Hotel kind of feels like it was designed and furnished by IKEA. Not a bad thing, but it has a very Euro feel to it. Bright lights, bright colors, and lots of plastic. The check in is on the 17th floor, as the first 10 floors of the building are a hospital. Yes weird, but besides running into patients in hospital gowns walking around with IV stands in the convenience store at the ground level, you would never know.
My first problem was finding the place. The map that Agoda has online is 2 subway stops short. I walked around that area for an hour with my luggage like an idiot before I finally found and begged a pharmacist to help me find where the heck it was. So after 6 more flights of stairs and 2 subway stops, I found it. (dont even try getting into a cab without directions written in Korean) The hotel is right at BUJEON-DONG subway stop. One north of Seomyeon. NOT one south of Seoymeon.
As I walked in they had the prices posted, and it was $72 per night as opposed to the $81 that I just paid at Agoda. Both prices didn't include tax. Oh well. Live and learn.
The counter staff just barely spoke enough English, but this is par for the course in Korea. When I asked about the wireless, she said "bad signal" and offered a LAN cable. Too bad my Mac Air doesn't accept it. The wireless was hit and miss in the lobby though.
The room and toilet was tiny, again typical for Korea. Only a shower crammed into a corner. It had a nice flat screen, a tiny fridge with no freezer, a safe and of course the toilet bidet machine. The TV had 2 channels with shows in English, as well as BBC, CNN, and Asia News, but that was about it. The bed was soft. This is my 5th hotel in Busan, and the only that had a decent bed and pillows. It wasn't amazing or anything for US standards, but considering the last 5 hotels, it was heaven.
I went to lunch, and was told that as a single diner, I had to sit at the window bar with a tiny stool and a narrow bar to eat at. (I'm a big guy) My legs didn't even fit under the bar, no less my butt on the seat. Normally I walk out of places lie that, but there is nothing nearby to eat, and I was starving. All that, and there were about 20 empty tables. I could have been the "rude American" we are so often accused of being, but I just dealt with it. I asked the manager how much as he walked me to my stool. He said 12,000 won three times. $10 US. It wasn't until I left when I saw it was 22,000 $20 US. Again severe problems with speaking English. I didnt complain, I just paid it. This happens all the time in Korea and you just have to roll with it. It's their country. The buffet was pretty good, mostly all asian foods. I wasnt offered a drink, but they did bring water.
There is a grocery store directly across the street from the entrance (hard to see), and the hotel sites next to a giant public market with all sorts of local foods and goods. It's kind of a mini International Market. There wasn't much else close nearby.
If you walk out the hospital entrance past the convenience store and turn right, you can take bus 43 or 83 the 10 blocks south to Seomyeon where there are lots of restaurants and the Lotte department store. It costs 1200 Won. Or take the subway 1 stop if you like walking 6 flights of stairs.
I would definitely stay here again, as rarely do you find such a new clean hotel.
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