Being the second most populated city in South Korea and also being a seaside port city has its perks. Unlike it’s predecessor, tall skylines and sparkling night views are not all you can expect when you’re looking for accommodation in Busan.
Instead, imagine hearing the gentle sound of the ocean waves the moment you wake; feeling the uninterrupted rays of the sun on your face as you gaze out at the sea from your balcony; hearing the birds fly overhead and the quiet chatter of people leisurely strolling along the beach – that’s precisely what you could be in for.
However, for those who can’t seem to part ways with the urbanised lifestyle, Busan’s city centre hotels still offer a respite from the noise and light pollution commonly associated with Seoul City.
We know that visiting Busan could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, so we’ve created an insider’s guide to the top 10 best hotels in Busan that you can book right now. Each and every one of these accommodations are unique in their own way, and all provide just the right level of luxury and comfort that will make your Busan trip all the more memorable.
1. Park Hyatt Busan
Located in the popular district of Haeundae, and only 2km away from Haeundae Beach (which you will probably be frequenting quite a bit) sits the epitome of luxury, class and comfort. Park Hyatt Busan is a 5-star hotel that offers everything you need for an amazing stay and leaves nothing to be desired.
It offers exquisite rooms and suites all with free Wi-Fi functionality, French oak flooring, air-conditioned rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views of the city and Busan Marina, and the luxury of 46-inch flat screen TVs in each room and 23-inch TVs in each bathroom.
Unique Features: a Sky Lobby on the 30th floor, two TVs per room, 20m indoor pool, spa and fitness centre, free private parking.
Why Guests Loved It: “Stylish world class hotel”, “The view is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen”, “Very modern and stylish”, “Beds were amazing after a long night out in town”, “High ceilings and large bathroom”, “Hotel is right on the boardwalk, with easy access to many eateries and shops”.
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2. Lotte Hotel Busan
If you’re heading to Busan, why not stay in the heart of the city and have the best of both worlds? Occupying one of the most prime areas of real estate, Lotte Hotel is a 43-level luxury accommodation is just a 5-minute walk from Seomyeon Subway Station, and under a 30-minute drive away from Gukje Market and Haeundae Beach.
Within the building complex alone, there is a department store, a duty-free store (selling more than 200 luxury brand items), and a movie theatre – a great way to spend some time indoors if the weather’s being irrational. Wake up to the greatest buffet breakfast in Busan, and if the widespread selection doesn’t tickle your fancy, head to the on-site restaurants that offer top-notch Korea, Japanese, Chinese and Italian cuisines.
Unique Features: department store, goose-down blankets, two spa tubs, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and fitness centre.
Why Guests Loved It: “Nice upscale hotel with a central location”, “The staff were extremely helpful when I asked for extra bathroom amenities”, ‘Excellent breakfast choices”, “Was just a 3-minute walk to Seomyeon station where you can take No. 1 and No. 2 subway line”, “You can go directly to the Lotte Duty Free by the hotel’s elevator”.
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3. Hilton Busan
Pitched as the ultimate business and leisure destination in Busan, the Hilton Busan offers an urban-style retreat that’s right near the seaside. The contemporary hotel boasts indoor and outdoor dining venues, swimming pools, a fitness and health centre, and more. It’s situated on a secluded coastline, within walking distance of a fisherman’s village.
The fitness centre is on a whole other level – located on the upper floors overlooking the ocean, it features the latest fitness equipment, plunge pools and sauna, as well as a rooftop pool with sun deck and private cabanas.
If you’re after a hotel that’s effortlessly modern, away from the hustle bustle of the city but still encompasses the style and class of a 5-star conglomerate, then the Hilton Busan is your dream accommodation.
Unique Features: coastal and beach walks, water sports facilities, buffet breakfast each morning, swimming pool overlooking the ocean, rooftop bar, shuttle bus service
Why Guests Loved It: “Bathroom was large and convenient, and the view from the bathtub was great as well”, “When you wake up in the morning, you see a wonderful sun rise view”, “We liked the bathtub on the balcony, that was very nice”, “Infinity pool was so good”.
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4. Nongshim Hotel
Located in Dongnae-Gu, which is a great area for those interested in seafood and fish markets and street food, Nongshim Hotel’s impressive exterior gives way to an even more impressive interior, with warm wooden tones bringing an extra level of comfort to the spacious rooms.
In addition to free Wi-Fi in all the rooms, there is air-conditioning, a minibar, a seating area, and a tea/coffee machine. The indoor pool is an extravaganza of fountains and separated areas to swim in.
Unique Features: Hurshimchung hot spring spa, German-style brewery, sauna and massage facility
Why Guests Loved It: “Excellent hotel overall, and the spa is a big bonus”, “The location is extremely convenient for shopping and the cinema”, “Well-furnished rooms at a reasonable price”.
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5. Haeundae Grand Hotel
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Haeundae Grand Hotel. Located just 2-minutes away from the beach, you can imagine the types of views you’d be getting with the seaside rooms.
However, the best feature of this hotel just might be the monstrous 50m indoor pool, complete with lounge chairs by the floor-length windows with views of the city. With free access to the fitness centre and the pool, you’ll find it easy to stay trim on your trip despite the mountains of delicious food you’ll be inhaling.
Unique Features: 50m swimming pool, fitness centre, indoor golf range, sauna
Why Guests Loved It: “Room was wide and well-furnished”, “Was upgraded to sea view on complimentary basis”, “Great location, beautiful hotel, wonderful view, and very friendly staff”, “They provide you with a swimming cap and lend you glasses as well!”, “An easy walk to the main shopping and metro at Haeundae Beach”, “The breakfast (bread pudding) was to die for.”
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6. The Westin Chosun Busan
Boasting some of the best views of Haeundae Beach across their restaurants, rooms, restaurants and lounges, the Westin Chosun Busan is the prime choice for anyone who wants to live out their dream of waking up by the ocean everyday.
Haeundae Beach is literally outside the hotel’s doorstep, and just a 10-minute drive away, you can get your city-life fix at Shinsegae Centum City, a massive complex which offers an art gallery, ice skating rink, and spa.
Unique Features: a personal computer with free internet access is provided in every room, signature Westin Heavenly bed, outdoor activity programs on Oryukdo Island, indoor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre
Why Guests Loved It: “Food is good, great location, staff are nice, stayed there twice already”, “We were right next to the beach, what an amazing beach!”, “Rooms were clean and we received a welcome notice on the TV”, “Excellent information from the staff in the lobby”.
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7. Paradise Hotel Busan
If you’re after uninterrupted million-dollar views of Haeundae Beach, it doesn’t get much better than this. Almost every feature of this hotel overlooks Haeundae Beach in one way or another, whether it be the outdoor spa that sits just metres from the ocean, the seaside pools, the bar that faces the waters, or the balconies of selected rooms that offers views that stretch far into the horizon.
This hotel is simply stunning in all aspects. For the full luxe treatment, you can head to the casino for some Viva Las Vegas style entertainment, or dine at the world-class onsite Chinese, Japanese and Western style restaurants.
Unique Features: outdoor spa, water bar, large outdoor pool, outdoor bar, rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean.
Why Guests Loved It: “It was on the beach and had a lovely pool and excellent spa facilities”, “The breakfast buffet was huge, and even had dimsum and pho…”, “The kindness shown by the front desk will never be forgotten”, “Room was exceptionally spacious, views were fantastic, free toiletries were of the highest quality”, “Breakfast was spectacular!”.
Book It Here: Paradise Hotel Busan
8. Crown Harbor Hotel
If complete travel convenience is what you’re after, look no further than Crown Harbor Hotel. It’s a hotel located smack bang in the middle of the popular Nampo area, offering easy access to all of Busan’s greatest neighbourhoods through the nearby Jungang Subway Station.
If you require transport for intercity travel, the Busan KTX Train Station (you can catch a 2.5-hour train ride to Seoul from here) is literally a 15-minute walk away. Each room in this luxury hotel offers your standard seating area, flat-screen TV, and private bathroom with free amenities.
Unique Features: fitness centre, free private parking onsite, business centre, shuttle service
Why Guests Loved It: “Location was great, very close to subway and bus, lots of convenience stores around, it was very easy to go anywhere in Busan”, “We could see a bit of the harbour and city view from the room, adapters and chargers can be borrowed from the front desk”, “10-minutes to Lotte Shopping Centre”.
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9. Aventree Hotel Busan
Located just 550m away from Nampo Station in Jung-gu sits an elegant hotel full of classy décor. Those who need a keep a finger on the pulse of their work can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi throughout the premises, and the fully equipped business centre on-site.
All rooms come fitted with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and a seating area for your comfort and relaxation. Nearby attractions include Jagalchi Fish Market and Yongdusan Park, which are literally just a 5-minute walk away. Get your fresh seafood fix at any time of the day!
Unique Features: 24-hour front desk, American breakfast, free parking, laundry service
Why Guests Loved It: “Good location for shopping, dining, and sightseeing”, “Laundry service which is free of charge is really handy”, “Hotel is smack-bang in the middle of Gukje Market area”, “Friendly staff who spoke English”.
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10. Commodore Hotel Busan
A bit of a unique entry onto this list, Commodore Hotel Busan differs greatly in its décor from most other hotels in Busan – it boasts a stunning antique Korean exterior complete with murals of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Dancheong wood painting technique that transcends into modernity through hotel features such as a massive fitness centre and a massive swimming pool.
However, that’s where the contemporary features stop. Inside, the interiors across all areas ooze luxe and riches, with gold historical paintings hanging from the walls in the foyers, olden-era windows framing each room, and the light wood furnishings accented by the gold trimmings across the rooms being reminiscent of imperial class. It’ll be like you’re living in another world, but in reality, you’re only a 5-minute walk away from Busan Train Station.
Unique Features: incredible traditional Korean architecture and design throughout the hotel, panoramic night view of Busan Bay, international buffet restaurant, indoor pool, sauna
Why Guests Loved It: “Not only is the location great, but the way the staff treat you as a guest is always above and beyond”, “Free shuttles, kind staff, and beautiful design”, “Charming style hotel”, “The look and decor of the hotel was excellent, and the beds were very comfortable”, “Traditional outstanding exterior”.
Book It Here: Commondore Hotel Busan
You won’t be disappointed with your stay at any of the above suggested accommodations. All are the epitome of class and style, with extraordinarily luxurious features and professional and friendly staff who will make your trip all the more memorable and enjoyable. Want to find out more about what you can do in Busan? Have a read of our article about all the fun and exciting activities you can do in Busan here!