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Reviewed August 29, 2012

I've stayed in 20 or so hotels in South Korea and this was the worst. We had a hectic weekend seeing the great sights in Gyeongju and just needed somewhere to sleep Saturday night plus a couple of hours to cool off and relax, catch up on email then breakfast and off again in the morning. There were four of us and we had booked two twin bed rooms. We arrived fairly late - about 9 pm, but we'd confirmed earlier that evening. Reception was fine and they upgraded us to suites on the tenth floor. How about that! The owners have clearly spent some money renovating this floor, A/C was spewing cool air into the corridors and the rooms were great - except there were no twin beds just doubles - albeit big doubles. They didn't seem to understand the problem at reception and implied it was our fault the beds weren't right, although we had clearly booked twin beds. The two ladies decided they could put up with sharing a bed, but not the men, so we were given a room on the sixth floor. It did have two beds.

The decor looked 1970s including the bedside unit with all the radio channel switches which didn't work and lights switches which did. The TV remote didn't work, we couldn't get the A/C to run, there was no wireless or wired internet, no tea/coffee or hot water. The light in the wardrobe stayed on all the time because the magnet for the switch was hanging off the door. I fixed the wardrobe light, and maintenance came quickly, changed the remote and pointed out there were two controls for the A/C on the wall and on the console. The A/C did run but you could only feel the flow with a wet finger. We were just about sorted when the ladies came down to say that nothing worked in their magnificent suite except the bathroom light - but that was OK. No it wasn't - and with our new relationship with the maintenance guys we soon had them on the tenth floor trying to fix things. In the end, it was the main breaker which was switched off - I'm not sure why or when this room was last used.

None of this is jugular but it all adds up to a place that no-one seems to care about. So why should I? Why would I even think about staying there again? It's a great location for the lakeside and pleasure beach (if that's your thing) but there are plenty of other hotels close by. With the TV remote working I checked through the channels for any English language news - there was none, but I found myself watching an ad for Samsung insurance on a Samsung TV staying in a Samsung hotel. The only thing in the room that had had impressed me as working well were the opening windows - they were LG, I guess from an earlier phase of what was once one of Korea's most luxurious hotels.

The sixth floor beds were very firm and I slept like a log. We met downstairs in the lobby as agreed for late-ish Sunday breakfast at 9 am. "No breakfast today!" said reception. Summed the place up...

Room tip: Stay on the tenth floor if you can afford to, or push for an upgrade.
Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank seoeg
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

The Commodore Hotel Gyeongju is situated in the Lake District, outsite of the city Gyeongju.
It looks luxery (from the outsite and in the lobby and the bar) but the corridors and rooms are not so luxery. The rooms are quit big (for Korean hotelrooms), but the carpet in the room was very dirty and the in the bathroom were very poor.
Hotelguests, without a personal computer, can use the guestscompter in the officecorner.

Room tip: Rooms with lake view are nice.
Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Petrus45
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

The carpet in room was stained and it stank of cigarette smoke. The communal areas are ok but you don't want to stay there. Weird clientele and felt like you could have been in North Korea. Hilton nicest hotel in town. The Miso II show was fun and better of you book when you get to theatre. We bought family tickets which only cost is 30,000 won.

Date of stay: July 2012
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Thank Hopjhin
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

lovely location and grounds...public areas and service are good, clean and pleasent enough for a 3 star hotel. The rooms are where this hotel needs to invest some money to update. the beds were confortable enough but the bathroom...not to good. needs major renovation...the tub was literaly sinking under my feet as its probably old and not sealed properly. It needs to be re done as soon as possible. Otherwise, no problem here. its ok with very nice service staff and an adecuate breakfast in a fairly non stilish saloon - korean style. afain not very good coffee here but the eggs and toast were just fine.

Room tip: if they have any renovated rooms...go for it
Date of stay: May 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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2  Thank Ruben G
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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 sites of the Expo and the amusement park.
Date of stay: December 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank victor l
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