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“Basic room, good location and brick hard bed”

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December Hotel Jeju
Ranked #11 of 162 Hotels in Jeju
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 29, 2012

My wife and I stayed at December hotel in July 2012. We booked the hotel online on Agoda and we had to pay 170 USD for the room for three nights. When we booked the hotel we were not familiar with the island so we didn’t really know where to stay but we decided to stay near Jeju-si as it seemed central. Taxi from the airport to the hotel only takes 5-10 minutes and it was about 3000 W.

Check in was fast and we got room 305. The guy who checked us in was not very fluent in English but he managed to explain the basics of our stay and to explain the remote control (as this controls TV, aircon and light). When we got out of the lift on the third floor we became a bit skeptical as the carpet seemed stained or really dirty. But the room was far nicer than expected. When we entered the room there was a tiny room to leave your shoes and to put on the slippers – one door leads into the bathroom and one into the main room.

The main room contained a bed, two big chairs, a table, a small fridge with two bottles of water (complimentary each day), a desk and a TV. Let’s start with the king size bed: it was brick hard and not the way I like it! And to make it even more challenging the pillows were huge and also very firm! I don’t think I have ever tossed and turned that much during sleep as I did at this hotel.

The remote control gives you access to control the TV, air con and light. There were some problem with the light and the guy in the reception tried to explain it to us and we did manage to turn of the light but we did experience that it came on automatically a couple of times. The air con was OK but it was a bit tricky to get the right temperature at night and it became pretty freezing at night. And we only got a thin sheet at a duvet for the bed – I like it better when the blankets are covered up by a sheet. The TV contained a lot of Korean channels and only a few English ones. There were not that many amenities in the room but there was a water boiler and some bottles. One was with a gel called Exciter Superhard – with a lot of Korean signs on the back. I thought it was hand sanitizer gel to start with but in the end I think I came to the conclusion that it was hair gel!

The bathroom was actually quite nice with light tiles and a decent shower. The only “problem” was that the drain was in the middle of the room so when taking a shower it would get kind of wet in the room. There was also a drain for the air con and that would leak water all the time on to the floor and it is kinda annoying with a wet bathroom floor. But I guess that is why you have bathroom slippers. The decorations in the bathroom were also a bit cheesy (with decorations on the toilet seat) but maybe that is common practice in Korea? Bathroom amenities included dispensers for shampoo and body wash.

The location of the hotel is very good – when we walked out of the hotel we could walk to places like FamilyMart and GS25 (places like 7Eleven) within seconds and nearby there are lots and lots of restaurants and bars. It is close to the airport and a taxi to Jeju-si bus station is about 4000 W in a taxi. If the taxi driver doesn’t know where the hotel is, ask him to take you to Grace Hotel – it is just around the corner.

The lobby has a selection of pamphlets for the main attractions of Jeju. The hotel also has free wifi which seems to work well. Note that there is not safe in the room so we just used a suitcase to lock up our valuables.

Conclusion
The bed and pillow was brick hard to I had a hard time getting decent sleep in this hotel. But it is cheap and the location is good. So if you can handle the bed it is not a bad place to start exploring the island of Jeju. But as the island is bigger than you think I would advise you to get a hotel on the different parts of the islands if you want to explore it in an effective way.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

For the amount of money we paid each night, this hotel is great!! We had all the things you expect from a good hotel and the owner was very friendly, very funny and made us all laugh. Very good experience!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Stayed in the family room which can accommodate 4 people. There are 2 queen size beds with coffee table, sofa chair, and we still have space to unpack our luggage! The bathroom is big and clean too. There is daily room cleaning service.
Staffs are able to converse in English and can provide some information on tourist attraction. The hotel is a 5min walk to the main street where you can buy facial products and food.

However, all the cab drivers that we encountered have never hear of this hotel. It is necessary to have the hotel reception telephone number at hand so that the driver can phone for direction.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Solaris104
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Pretty basic accommodations, traditional room and bathroom, nice hard mattress. Located on a quiet side street and a short walk from several food options. Far away from the bustling south side of the island, where all the resorts are. Helpful owner and receptionist with enough English to manage the process smoothly. Recommendations from them are predictable: safe for tourists. No safe in the room, free wifi was good. Good value for a stay of of a couple days.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank piroozk
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

we stayed in December Hotel for 3 nights. The Family room was a bit small to accommodate 4 people. Nonetheless, room is clean and hotel staff is helpful. a small setback is that a lot of taxi drivers refused to drive us to the hotel as they dont know the exact location

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

The hotel is located in Jeju city itself, in the midst of the shopping area and restaurants. Hotel is clean and there is no room service or dining services. This is not really a problem as there are loads of eateries and pastry shops nearby. We booked n English speaking cab driver for eight hours to take around the island. This is the best option as hardly anyone speaks english here. My google translator was very helpful!

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2  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Stayed there with my friends for 2 days. The rooms are clean and I like the decoration on the walls! Simply like the room design. Free Wi-Fi in each room. The staffs are very nice and they can speak English well. No worries of communication problem. Cheap but excellent service! Will definitely choose this hotel when I visit to Jeju again!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Winnie S
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Address: 15, Sammu-ro 1-gil, Jeju, Jeju Island 63125, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Jeju Island > Jeju
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Ranked #11 of 162 Hotels in Jeju
Price Range: $42 - $54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — December Hotel Jeju 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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