We stayed at Hotel Foret Busan Station during our recent trip to Busan in late-August. Prior to the trip, I was searching for a hotel near to Busan station, as it was a convenient location to base ourselves at. Hotel Foret fit the bill as it was just one subway stop (Choryang station) away from Busan station, and it was a short 2-5min walk from the station to the hotel. Compared to the other hotels in the vicinity, this looked the newest, and had the best rates (for that period).
The front desk/reception area was neat and compact. There was nothing flashy about it, and I liked the rough stone-like finishing of the counter top. The raised font used for the hotel name on the back wall was also quite classy in my opinion.
There were a few chairs and a table on the right of the front desk, which I thought was sufficient given that this hotel probably does not serve huge tour groups anyway. Behind the front desk, also on the right, there was a small business corner with a PC and a printer.
After checking in, we proceeded to the left of the front desk, where there were 2 lifts. For a small hotel, 2 lifts were sufficient, and we did not have to wait very long every time we needed to take the lift up/down.
We booked a double room, which cost us a total of S$280 (tax included) for 3 nights. A twin room would have cost us around S$300+, and thus we decided to save where we could, and plumped for the double room.
Upon unlocking the main door, there was a small area to leave shoes, before entering through another door to reach the room proper. The bathroom was immediately to the left, while walking straight ahead would lead you to the bedroom.
There was a large open space in front of the bed, and next to the (tiny) wardrobe. The spacious room was well appreciated, as we had lots of space to open up our luggages. Do note that the wardrobe was rather tiny, and only had space to hang a few items of clothing. The in-room mini fridge was located underneath the wardrobe.
There was a round table with 2 plastic chairs next to the double bed. Although not exactly very comfortable, it would be useful if you wanted to have a meal in the room.
The main gripe I had about the room was that the aircon was placed directly above the bed, meaning cold air blew straight into my face as I slept. Perhaps it was just this particular room, and I would give the hotel the benefit of the doubt here.
The pillow was also very thin, and offered little to no support to my neck. I woke up with a sore neck every morning during my stay there, which took a lot of stretching and ‘cracking’ to get rid of the next morning. Then again, different people like different types of pillows, and this was a 3-3.5 star hotel, so I guess I could not really fault it.
The following amenities were provided:
- Bath towels, bath robes & bathing lotions
- Electric kettle & coffee/tea sachets
- Disposable toothbrush & toothpaste
- Mini fridge
- 2x bottled water (replenished daily)
- In-room slippers
- Bathtub shower
The bathroom was surprisingly spacious, and was almost half as big as the entire room. Not that I complained though, as cramped bathrooms are the worst when you are dripping wet, trying to towel off, and not drop your clean clothes on the wet floor!
The shower gel and shampoo were of decent quality, and the nice bathtub would have been great to soak into (if I had the time). The versatility of the shower was appreciated as well, as you could either use the rain shower, or the shower head to take your bath.
As I am sure you would have noticed in the earlier picture, there was no door/curtain to screen off the bathtub from the bathroom, thus the floor inevitably ended up quite wet. If the hotel could add in a shower curtain, it would have been most ideal.
There was a restaurant in the hotel, although we did not patronise it during our stay, hence I apologise for not being able to review it. The restaurant did offer a buffet breakfast for hotel guests, which would cost about 10,000won per adult.
I had no issues during my stay at Hotel Foret Busan Station, and would not mind returning the next time I visit Busan. The hotel was in a good location, as it was in close proximity to the subway station (Choryang). From Choryang, it was only one stop to Busan station, making it very convenient for those arriving in Busan via the KTX from other cities.
For those who prefer a livelier neighbourhood, Hotel Foret unfortunately would not provide that for you. There were very few restaurants in the area, and it was very quiet at night, which was great for us, as we slept peacefully. There was also a convenience store (GS25) located next to the hotel, which made it easy to stock up on snacks/water.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 7
Location: 7.5 (3-5min walk to Choryang Station; 1 stop from Busan Station)
Room: 7 (spacious room & bathroom)
Facilities: 5 (1 restaurant)
Staff: 7 (staff were helpful but unable to really communicate in English)
Hotel Foret Busan Station
6 Jungang-daero 296 beon-gil, Dong-gu