60, Hakdong 6-gil, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Geoje Hawaii Condo Beach Hotel's location provides an outstanding place to watch the sunrise between November and February, when guests can see the rising sun over the South Sea's horizon. Each guestroom and attached terrace is designed to give guests the best possible view of the surrounding nature. Guests can choose their rooms from among various facilities with individual themes and interior features. Also, just 100 meters from the parking lot is a ferry dock for guests who want to check out nearby Oedo Island and Haegeumgang Rock.
42, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Best Western Haeundae belongs to Best Western, an international business hotel chain operating nearly 4,200 hotels worldwide. It is a 5 min walk from the Busan Metro Line 2 Haeundae Station, and its proximity to the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO), Haeundae Beach, and Dongbaekseom Island make it a popular place of stay not only for business clients but also family travelers. Various room are offered, namely Standard Double, Standard Twin, Standard Ondol, Family Twin, Deluxe Double, Deluxe Family, Ondol Suite, and Ocean Suite. The Deluxe Family is a room for four, equipped with a twin washbasin in the bathroom. The Ondol Suite is equipped with a sink and a microwave oven, suitable for group visitors. Meanwhile, the Ocean Suite, with its wide living room, comfortable sofa, and terrace, is a good choice for a more private and leisurely stay. The hotel also supports barrier-free travel with its unobstructed rooms. The greatest charm of Best Western Haeundae is its floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the rooms that offer a great night view of the sea and the city. Its interior uses white, beige, and brown tones for a calming and comfortable mood. The tea tables and chairs by the windows perfectly capture the hotel's relaxing atmosphere. Furthermore, the lobby is equipped with shared computers and printers for business clients, while the seminar room, complete with a beam projector, also doubles as a breakfast restaurant. Breakfast is charged separately but makes up with its sumptuous buffet spread of nearly 50 dishes (closed between March 23 and April 22, 2020).
10, Gangbinmaeul-gil, Jukgok-myeon, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Gokseong Gangbit Town Pension’s charm lies in its exotic scenery. A mountain ridge with a dense pine forest screens the back of the pension complex, while a tranquil sight of a river flowing leisurely can be seen at the front. The interiors of the pension’s two-story European-style buildings are styled in wooden “hanok,” bringing the best of both worlds. There are 84 rooms in total, ranging from studio types optimal for 2 people to 5–6 two-room units for families, and 100 m2 detached pension houses. The rooms are divided into two areas, namely cooking and noncooking, with the former supplied with an induction stove, pots, bowls, and cooking utensils for simple cuisines. On-site facilities include an outdoor barbeque site, a convenience store, ping pong table, coffee shop, culture hall with sound systems, and a training hall with a capacity of 200 people. An inflatable children’s pool opens every summer for family travelers. Guests can make a reservation at least two days in advance for a homemade Korean breakfast table prepared by the people of the village. The pension is also close to Gokseong’s major tourist sites. Amnok Recreation Area, Taeansa Temple, and Seomjingang Observatory are all located about a 10–20 min drive away, while Seomjingang Train Village is 25 min from the pension by car. The pension offers a free pickup service to the Jukgok-myeon area that is about a kilometer away from the pension. Moreover, National Road No. 17, which the guests traverse on their way to the pension, is famous for its great scenery.
16, Ajung 4-gil, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Two Nights is a business hotel located in Deokjin-gu, Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. There are 36 rooms in total, namely Deluxe, Premium, Business (Twin), Double Business (Twin), Suite, Royal Suite, and VIP, which are all furnished with modern details from white and monotone to trendy green, offering various options for guests. The rooms are also equipped with basic items, such as a TV, minibar, hairdryer, hair roller, toiletries, and luxurious sofas and tables. All rooms have separate bathrooms with bathtubs—a welcome feature for the weary traveler. The hotel offers a 24 hr front desk service and a complimentary buffet-style Korean breakfast except on Sundays.
There is a Jeonju Hanok Railbike stop 5 min away from the hotel by foot, optimal for a date or a fun day out with children. Other interesting sites include the Jeonju Hanok Village, Deokjin Park’s lotus flowers in summer, and the BTS photoshoot site Jeonju Dreamland, which are all located 10–15 min away from the hotel by car.
Gyodonggwangjang-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Gangneung City Hotel is highly accessible as it is connected to the KTX Gangneung Station and the Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal through city buses. Located in the city center, the hotel is close to major tourist sites and many famous restaurants in the area. The hotel itself is a brand-new building with sleek, modern interiors. There are 155 rooms in total that are divided into 10 types, all comfortably furnished with wood and monotone designs. These include the Standard Balcony Double with a small balcony to Deluxe Ondol with plush cotton bedding, Deluxe Twin that is the only room to have the ocean view in the hotel, Suite Premier Double and Suite Premier Balcony with great city views, and Suite City Suite that is equipped with a minibar. Standard Double rooms are furnished with sofa and work desk, making it popular among businesspeople. A dessert café and a beer pub within the building serve simple dishes along with drinks, while the rooftop bar offers a great view of Gangneung city along with a meal. Guests can avail of breakfast, which consists of bread and coffee, while groups may also enjoy a breakfast buffet spread. Major sights of Gangneung, such as Ojukheon House, Gyeongpodae Pavilion, Chodang Soondubu (Soft Tofu) Village, and Anmok Beach are all located 5–15 min away by car. Finally, the front desk offers tourist information in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
15, Chungjang-ro 82 beon-gil, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Located about a kilometer away from Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal, Hotel 38.5 is a popular travel accommodation with comfortable facilities and affordable prices. It is only 5–10 min away from Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road, which draws large crowds to the hotel every spring (as of March 2020, cherry blossom festivals in Jinhae are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Jinhae Modern History Theme Street and Jinhae Jungang Market are located 500 m away, following a route that takes visitors along the city. There are 41 rooms in total that come in 4 room types, namely Standard, Premium, VIP38.5, and VVIP SKY. Rooms are designed with quirky features like bricks and vibrant wallflowers and furnished with tea tables, chairs, electric kettles, refrigerators, hangers, and bathtubs. The VIP38.5 room has separate showers and bathrooms, making it more convenient for group travelers. Meanwhile, the VVIP SKY room boasts a queen bed, a single bed, and a sofa that are ideal for families. Hotel 38.5’s strength is its dedication to barrier-free travel with its wide, unobstructed rooms, elevators, and guiding blocks. Guests can also contact the hotel in advance for wheelchair rental. Other on-site facilities include a seminar room, cafeteria, and shared PC and printers for business clients. Guests can also purchase a breakfast package, which consists of soup, salad, toast, fruits, and breakfast cereals (breakfast services are currently suspended because of COVID-19 as of March 2020).
138, Baegan3ri-gil, Yangpyeong-eup, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-772-7702, +82-10-4032-9984, +82-10-5351-9678
Located in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Blue Hill Pension is surrounded by nature. Yongmunsan Mountain winds around the back of the complex like a screen, and to its front flows Namhangang River. There are eight rooms in total, furnished in studio rooms, two-story rooms, and detached rooms. The main draw of Blue Hill Pension is the beautiful scenery, and that all rooms have individual indoor barbeque areas and spa facilities. It is a perfect place for couples and family visitors. In particular, going for a dip in the hinoki-scented spa with a view of the Namhangang River is sure to be a prime opportunity for healing from the busy city life. Studio and two-story rooms are fitted with window walls for the guests to enjoy the scenery. Moreover, detached rooms with individual gardens are furnished as spacious Korean rooms, ideal for group visitors. The outdoor areas have wide grassy fields and a heated swimming pool that can be used across four seasons, and cater to the needs of visitors with children. Both the interior and the outdoor areas of the pension are fitted with a complimentary Wi-Fi network, and the pension offers free pickup services from Yangpyeong Station and Bus Terminal as well. Guests in the studio and two-story rooms are offered with complimentary breakfast, which includes bread, breakfast cereals, fruit juice, coffee, and milk.
6-6, Baengmigoeul-gil, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Located in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province, Hongwhikwan offers guests a traditional “hanok” experience filled with the gentle scents of red clay and wood. The hotel is located in front of the UNESCO World Heritage site Gongsanseong Fortress, with Geumgang River flowing behind the complex.
There are six rooms in total, all Korean-style with floor bedding for double, triple, and quadruple occupancy. High ceilings and exposed girders greet visitors upon entering the rooms that are decorated with traditional bedding, Korean paper windows, elegant muslin curtains, and colorful cushions. Each room is equipped with a TV set, a refrigerator, and a bathroom with a hairdryer, making it an ideal place to start and end the day. The spacious courtyard also comes with traditional games like “jegi chagi” and “yutnori.” Coffee and Korean tea are found in the second-floor community room, while the kitchen serves complimentary breakfast every morning with a simple menu of toast, beverages, fruits, and breakfast cereals. Furthermore, the complex is close to major tourist sites, such as the Gongjusanseong Market, Gongju National Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site Ancient Tombs in Songsan-ri, and Tomb of King Muryeong. Hongwhikwan also offers free bicycle rentals for guests to stroll around the location.
42-5, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Jeonju Hanok Village, Hanok Hyeyum offers a traditional “hanok” (traditional Korean house) experience to its guests. The Korean term “hyeyum” means “thought,” and the hostel’s name pertains to the owners’ wishes of providing new feelings and thoughts to visitors. Its design faithfully brings the feel of the grain on the timber, which was possible with the participation of Daemokjang and Somokjang artisans specializing in hanok construction. The hanging sign at the entrance is carved by a Mokjogakjang, an artisan carpenter and holder of Intangible Cultural Property, and the same spirit of dedication and passion can be found throughout the building. There are six rooms in total, all Korean-style with exposed rafters, handwritten calligraphy, dainty furniture, and masterful teacups. Guests can also find a surprise welcome package of face mask packs. All rooms have modern and sleek bathrooms, while some rooms come with small attic spaces. Hanok Hyeyum also offers pickup services to solo female travelers from the Jeonju Bus Terminal or Jeonju Station, and a complimentary breakfast with a seasonal menu, including items like rice cakes, egg, sweet potato, fruits, and coffee.
45, Waon 1-gil, Haeryong-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Sunset (Ilmol) Hanok is located in Waon Village in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province. Its proximity to Waon Beach, a famous site for sunset watching, and the unspoiled tidelands of Suncheonman Bay make the pension a great healing place. An hour-long mountain trail winds through the hills surrounding Waon Village, and a four kilometer-paved road network offers opportunities for jogging or biking.
The Sunset Hanok takes the form of a ㄷ-shaped “hanok” with a grass lawn at the center. Stepping into the courtyard brings one to a view of the expansive tideland beyond the tiled clay fence and the mountains surrounding the village. There are three Korean-style floor bedding rooms and a bedroom in the house. Nangman and Haengbok, with traditional “gudeul” floor heating, offer a great view of the scenery and the sunset from the comforts of the rooms. The Sarang and Hwamok rooms use wood-fired heating, which offers great warmth during the winter season. Hwamok, in particular, is spread out between the main building and the “anchae” (inner chamber), combining a bedroom and a wide floor-heated Korean-style room suitable for large groups. All rooms in Sunset Hanok are equipped with a kitchen sink, induction stove, refrigerator, and cooking utensils, and there is also an outdoor barbeque area for guests. These features make the pension highly popular for family travelers.
38-5, Donggyo-ro 17 an-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Located near Hongik University in Seoul, Most Stay is famous for its trendy and vibrant interior design and excellent services. Although the hotel is situated in a quiet residential area, it is close to popular places in Seoul like the Hongik University Station (transfer station for Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, and AREX), Yeonnam-dong, and Mangwon-dong, which make it a great base camp for exploring the city. There are nine rooms in total, including a Double, Twin, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Triple, Deluxe Family, and a ladies-only Bunker Bedroom. The Bunker Bedroom has three dormitory-style bunk beds, with white-tone furniture and large windows that give the room a spacious and comfortable feel. Private lockers offer safe storage of one’s personal belongings, and there is also a separate powder room in the shared bathroom. The Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Triple, and Deluxe Family have kitchenettes equipped with microwave ovens and sinks. All rooms have refrigerators, electric kettles, nightstands, dressing tables, hangers, toiletries, and hairdryers, which are kept clean and fresh through a daily cleaning service. Moreover, Most Stay offers pickup services for up to six people when requested during the reservation process, as well as baggage storage, concierge, and English and Chinese services. A free breakfast, which consists of toast, cereal, and beverages, is laid out on the second floor every morning.
27, Buan-ro, Heungdeok-myeon, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Heungdeok-myeon, Gochang-gun, North Jeolla Province, Vogue Hotel is a good place to stay in quintessential rural Korea. It is a 15–20 min drive away from Gochang’s tourist sites like the Seonunsa Temple and Gochang Dolmen Park, and its proximity to the Buan-gun’s Byeonsanbando National Park makes it a good base camp for explorations in Gochang and Buan. The hotel’s courtyard has a caravan campsite, which is offered free of charge to the guests. The campsite is equipped with a shared restroom and a sleeping area for large dogs, making it easier for guests to travel with their family pets. Small dogs are also allowed in the hotel rooms. There are 32 rooms in total, namely the Double or Twin rooms for two, the Triple room with a double and single bed, and a Family room for up to 5 guests. Each room is equipped with a TV, refrigerator, electric kettle, toiletries, and hairdryer. The first floor of the hotel has a shared kitchen, equipped with an induction stove, a microwave oven, and a water cooler for simple cooking. The cafeteria beside it offers a complimentary breakfast that includes toast, milk, and coffee. English guide pamphlets are available in the lobby, and shuttle services in a nine-seater van are also offered.