I stayed at this hotel on business for 3 nights. I was in room 1209 – on the 12th floor with a balcony and great view over a lake. I was booked into the hotel by my hosts who get a special discount. The room rate listed on a leaflet in the room was 250000 won but I paid only 110000 won which included the buffet breakfast.
The hotel and room (twin bedded) were very comfortable. It had a large flat screen TV with CNN and a Korean English channel. The room had tea making facilities (2 sachets each of green tea and black tea which I thought was a little stingy considering there could be two people in the room – no milk – but you can easily get more tea if you have the buffet breakfast!).
Every evening I was at the hotel (Tuesday-Thursday) there was live entertainment in the form of a male musician/vocalist and a female vocalist. Both were good, singing in English all the time I was there.
The hotel staff were very friendly and most spoke good English. The chambermaids start early, before 0800 and have little knowledge of English.
The circumference of the lake is stated to be 10km. There is claimed to be a path/cycle track around it. I did not have time to investigate this track other than for about an hour each morning so I could only walk for about 25 minutes in either direction before turning back. There is construction work on the path but it is very easy to detour around these sections. There appears to be a major exercise to improve the path from what is a dirt track in places to a red brick path.
The hotel and local area are used by both tourists and business people. The hotel, lake and surrounding area form what is known as the Bomun Tourist Resort. There are several other hotels on the lake shore, such as the Hilton and Concorde. There is also a funfair – Gyeongju World - though I had no time to visit it.
There are lots of historic sites (listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites), such as the 15th-16th century Yangdong folk village, in the surrounding area though you would need a car to visit them. The heritage of the area dates back well over 1000 years.
The hotel’s buffet breakfast was good, comprising both hot and cold food. Breakfast can be busy at times, even when the restaurant opens at 0700, as the hotel is used by tourist coach parties. I ate in the hotel only one evening when I had the buffet dinner – this was good and there was lots of choice. There are many restaurants nearby, some within easy walking distance. There are two food villages - Bukgun and Supmeori – nearby, comprising many restaurants. The first food village is just within walking distance from the hotel – probably about 25 minutes. Alternatively, both food villages are a very short taxi ride away. My hosts took me to a restaurant in the Bokgun Food Village and this was very good. If you try these food villages then be prepared to sit cross-legged - the restaurant staff may not have any knowledge of English so you will need to be prepared to experiment!
In addition to Korean and foreign tourists, the hotel also hosts international conferences though I don’t know the maximum size of conference they can host.
Contrary to other reviews of this hotel, I encountered no mould in the bathroom or any other problems! All the fittings and furnishings were of good quality and clean.
In October, the outdoor swimming pool was not in use.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this hotel and would not hesitate to stay here again if I returned.
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