The Elysee is a very clean, well-run hotel in Busan. One of the 3 family members who own the hotel, SungHo, is available at the front desk almost 24 hrs. a day. He speaks very good English and he is totally focused on providing excellent service to his guests. Examples of this are; 1) When I enquired about the best way to go about booking a KTX train seat back to Seoul he immediately got on his computer and purchased my ticket. I paid the same price as if I had gone to the Busan Train Station (20 min. walk away) and purchased it there. He did this in about 8 minutes. 2) When I lost my reading glasses and told him about this upon returning to the hotel he asked if I was OK with riding as a passenger on the back of his scooter. When I answered, "Yes", we immediately took off for an eyeglass store where I found a pair for under C$5.00 and we were back at the hotel in 15 minutes from our departure time. 3) When I was unable to connect my laptop to the power source in my room he provided me with an adaptor for a 10,000 KRW deposit. No problem seems too great for SungHo to solve.
My stay at the hotel totalled 6 nights and I found the location very convenient to the Subway (10 min.), Busan Train Station (20min.), Lotte Department Store (15 min.), Jagalchi Fish Market (20 min.), a huge outdoor drygoods market (20 min.), Busan Tower (10 min.) and a large variety of decent restaurants and nice small specialty shops (10 - 20 min.) --- all are walking times. The short walk from the NomPoDong Subway station entails about 150 m. of steep uphill walking so if you can't handle this you can always take a taxi. SungHo has the foresight to email a sequence of photos in advance of your arrival to guide you from the Subway station to the hotel and this makes finding the place a breeze- What a great idea. He also provides detailed info on directions to the hotel from the airport, various bus stations and the train station. NOONE could get lost if you follow his directions. This concept was unique to all the budget hotels I stayed at during my 8 weeks in Vietnam, Thailand and Korea. I found my room to be quiet day and night so no problems with getting a sound sleep. For those who may be driving there is a decent sized covered parking lot under the hotel that never seemed over 1/2 full during my stay. The hotel has about 8 floors and is serviced by an elevator.
My room, #203, a STANDARD ROOM, came equipped with a large-screen TV, bar fridge, water purifier, comfortable bed and decent pillows and a large bathroom with separate shower and bathtub and tile floor. All the required toiletries are supplied such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, bath gel, shampoo and more. One hand-held unit controls the lights, TV and the temperature control.
The outer appearance of the hotel is rather unusual and it is certainly an old building but I give credit to the family owners who keep it so clean. Within a day or two any guest will feel as though they are part of the family. This place is for sure a repeat if I come back to Busan. .
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