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“Great Stay at the HIlton”
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Hilton Gyeongju
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Gyeongju
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San Jose
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Stay at the HIlton”
Reviewed November 16, 2008

We stayed at the Hilton for two nights during October 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We booked two rooms through the hotel web-site and reserved a package that included a daily buffet breakfast and a buffet dinner on the first night. The rate was a great deal and we enjoyed the buffets. We booked a room with a lake view and have nothing but positives about our entire stay. Would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area.

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  • Disliked — Not a thing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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240 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2008

obviously I stayed at a different hotel to some previous reviewers.
The Hilton has been refurbished in part, and continues to offer service and value better than many US Hiltons. The staff are excellent, attentive without being over the top.
The Lakeside Buffet is stocked from the "proper" restauranrs, so you get fresh sushi and sashimi, fresh chinese dishes, etc as well as having western food and a short order chef cooking all the time. I hate buffets normally but this one is great.
Bars are comfortable, and not noisy, with decent prices. Happy hour ( 5-7:30 pm) gets you all you can eat and drink in the Shilla Court- admittedly only draft beer, wine and soft drinks, but for 10,000 Won (about US$10) not bad.
Foliage is still stunning in Nov, so rented a car, which appeared at 10 am, as requested, for about US$45 for 24 hours- need International Permit for this. Spent day going to sights; could easily have spent 3 or 4.

  • Liked — comfort
  • Disliked — cost of wine
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2008

We spent 3 nights in a King Deluxe lakeview room at a rate of 85GBP (around US$170) per night (breakfast not included). We had a very pleasant stay. It is located in an out of (a very historic) town 'resort' area, alongside a dozen other big modern hotels, strung around the shore of a reservoir (not lake) surrounded by hills. This creates a decidedly artificial, but very relaxed atmosphere (we were unable to find alternative authentic, small-scale accommodation in the region, at least on the web). In any case, this suited us at the time. The hotel seems to atract mainly Korean and Japanese customers looking for Western (actually US)-style comfort. Actually, in typical 70's-80's building style, the only way to get fresh air in is to jam the balcnoy door open. Not a real issue in April.
The hotel's decor is decidedly late eighties and our room in need of a style update. The hotel is large enough to offer all the modern comforts: 4 restaurants, 2 bars, hairdresser, barber (who did a very good, thorough job), gym, indoor swiming pool (not particularly pleasant and access not included in room rate - US$8-12 depending on season; a bit of a shock), excellent sauna/spa suite (cheaper than swimming pool), European-style bakery, wine shop, museum, etc. The service was excellent throughout and the room and rest of the hotel, though faded, in very good condition. We found it to be very good value for money.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Cost of access to indoor swimming pool
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank UKLouLou
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2007

At 181.500 WON (200 USD) a night, room only with taxes, fully flexible and cancellable up to 6 PM the same day without penalty, we did expected no less than a royal-unified shilla experience when we booked 3 nights in a row early November.
Indeed, not at all.
Yet comfortable, well maintained and professionally staffed, none could deny it, the standard room we had was so so old it was a shame, even shocking, Hilton rent out such old thing at this price. It was like a large, no charm with uninspired decoration (if any) chain room. You know the kinda room you have at home where you squeeze in mother in-law (or MK, or…) when she comes.
With dated room came dated lighting system. So insufficient that you might need superman eyes to hold a book in the evening and read while sitting in the sofa. Not to mention the bathroom where putting my contact lenses on every day was a torture.
Minor but irritating other things were : no in-room safe box, cheap plastic furniture on the balcony, no coffee ; only 2 LIPTON teabags and 2 sugars. And that was it.

While turn down service elsewhere is the emphasis any big hotel puts high on the list to show its savoir-faire in luxury, here, it was… turn down. Yes, the maid turned the bed sheets down, and the end. Waste baskets were not emptied, the room not set in order to welcome you back, nothing. Sure we’re no queen or king but as we racked out 200 bucks a night, we expected something else than this minimum service treatment.

And would you believe this : the hotel had a fantastic indoor pool (saw it from the webpage), and guess… It was an extra 4.000 to enjoy it !!! Per visit !!! Per person !!! Ok, it was not much but would you expect this when you had already paid 600 bucks for the room ?

The nearby modern art museum the Hilton sponsored hosted a special exhibition, so the whole permanent collection was off limits to guests. Unless they, again, agree to pay full price. It was usually free for guests from the hotel.

Good points were rare and they were : all staffs were highly professional and competent, free RJ45 in-room access if you carry a laptop, or internet access at the business centre free of charge for all staying guests. Several good and not outrageously overpriced restaurants could be found inside the hotel. We experience delicious food and fantastic service at the Japanese restaurant. We also tried to walk around to find more options but this was off season, so choices were not plenty. And, sic, free parking.

This secluded hotel spread its pink façade on the shore of Bomun lake, about 8 kms from the city’s train station. And with its rich history scattered around town, it makes sense to have your own car.

So if you decide to come here, don’t expect any luxury, even if you have paid a premium price.

  • Liked — free parking
  • Disliked — 200 USD a night for a budget room
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
2 reviews
Reviewed June 24, 2007

The Hotel claims to be air conditioned but what they don't tell you until you arrive is that the air conditioning is not switched on until May even when the forecast temperature is 26 C. There is also a funfair on one side and a motorcycle race track on the other side so don't expect any peace and quite either.
This is not only the worst Hilton that I have stayed at it is also worse than any Ibis that I have stayed at and I have stayed at over thirty different Hiltons and around 15 different Ibis hotels.
Hotels just don't come worse than this.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — The air conditioning is not switched on by the management until May
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Manila
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2007

Our stayed one night at this hotel. I cannot say anything bad at this place at all. The rooms are large and nicely appointed. They even have balconies. Our night light doesn't work but I can live with that.

The location of the hotel is also very nice. It overlooks the Pomun Lake rimmed by Cherry Blossoms. It is a spectacular sight to behold especially during early Spring. A few minutes' walk brings you to the lakeside.

The food in the restaurant is on the better side of our trip to Korea and the service is also good.

  • Liked — Large Rooms, Good Service, Great Location
  • Disliked — can be pricey if not travelling on groups
  • Stayed April 2007
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UK
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2007

My wife and I popped over from Japan for a 5-night trip, 2 of which we spent at this hotel in Gyeongju. I'm so pleased we did, as it was a lovely area and made a nice change from the big city of Seoul. In our 2 days we took in the temples at Pulguksa and enjoyed seeing the burial mounds in Tumuli Park. Being out of season there weren't many people around, which was nice.

When I looked into booking a hotel, there didn't seem any in the city centre worth booking. Of the ones at Bomun Lake, the Hilton and the Hyundai both seemed good, but the Hilton won me over by being much cheaper! My one big concern was how easy it would be to get around, as the hotel is about 5km from town (and 10km from Pulguksa) and I had no desire to rent a car. As it was, we had no problems and didn't need to take a taxi once. We used the hotel's free shuttle bus from the station to the hotel and vice versa (we used it just to get a ride into town once too). To get to Pulguksa we took a number 10 bus (1500 Won); the stop was on the main road by the hotel. The number 11 bus takes you back.

We paid extra to have a lakeside room and we're glad we did. The view was very pretty, although you do have to put up with the sounds of the nearby amusement park when sitting on the balcony. The room itself had seen better days. We thought we had a ghost in the wardrobe, but it turned out to be the night light switching itself on 2 or 3 hours after I'd pressed the switch. That said, everything else worked as it should, although the hairdryer did try to eat my wife's hair. I had to use the scissors on my penknife to cut her loose.

One big plus was the room service - was good value and arguably better than eating in the canteen (especially when you can eat it on your own balcony). My one regret was pre-booking breakfast, which meant I suffered the curse of the buffet, instead of having my eggs and b brought to me in my room on a tray. Ah well, maybe next time. We tried the dinner buffet too. Was pretty expensive and, as with most buffets, had a good selection of mediocre food. As the whole lakeside area is a tourist resort, I'm not sure that good value food would have been found anywhere nearby, though.

The staff spoke English and Japanese too and were very polite and friendly. I've been in better hotels than this and I'm not sure I would describe it as "super deluxe", but still I think it was good value for money and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hilton Gyeongju
Address: 484-7, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38117, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Gyeongju
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hilton Gyeongju 4.5*
Number of rooms: 330
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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