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Dongbang Tourist Hotel
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

There is not a lot of choice in Jinju. But this was the best one. The room I was originally given was on a lower floor and small. I looked at a few rooms and settled on 911. Best bit of advise is DO NOT go on a low floor, as there is a night club open until about 4am. Make sure you are on the west side of the hotel, as far away from the club as possible, if you want to sleep. I did venture in there to look one night I didn't stay, it's very pricey and I am not a fan of rave particularly.
In the rooms you will find a stocked fridge, plus tea and a kettle.
Internet facilities in every room and a restaurant on the 11th floor. Better Internet signal there.
The staff are really lovely, and room service is quick.
T.v.s in every room. The channels for English are 202, 204, 207 and CNN 310. Not that I'm recommending spending your time in South Korea in a hotel room.
If you wish to shop, there is a department store called Galleria, and there are lots of little shops everywhere. Plus supermarkets with an array of wonderful fruits etc. Nothing is very far to walk.
The hotel runs along a river, with a fabulous path and excercise machines, placed all along the path. Walk along it to the castle. It's only 1000 won to go in, which is about 55p
Taxis are everywhere I'd you require one, and they are cheap and honest, all run by metres.
There is a big bus station 5 minutes away and takes about an hour to Busan. Busan is a seaside city, and is a must to visit for the weekend.
People dress casually mainly. But some locals dress more formally. The people are very polite in South Korea. as regards eating out, Im a big meat eater, so I struggled a bit. There is an Italian and lots of places to eat. But they don't really cater for veges that much.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank beavan
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

This hotel is located in Jinju along the Nam river. Many westerners stay in this hotel when doing business in Sacheon which is a 15 to 20 minute drive from the hotel. Sacheon is a smaller town with fewer options in the way of western food. If the 15 to 20 minute commute to Sacheon City seems unreasonable to you, I would recommend the Sacheon Hotel.

The Dongbang hotel has a shuttle bus that runs both in the morning and evening to and from the Korea Aerospace Industries buildings. Most people go to KAI #1. If you are going to KAI #2, tell the driver so he knows to stop there. Normally the shuttle departs at two times in the morning and picks everyone up around 5pm. Make sure you see the front desk to signup for the shuttle. The shuttle bus can also drop you off at the Sacheon airport in the morning.

The rooms are not fabulous. The bed makes my back sore. It's very hard, and normally I like a firm bed. The carpets look pretty dirty. The bathroom has mildew or mold. And the air conditioner has controls in the room, but doesn't seem to do anything other than vary the fan speed. It seems the building has a central system to cool and heat the building. Each of the rooms do have Ethernet cables for Internet access. I measured a speed of 5MB/s up and down in the hotel room using the Ethernet cable. The TV is small (maybe 19in?), but channels 201 to 208 usually have at least one Western movie showing in English with Korean subtitles. News is a bit harder to get in English. The room has a stocked mini-fridge. There is enough vacant space in the fridge to store some of your own stuff. And the Korean brand water in the mini-fridge is complementary. If you plan on doing a lot of work in the hotel room and have a lot of electronics, I recommend bringing a power strip that matches your equipment's plugs and possibly a wireless router. There are only 3 inconveniently located plugs in the room. If you are from a 110V country and do bring your own power strip, just make sure it doesn't have a fuse or surge protection.

There's a night club in the basement of the hotel that lets out around 4am. When reserving a room, I recommend you get the highest floor possible. And if possible, get a room that faces West. I think this will minimize the noise.

The hotel staff is very helpful. I have nothing but good things to say about that staff. If you need a taxi just ask the front desk. They will even tell the driver where you want to go since most taxi drivers do not speak English.

Most days your laundry is returned to you in the evening around 8pm. All the paperwork says same day service 7 days a week, but I don't think they actually do the laundry on Sunday, they just pick it up.

There are quite a lot of food options near by (relative to Sacheon) which is probably the main reason for choosing this hotel. There is a restaurant on the top floor (11th). The food is fair. There are many other restaurants within a long walk or a short cab ride.

Room Tip: There's a night club in the basement of the hotel that lets out around 4am. When reserving a room, I recommend you get the highest floor possible. And if possible, get a room that faces West. I think this will minimize the noise.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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4  Thank etejoie
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

My room showed its age but was acceptable. Carpets need replaced, I never saw or heard a vacuum cleaner being used. The bed is extra, extra firm. Mini fridge and a pot with heating element for hot water in room. They provide two bottled waters each day. No A.C. The disco on the bottom floor is very loud at all hours of the night. Room wired internet worked well. E-Mart, a reasonable department store about a mile away, has groceries and food court on bottom floor. Food based entirely around spicy fermented cabbage was a bit of a challenge for me.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the river have the best views.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank Avitechtone
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

If you find yourself in Jinju - you probably have to be there. It's hard to spot another reason to go. There aren't too many choices in this town, or at least so we were told by our hosts. So I guess this hotel is a reasonable option. It's all reasonable: the rooms, the service, even breakfast. Nothing more than that.
It's relatively modern. It's clean. Breakfast is eatable. And hey! The view of the river is great!
Bring a shampoo, as it is provided only for purchase from the minibar..

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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2  Thank ABD119
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Reviewed November 6, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled on business
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