I have to echo the comments of all the other reviewers that the owner is very helpful and the location is excellent. I booked the deluxe room after the recent renovations which made it even better.
The owner really does his best to provide the best value for the low price that he charges for the room rate. The room is huge, furnished with a double bed and equipped with a large flat screen TV, computer, mini fridge stocked with free bottles of water and fruit juice. The bathroom had a jacuzzi and sauna function which regrettably I did not try. Toiletries which included toothpaste are provided.
The location is just next to Yongdusan park and within walking distance of the Nampodong subway station, Jalgalchi fish market and the shops, street food and local markets at Nampodong. We also took a short and convenient cab ride to Gamcheon culture village. By subway, further locations such as Haeundae and Spa Land at Centum City were all easily accessible.
We got to the motel by KTX from Seoul (there by first class and back on standard - note that the difference is only in the slightly wider seat space with more leg room and not worth the price difference) and then taking a cab from Busan station. The driver could only speak Korean and did not know the address, so you may want to keep the phone number of the motel ready so that the owner can give the driver directions over the phone.
The owner also gave us on request some good food recommendations with clear mini maps and photos to minimize the chances of losing your way finding the small eateries. I particularly liked the pork gukbap at a local eatery that he recommended. He understands the guests' way of thinking and goes out of his way to ensure that your needs are met, eg. offering an umbrella when it was raining, giving us a lift to the station and checking every time we bumped into him to see if we needed anything else.
This motel is great value for the price. Booking was a breeze by exchanging emails with the owner in English. I would recommend it not just for the budget-conscious, as it gives you a great opportunity to experience local food and local life. I titled this review the Star of Busan because the owner really takes pride in his motel and provides great hospitality which makes the stay of travellers in Busan more memorable.
Please go with realistic expectations matching with the very reasonable price and you will be awed.
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