OK, first thing is I think this hotel has changed hands from the Benikea group and is now family run. How do I know? have stayed in previous years for summer beach holiday and the name and staff are different.
I have read the negative reviews and in my humble opinion these are undeserved. It is a great little hotel that "does what is says on the box" It is well priced compared to other hotels along the beach at peak season.
Room clean and well appointed for price range, comfortable bed.
Very close to beach and sea front.
This is well recommended for nice friendly competitively priced beach hotel in the month of August.
Positives: The hotel presents itself quite well. The room was spacious with a single and queen bed provided. The room had enough space to place our bags and backpacks – and still have plenty of floor space. The beds, while firm, were comfortable enough for a pleasant nights sleep. Two comfortable chairs and a table allowed room to sit and read etc.
The restaurant was a lovely space to sit, with lounges to one side around the window space, with dinner tables in the middle of the floor comfortably seating four adults. Meal costs – a moderate menu was available – came in at 10 000w or less.
Staff were quite polite and attentive, despite limited English. Maybe we should make the effort and learn a little more Korean.
Beach is easily accessible through an alley outside the back doorway of the hotel. A 7/11 is also nearby.
Negatives: While the cost of the hotel was a reasonable $80 / night, items such as tea and coffee making were not provided – no cups, spoons, tea, coffee etc. Strangely hot and cold water WAS available in the foyer of each floor. The bathroom has the usual amenities - shower, hand-basin and toilet / bidet. What was strange was that the wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom was made of glass – which meant if you didn’t pull the shower curtain across (yes, it was on the glass wall side, with glass on the other) you were in view whenever you used the bathroom! Other niggles were:
• INTERNET with a password which you weren’t told and couldn’t find out;
• TV where you had to experiment to sort out how the control worked;
• AIR CONDITIONER that could not be set (in most hotels these are controlled centrally and playing with the control is pointless). Unfortunately for most of us 25˚C was too warm – no air circulating.
• hot water – well, it was lukewarm in the morning AND evening - not hot!
• Bathroom starting to show age with some mould and patching on tiles.
Overall I was disappointed with this hotel. While only spending one night in Gangneung, I’m sure there would be better options in the area. Gangneung is a beautiful city, well set out and with plenty to see. Would definitely visit the area again.