We were travelling on a budget, so booked this hotel instead of the Kensington one up the road because it was half the price. The hostel within the actual park was closed, so this was the cheapest option closest to the park, and we came to hike.
Well, where to begin. What a dive. This place reminds me of a deserted 'Faulty Towers' - it's so bad it's funny! We arrived to an old guy sitting in the reception who couldn't speak English, but luckily a younger man arrived not long after to help us! He gave us the key, told us the restaurant and bar were both closed so had to look for dinner elsewhere. Breakfast was an extra charge, but it was open too late (8-9am if I remember correctly) for hikers who want to start early, and they had no laundry services. Great start. I think there were only about 5 other people staying in the hotel, and the shops right next to the hotel were deserted - total ghost town.
The beds were comfortable, even after huge days of hiking, so we were grateful for that. But the bathroom was filth, no pressure in the shower, and the toilet looked like it had been leaking, so had been attacked with a caulking gun to within an inch of its miserable life! The bedding and furniture are old and crusty - much in need of a refurbishment. It reminds me of staying at my grandmothers, except even she has newer sheets & bedspreads!
We ate either at the stalls within the park, or at the Kensington hotel where they serve both traditional Korean (pretty good) or crap western food.
I'll put it like this: if you're travelling on a budget, this will do just fine - but if you're looking for cleanliness, food and convenience, look elsewhere!!
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