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Reviewed 17 June 2016

When I arrived at the hotel it looked very promising form the outside and entrance. When I got to my room I was very disappointed. The carpet was not clean , the lampshades had water stains and the window sheers had a big hole in them. The bathroom was clean but the wood laminate vanity was warped and coming apart. So much for the "new".

Room Tip: This hotel is far from anything if you are on foot. The only thing close by is the metro.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled solo
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Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

The hotel is nice, spacious room but small bathroom. Good wifi but breakfast poor. So many foods for Asian people but not for occidental tastes. Kind people in reception, they solved problem with wifi connection in my room in very professional way and very quickly.

Stayed: November 2015, travelled on business
2  Thank pasj
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

We picked Hotel Taegu for its location - halfway between my daughter's apartment and downtown. Advantages are a short walk to bus or metro (short ride to downtown). The lobby, elevators and hallways were nice but the room was shabby and needed a serious cleaning. It looks like the Hotel Taegu would have been upscale 10 years ago. I did not expect alot for the price per night but a word to the hotel owners, please scrub the walls and windows and clean the carpets. Even the lampshades were stained and yellowed. We did not eat at any of the restaurants. There is a decent coffee shop right off the lobby but it does not open till 10 AM. There is not a shuttle service to the airport as advertised on websites, but even at 6 am, a taxi stopped before we were even to the street - 10,000 won to airport. Would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank wendyl6203
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Worst decision of our two week South Korea trip. We only had a 1-night stay in Daegu, so we decided we would find a mid-range hotel and save some money. After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and Agoda, we decided on Hotel Daegu since it was described as “clean” and well located. The location was fine as it had fairly easy access to the metro, but the rooms were awful.

I have attached some photos, and I am not going to drone on about how horrid this hotel was, but I will tell you that you should seriously consider other options before staying here – even if it is significantly cheaper than other places. The room smelled bad and was incredibly run down.

The only positive thing I can say about this hotel was that the bed linen seemed to be clean and in good condition. (And for those of you who may think I am just a picky westerner expecting western conditions - that is not the case - I am perfectly fine with humble rooms - this place is not humble, it is dingy.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank pmiovasjr
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

A great rate, super fast internet, and an incredible customer experience solidified this hotel as my preferred location in Daegu for all future stays.

Remember the name ‘Simon’. He is the outgoing and hands-on part owner and hotel manager that will ensure your stay is perfect. After living in America for many years his English is nearly perfect which was refreshing. Daegu is much smaller than Seoul and not nearly as many locals speak English. His staff also knows English well enough to provide great service. Email ahead and let him know you’re coming. He is more than happy to work special and creative rates.

GETTING THERE:
We flew into Incheon Airport and took the train to Daegu. You’ll want to take the metro from the airport to “Seoul Station”, and once at Seoul Station you’ll need to buy a ticket on the KTX train to “Dong-Daegu Station”. Make sure you get the KTX ticket and not the regular train ticket. The KTX is the bullet train (nearly 200mph) and gets to Dong-Daegu more than twice as fast as the regular train. The extra $10 USD for first class is more than worth it and gives you a lot more room and free high-speed wireless internet for the entire duration of the ride. Once you arrive at Dong-Daegu station, grab a cab to the hotel. It should cost about $8 USD for the cab ride.

THE HOTEL:
When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll notice the Angel-In-Us Coffee shop located on the first floor near the check-in area. Angel-In-Us Coffee is like the Starbucks of Daegu and are seemingly located on every corner. The hotel itself has two restaurants on site. One is a buffet and bar with a German Brewery theme on level B1 which features good beer, great Korean food, and live music (search “daegu ear candy band” on YouTube to see my uploaded phone videos of the band). The other is a Texas-themed steakhouse on the 3rd floor. The free breakfast buffet is provided in the 3rd floor steakhouse each morning and includes typical American fare (eggs/sausage/bacon/cereal/etc) as well as rice and Korean side dishes.

THE ROOM:
Utilities cost a ton of money in Daegu. After entering the room you put your key into a slot by the door to turn on power to the room. This may mean the room is a little muggy when you first walk in but turn the A/C on high and it will cool down very quickly. The rooms are dated but they are clean and the bed was surprisingly comfortable. The TV remote is all in Korean but there is an English guide near the bed explaining which buttons are which. Most nights channels 28-31 would show English TV series (CSI, Hawaii 5-O, etc). There is another master panel on the nightstand that controls the lights in the room. The lights can all be turned on or off from that control panel.

THE BATHROOM:
The best part about the bathroom is the bidet toilet. This is a japan style bidet toilet seat that cleans you up without the need for a lot of toilet paper. At first it was pretty weird but trust me, it’s worth figuring out. You’ll return home scheming a way to buy one for yourself. The controls are in Korean but they are pretty easy. The knob at the top controls the water pressure (I recommend you start at the lowest level until you figure things out). The big blue button is for boys, the pink button is for girls. The little blue button is a pulse mode that cleans quicker. When you feel fresh and clean, just push the stop button and pat dry.

INTERNET:
The hotel has cement walls so, while there is wireless internet, it didn’t work great in all parts of my room. They also have each room wired for Ethernet. I used this and was very happy with the 100Mb connection (as tested at speedtest.net). Wireless internet worked perfect in all of the public areas and in both restaurants. I was able to upload a 150MB video of the band to YouTube in less than 10 minutes over the wireless connection.

SPA/GYM:
The gym has a few recumbent bikes, spa/pool/locker room area so you’ll need to take them off and carry them from the spa entrance to the to the actual workout room. It is better than many American hotel chains and the massage chairs are awesome when you’re done.

LOCAL INTERESTS:
There are lots of fun things to do within walking distance of the hotel. If directions are needed, just ask the front desk or, if language barriers present themselves, Simon. Within a 15-20min walk of the hotel you can find:
- The Home Plus store (their version of Walmart)
- Huge park (Daegu’s ‘Central’ Park)
- Indoor screen golf (it’s awesome even though I was as awful at is as I am I real golf)
- Indoor horse riding (full size fake horse that moves like a real one through scenery projected on a screen in front of you, it’s way more fun than it sounds)
- Indoor shooting range (fake guns, but relatively realistic scenarios)
- Underground Metro shops (culturally interesting, lots of inexpensive stuff)
…and more

LOCAL FOOD:
There are two restaurants near the hotel that my associates and I really enjoyed:
- The first is directly across the street and slightly to the right and is a Korean BBQ place. You cook the meat in front of you on the table and it’s delicious.
- The other one is next door. When leaving the front door of the hotel, take a right and you’ll almost immediately see a two story high restaurant on your right. This place had the best bulgogi (Korean seasoned beef) that we had on our trip.
- Ask Simon for directions to the street market. We felt like being adventurous one night and tried live octopus, raw sea squirt, and cooked snails and eel. The live octopus was a thrill and actually tasted the same as cooked octopus. If you like calamari and can deal with tentacles sticking to the inside of your mouth, you will probably enjoy the live octopus. It definitely makes for great videos and stories to tell back home.
- We didn’t try it this trip, but Simon can also guide you to a local restaurant that sells dog meat soup.

Other Tips:
- Ask for converter plugs when checking in. They are free as long as you return them when you check out. The only American style plugs in the room are in the bathroom by the sink so you’ll need the converters to plug in your phone/computer at the desk or by your bed.
- Take business cards from the hotel if you’re going out. Cab drivers don’t speak a lot of English so just show them the hotel card and they’ll know where to go. Easier than trying to give directions with the language barrier.
- Ask the front desk or Simon to check if any 4D movies are playing in English. IMAX in Daegu is 4D, not 3D. Your seats move and additional sensations like wind and rain are experienced through air nozzles and misters. The soldiers stationed here that we spoke to were pretty enthusiastic about their experiences there. Apparently World War Z was unbelievably awesome in 4D. Unfortunately we just missed being able to see that one ourselves.

WARNING:
- Barber poles in South Korea do NOT mean the same thing as they do in the USA. Especially when you see two of them side by side. In South Korea, this identifies local massage parlors…the kind that provide happy endings.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank FlyHerAway_com
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