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“Star of Busan”
Review of Elysee Motel

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Elysee Motel
Ranked #3 of 557 Busan B&B and Inns
Singapore
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116 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Star of Busan”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

Went there for 3 days 2 night trip with friend. Owner, Mr Son, is a very kind person and he can speaks very good english. He points out interesting places around the area in a map for us. Also, the hotel is located nearby to busan tower. Mr. Son will attach a map to the motel along with confirmation email.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We were supposed to stay at Elysee Motel on 20th February 2014. The owner Mr Son has emailed me regarding the renovation of his hotel. However I misunderstood the situation and thought we still can stay in the hotel during renovation. Silly me.. Thankfully, Mr Son offered to take us to another hotel and even help us with the check in process. Before leaving us, he pointed all the places of interest in Busan. He was very helpful marking all the places on the map, noting down the transportation we should take and even the operating hour of some places. Most of all, we were very thankful that he help us booked a jumbo taxi to the airport for our departure the next day. Overall, although it was unfortunate that we did not stay at the hotel, thumbs up to the owner for his service.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

We went to Pusan on February 16 and booked three rooms at Elysee Motel, before our departure from Hong Kong, we received the motel was under renovation, they transfer us to another hotel near by the Pusan Station.

Mr Son, the owner of Elysee Motel afraid we could not find the hotel, he's so nice to wait us at the Pusan station and brought us to the new hotel.

Although we had not stay at Elysee Motel during the trip, but we believe we will have a nice stay there next time when we go to Pusan again.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Puchong, Malaysia
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Very helpful and excellent English speaking owner. I like the illuminating ceiling wall just above our bed......reminds me of childhood. Bathroom are big with a twin jacuzzi, a wonderful place for lovers and newly wed. Room are equipped with a personal computer. Very near to Busan Park esp the Busan tower. Overall, a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2014

This small hotel or guesthouse offers reasonable rates, a good location, good room, and especially useful for western tourist -- an english speaking host. We took a cab ride from the airport which costs less than $20 US and entered through the garage into small hotel. Its just above the more well known Tower Hotel. The room was fine, a bit old, but maintained well. The heating comes from the floor and we chose to sleep on the tatami on the floor. Koreans must be pretty tough because the floor is hard tile and the tatami is pretty thin so keep that in mind if you go for that type of bedding. Everything was clean and in good order. The floor has hot spots so you have to be careful where you walk as it can get really hot to your feet or body during sleeping. Place had a great shower with jets shooting water from above and the side (if you chose) and included a great steam vent. This was all welcome after many hours of touring in the cold Busan winter. The host gave a map and a basic review of the local area and recommendations for local restaurants, all of which were very useful and accurate. We liked the location which was in a quiet corner of the tourist district with plenty of local restaurants and mini marts etc. within 2 minutes walk and the main shopping and tourist district about 10 minutes walk away. There is a Tom and Tom's Coffee shop if you must have Western style (i.e. chairs and expensive food and drink). We spent 3 quiet and restful nights at Elysee and did not encounter anything negative, except maybe the hotspots on the floor. Based on our last conversation with the host the place is now being renovated (as of Jan 10 2014 or so) so that may affect booking in the short term. While this place is practically invisible from the street, its rooms are tidy and inexpensive. We would return there.

Room Tip: Sleeping on mats on the floor offers warmth but pretty darn hard.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

My husband and I were planning a free and easy trip to Busan in winter and we would like to visit Muju Deogyusan Ski Resort. However, I was not able to book for any transport and ski package myself as I sent emails to the ski tour operators/agencies but all of them are not responding or not following up with me(maybe because there are only 2 of us or I wrote the email in English).

So I tried to contact Elysee Motel owner by email. The hotel owner, Mr SON, is very helpful and informative. After I made the booking with him, he sent a lot of information about getting there(by bus/by taxi) and information of bus stops/subway exits around the hotel. He even provided the detail of how to walk from each bus stop/subway exit to the hotel(with pictures for reference).

Most importantly, the owner was so kind that he helped us to book the ski package and brought us to the bus stop where the ski agency bus picked us up at 4:50am in the morning. Eventually we have a nice and smooth trip to ski resort and enjoy skiing and snowing there. Many thanks to Mr SON.

During our stay in Busan, he recommended a few restaurants around the hotel. Good recommendations. And he also provided the detail of how to get to those restaurants from his hotel. I will defnitely stay at Elysee Motel when I visit Busan again.

By the way, his hotel is undergoing renovation now and will be done in mid of April 2014. If you are interested to stay there, contact Mr SON first to confirm whether you are able to stay at his hotel if you are travelling around that period of time.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Elysee Motel
Address: 22, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Busan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 557 B&Bs / Inns in Busan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Elysee Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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