These apartments offer a quiet retreat in a city that can be swamped with tourists. It's on a hidden passageway beside one of the 70-foot-high walls that has protected the city for five centuries. Our warm host, Marc van Bloemen, regaled us with stories. He had grown up in London, where his parents had a music club, and as a boy Marc might wake up and find Paul Simon asleep on his floor after a gig. Interesting family!
Our apartment was breezy, comfortable, and artistic. (Our table lamp was created by Marc’s family friend, the mime Marcel Marceau, using the downspout from a Paris rooftop.) The kitchen and dining nook were decorated with framed rows of vintage magazine ads. Everything was in great shape, and the many conveniences included Wi-Fi and satellite television. The kitchenette was fully and thoughtfully equipped; we shopped at local markets and enjoyed eating "at home."
Staying at the Karmen Apartments added a very pleasant dimension to our visit to Dubrovnik. Highly recommended!
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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. ... more less