A funky but dated tourist hotel. We stayed three nights in the off season and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The manager bent over backwards to help us rent a car, which is essential to seeing many of the temples and other sites outside of town. If you just want to hang around the lakeside tourist complex you won't really need a car, but if you want to go into Gyeongju proper or see other sites you'll want a car or you'll be stuck on a bus which is the only other option for getting around, though I suppose you could use cabs to get around if you needed to.
We had one of the large, circular deluxe rooms which was somewhat bizarre by western standards but perfectly OK by Korean standards. Funky 1980s-1990s decorating and color schemes which was somewhat garish to our eyes but is apparently the norm in Korea. Libarace would feel right at home. Anyway, the room was fine and clean but there was a god-awful sewage smell that wafted up through the floor drain in the bathroom. Attempts to block the stench with wet towels were unsuccessful. We kept the door closed and tried to go in there as little as possible.
When my wife booked the hotel she was drawn by photos that showed happy tourists cavorting on the deck and enjoying a meal in the onsite restaurant. During our visit, however, it was totally dead and it was somewhat depressing. The restaurant was closed though the manager did offer to serve us meals if we wanted them. We didn't have the heart to ask. The manager said that it picked up on the weekends, but the impression we got was of an establishment in decline. Other hotels nearby, including the equally funky hotels right next door seemed to have much more business, even mid-week and during the off season. My guess is that this hotel was one of the first hotels in the area, and was probably first class by the standards of the day. It has, however, been surpassed by newer establishments closer to the lakefront. The saving grace is the excellent service offered by the manager. Still, its an OK value when compared with the nearby Hilton and other lakeside establishments, but make sure to ask for the room without the sewer smell.
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Benikea Swiss Rosen Hotel is located in Bomun Resort Complex of Gyeogju, the capital city of old shilla dynasty with the easy access to the tourist sites. It features deluxe class of rooms and facilites and provides warm hospitality of guest oriented staffs and comfortable relaxatio with the reasonable price.the boutique scheme of design with Mediterranean architecture style will present unforgettable and pleasant time with you.For the relaxable days of the guests, the hotel serves American style breakfast and barbeque dinner in the restaurant.For the summer season, outdoor swimming pool is on the 1st floor. Seminar room and ondol room is facilitated for the group guests such as families, companies, and groups.... more less Business Center, Free 2 cups of tea (Restaurant / Americano / 2pm~4pm), Free wireless internet service, Free Parking, Free Pick-up Service, One hour free bicycle rental service (limited to prior reservations) The Business Center equipped with PCs, Internet, word processing and printers.ServicesFree internetCopy and print (black and white / color) (paid)Fax (paid) This medium-size seminar room can accommodate up to 80 people and small seminar room can accommodate up to 30 people. Equipped with a large screen, beam projector, and sound equipment, it is perfect for family gatherings, seminars, business meetings, public agency assemblies, and more.Facilities- Free wireless internet service- Sound control system- Beam projector and large screenCoffee Shop & Restaurant>The caf?/restaurant features a terrace where patrons can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bomun, and an exotic interior design inspired by San Torini. It also boasts a billiard table where friends and families can enjoy a memorable time together against the backdrop of Bomun's beautiful scenery. The restaurant serves breakfast, coffee, beverages, and simple snacks such as home-made burgers, as well as alcoholic beverages such as beer.Capacity: 60 seats Escape the daily grind! Treat yourself to a comfortable vacation. We have American smoke charcoal, which is used to cure meat, ready to fire up the grill upon request. The barbecue garden is open from 17:00 to 21:00. To use the barbecue facilities, please book one day prior to your stay. Capacity:50 seat You will find a swimming pool on the ground floor where family and loved ones can hang out during the hot summer months. There is a large outdoor movie screen that plays music videos and movies at night. Enjoy it with a beer or other drinks on the side.Location: 1st Floor OutdoorSize: 8m x 4.5m x 1m(depth) There is a karaoke bar in the underground level of the hotel. It’s a great place for families and couples to show off their singing skills. The area is divided into separate rooms for privacy.Capacity:70 seats (7 individual rooms)
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