I knew I was going to enjoy the stay the moment I saw the place. Altho' the weather wasn't helping with rain and freezing temperature, it was all comfort & warmth the moment we stepped inside the door. Mrs Park welcomed us & showed us to our room on the 1st floor immediately. Room was spacious with functional kitchen (stove, kettle, pots/pans, crockery, cutlery, dishwashing liquid, etc) & medium-size fridge. Kitchen counter extended to dining table plus 2 high chairs (like bar stools). A balcony for morning breakfast, afternoon tea or bbq. However, all that was dashed due to the rain and cold. Flat-screen TV with big enough screen. Bathroom a tad small (no hooks to hang clothes), plenty of little towels in the wallmounted cabinet, water pressure a bit weak but came into effect after some patient coaxing.
Mrs Park proceeded to brief us on transportation details (bus numbers & timetables to/fro downtown). As it's about a 10min walk to the main road, husband & wife provide a dropoff/pickup service to/fro the main road. Just a call away. Restaurants (this octopus place is a must-go - excellent sundubu stew - I don't know the name, see the attached pic) - traffic wardens guide the heavy traffic flowing into this small place. Make sure you get the KRW1000 discount voucher from the hotel. 8k stew less 1k is worth every won. Even the banchan is sufficient as a meal on its own. Plenty of dining places along the road walking into the Pension area. Altho' we didn't take Bellus's breakfast (KRW10k per guest), Mrs Park served us freshly brewed coffee right to our room.
We took full advantage of the complimentary bicycles for guests. Had an unfortunate spill cycling around Bomun Lake (caused by cherry blossom petals on the wet paths) - Mrs Park was ready with her 1st aid kit. Beautiful place run by a beautiful couple.
I gave Location an average 'cos it wasn't exactly easily accessible. Closest is a bus stop requiring a 10-15min walk. Ok with empty hands, not with luggage or bad weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellus-Rose Pension is located in Gyeongju and is part of the Bomun Special Tourist Complex. Surrounded by natural landscape, the hotel offers a free area pickup service from nearby buildings.Rooms at Pension Bellus-Rose come with both air-conditioning and heating, as well as free Wi-Fi. Each is fitted with a cable TV, fridge and fully equipped kitchenette. For guests’ convenience, the hotel provides a small convenience shop. Free bicycles are available for guests to explore the area at leisure. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast in their rooms. Bellus-Rose provides barbecue pits, as well as Korean traditional barbecue dishes upon request. Bellus-Rose Pension is a 10-minute walk from Bomun Lake. Gyeongju Bus Terminal is about 5.5 km from the hotel. ... more less
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