We were on a self-drive trip and stayed in Areumdaun Resort for a night in June 2013. Areumdaun is a 5-10mins drive away from Seongsan but away from all other attractions. It's good to stay here if you drive as there is a huge carpark available. However, it has nice sea view. There was nothing much to do there at night. There is a restaurant near there which serves delicious seafood soup.
Room was huge with twin beds and a bar counter. However, it could do better with a bath tub. Breakfast was simple yet appetizing. We could also see some horses at the backyard.
A good place to stay if you are looking for some time to relax and rest as there are no attractions nearby.
Got this at a good price and it came with breakfast.
The hotel is basic and the given room gave us a view of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, which is just 7 mins drive away.
Here are the brickbats:
- The bed frame was not in good condition. The strip covering the edge was missing on certain portion, exposing a couple sharp nails (pls see attached pic). I was cut in the legs
- As previously mentioned by another reviewer, the provided towels were very small and looked more like floor towels.
- There was a half used tooth paste given as highlighted by another reviewer. We encountered the same in another budget hotel so it may be a norm. Regardless, it's really too personal to share toothpaste
- Little or no amenities within walking distance
Breakfast is acceptable.
No reason to stay here unless it's cheap and the need to be close to Seongsan Ilchulbong peak
This resort is situated in a very quiet and peaceful location. It is very near Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak). The room is spacious and I believe a family of 4 can gather in the room and do some cooking (YES they have a stove in it) and eating. I spend about an hour plus from Jeju airport to this resort. Managed to get to this location via the use of Google Maps and GPS. I think it will be hard to get to this place solely on GPS only. Rooms are generally clean and the view is nice from the rooms!
Breakfast is provided (Bread, sausages, hams, cereal, fruits).
This accommodation is quite difficult to find without a GPS. You won't find any sign showing “Areumdaun Resort” on the exterior of the building.
On the positive side, the room looked nice, it was very spacious and bright, it had a kitchen, and there was free internet. However, after paying $200 USD a night, I expect this list to be a bit longer.
This hotel lacked some basic amenities (standard features in most other Korean hotels): there were no slippers for guests, no complimentary water, no wardrobe/drawer/shelves, no bathrobe. What I did find was half tube of used toothpaste in the bathroom, I suspect it was the left over from a previous guest. Although the bed looked ok, oddly they still used thin blankets (as you would expect to see in a motel back in the 80's). In addition, the bath towel was the size of tea towel which was not practical. Booked a room with ocean view, but the window was filthy and insect screen was torn.
I made the mistake by assuming “resort” means great onsite facilities. I dreamt of a swimming pool (it didn’t have), massage (it didn’t have), gym (it didn’t have), spa (it didn’t have), bar (it didn’t have). It was nothing more than a motel with a distant view to the ocean.
It is very hard to describe how bad the breakfast was. On the buffet table I only saw these: one jar of orange cordial, one pot of porridge, one pot of cheesy soup, one plate of scramble eggs and ambiguous sausage, one plate of oranges, and one pile of stale bread. Served in plastic cups and plastic plates. One guest sneezed in front of the bread, so not even the stale bread was edible after the spray. I had my fair share of ordinary hotel buffet over the years, this one easily takes the crown. It was so bad that I had no words to describe the experience. The offering was not quite Korean and not quite Western. It tasted so weird and so bad at the same time.
In summary, Areumdaun Resort offered very poor value in my opinion. It was worth no more than $65 USD a night and I could not recommend this accommodation to anyone who is after a resort stay.
We stayed here for one night just before we left Jeju and it was the best way to end our stay on the island. A little out of town, it's nestled between a few other resorts however it's incredibly peaceful. The views from our window were gorgeous, and it was lovely to wake up to the sound of the sea. Sunrise peak is just a short taxi ride away, or a little bit of a walk however being in such a beautiful area the distance doesn't seem so bad. You can also get to the Manjang Cave from here, although it will take an hour and a half by bus. The hotel room is modern, clean, very bright and airy, and had everything we needed for our stay, including a little kitchen area. We noticed that it was more populated by Korean families then foreigners, but the staff speak a great deal of English and can help you do things such as hail taxis, plan routes or find restaurants. I'd greatly recommend this place.