Goodstay Lanuit Hotel (2-ga, Deokjjin-dong, Deokjjin, Jeonju, Jeonju-si South Korea, tel. 826 32535707) was on a small street lined with motels/hotels near Deokjin Park, well north of the hanok village and the bus terminal. When we got to the door a man helped with our luggage and we entered into a dark lobby area with no reception desk, only a window with a tiny opening at the bottom of it.
He showed us to our pre-booked and prepaid VIP room (booked through agoda.com). Walking in room 609, there was a table that had two desktop computers on it with two stools in front. The table was in front of a partition that divided the space between the computers and the beds. When you walked by that computer table, on your left was a toilet (with a full spraying system) in a space that was too small for it. There was no way to sit on the toilet and close the door. The next space was a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and shower (no shower curtain) and a sink (with toothbrushes and toothpaste in a cup). The next space was a cupboard and an el-shaped piece of furniture. There was a mirror, a hair dryer and every kind of hair preparation imaginable, along with a used hair brush and comb. Also on that piece of furniture was a water boiler and under it a microwave and a mini fridg. Next to the el-shaped piece of furniture was a bench with a coffee table in front of it. Next to the bench was a glass door to a tiny balcony. Walking around the partition and past the balcony were two beds. Across from the two beds was a flat-screened TV on the wall. That was it.
After Dimitri tried to use the toilet, with his feet outside the toilet space, we went downstairs to ask about other rooms. No one else was in the hotel and so we saw all of the room types. They were all minuscule; some had beds, some only had ondol on the floor. But all of them had desktop computers and flat screen TVs. We chose room 606 because there was a real bathroom with a toilet in it that was big enough for the sink, toilet and a tub with a shower (no curtain). It was a smaller room than 609 and less expensive (KRW 77,000 per night instead of KRW 97,000). The man at the window in the “lobby” said we would get a refund.
The next problem was the bed linen. All the bed had on it was a bottom sheet and a comforter. The man from downstairs (who spoke some English) found another flat sheet and we put it on the bed with the comforter on top. Unfortunately, no amount of proper linen could make the bed comfortable--it was hard as sleeping on a board. Our first night, at around midnight, we heard lots of noise around us. By morning everyone had left.
Lanuit Hotel was a “love motel” typically rented for a short time. We figure couples make love on the hard mattress and play video games. Maybe they also “do their hair” with all of the hair products. We first thought we might find a real hotel to move to on that quiet street. No way; the street was lined with similar love motels.
We found a real hotel + moved