As my time is winding down in Korea, I’ve been filling my weekends with trips near and far to make the most of this country. While I’m definitely not counting out returning, I also don’t have any plans to do so for at least a few years. Recently I made plans with my friend Natasha over at Live Learn Venture to visit Damyang. Since Gwangju isn’t too far away, we decided to spend the night there after a full day in Damyang and shopping downtown at night. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Gwangju, and took full advantage of the cozy beds, waterfall shower, and delicious breakfast Sunday morning. Check out the full review below.



We had two single beds, which were incredibly comfortable. They actually have quite a fun process with their pillows. You’ll get one “firm” one and one “soft” one to use. The comforter was cozy, though I will say we had the air conditioning on on full speed and set to 19 degrees Celsius, and I still didn’t feel like I totally needed it.



The bathroom is absolute perfection. The toilet has a bidet seat, and it actually lights up in the dark. There are also two showerheads, a handheld one and a waterfall one both with excellent water pressure and heating. Our bathroom came with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body soap, body lotion, hand soap, a shower cap, wipes, four big towels, two hand towels, two washcloths, tissues, and a hairdryer.



The room also comes with two very fluffy bathrobes, an iron and ironing board, slippers, a microwave, a refrigerator and minibar, two welcome water bottles, a coffee maker, and some magazines. Additionally, there is a buffet breakfast each morning from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and a lounge area for ordering meals and listening to live music at night. On the second floor there’s a pool, a very extensive workout room, and a Korean style sauna.



The hosts were lovely and polite. It was quite fun having someone come up to let us out of our taxi!



The hotel is closer to the airport and overlooks the 5.18 Memorial Park. We had a really lovely view of the rice fields from our window. If you want to go downtown, it’s only about a 5,000 won taxi ride.


For a Deluxe Room with 2 Superior Singles: 370,000 KRW (~$330).


You can book directly here.




Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Holiday Inn Gwangju. However all opinions are my own.

Photography and Words by Samantha

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  1. Very nice looking hotel that’s simple and clean. I like that. I’ve only ever been to Japan but I think it’s basically the same as Korea in terms of hospitality and simplicity. If this is any indication of that, I would love to visit Korea.

  2. What a plush-looking hotel near the airport! Makes me want to know more! What did the shampoo smell like and was the shower and walk-in or a tub? What kind of breakfast was it? Definitely looks worth checking out :)

  3. I love the look of the outside and I also like that their shower had two shower heads! The location seems really nice for someone who got in late at night too. I know I hate flying in late at night with nowhere set to go, and having to take that long ride into town. Thanks for sharing – it looks like you had a great stay.

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