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“Smack in the middle betw Busan & Haeundae, next to Gwangali Beach”

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Benikea Hotel Press
Ranked #75 of 139 Hotels in Busan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Smack in the middle betw Busan & Haeundae, next to Gwangali Beach”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Easy enough access to the subway, bus stop at the door step (to/fro Busan downtown), few minutes walk to dining spots (local & western) and Gwangali Beach. Hotel is directly across the road from KBS Busan ie. excellent landmark to tell the taxi driver. Bus or train stops will also mention KBS - thumbs up!
Room was modern & well-equipped. Room door was a little stuck at times. Other than coffee/tea facilities, they also gave little biscuits. All complimentary. Flat screen TV was real big. Bathroom spacious too. We took the traditional room (sleeping on the floor) as we wanted the local experience plus it was cheaper. Only tricky bit was the heated floor - the thermostat seemed to have a mind of its own and keep rising, had to keep turning over to avoid getting singed. Fortunately, we could open the window and let in the cool breeze. View outside faced the main road & KBS Building - our room looked into the carpark but there were beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom to make up for no beach view. The room also had double windows which spared us from the traffic noise. There was complimentary PC usage at the reception as well as a microwave oven - kinda strange to see them side by side. Wouldn't there be EM interference if someone was reading emails and nuking food at the same time? Lift broke down one day but the staff directed us to the service lift which worked just as well. There's indoor parking for those who drive.
On morning of departure, heavy rain beset Busan. Helpful staff called us a taxi and when none showed, he went out to the roadside to hail one down. Good on him!

Room Tip: Not sure if rooms on higher floors can have a view of the beach, but you can always ask.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had the two room Suite. great size well renovated - but - too few power points and all hidden behind furniture - glass panel doors between bedrooms (no privacy). No curtains or shutters on second bedroom window so light poured in waking you up before sunrise - light goes in to main bedroom thru glass doors. Agree with other comments heating system too complex and data only in Korean. Floor heating had been set at 30 degrees ! Lighting switching similarly complex. Was told the air conditioner only available in summer ! Lack of places to put bags (this is a suite) should have fold up bag tables in closet. Great location near beach and many good food outlet options. Staff very good and no doubt you would get used to "operating the room" after a couple of days

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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WEATHERFORD, OK
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This hotel is just around the corner from the beach and nightlife. Room was excellant. Although don't turn on the floor heaters when it is hot outside. Don't mess with buttons by the beds.YOU WILL BURN UP! We stayed in the family suite with two large beds. The room was huge.One bed was a tempurpedic bed that raised up like a hospital bed. The other was plain. The bathroom was spacious also with a huge jacuzzi bath and a shower with the sprinkler head.Two computers also in the room in Korean of course. Soap, shampoo, conditioner hung on the wall for use. Men's amenties on the counter. Guess there are more men staying than women. Overall, very nice stay!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We are staying in the family twin room and were really impressed with the extra things that we weren't expecting - a jacuzzi, an electric bed, loads of toiletries, coffee making facilities etc. The reception area and the room is a bit dark and gloomy but we like it here nonetheless!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The staff of this hotel speak fairly good english. However, the room cleaning work is not good at all. The room size is quite spacious for the Superior room. Its location is OK and it's about 7-10 minutes walk to the nearest Namcheon Metro station. It's not difficualt to find it since it's located next to the Mercedes Benz showroom building. The air condition is the big problem, it's too hot that I need to turn it off eventually. I saw another man had complained the same at the reception during my stay as well. No safe and even shower curtain are provided, but it has equiped an in room computer. I checked out at 5:40am in the morning and waited for 5 minutes at the reception, but still no staff was found. Such situation should not have happened, but it did. From the hotel to the airport, the taxi ride will take about 40 minutes and will cost about 20,000won. This is a typical 3 star hotel with western style decoration, may consider it if you've got a good rate.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Strasbourg
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our tour of South Korea brought us to the city of Busan, as the guidebooks told us it was a surprisingly wonderful place to visit, and they weren’t wrong..! Thanks to Tripadvisor’s good reports, we booked this hotel, which we can now endorse…

From the enclosed photos, you can see that the room was compact, but stylish, spotlessly clean, with a polished parquet floor, a huge bed with delightful duvet and pillows, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, powerful air-conditioning, and a magnificent bathroom with walk-in shower, together with a very sophisticated automated toilet ! And the television screen was as big as the bed ! Plus there was a computer for our use, free wi-fi too …and great soundproofing despite the fact we were in a busy part of town…

The price was very well negotiated (by our previous hotel, who phoned forward to reserve our room), bearing in mind that we were there for the weekend … 59 Euros a night ! At least 20 Euros less than usually quoted and an excellent price for downtown Busan … especially as the location was superb, if moving around by foot or using the underground (it’s between two metro stations). But how we ever found the hotel with our hire car was a miracle – thanks to the English-speaking navigation system, but still ! There was free secured parking, which was an additional bonus for a big city centre … and we left the car safely there whilst we explored using other means !

As hoped, we were extremely close to Gwanganli Beach and its breathtakingly beautiful bridge – just a ten minutes’ walk to the beach and all the trendy bars, restaurants, and very attractive promenade – by day and night this place is very special indeed.

It was thanks to the delights of Busan and the comfort of this hotel, that we had decided to stay an extra night – at the same reasonable rate - which meant that our three nights in Benikea Press hotel were very enjoyable indeed … the young man working the weekend on reception was extremely helpful, spoke excellent english and helped us to phone ahead to our next destination, to reserve a room where they only spoke Korean. So we only have good things to say about this hotel…

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

The hotel is newly renovated and the rooms are very clean. Large TV and a computer in each room. The staff is very helpful. The location is ok, about 10 minutes walking distance from the subway station and the beach. On the negative side, is pretty complicated to figure out the how to use the air conditioning and the heating settings, so better ask for details at the reception

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Benikea Hotel Press
Address: 21, Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan 48314, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Busan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 139 Hotels in Busan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Benikea Hotel Press 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benikea Hotel Press has earned recognition as a boutique hotel that brings out the best of the natural environment of Gwangalli Beach where visitors can enjoy romance all year round. In Busan, you can see a glimpse of the beautiful Gwangandaygyo Bridge at the end of a dazzling shoreline, and there are many places to enjoy marine sports. As an advocate of a new concept of hotel culture, Benikea Hotel Press thinks from its guests' point of view in order to provide the best services and to ensure a comfortable stay. * Check-in -Standard check in time is between 2:00PM to 10:00PM. -Please inform to hotel in advance in case of late check in (after 10:00PM) ※ Blanket will be provided for paid addtional guest. ※ Free Wi-Fi ※ All rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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