The Good - The location is excellent and is within walking distance of Bulguksa Temple and the Grotto. Additionally, the area is very peaceful and calm and a nice area to go hiking and exploring.
The Bad - The rooms are not up to par for a place that bills itself as an international resort. The rooms are dated, and the bathrooms look like a public restroom you'd find at McD's, complete with gray, industrial tile flooring. Additionally, the staff spoke virtually no English. Even when asking for a bottle of water (which they didn't even have in their restaurant), they could barely understand me. This could be a really nice hotel if they gave this placed a giant makeover. The TV in the rooms has nothing but Korean channels. No CNN. No CNBC. Nothing in English at all. Lastly, because it was November they shut off the the a/c to the ENTIRE BUILDING so my room was broiling hot. Thankfully the windows opened.
If this place wants to attract more foreign travelers, it'd be wise to spruce up the place and bring it up to international standards. For eating, I'd recommend giving the restaurant a miss and taking a cab to the Hilton not too far away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kolon Hotel is seated in the time-honored city of Gyeongju well known as one of the ten famous world spots. Guest room is cozy and comfortable dominating the sun rising from Mt. Toham. Restaurants provide for delicate & special dishes. Available is conventions of large and small size, golf green, swimming, jogging, hiking,other leisure and spa facilities. You may feel like being at your own home and your stay and every hour may be most happy and pleasing to you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gyeongju Kolon Kyongju