The Gyeongju Hilton is just fine as an Hotel. The room we had which was billed as King Superior was not large by any means but had a balcony view and a large comfortable bed. All good for a room rate of about $150. The staff were excellent, service good, English spoken at the desk and usual Korean super politeness.Room service food quite OK without being exceptional.
My only issue with the Hotel was with the "extra" charges of $10 per head for using the pool and $12 in the lobby coffee shop for a coffee…perhaps they are the going rate and I am out of touch, but that seemed fairly heavy to me….looked at the menu outside the Italian Restaurant and saw steak for $63 and opted for the Korean BBQ down the road 5 minutes. Directions from the desk.
Getting there from Seoul is dead easy. KTX (Korean TGV) from Seoul Station to Singyeongju Station (New Gyeongju) which is a special purpose TGV type station just out of town. For anyone who has used the TGV from Gare Du Nord to Avignon the experience is a straight copy… the DTX section of Seoul Stn is just like GDN and the Singyeongju DTX station could have been copied from Avignon TGV. The train was plated Alstom Paris…??? not hard to see where the ideas have come from. Train cost $44 reserved seat one way….300KPH…love fast trains…awesome. Two hours and seven minutes Seoul to Singyeongju.
To get to the Hilton The 700 bus runs about every 40 minutes from the station outside the front door and takes 45-50 minutes going through Gyeongju..cost regardless of where you get off is 1500kwn or $1.50…We used our Seoul subway prepaid cards on the bus...be sure to press the red stop button overhead when you spot the Hilton on the right of the road….the bus crosses the intersection and drops at the kerb.
Return to Station is just the same…a bus stop shelter about 200M out of the hotel across the main road and slightly left,….timetable available from the concierge. There are three survivable fast food restaurants at the station but no free wifi until you get back on the train.
In summary an English free but trouble free easy transfer both ways…..taxi alternative about $35 but how boring is that..?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the edge of Bomun Lake and with a wealth of historic sites and attractions nearby, Hilton Gyeongju is the ideal base of discover Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Korean Silla Dynasty. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and majestic mountains, this modern, luxury hotel features a wide range of recreation and business facilities, making it is the perfect place to accommodate both leisure and corporate guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hotel Kyongju
- Hilton Hotel Kyungju
- Hilton Kyongju
- Kyongju Hilton