Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea

Location:

Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, situated on the south eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula and is noted for its beaches, mountains and temples. We had taken the Korail high speed train direct from Seoul arriving into Busan in 2 hours and 45 minutes. We were then pleasantly surprised to find that the Arban Hotel was just a short metro transfer of six stops from the main Busan Station.

The high speed Korail service between Seoul and Busan South Korea
Taking the high speed Korail service between Seoul and Busan

The hotel is then a five minute walk from Seomyeon Station, an interchange station connecting to two lines.  Exit 7 from the metro station is the nearest and most convenient to the hotel, saving a lot of unnecessary walking above ground.  The Arban Hotel is located in a vibrant area of the city surrounded by many shops and restaurants but as the hotel occupies the upper floors of a tall building it is perfectly quiet.

The Arban Hotel, Seomyeon, Busan, South Korea
The Arban Hotel, Seomyeon, Busan

Arrival and check-in:

Entrance to the hotel lobby is via lifts in the entrance vestibule as the lobby and reception desks are located on the 13th floor.  The front desk staff were very welcoming and polite, wearing badges indicating the languages they spoke.  Staff are able to converse in English, Japanese, Chinese and of course Korean which is very helpful for overseas visitors.  Check-in is actually available at any time of day subject to the room being available which is something other hotels should consider doing.  We were offered a city map and it was suggested that we contact the desk should we have any more questions regarding our stay or about places to visit.

Lobby, Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
The reception area, Arban Hotel, Busan

The Room:

Out spacious room was located on the 10th floor along an attractively decorated corridor. We had arranged to stay for five nights and on opening our door, we knew we would be happy as the room had everything we needed and more for an enjoyable stay.

Bedroom at The Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
Our room at The Arban Hotel, Busan

A huge, super-king size bed complete with premium quality bedding faced a 55″ television on which we found numerous English speaking channels.  The windows provided far reaching views across the city centre as well as flooding the room with natural light.

Bedroom view, Arban Hotel. Busan, South Korea
The view from our bedroom window

The wardrobe and cupboards featured sensor lighting when opened which was useful and came equipped with the usual thick cotton towelling robes and slippers found in high end hotels.  The bathroom was equipped with a jacuzzi, large walk-in shower and a Japanese style electronic WC with numerous settings.  Fortunately, a card affixed to the wall translated these options into English as when we have used these toilets before we have had to take pot luck when pressing the buttons to find out what actions they performed.  The glass wall separating the bathroom from the sleeping area had a blind which could be utilised as needed.

Jacuzzi bath with glass wall opening into the bedroom, Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
Our jacuzzi bath with glass wall opening into the bedroom

In addition to a powerful hairdryer, luxurious South Korean toiletries including bubbles for our jacuzzi were provided.  A large fridge had plenty of space for our fresh milk, cold drinks and chocolate supplies and came equipped with complimentary bottled water which was replenished daily.  Sitting on top of the fridge was a hospitality tray with plentiful supplies of coffee and black, green and fruit teas.  A note informed us that a microwave could be borrowed at no extra cost but as we didn’t need to use one, I am unable to comment on this service.

Dining:

A large buffet breakfast selection is available at an extra charge in the rooftop restaurant on the 13th floor each morning. It took me a couple of days to remember to press the up button for the lift to take us there, as it’s so unusual to eat breakfast on a higher floor than you are sleeping on.

Breakfast at Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
A large selection of Asian dishes awaited us at breakfast

The breakfast room had floor to ceiling windows leading out onto the attractive rooftop garden.  A series of stainless steel domed lids revealed a wide selection of hot Asian dishes from noodles to dumplings and delicious bao bunsThere were also cold meats, salad, fresh fruit, croissants and a toaster providing enough variety to keep those who prefer Western dishes happy.

Breakfast at the Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
Breakfast at the Arban Hotel, Busan

Although it’s not possible to dine outdoors, one can still take a stroll in the rooftop garden to enjoy the lovely viewsThe buffet area, like everywhere else in South Korea, was spotlessly clean and we noticed the chef frequently bringing out more food so I’m sure there would still be a full selection if you popped in late.

The Facilities:

The rooftop breakfast room acts as a bar in the evenings, being a delightful spot to sip a drink whilst watching the sun set. Despite the hotel not having its own restaurant, there are dozens of lovely places to dine in Seomyeon that are on the doorstep.  On the ground floor of the building there is a 24 hour cafe which offers a discount to hotel guests.

The rooftop garden at the Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
The rooftop garden at the Arban Hotel, Busan

Out and About:

Gamcheon Cultural Village

Nestled into a steep hillside, this former dilapidated slum neighbourhood was transformed into a creative community in 2009 when its tightly packed flat roofed houses were painted in pastel shades and murals starting appearing on outside walls. Small arts and crafts shops have since opened and its worth spending a few hours exploring the village’s maze of narrow, winding lanes.

Gamcheon Cultural Village,, Busan, South Korea
Gamcheon Cultural Village,, Busan

Oryukdo Skywalk and the Igidae Coastal Walk

This horseshoe shaped glass walkway juts out over a 35 metre high cliff where one can watch the strong waves below crash into the rocky coastline. After taking a walk along the Skywalk, cross the road and follow the 4.5 km Igidae Coastal Walk around the peninsula. We enjoyed the breathtaking views and stunning scenery along the way but I suggest only taking this walk if you are quite fit as the trail is quite challenging in places with some rock scrambles and many flights of steps both up and down as you make your walk along the coast.

The clifftop path leading to the Oryukdo Skywalk, Busan, South Korea
The clifftop path leading to the Oryukdo Skywalk, Busan

Taejongdae Park

A very pleasant and easy 4km looped trail in the southern part of Yeongdo-gu. As well as rugged coastal views, one can visit a lighthouse, observatory and temple along the route. For those unable or not wishing to walk very far, a land train operates a regular service along the main route making stops at several points of interest.

Taejongdae Park, Busan, South Korea
Taejongdae Park, Busan

Haeundae Beach

This is the most popular beach in South Korea with visitors flocking here during the warmer, summer months. It‘s located in the eastern part of the city and after viewing its large, sweeping bay, we followed a path in a westerly direction towards Dongbaekseom Island.  This small island is connected by a wooden footbridge and from there we enjoyed some good views of Haeundae.

Dongbaekseom Island and Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea
Dongbaekseom Island and Haeundae Beach, Busan

Busan Arboretum

These gardens offer free admission and contain over 600 varieties of plants. There’s also a large glass house with lush vegetation, tropical and desert plants which are all clearly labelled.

Busan Arboretum, South Korea
Busan Arboretum

Shopping

Busan is a shopper’s paradise with both the Seomyeon and Nampo districts having bustling centres.  Shops are open until late in the evenings and we found it fun to go window shopping, strolling along traffic free roads illuminated by a myriad of neon lights.

Seomyeon district of Busan, South Korea
Shopping during the evenings in the Seomyeon district of Busan

Dining

Street food stalls serve up a delicious selection of affordable snacks which we were often tempted to sample.  I recommend trying Hotteok which are Korean style sweet pancakes and made to orderThere’s always a queue but the chewy texture and crunchy filling had us returning for more.

Watching our Hotteok pancakes being prepared in Nampo, Busan
Watching our Hotteok pancakes being prepared in Nampo, Busan

No visit to South Korea should take place without spending an evening at a local restaurant. With a cooker in the centre of each table and a chef/server lending a helping hand it’s the perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing and tastes delicious accompanied with a couple of beers.

A typical Korean meal with side dishes and kimchi
A typical Korean meal with side dishes and kimchi

Overall:

This independently owned hotel makes a perfect base when visiting Busan as it is located in the centre of bustling Seomyeon and conveniently situated for visiting Busan’s many attractions and places of interest. We liked everything about the hotel from our beautifully appointed room to the vast array of Asian breakfast delicacies. Prices at the hotel compare favourably with large, well known chains and I would have no hesitation in recommending the Arban Hotel as we would definitely stay there again next time we have an opportunity to visit Busan.

The Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea
The Arban Hotel, Busan

Details: Arban Hotel, 32 Jungang-daero, 691 neon-gil, Busanjim-Gu, 47287 Busan, South Korea

We were guests of The Arban Hotel and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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52 thoughts on “Arban Hotel, Busan, South Korea

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  6. I could sit here all day looking at your photos. I think it’s the neatest thing ever to travel somewhere where you can’t read what the signs say. The city, the food, and the hotel looked so inviting. I love that town on the side of a mountain with all the different painted buildings. I’m glad I came upon your blog.

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  8. The hotel and Busan both look fabulous, especially like the look of the buffet breakfast and could really go or one of those right now. They could easily become a thing of the past once the world is through the current crisis. Strange to see photos of groups of people now, looks like a different world somehow.

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    1. It seems like a lifetime away but I’m still confident that things will gradually return t normal. Have you visited South Korea yet? I loved our two and a half week trip and it’s really high on my list of return to places when things finally get back to normal. Hope you’re both finding enough to do in your holiday cottage at least I have no end of cleaning and decluttering jobs to keep me busy which sadly I no longer have excuses to put off!

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      1. Never been to South Korea but it looks fascinating. Seems to be a mix of Eastern and Western influences. We’re doing really well and filling our time with so many activities. We decided to try and make use of our time rather than waste it so have sort of set ourselves daily challenges. Going well.

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    1. It was our first visit to South Korea and we loved every minute of the trip. It’s high on my list of places to return to and to see more of the country. Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s much appreciated Andy.

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  9. rextheveganosaurus

    South Korea looks beautiful, I didn’t realise it had such a nice coastline. I will have to add it to my bucket list to visit one day! 😆🦖

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  10. Over the ten years I was based in Singapore I’d do several trips to Korea in all seasons to inspect institutions there and teach on a couple of occasions. I’m sure you’re taken time to see evening cultural shows. They are special. One of the things that sticks in my memory is looking out my guest room window at 6am in winter and seeing small kids going to school. And at 9 pm on a bus seeing young adults return home from university still studying textbooks standing under the dim internal lights. They are serious about education from the earliest age and that’s why North Asia is advancing so rapidly.

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    1. That was definitely the case with us too and the nation is already ahead of the game in many fields such as electronics with Samsung products in almost everyones homes including mine. I liked the people and the natural beauty and look forward to having an opportunity to return when we can all set off again.once more. Thanks for commenting Ian, it’s much appreciated.

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  11. Silver

    What a lovely rooftop garden ❤
    I must admit, the headline caught my eye because the word Busan reminded me of a film husband and I watched – and even more so when you showed the interior or the train you took: Train to Busan. If you like zombie films then it's one to watch!

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    1. Thank you Arshia, We absolutely adored our visit to South Korea and can’t wait to return once again when we can all set off exploring once more. Hope you’re having as good a weekend as is possible at the moment.

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  12. My husbands trying to get me to go to Korea and Busan looks like a great place, especially the hotel. When we can start travelling again I will put it on our list.
    Fantastic photos.

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    1. You really should be tempted to visit South Korea – I loved it and can’t wait to return when we can all start exploring once again. We split our time between Seoul and Busan and loved every minute of the trip. The Arban Hotel is in a great location and very reasonably priced and I’d definitely stay there again. If you’re interested you might like to take a look at my series of posts on the trip for some ideas. Thanks for taking the time to comment Alison, it’s much appreciated.

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  13. I live and study in Busan but now i’m in my hometown i can not go there right now because of corona virus there is no flight but i hope i will go there and study as soon as possible. 🙂

    Thanks for blog post good post.

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    1. Thank you so much for getting in touch with me. I loved visiting South Korea and both Busan and Seoul. I can’t wait for the day when we are all free to resume travelling again and to resume our lives. Is your hometown actually in South Korea or elsewhere? I hope you can resume your studies very soon.

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