It’s not usual for me to stay in pricey accommodations. Why would I? I mean, I would go into a place to see the view, experience unique activities, eat food, chat with locals. And you do all that outdoors. Heck, in as far as I’m concerned, an accommodation is nothing but a place to snooze in and take a bath in. So why pay a steep price for that?
Also, there was a time when I revisited the Excel files I created in the past which contained my budget for each of my travels. I made some tabulations and charts and here’s what I found out, a huge bulk (~30-50%) of my budget goes to accommodation. [I excluded airfares in most cases since these are normally paid off many months before the actual trip]. I was actually surprised that even after choosing the cheapest B&Bs, it would still eat up most of my budget. Ergo, when I travel I always make a conscious effort to consider the cheapest hostels/B&Bs, but with minimum basic amenities, i.e. a bed, a clean bathroom, must be proximal to civilization, has heater (if I travel during winter) – that’s it! And of course, a free wifi connection would be great but not necessarily a requirement for me.
Anyway, for my autumn trip last week, I did not choose a cheap place (AFAIK, it wasn’t cheap). It was located in Dongducheon, a relatively sub-urban area (compared to Seoul).
It’s name is World Hotel. And although it was called such, it was more of a motel than a hotel. Located on the 9th and 10th floor of an almost indistinguishable commercial building squeezed in between two other commercial buildings. I didn’t find the elevator on the night of my arrival so I had to use the stairs whilst heaving my luggage, all the way up to the 9th floor, where I found the reception area. To be honest, I did not expect much because the neighborhood was almost shady, and the building was, as mentioned earlier, quite hidden. Like Diagon Alley kind of hidden.
To my surprise though, when I entered the 9th floor corridor (from the fire exit… lol), the place was spic and span. And the ambience was very relaxing. I’m almost certain I was transported into a different world.
I can’t really put into words how awestruck I was with the place. The last time I felt like the place was too extravagant for me was when I stayed in The Excelsior in Hong Kong, and even the feel of that did not come close to World Hotel.
In my defense though, I did not pay for either The Excelsior or the World Hotel. The Hong Kong trip was a company paid trip (inclusive of airfare!). And the latter was courtesy of someone really close to me. (Haha, showbiz?)
So anyway, the receptionist gave me a key that says I’m on the tenth floor. And that’s when I realized that there was an elevator. Whew! I thought I was going to use the stairs for my entire stay. 😀
It’s not everyday that I get to experience such luxury, so I might as well put it in my blog. To me remind in the future, when I encounter this post again, that once in my life I had such a nice place of accommodation, during my Autumn in Korea.