Review: The Easy Way to North Korea – The Westin Chosun Busan

Introduction
Korean Air Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Korean Air 604 A330-300 Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon
The Westin Chosun Busan
The Westin Chosun Seoul
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Seoul
Korean Air Business Class Lounge Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 607 747-400 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong


We took a KTX train down to Busan. While I’ll have a review of the return train, I only took one picture on the outbound, so I apologise.

We arrived the Westin at around 7PM. To say that the exterior was drab would be an understatement.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Exterior

We were welcomed by a bellman who directed us to the SPG desk. The lobby was “classic chic”, in which it was classic, but in mint condition and rather colourful.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Entrance Bellboy Desk

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The Westin Chosun Busan Lobby SPG Check-in Desk

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The Westin Chosun Busan Lobby

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The Westin Chosun Busan Lobby Shop

The lobby lounge looked chic as well, but more modern in that sense.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Lobby Lounge

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The Westin Chosun Busan Lobby Bar Piano

The check in process was rather long, but we were briefed all the details. Then we were invited upstairs to go to our room. Interestingly, we were assigned a Executive Deluxe Room on the club floor even though I was not allowed into the lounge.

Westin Chosun Busan
Check-in: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Room Type: Executive Deluxe Room
Room Number: 915
Stay duration: 2 nights
Check-out: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

At the entrance there was the bathroom, leading to the rest of the room.

The room was rather outdated in both the decor/finishes and the actual furnishing. It featured two beds, a desk and a chaise longue.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room bed and chaise longue

The desk was rather queer in design, in which it had a round end.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room desk

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room Notepad

The bathroom was equally basic, with a hospital style toilet, sink and shower/tub combo.

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room bathroom

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The Westin Chosun Busan Executive Deluxe Room tub

Overall I thought that the room was really basic, and while it was worth the HK$1,350 we paid for it, I wouldn’t imagine paying any more than twofold, which the rates can reach during peak season.

WiFi was fast and free, which was a blessing.

We barely spent any time at the hotel, so that’s really all I can report about it.

Bottom line on the Westin Chosun Busan

While a great deal for our stay, this is one of the worse Westins out there. The toilet was hospital-styled, the rooms were old and crumbling, and while the lobby was modern, it wasn’t like many people would spend time there.

I wouldn’t return unless everything else was sold out, regardless of it being a great rate.

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