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“Five nights stay at the Commodore in mid December”

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Commodore Hotel Gyeongju
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Gyeongju
Reviewed January 6, 2012

During our private tour of Gyeongju in December 2011 we stayed five nights ( Dec. 17-21) in the Commodore. Overall we did have mixed feelings about the place but by the end of our stay we decided the good points did somewhat outweigh the bad points. First the good points. Though there are five or six hotels along the coastline of Bomen Lake, this hotel argueably has the best location and best kept grounds. First and foremost, next to the Commodore there is a very attractive development not to miss.(designed and landscaped in convincing traditional style architecture) This place has a nice traditional style restaurant in a quiet charming courtyard, a souvenir shop with cafe and the beautiful and elegant Silla Culinary Art School (which serves lunch and takes reservation for dinner).
Another advantage of the hotel location is that it is next to a tourist information with an English speaking staff. The young lady gives out instructions like which bus one should take to various attractions.

Now the inadequacies of Commodore.
The decor of the hotel in general leaves much to desire for.
The only restaurant that was functional serves marginal dinners in a cold and sparse dining room.(The hotel gave breakfast coupons. The breakfast was ok)
The front counter staff could be more knowledgeable in providing help with travel information. (We were asking questions regarding transportation to Andong and were surprised how little the staff could provide.)
We found our room comfortable. The tv has good selection of channels. Room service was prompt.

Room Tip: If you are staying in high season book early and request a room with lake view but further from the...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Contrary to some reviews, my adult daughter and I liked this hotel, especiall compared with some other places we stayed in the country. The room we had was large enough and there was with a view of the lake. The furnishings were a bit dated but adequate and the beds comfortable. The internet worked with the cable that was supplied in the room. The table at dinner in the main dining room was small, but the food was delicious. Some of the other restaurants in the property were not open, however. We loved the buffet breakfast, which was plentiful and well done. At the desk they made changing money easy, mailed postcards for us, and checking in and out was smooth.. The location was very convenient - easy to get to and convenient for getting to sights in the town. Altogether it was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

We stayed here as part of a three day private tour of the region and its historic sites. The location overlooking the lake was initially promising, but our room overlooking the car park, main road and fake watermill was dingy, small, musty and incredibly hot. We complained and were, amazingly, shown even worse rooms. The staff made it obvious that they didn't really care about our views, and unusually for Korea were bordering on rude. The swimming pool was empty and looked as if it had been for some time. The breakfast was appalling, with the hot buffet allowed to go cold - when we complained a staff member turned the burners back on underneath the luke warm food.
I suppose the newer and more upmarket options are the answer here, although I'd be tempted to find a small hotel in Gyeongju town itself - thats where all the attractions/historical sites are or very nearby. The lake resort is literally a tourist trap, with all that entails. It was lively on the Sunday night, with entertainment in an outdoor theatre and something of a family orientated buzz to it. But weekdays it was deserted and rather forlorn.
This was one of the worst hotels I have stayed in for some time!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

What a disappointment! Never was the term "resort hotel" so badly abused. Our cramped, dingy room at the Commodore had substantial water damage on the ceiling, carpet & walls. The water in the overly small bathroom ran a really creepy shade of yellow. Though it was the first week of September & blazing hot, the pool was inexplicably closed "for the season." We paid half again as much as we did for the Sunbee, a "budget" hotel in Seoul that had 100 times the services. We ate once in the restaurant--mediocre, & though we were the only table in the place, the service was awful. The waitress spilled a glass of water on me, then took 10 minutes to even return with another glass of water or take my order. I would honestly rather have spent the night in a Korean love motel.

Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

Pros:

1. OK breakfast buffet available.
2. Serviceable and edible room service menu

Cons:

1. The few room service dishes barely fit on the one tiny table in the room.
2. Not only no *free* internet access ... no internet access at all.
3. Never saw bug spray on a night table before.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

My guidebook said that this hotel had been renovated in 2008. The room I was in was certainly not! As said in other reviews, the carpet was stained (and sticky to bare feet), the air conditioning did not really cool the room and the bath was for sure not two years old.
Location is kinda nice, although a bus ride away from Gyongju town centre. Restaurants nearby offer nice food, although the settings are nothing special.
Still, free (cabled) internet and a frequency spectrum as one of the TV channels.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

Don't know why this hotel is rated a 5-star; it is a 1 at best. Hotel lobby is large and not inviting; there isn't even a place to sit! The carpets throughout the hotel are dirty and the walls in the hallways are dirty and need to be painted. The bathroom is very small. They won't turn on the AC in your room until May, when the weather gets hot. Well, it was hot in our room in early April so we had to endure it. Only 1 out of the 3 restaurants was open, the food was mediocre; there was no one to clear our dishes from the table. The wine selection was fair, but pricey. We stopped by the Hilton for dinner one night and it was fabulous; it definately deserved its 5-star rating. The one plus about this hotel was that staff is friendly and accomodating. To sum it up, our family (myself, my husband, 2 children ages 10 and 13 and my mother (in her 70's) were very disappointed with this hotel and wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 422, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38117, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Gyeongju
Price Range: $70 - $1,209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Commodore Hotel Gyeongju 3.5*
Number of rooms: 260
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