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The Karoline: Old World Charm In A 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Beauty By The Charles Bridge

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Old Town - The Karoline

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

This newly renovated, fully-equipped 3-bed and 2-bath apartment on the 1st floor(2nd floor US) of a historical neo-gothic building just around the corner from the Charles Bridge is for up to 8 guests, and at the same time caters to a smaller, more demanding group or family that wants to have Old World style but in a modern, functioning flat. There are three connecting rooms: the master bedroom with king-size bed(160 cm wide), the living room/sitting room with fireplace(bio-ethynol means real flames but no smoke), cable TV, and a large pull-out sofa(double-bed size), and then the large bedroom with two double-beds. These rooms all have their own entry/exit doors, so privacy is not a problem. The master bathroom has a tub and shower, his and her vanity sinks, and a washer and dryer concealed behind a decorative side panel. The second smaller bath has a shower, and both have heated floors. Complementary Wifi works throughout the flat. The fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for making large meals, or just for a coffee and small breakfast in the morning. Iron and ironing board, all towels and washcloths, and extra bedding are of course provided. Smoking is not permitted in the flat, but we have a small balcony which is perfect for that.

We think that you will appreciate the level of detail that Mark & Mirka put into the flat, from the choice of linens for the beds and selection of furnishings (we have two art nouveau chairs in the kitchen) to the extensive restoration of the ceiling décor and the matching chandeliers.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mark Grein
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Czech
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Mark Grein

Mark Grein is originally from the U.S., but on a chance trip to Europe back in the nineties, he was enchanted by the magical allure of Prague and decided to set up shop here, right in the middle of central Europe not long after the Velvet Revolution. He and his wife Mirka are filmmakers, but decided to try their hand at renovation when they bought this beauty in the heart of the Old Town last year. They did much of the renovation work themselves, especially in restoring the original ceiling stucco decoration, spending many hours up on a ladder covered in wet plaster and paint.

Mark Grein purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Mark Grein chose Prague 1

We knew we had something special when we first set eyes on this diamond-in-the-rough. All of the doors in this residential building have wooden entrance doors or portals that are decorative pieces unto themselves. One inside the flat, we saw that the elaborate but faded ceiling decorations were just screaming to be restored, and the original owner had left many of the original details in this old place, such as doors, door handles, parquet floors, windows(including original glass in some of the windows-- look closely and you'll see the tell-tale 'waviness' in some of the panes). The layout was perfect--- three connected rooms, but all with their own entrances/exits, a large and separate kitchen, along with a small balcony. Located on the 1st floor of a neo-gothic buliding just around the corner from the famous Charles Bridge in the heart of the Old Town, but on a side pedestrian street, it just felt like the right place. We think you'll agree :)

What makes this apartment unique

As with all properties, 'genus loci' is the most important thing, and this flat has got it in large amounts. It is the perfect place to begin and end a walking tour of the beautiful city, and the quaint street has got great cafes, fantastic wine bars and restarants, and even though it's close to the famous bridge, it's managed to hang to a lot of its local character.


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

The Karoline: Old World Charm In A 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Beauty By The Charles Bridge
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Mark's flat for four nights with my elderly mother and my sister and brother. The flat was clean and as nicely presented as in the photographs. Although we did not get to meet Mark, he provided us with some welcome provisions on our arrival and we got a tour of the premises from his colleague as well as answers to all our questions. The beds were really comfortable and the flat was really nice to chill in together when we were not out. The location could not have been better - a few minutes walk to most of the sites. And you must try the vegetarian restaurant across the road - even meat eaters could not fault it! Mark arranged our pick up and drop off from and to the airport which saved a lot of hassle and best of all - he provided us with a dvd player so my mum could watch some of her films when she was tired. Everything was fabulous and you really should give this flat a try. Thanks Mark - just sorry we didn't get to meet you.

Parul, England

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Parul, we're so glad that the flat suited everyone, even ol' Mum! :) Come back to visit us soon.
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A wonderful apartment in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to find this apartment in Prague. It is comfortable, lovely, charming, and spacious.(It even has heated tile floors in both of the bathrooms!) It's in a quiet neighborhood on a cobblestone side street, and a short walk to the river, the Old Town Square and many restaurants, coffee shops etc. Mark (the owner) pre-arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport when we arrived and drive us back to the airport at the end of our stay. We paid for it, but the convenience of having it all set up was a wonderful perk. Mark met us at the apartment when we arrived, showed us around and answered all of our questions. He has a shelf of tour guide books, maps etc. as well as instruction booklets for the appliances (such as the washer and dryer) in the apartment. It really enhanced our time in Prague to have such an attractive and comfortable home-base, and such a friendly host. We couldn't have asked for more!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves, although i'm sure that it was a challenge to keep yourselves dry during your trip because of the rain. Take care!
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Beautiful flat in Prague....just steps to the Charles Bridge

  • 5 of 5

This was our second trip to Prague, so we knew the location we wanted. The Karoline was ideal. Very easy to walk to all the best locations, with excellent restaurants (Stoleti and Red Pif) within one block. The flat is beautiful, comfortable, clean and well stocked. Mark was very responsive and helped to arrange our airport transfers. His assistant met us on arrival and gave us a thorough orientation to the flat and the city. We have a second home that we rent through VRBO and are thus very critical when it comes to rental properties. We would recommend the Karoline without reservation. Thanks for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tom, ' so glad that you and Nancy enjoyed yourselves and made good use of the flat. We hope to welcome you back again soon for trip number three :) Mark & Mirka
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very convenient location and beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The interior of the apartment is beautiful with exceptionally good finishing touches. It is very comfortable and homely and everywhere in Prague is within walking distance. It is spotlessly clean, tidy and very well equipped. There were thoughtful touches when we arrived, essentials like bread, milk, cheese and ham so we could have breakfast the next day without having to find a shop. Even a bottle of wine. There are countless good quality eating establishments nearby. Our favourite was the Italian boat restaurant at the next bridge along from Charles Bridge, but we also found a lovely pavement restaurant nearby that we used the most. Off the beaten track is sometimes better than the main squares.

The weather was very hot during our stay which meant that we needed to have the windows open at night. There are many bars and clubs in Karoliny Svetle and because of this there was a continual stream of noisy people going past the flat right until the early hours of the next day. We were so tired from sightseeing that on most nights this did not keep us awake, but sometimes it did. If the windows were shut you could hear nothing. I only mention this as I have been asked to be honest and I am usually the first to be disturbed by extraneous noise. Yes, it was disturbing but it would not put me off returning or recommending the apartment.

We were also grateful to Mark for arranging very efficient airport transfers for us.

All four of us agree that this was the best holiday experience we have had. The total package; a comfortable apartment and the beauty of Prague. Mark should be very proud of the hard work he has lavished on the renovation of the apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Vicki, and thanks for your honest review. We're so glad to hear that the trip went so well overall, but not happy to hear that you were disturbed a few times at night by some nightcrawlers. In the worst case, you can always close the windows and use the fans to stay cool.. Our cute pedestrian street is usually very peaceful, especially because there is little to no car traffic, but it only takes someone who's had a bit to drink to disturb the whole neighboorhood... In any case, we hope to have you back soon--- take care!
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Mill Valley, CA USA

Beautiful flat in a great location around the corner from the Charles Bridge.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights at the Karoline with our two teenage daughters in early September and highly recommend it. It’s a spacious and very nicely redone flat on a street just around the corner from the Charles Bridge and a few minutes walk from Old Town Square. Mark (the owner) and Clara (who met us at the apartment when we arrived) were both very helpful and the entire process was easy. The car service that they arranged to pick us up from the airport was fairly priced and very convenient. Great place to stay in a beautiful city!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you, Andrew, and the girls enjoyed yourselves at the flat and in the city.
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Lovely Flat in a Fantastic Location

  • 4 of 5

My spouse and I stayed with a friend there and each had a bathroom and bedroom and shared the central living room and kitchen. We loved the art nouveau plaster work on the ceiling, and the modern and antique touches in the other decorations and furnishings gave one a sense of "Old and New Prague." A nice modern kitchen with eating table completed the space. We also appreciated the little balcony with window boxes filled with herbs off the back of the flat. Our hosts were very helpful arranging for transportation to the flat and providing an orientation to the city as well aa a few goodies to get us started with breakfast and a light lunch the next day.

You can't beat the location. Only 5-10 minute walk to the Charles Bridge and the subway, but the street was a bit noisy at times.We would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ann. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay at The Karoline. Yes--- even though our street is a quiet pedestrian street off of the main drag with very little car traffic, it only takes a few loud people leaving a cafe or pub to disturb the night silence for everyone. In any case, we hope you'll come back for a return visit. Take care!
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Vaclav Havel international airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Standard Cafe
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Main train station(Hlavni nadrazi)
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Rainer Maria Rilke
Nearest Beach
824 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

We are located just a few minutes walk from the famous Charles Bridge on a quaint, historical street filled with cozy cafes, great wine bars, and tasty restaurants. We are in the heart of the Old Town, so it is the perfect base to go sight-seeing in one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Old Town, Prague 1

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2016
15 Mar 2016 - 14 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season 2016
15 Nov 2016 - 14 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2016
15 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year's 2017
27 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 14 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season 2017
15 Mar 2017 - 14 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season Fall 2017
15 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season Winter 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year's
27 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

For more than 2 guests £16

For additional guests more than 2, we charge 18 EUR per person. For example, for 4 guests during the high season, the charge would be 225+36= 261 EUR per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Old Town in Prague

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Small bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , comfortable pullout double-bed
    Large Bedroom - 2 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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