As you know from my posts last week, I went to Gyeongju the weekend before last. It was a great trip thanks to great food and fascinating Korean history. The trip was made even better by a top-notch love motel.
The place is called Hotel Liebe (호탤 리베). It’s located a few blocks from the old train station in downtown Gyeongju.
This hotel had great reviews on several phone apps, so I decided to give it a shot despite the fact that the price was a bit higher than the surrounding hotels. As I walked down the street on which Liebe is located, I noticed several other motels that looked comparable to Liebe from the outside, but I didn’t have a chance to go inside and check them out.
I originally planned to rent one of the VIP rooms, just because I thought it would make for a cool post. When I checked in, I asked my Korean friend to help me ask to see the rooms before booking. We looked at the VIP room, 110,000 won (~$100) and a regular room, which was 80,000 won (~$75). Though the VIP room was a bit bigger, the difference didn’t seem to be worth the significant price difference. When the hotel manager offered me the regular room for 70,000 (because the room’s computer was broken), I jumped at the offer.
I didn’t have a lot of time after check-in to snap pictures of the room, so they aren’t on par with my normal love motel photography masterpieces:
One nice thing about this room was the fact that they left big towels, robes and slippers that I could actually squeeze onto my feet. Many love motels give you one or two small towels that simply can’t cut it for a big guy like me. This motel gave two BIG towels and two hand towels. The robes weren’t particularly comfortable…but I thought it wasteful not to at least try one on.
I really liked this place. The price here wasn’t as good as can be found in larger cities, but that’s to be expected in a small resort city. If you share the room with a friend (they have rooms with twin beds), it can be relatively affordable. Despite the price, I was impressed. The staff was nice, the room was clean and t was close to Gyeongju’s downtown historical district.
Until next time.