Travel in NOV, 2019
Dongnae-gu in Busan is a famous for good hot springs. The name of subway station in this area is called "Oncheonjang Station", and the name of the stream running through the area is called "Oncheoncheon" which is the signature of the area.
* In Korean, Oncheon means hot springs in English.
Nongshim Hotel was the second most booked hot spring hotel in Korea by Koreans last year. In addition, the hotel is also the only five-star hotel to enjoy the Dongnae hot spring.
I visited there because I was curious about this hotel.
>> Location <<
You can take a walk from the Oncheonjang Station(온천장역), but you have to walk for 10 to 15 minutes. Fortunately It's, not too far.
This is not a quiet neighborhood. It's a pretty crowded and complicated neighborhood. However, the atmosphere around Nongshim hotel is unusually calm. Becaus A traditional Korean-style restaurant and garden in Nongshim Hotel lead the mood. Thanks to the atmosphere, You can enjoy the hot spring here quietly and cozy.
A front desk with a gentle atmosphere
All the employees at the front desk were kind. Regardless of the hotel's class, most hotel front employees are friendly. (Of course it's not 100%.) When I checked in at Nongshim Hotel, I could sense the warm atmosphere and friendly service that can only be felt here. They helped me complete it with a fast but stable tone even when I checked in.
I asked for a late check-out in advance, and it was allowed to be checked out by 1 p.m. Overall, the staff seems to be trying to quickly resolve the situation required by the guests CS, Full satisfaction!
>> Nongshim Hotel - Room Category <<
Deluxe Twin, Double / Ondol ... Room Size : 28m ²
This is the most basic category room.
It has been remodeled, but to some extent has the appearance of a hotel Nongshim model.
High deluxe Double/ Twin ... Room Size : 28m ²
Among the hotel Nongshim rooms, these rooms were remodeled with modern senses.
It is called " High Deluxe " to distinguish it from the old deluxe room.
It was the same room I felt in the picture. It had a rather more sophisticated feeling than I thought.
Of course this is just my feeling, and I didn't have a lot of expectations about the old Nongshim hotel, either.
Luxury double or twin / Ondol Double or Twin
The rooms are assigned to the ninth floor, which is classified as a VIP.
It is said that the service is provided in an upgraded version, but it is difficult to tell the difference from the high deluxe when looking at the room photo alone.
Superior Sweet Double / Ondol ... Room Size : 56m ²
You can also choose Ondol and a ordinary room in the suite. There are three suit rooms in total. Among them, the basic suite line is the Superior Suite Room. Suite rooms are divided into drawing rooms and bedrooms, which are also assigned to the ninth floor.
It is a more upgraded room in the existing Superior Suite room.
It has a dedicated home-bar and a separate steam sauna for even more you can stay much more relaxed and healing.
Royal Suite Room
This room is the highest class of hotel Nongshim. The general atmosphere is characterized by calmness.
With a wide whirlpool bath and steam sauna, you can enjoy natural hot water comfortably in the room. It is also characterized by its ability to create a delicate indoor atmosphere. The living room has a dining table and a dedicated home-bar, making it more comfortable to meet and relax.
>> To summarize
the types of rooms in this hotel, all rooms below the deluxe line have the same room size.
Therefore, if you are sensitive to the size of the room but want to make a comfortable reservation, you can choose from the deluxe line by looking at the room interior and atmosphere.
If you prefer a very large space, but are burdened with a top-level room, you may want to choose a Superior Suite. The Superior Suite rooms can be booked at the lowest price of USD150 per night on a weekday basis/off-season basis.
Oh, and due to the location of Nongshim Hotel, all room views are City View. And although it is my personal opinion, I feel a little sad that the difference between luxury and high-deluxe rooms cannot be seen just by pictures or other explanations.
>> Nongshim Hotel - High Deluxe Double Room Review <<
>> Nongshim Hotel Room Tour Video <<
High Deluxe Double Room
It has been 50 years since Nongshim Hotel opened. Since hotels are old, it is easy for anyone to think that their facilities are old. But while the high deluxe double room belongs to a basic room category, it doesn’t feel like an old hotel like you see in the picture. There were signs of trying to break away from the slightly older atmosphere through extensive remodeling. The overall atmosphere seems to be trying to be quite sophisticated. I stayed here thinking this was an old hotel, but I could see that my idea was wrong.
I made room reservation at OTA instead of Nongshim Hotel official site. The reason was simple. Under the conditions I wanted, making reservations on the official website of Nongshim Hotel was much more expensive than OTA. Hotel Nongshim offers a variety of package room events on its official website, so if you look at the events, you can make reservations by choosing the right conditions. It is recommended to compare the price of the official website directly with the price of the OTA at the same time. I booked a high deluxe room for USD55 per night on weekdays.
The bed was a double bed. I thought the double bed was small. If you sleep here alone, the bed is a little wide. However, if two people sleep here, this place will feel narrow.
The bed was short across and across. It made me feel uncomfortable, but I liked the elasticity of the bed and the neat hygiene quite well.
As you can see, the pillow is thin.
It would be very convenient if you use a low pillow, but I don't use a low pillow, so I used two pillows at once. the softness of the pillow itself was so good that even using the two, the face was buried in the pillow. So I could use two layers
I thought the TV was a little bit small. I thought it would have been better if it were bigger.
The space was about this much. The space between the bed and the TV was about this much.
And there was a spare space on either side of the bed, and there were chairs and tables on the right side of the bed, so the actual free space was about the left side of the bed and under the bed It was not that narrow for staying, and it was 28m² space, so okay!
In addition, there was a place where you can put your suitcases aside, so if you have only one suitcase, you can enjoy it. But what if you have a lot of luggage? It may be thought that the space is small. It is recommended to keep your suitcase in the closet.
The table space in the mirror is my favorite space.
You can put your cosmetics on, work on, or even put on makeup sitting there.
I liked the chair quite a bit. It was very cushioning and comfortable!
Two bottles per day were provided for free per room.
The laundry bag and sewing kit were in the drawer.
Three-ball code for foreigners and two-ball code for Korea. It would have been nice if there were more electrical outlets!
The spare space on the right side of the bed. The lighting was big and bright, so I liked this part the most, and there was a small table and a sofa, which was a little uncomfortable.
When two people stayed this room, one had to sit on the sofa and the other on a regular chair. However, considering this space, having only one sofa was a wise choice.
You can put your suitcase up here.
When I opened the drawer, there were coffee/tea makers.
The round canister on the left could have ice, and an electric kettle.
Although the mix nut was a bit unexpected, Nongshim Hotel has placed paid amenities in its drawers.
I found two glasses.
Two bottled waters on the table were free, and all of these bottles in minibar were paid drinks. Hotel Nongshim is located in the center of the downtown area, so it is convenient to buy drinks at nearby convenience stores. As a result, you don’t have to use the paid minibar unless it is very annoying.
a closet at the entrance to a room. It was not big and it's small like a picture, but it was a very useful place. Especially, it was convenient to put a big suitcase in the space under the clothes space
The material of the gown was typical of the towel, so it was more fluffy than I thought, and it was good to get wet just by wearing it after the shower.
A cabinet under a mini safety box.
The cabinet was big and wide, so it was very convenient to organize clothes!
My favorite multi-purpose slippers.
Every hotel has different slippers, but Nongshim Hotel has a multi-purpose slippers. Single-use slippers are the cleanest in terms of hygiene. However, most single-use slippers are thin and cause environmental problems. So I don't like it. Most of these multi-purpose slippers have a good cushion, so I prefer them even more.
Phone and Information Panel & Room Systems.
Available on your phone as well as the information you need. You can controll the date, time and temperature, and also by electric power with it
Channel Table and Remote Control
It was nice to have a channel table so I didn't have to wander around with a remote control.
The overall shape of the room is peculiarly curved like this.
So you can walk a little bit and see a curved corridor. My room was on the sixth floor.
>> Nongshim Hotel - High Deluxe Double Bathroom Review <<
High Deluxe Room Bathroom
Basically, the room itself was not very spacious but moderately COZY.
I liked the washbasin because it was wide.
There were towels under the sink and a tissue on the left.
frankly, the toilet and toilet paper werew far away.
It was a little uncomfortable to use toilet paper while sitting in the toilet.
The hair dryer was a little old but useful.
But I didn't like it very much, so if you want to use your hair dryer, you'd better bring it with you.
Soap was ordinary. The basic amenities were not touching, but pretty good! (Body Wash was near the bathtub.)
It was hard to judge a brand because of new and unfamiliar brand, and it was not an impressive experience for a five-star hotel. not bad and amazing. Among the amenities, my favorite were file and woodstick for nail care. It was really good when I sometimes accidentally tore my nails while traveling.
However, toothpaste/toothbrush sets were not provided as basic amenities here. You may bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste for reference. Or there is a way to use what the hotel offers. I wrote below this article how to get a toothbrush and toothpaste from the hotel for free.
It was a bathtub, but a little short. I could feel convenient, but it can be uncomfortable if you are taller and have longer legs than me. (For your information, I am 164cm tall)
There was no room near the bathtub for things. As you can see in the picture, there was a very small space around the handle near the bathtub. You can put things there at least. (Bodyshower was in the space) So it was very inconvenient not to put cleansing foam or other items in the shower.
A very convenient and practical customer convenience list
There was a convenience list for customer in the room. They were provided them for free when a customer requests to a hotel, including a set of toothpaste/toothbrushes, and a disposable razor. Therefore, if you can't bring it in advance, you can check the convenience list for customers, press extension 9 and ask for it, and the staff will bring it to you.
What is impressive about this was the hiking boots. Beacause there was Geumgang Moutain at the Oncheonjang in Busan, which seems to be for those planning an unexpected climb. I asked for an humidifier. In fact, I was embarrassed because it was such a big humidifier and not easy to see these days, but it was working so well that I was very satisfied! Thanks to humidifier, I was able to stay moist in the room.
Nongshim Hotel View - City View
Regardless of which floor is assigned at Nongshim Hotel, the view of any room is City View. Of course, the city view we easily recall and the city view here are a little different. This is due to the characteristics of the hotel’s Nongshim space. The Korean restaurant run by Hotel Nongshim features a tranquil garden interior, including a pond. In addition, the Korean restaurant is opposite by the front gate of the hotel Nongshim. As a result, the hanok seen among the trees is impressive. A hot spring is one of the main streets. It is a place where restaurants and countless people come and go. However, when I entered the hotel Nongshim area, I felt a completely different atmosphere. So although it is a hotel in the center of the city, I was very satisfied with the view.
The fact that Nongshim Hotel seemed great just because it was serving travelers in one place for a long time. Especially, it was interesting that it was the only hotel with a calm atmosphere in Oncheonjang, one of the downtown areas. However, such great efforts may actually be accepted as being relatively old these days.
Perhaps that is why hotel Nongshim was remodeled in order to be modern and remove the old look. This made it difficult to find an old Nongshim hotel anywhere while staying in the High Deluxe Double Room.
It was not an advantage that room space was not quite large.
Nevertheless, considering the decent 28m² of space, around USD 55 per night for the five-star employee service that was followed, my Nongshim Hotel’s experience was quite satisfactory. Here, even leisurely checkout times. In case of off-season, it was also very good to be able to check out comfortably for an extra hour or so if you ask the front desk of the hotel.
1. Add: 23 Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Oncheon-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan
2. Tel: +82-51-550-2100
3. Go to Official Website
4. Price Starts From: USD40
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