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Reviewed 6 November 2011

I had my reservations about this hotel due to other reviews, however my concerns were unfounded.

This is definitely not a love hotel. The room was large and modern. The bathroom was great, the toilet had automatic flush, and the shower could also be used as a steam room.

Staff were helpful and spoke english.

There are a large number of local restaurants behind the hotel. Great if you are travelling for food. This is a good area to stay if you want to be able to go to the live sashimi restaurants for dinner. Short walk to the beach.

Its about a 5 min walk from the closest subway station.

We enjoyed Busan. Its a big city, for food, this is a good location.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank EatingAdventures88
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

Of course I read the other reviews before I booked. you never know what to expect, but one thing is for sure. You cant say you weren't warned if any of what the other said happens to be true. I needed a room for my wife and 2 preteen kids for 2 weeks. I would be staying in the room a few nights, but mostly just visiting for the evenings and departing for work at 10pm. I am fairly familiar with Busan, but they were not, so I needed a location that was easy to use the subway. This hotel fits the bill its a 5 minute walk to namcheon subway station. There is not much very close nearby. 15 minute walk to Kyung sung University (chock full of restaurants and bars) 15 minute walk to Gwangalli beach which is nice, and a 15 min walk to emart which has an outback and a huge grocery and department store. They have removed the walk over at the big corner, but there are crossings out in there place. Only problem is that no in in Busan stops at red lights. They might slow down, but your life is on the line whenever you are crossing when it says walk. I was in constant fear of my family being killed. Anyway thats a city/country issue, nothing to so with the Hotel. Taxis are always nearby and although its VERY difficult to communicate where to go in English, they are readily available. No person, or taxi anywhere knows the Benikea Press Hotel. A couple locals knew it as the San Fransisco (past name), but luckily the hotel is right next door to the tv sation KBS. So just say KBS Nam-chon. Then you can attempt to direct him down the little alley way that the front door sits on. The hotel is on a one way main street, so you have to use the alley when approaching from the west.

I was only able to book a Superior room and that cost about $108 USD after taxes per night. Not cheap. It was supposed to be for 2 people and one child under 5 free. As I was not sleeping there most nights i didnt think it would be a problem. It wasn't they were very nice and gave us a mat and a coupled extra pillows for the kids to sleep on for free. It wasn't more than a thin piece of foam, but kids can handle anything. The bed was hard as a rock. Fairly typical for Korea. The pillows were bad as well. Bad for a westerner I should say. Again normal for Koreans. Do your self a favor and buy a pillow at emart if you are staying more than 1 night.

The room had a huge tv, and 2 PC's which 1 was intermitently working. Kept the kids busy. There are no English channels. No ESPN, no CNN nothing. Of the 60 channels, there is Usually One, YES ONLY ONE english movie playing. Basically its hit or miss if that movie is any good. We saw everything from Titanic to Pretty Woman to Avatar. Your better off watching something streaming off the PC, as our TV was wired into the PC, and the connection was 28MBPS. Super fast. I aslo watched some movies via USB hard drive through the PC to TV connection.

The room smelled bad. It was a type of sewer smell, and it wasnt coming from the toilet or bath that I could tell. It wasn't unbearable, and you got used ot it after 5 mins, but it wasnt nice. I should have complained, but I have travelled a lot, and I could tell that trying to communicate to the non english speaking guy at the desk at 11pm was not going to turn out well. I have complained at these type hotels before only to get a room that was worse than the first. We bought some air freshener, and it helped a little. I also didnt want to rock the boat as we had more people staying in the room than allowed for that first night.

The Superior room is supposed to be the second biggest, and I can tell you it was small. It was smaller than any normal US hotel room, and the pictures online must have been shot with sme kind of a fisheye lens or something. With the kids small mat on the floor and the queen bed, there was virtually no walking space except in front of the door. The bathroom was big and had a jacuzzi, 2 showers (one of which just sprayed onto the floor and drained) and a fancy bidet, heated toilet seat. The aircon was a split unit type and although the remote is all in Korean, at times it wouldnt turn on. It was really frustrating. one night after returning, I sent my 11 YO down to the desk to TRY to relay that it wont work. It seems that they have the power to turn it off via computer from the front desk. Weird as you need to put your key card in the wall for power anyway. Spent over an hour on 3 nights messing with that thing before I learned that trick.

The front desk staff couldn't really speak english as far as we could tell, but they were all very nice. The cleaning lady was also very nice and always smiling. Im sure this had to do with the fact they we are a family. I was always treated nicely in Korea when with my family, but when Im alone, people wont even look you in the eye and can be quite rude. Not sure why, but Busan became a much friendlier city when my family was here with me.

Although there were condoms on the nightstand, I would not classify this as a love hotel. There were no shady characters, porn channels, or dangling ropes covering the parking area to conceal cars. (My young son saw them on the hotel next door and asked if it was a car wash). I did not go to the bar, restaurant, or kareoke joint, but it was not noisy ever.

There was a convenience store a block away, but you had to cross 2 lanes of death to get there or walk 8 blocks to a crosswalk. There was a group of local restaurants and shops 4 blocks away, with a McDonalds near there too.

All and all it was a fine place to stay, but in my opinion after thousands of nights in hotels in my life should have cost about $55. Not $110. Saying that, I would not expect a giant tv and 2 high speed PC's included for $55 but it was a $55 room. Great location being in between Haundae beach, downtown and Nampo Dong Market area. All accesible by subway. Next time traveling with a family, I will check Koreabridge and Busanhaps websites to see if any English students are subletting their apartments so I dont have to apy $1500 for 2 weeks stay. Avoid room 705 because of the smell. Not sure if that was the same room as the other reviewer got. I would use this hotel again if I needed to be in the area.

Room Tip: 7005 had a strange smell
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank sailpac2002
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at in my life. The hotel was disgusting, smelly, dirty, unhygienic, and the staff was rude and horrible to us. Upon reaching the hotel, we were given a room which had an acrid smell of the toilet and pesticide which did not change after multiple sprays of room freshener. We had to change rooms. The flush in the new room was not functional, and the lights kept flickering. There was only boiling hot water in the tap and shower, and I was burned. When we told the front desk, they sent a cleaning lady who put her hand into the toilet and removed the contents into our trash can. She did not wash her hands, and used our phone, touched our belongings, and tapped us with her wet, unsanitary hands. When we went to the front desk to ask for help, the receptionists (one claimed to be the supervisor) were extremely rude, and told us this was not their problem. They refused to help us, or to compensate us in any way, as it was not "hotel policy." They were extremely rude, and refused to let us speak to the manager, claiming he does not speak English. Later on, they called my cell phone multiple times, yelled at me for not picking up while I was busy, and then stated that they were going to move my belongings to another room because other guests would use my room. When I asked for an extra blanket, they said that it would be an extra charge, but that they would waive this just because I had complained about the unsanitary room. Most ridiculous experience of my life - they refused to tell me their name and pretended like they did not understand the question. All the receptionists were extremely rude - one of their names is so sung mun. Do Not Stay here under any circumstances. Photos on hotel website are extremely deceptive.

Room Tip: Do not stay here. Horrible.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank hearmro
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Press for 3 nights in June 2011--total fluke that we chose this property as the location was great! 10 minutes to the beach strip and not that far from anything you would want to access in Busan.
The room was excellent--clean and comfortable, good size--big screen TV and 2 (!) PCS--bathroom was also good--no issues. My only negative comment is that the hall carpets need a deep clean, but this did not affect our stay.

The Busan City bus tour is great value at 10,000won--open top buses run 3 city circuits and is a great way to get a feel of sprawling Busan. The Hotel Press is about ten minutes walk to the bus-stop at Gwengali Beach, so very convenient for the hotel--highly recommended.

The front desk service was also excellent--I needed to print off a bunch of tickets and confirmations, which I could do from a laptop in the reception area--no worries and no charge, even though I made an error printing and accidentally printed off 5 copies of a voucher. Front-end staff were friendly and spoke good English. Definitely will return!

Room Tip: Last minute deal trough Agoda worked well.
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bazza2012016
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

The Press Hotel seems to fill a market space somewhere between down-and-dirty love hotel, and cheap-and-cheerful business hotel.

The rooms are large and filled with lots of fun things - huuuuuge TV's, two PCs, a complicated array for cooling and heating equipment and so on. But it's all a bit cheap, and half the room is falling apart.

Sleep quality is fairly good, but I was awoken quite a few times with comings and goings from the other rooms during the night. There is clearly a rent-by-the-hour market at the Press Hotel.

Service was OK and generally well meaning, but there is not much English spoken.

Location is only fair, with the hotel nestled between two main roads. There are a fair variety of restaurants within walking distance.

Internet was fast and cheap (as is normally the case in Korea). There is no room service and the cafe on-site operates only from 10am - 7pm, so not much use for a morning coffee. There are all sorts of Karaoke rooms in the building, but I didn't hear any sound from them.

I can't really see any reason to recommend this hotel over countless others in Pusan.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank Ian_Pratt
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