From the outside, the hotel didn't inspire confidence that we had made the right decision to stay there, and to confuse us further, the reception was located on the 9th floor, which meant we had to drag all our luggages up there as we happened to be packed full. Then we had to cramp our luggages into the lift again to get to our assigned floor.
However, once we stepped into our room, we were met with a modern layout with a comfortable double bed. It was a tight squeeze even for the two of us, but a bit of imagination in using confined spaces meant we could walk around the room without falling on each other.
For a room this small, we were surprised to see a full bath in the ensuite, as well as a 2nd vanity outside the ensuite just adjacent to the wardrobe. Storage was limited but adequate, and it was clear this room was certainly not designed for long stay guests.
We found the airconditioning inadequate in cooling our room even though it was sub zero Celsius outside. A request the next day to have it checked out resulted in a marginal improvement, and we still needed to have the temperature setting at the lowest possible to feel reasonably comfortable. We're from Australia where it's summer and the temps are in the mid to high thirties, so it's not a question of acclimatisation. We're quite sure something was wrong with the aircon system.
Apart from this, we were happy with the room and facilities. The TV had the most number of channels of any hotel in our 3 week travel staying at 6 hotels. I counted more than 200 channels of viewing, the vast majority in Korean of course.
The location of the hotel was excellent, being just a couple of minutes walk from Haeundae Beach. It's also handy to numerous restaurants, fast food joints, and western chain restaurants that made it more "homely" for us. It was also opposite the Haeundae Market which featured live seafood of every species imaginable.
If you have 2-3 hours to spare, I recommend strolling along the beach to the APEC Nurimaru House on Dongbaekseom Island towards the Gwangan Bridge. It's a very refreshing and scenic route, and there's plenty to see along the way. You must bring your camera with you.
If you want to go outside of Haeundae Beach, the subway and bus services are about half a kilometer away and quite convenient.
This hotel didn't seem to provide any other services except for the standard reception and housekeeping. They did have a restaurant which provided breakfast, but we didn't try it out.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay for us with the convenience of the location being a major plus. If we ever plan to stay there again, we'll have to remember to reduce our personal baggage !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Business Hotel is located on the shoreline of Busan's beautiful Haeundae Beach, which is an international resort with an endless and shining beach. Sunset business Hotel was launched on October 28, 2008. We are very confident that we will provide the best quality service through our own management skills. We continually strive to establish a close relationship with our clients to insure complete customer satisfaction. The Hotel's 85 rooms have been designed with individual concepts, which are luxurious, modern, and classically comfortable to provide customized service. We are proud of the views of Haeundae Beach from the hotel, which the customer can conveniently enjoy while taking are relaxing rest in a whirlpool bath. Escape to Sunset Hotel for elegant rooms, first class service, karaoke entertainment, relaxing Thai massage, and a quality restaurant. Let us take care of you for an up grading life experience at a most reasonable cost. Our promise is to provide the best service and to make the Sunset Business Hotel the best facility for the customer. Restaurant : 3rd Floor (Coffee Mandalay), The Sunset Business Hotel will provide the best quality service to you, so you can enjoy your stay in our hotel. We are looking to forward meeting and serving you in the near future. The 8th-15th floors are the accommodations of the Sunset Business Hotel, which is our newly designed hotel built in 2008. We offer different styles of rooms to meet the requirements for our customers, from lodgings to business meeting rooms. We cordially invite you to come and enjoy your time. ... more less
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