- Reviews: 2
Paradise Hotel: Be careful
My reservations were made by someone else and they booked a room at a hotel in Yecheon, Korea called the Paradise Hotel. The Paradise Hotel turned out to be a 'love' hotel' where couples can escape from their extended family back at the house, or where the guys can bring their mistresses.
I might suggest elsewhere but I believe the paradise was the only hotel in Yecheon.
Staying at the Paradise Hotel was interesting as the rooms were furnished for the activities of said couples. My room had a round bed.
- Reviews: 1781
Jimjilbang: Luggage in a jimjilbang
Jimjilbang is not designed as a hotel, therefore they do not usually have room for luggage.
In the sauna & changing room, they will have a typical locker where you can keep a small day-sized backpack or bag. If you have a larger luggage, you will have to ask nicely to the front desk and they may keep in a storage room.
Some jimjilbang are attached to hotels, so you may be lucky and be able to keep your bags with the doormen/bellhop.
- Reviews: 1457
KAL Hotel, Cheju City: A five star hotel
KAL Hotel is located on the northern coast of Cheju Island, approximately 4 kilometres from Cheju International Airport. This is a five star hotel with approximately 280 well-furished rooms. It was constructed in 1973 and is 12 storey high.
Among its well-equipped facilities are swimming pool, business center, health and fitness center with spa and massage, wheelchair accessible, pets allowed, jogging track, car rental, beauty saloon and currency exchange.
Conveniently located at Cheju City, easily accessible to all tourist attractions in the island.
- Reviews: 1457
Hotel Concorde Kyongju: At Pomun Lake Resort
Hotel Concorde is a 10 storey four star super deluxe hotel. It was constructed and officially opened to the public in 1979. The hotel has approximately 300 well-furnished rooms.
Among its outstanding well-equipped facilities are business center, health and fitness center with spa and massage, swimming pools, wheelchair accessible, tennis courts, golf course, jogging tracks, bicycling, boating, fishing, horse riding, beauty hair saloon, currency exchange, game rooms and several cafés, bars and restaurants.
Its unigue quality is its location beside the man-made Pomun Lake Resort.
- Reviews: 1457
Seoul Plaza Hotel, Seoul: A Five star hotel
Seoul Plaza Hotel is located right in downtown Seoul, conveniently located close to embassies, banks, major shopping centres and popular tourist attractions. It is a 22 storey five star hotel with approximately 480 well-furnished rooms and modern facilities. The hotel was officially opened in 1976.
Among its well equipped facilities are high speed internet access, IDD telephone, fitness centres with spa, swimming pool, aerobics and yoga classes. golf driving range, wheelchair accessible, fully air-conditioned, currency exchange, conference facilities, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and international restaurants.
Conveniently located close to City Hall, subway station, banks, offices, embassies, shopping centres and major tourist attractions.
- Reviews: 16
Banana Backpackers - Seoul: Best hostel in Seoul
I'm not a big fan of hostel but i would highly recommend this hostel to stay... the staffs and owner is really helpful and friendly and you feel so like home when staying in there...
A great place to interact with the local (the owners and staffs in the hostel) and the backpackers staying in there... and not forgetting for dog lovers, the owner have a dog in there - casey... always looking at you to play throw and fetch with him...
Fun, Clean, Affordable, lovely place to stay in
- Reviews: 1781
Chin-Chil-Bangs: Budget Stays
Many people have written about the yeogwons or "love motels" as being a good value for your money. These are everywhere in cities. If you can't read Korea, just look for the red sign that looks like a bowl with hot steam coming out of the top. Prices will be ~$20 to $60.
Out in the country, yeogwons do not exist. So there, you will have to stay in "Minboks". Basically a local's spare room. They will typically just provide a bed roll and a blanket or two. Costs again can range from ~$20 to $40.
But for the true budget traveler that has a hard time spending $15 at a hostel or $25 at a yeogwon, try a "Chin-Chil-Bang". OK, trying to write phonetically in English will yield many alternative spellings, so don't be shy and just ask anyway.
Chin-Chil-Bangs are co-ed, public saunas. You can access them 24hrs a day and stay as long as you want for one price. However, once you leave you have to pay to re-enter.
They are commonly associated with hotels, but many times can be stand-alone operations.
Men's showers and lockers are on one floor. Women's showers and lockers are on a separate floor. The common saunas and sleeping area is in between. Everyone sleeps on the floor with blankets that are provided. You will have to use a separate blanket or piece of clothing as a pillow if you wish.
Cost rage from $4 to $10 dollars.
- Reviews: 3
Han Suite Serviced Residence: Home Away from Home
The only downside was the location of the apartments is not along the main street. Initially it was difficult to find, but nevertheless the comfort of the room takes away our tiredness from our search. Staff was great ! We were lost in the search, the front desk staff made an effort to look for us along the main street. She was able to recognise the "Lost". Internet access was good, spent lots of time watching TV, as it was comfortable. The laundry room was useful to us.
Small but cosy. Had a mini kitchen with utensils and cutlery.
- Reviews: 1
Seoul Backpackers Hostel: Clean Hostel
If u want to find a cheap and clean hostel, i'll recommend Seoul Backpackers Hostel. I stayed at the private roo, single, the room is bigger than i thought and there's a complete bathroom (even though it's very small, but it has hot water 24 hrs). The front office can speak good english (thanks God!) and they are very helpfull ( if u find any difficulty in language just ask them to write it in korea language then u just hae to give the paper to the korean, coz language is definitely a big issue here). The hostel has a very good location, near the Anguk subway, airport bus limousine, Palaces, and Insadong street. Actually there are a lot of restaurants nearby, but its kind a difficult to communicate, so i would suggest u to find a restaurant at Insadong street. You can also meet people from all over the world there, some of them are friendly. Above all, I enjoy my stay there :)
- Reviews: 27
Mountain Shelters: Highest Accommodation
Staying in mountain shelters is one of the best experience a backpacker could have. Of course there would be a little bit of effort to make but the reward is excellent.
Some shelters can accommodate up to 300 people. For these many people, there would be no room to twist and turn. The allotted space is like a coffin with no walls.
Staying the night here is for about 3,000 to 7,000 Won a night. Sleeping bags and blankets can be rented for 2,000 to 3,000 Won.
Reservation is highly recommended especially during the summer weekends.
There's usually a store with some noodles, snacks and drinks to get you through the night, in case you forgot to pack your stove and food to cook.
This place is well maintained, very clean and presentable. The best part is, summit view would be in your backyard. Enjoy the sunset, stars on clear nights and the best sunrise view in South Korea.
- Reviews: 27
Campgrounds: Spend the night in National Parks
Camping in National Parks is a great experience. BUT, the campgrounds could be very busy during the peak season. I've seen a campground with no room to even walk around your tent. I've camped a few times but I avoided the weekends in the summer. For this, I've had the campground to myself most of the time.
Facilities include: washing station (dishes), toilets (squat, dry... but some National Parks have fully equipped bathrooms), garbage disposal. Near the campsite would have pop machines, phone booth and picnic tables.
Camping fee is not included in the park fee but very cheap. Park fees range from 1,000-4,000 Won and camping fees are from 3,000-5,000 Won.
Reservation is recommended especially during the summer weekends.
Clean, groomed, quiet (if no other campers), includes a 4am wake-up call from the nearby temple.
- Reviews: 27
Minbak: Place to stay cheap
Minbaks are the cheapest place to stay in South Korea. They are mostly found in towns near the resorts and other tourist areas.
Costs are from 20,000-30,000 Won. I even paid 15,000 Won ($16US) once in the town of Naksan in Gangwon-Do province.
These places are small (but sleep about 6 people) and mostly don't have beds. Only a foam matress, balnkets and pillows. They do have a tv though and sometimes a fridge. Heating system in winter is by Ondol (heated floor).
- Reviews: 74
Yeogwan: Korean Motels
Many people often ask about budget accomodations in Korea. Well, the best thing going is the "yeogwan" or motel. Motel is a recent term as until the late 80's not many people owned cars, but the yeogwan has been a regular in the budget accomodation arena for ages. They can be found everywhere, but mainly near train stations, tourist areas, and bar districts. The are designed to provide overnight lodging with just the bare necessities; bed, blanket, shower and bottle of water. However, some yeogwans these days rival a decent 3 star hotel. They will have color TV, VCR or DVD player, even a small fridge. They are not designed for extended stay but can be quite comfortable. Unfortunately, due to their place in the market, they do not (nor need to) advertise or have websites for reservations.
- Reviews: 4
Raibow Hotel: Over the Rainbow
Great place, cheap, clean, internet (with computer) in many but not all rooms. Location isn't the best but within walking distance (5-10 minutes) to the trains.
Computer w/internet in many rooms
Location between 2 train stations
- Reviews: 68
Yongpyeong Ski Resort: Skiing
Hotel may be top rated with facilities like pools, healthclub, sauna, golf course, bowling alley, court, games room, children’s play room, etc. But food wise, not really comparable. The buffet we had for dinner, looks more like a party buffet food than one that was to be expected from a hotel. The only “delicacy” were the sea-weeds that my nephews love and so was I. But lunch the next day was much better, with a typical Korean barbeque, soups, and typical Korean side dishes.
As for the services at the supermarket; either it was cause of language barriers or dignity, the cashier all looks so stern…no friendly smile or a thank-you and good-bye.. Tried to show my “friendly” smiling after making my payment but was return with a suspicious stared!! Oh well…I am just a visitor and was glad that I don’t live here!
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