love hotel in Busan, South Korea
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 8:53 AM Last Post By: shelemm
Oct 6, 2013 12:49 PM
love hotel in Busan, South KoreaHello,
I am going for a 2 weeks holiday in Korea in Dec/Jan and I was thinking to try staying in a lovel hotel in Busan. I'm looking for a good quality one, in the city center area.
Oct 6, 2013 3:51 PM
Oct 7, 2013 8:54 PM
2We stayed at the Elysee Motel. Very good location. I am not 100% if this constitutes a 'love motel' in your mind, but the experience was similar to the Ben Hur Motel in Seoul, which I would say is definitely a love motel.
So the next question is: how do you define a 'love motel?'
Oct 8, 2013 12:32 PM
Oct 10, 2013 6:42 PM
Oct 11, 2013 1:07 AM
Oct 17, 2013 4:33 PM
6I also stayed at the Elysee (that seems to be the winner here).
There are several "centers" of Busan. You can have the ritzier Haeundae area, but the true downtown is by the Elysee motel. Not only does the owner speak great English but any time you ask for directions to a part of town, how to get to a new city, or a good restaurant, he's readily armed with a slip of paper giving very detailed directions on how to get there.
The Busan Tower is about a 5-minute walk (or less) from the Elysee. Also, the escalator from the shopping drag of Gwangbok-Ro will (conveniently after you're tired) take you up to the park by Busan Tower where you can walk down to the Elysee. You can always opt to walk up a little by taking the foot path. And if you happen to be going to or coming from Fukuoka, Japan, the ferry is right nearby.
The rooms are a bit cheesy (mine had outer space painted on the ceiling), but it's more than comfortable, it's super convenience, and the price is right.
Oct 17, 2013 8:30 PM
Oct 17, 2013 9:57 PM
Oct 18, 2013 7:36 AM
9Just checked the Elysee hotel. Doesn't seem very cheap for something so gawdy. (45,000 won on weekdays, 55,000 on fri/sat).
Stay at the Pusan Central Hotel. http://www.centralhotel.co.kr/e_index.html (you need to use Internet Explorer to navigate). 50,000 won for a double, 60,000 won for a triple. Super clean, polite staff, feels like a real hotel and is central and by Yeonsan Station (2 minutes by walking), which is a big transfer station (2 lines) on a major road intersection (not noisy, though).
Oct 18, 2013 2:13 PM
Oct 19, 2013 5:39 AM
11#9, love motels are known for having themes, sometimes different themes all at the same time. Like French Chateau, Greek Gods, Cleopatra, Op Art, Outer Space, and usually a mix.... like Cleopatra in Outer Space. Some are quite fancy or at least decked out with many nice amenities. Elysee has a PC with a wired connection in every room (as well as wireless, of course). They are not necessarily cheap, but they are a different experience in Korea than getting a room in a hotel elsewhere. Prices change depending exactly when you want to go, but when I went, the Elysee was cheaper than the 'nicer' alternatives and far more interesting than staying at a conventional tourist hotel.
In addition, instead of being right on the main drag, love motels are usually just off on a side street which has more character and 'charm' than sticking to the grand boulevards, which pretty much look the same no matter where you are.
For anyone willing to give it a try, a highly recommend the experience.
Oct 20, 2013 4:53 AM
Oct 21, 2013 8:52 AM
13#12, You bring up a good point. I did have a deluxe double (58,000 won per night in the summer). I booked on Agoda.com
After I booked, the manager of Elysee immediately sent me an e-mail with map attachments and instructions about how to get to the hotel from the airport, train station, and metro stop (the latter with extensive photos every step of the way). Also there were instructions in Hangul you could hand a cab driver on how to get to the hotel. Amazing service!
I exchanged a few e-mails with the manager (he has instructions for EVERYTHING, including how to get to the nearest laundry), and I suspect that the OP could inquire about a room with the ceiling during an exchange like this. The info on the agoda website shows the ceiling with planets for even the standard rooms, so maybe it is possible though not guaranteed.
There are a lot of neat thing to see in Busan, and the Elysee is walking distance to Busan Tower, the Jagalchi Fish Market, Raw Fish Street, Gupke Market, and an extensive array of other traditional market and upscale markets including a big, colorful Lotte Department store with a slowly changing light show. There is also the nightlife on the streets radiating from BIFF Square.
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