Hotel B in Gwangju: Cherry Blossom Festival in South Korea

Hotel B in Gwangju South, Hotel B, Korean-style hotel in Gwangju, near Boseong Green Tea Museum offers traditional continental breakfast, valet parking and flat screen TV with cable. Korea

Cherry Blossom Festival, Boseong Tea Plantations, and Light Festival

Just before Christmas, we stayed at Hotel B in Gwangju, South Korea, while traveling south of the Boseong Tea Plantations and Light Festival. Our stay answered two questions I’ve had for a while: What is an Asian-style continental breakfast, and are all beds in South Korea as brutal as a rock?

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Hotel B in Gwangju

The hotel offers complimentary valet parking, WI-FI throughout the property, and an Asian-style continental breakfast. It also provides a state of the art individual temperature-controlled thermostats and lighting. It is conveniently located near entertainment, convenience stores, and restaurants, including VIPS, which offers DOD cardholders a 40% discount on meals.

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The Hotel Room

The color palette at Hotel B in Gwangju is cute and relaxing. The room includes all the necessary comforts of a home away from home. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with cable, a kettle, slippers and robes, and free toiletries. You gotta have slippers, right? Hotel B is a Korean-style business hotel. You enter the room through a small entryway where you are expected to remove your shoes.

One of the weirdest things in Korean hotels are the brushes and combs, I couldn’t imagine using.

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Are all Beds in South Korea Hard? 

So far, the answer is a resounding yes. You can call to have your car pulled up from the underground parking, set the room and floor temperature, and set the mood, with 6 different lighting control. And with all this, you would think I’d learn my lesson and not plop down on the super-hard mattresses found in Korea hotels. Trust me the bed is not soft although the comforter was nice and thick if not a little stiff.

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What is an Asian Continental Breakfast?

If we didn’t know what an Asian continental breakfast was before we do now. There is a dedicated breakfast room in the lobby where guests can and enjoy coffee all day long.

The free breakfast is served from 0630-0930 daily. And it’s not much different from its American counterpart with the addition of kimchi and substitution of rice porridge for grits or oatmeal. It includes a choice of both hot and cold foods. Selections included hard-boiled eggs, several kinds of kimchi, cereals, bread, fruit, bean sprout soup, and a lettuce salad.

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Would I Stay There Again?

Probably not; there are a lot of hotels in the area. But not because of the breakfast or the stone bed. There was hair on the bathroom floor, the drainage pipe under the sink became dislodged, and water went everywhere. We told the front desk. However, we were still waiting for someone to fix it. The breakfast was decent.

Hotel B has valet parking, and when we got home, we found a dent on my Jeep. Not sure it happened there, but we didn’t notice it until after we returned home. They had valet parking, so I have no idea what the parking situation was like. The bed was just as hard as the floor, no one spoke decent English which I wouldn’t mention except its advertised as a business hotel.

One night stay will set you back about 83,000 Won or $60 which is about right for the services and conveniences offered.

Have you stayed in Gwangju before? Where did you stay? Let me know in the comments below.

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