inside but we weren't in the room much during the day and this wasn't an issue. The shades are quite heavy and the wall closes early in the evening. The apartments are run by Marc and he is very friendly and had some pretty good recommendations for sightseeing and eating. This was one of the best places we stayed in Croatia and was a great home base while exploring the Old City and surrounding areas.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Bandureva 1, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Dubrovnik-Neretva County > Dubrovnik
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 503 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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