At times, even finding a decent place to sleep is an adventure. Among the more unusual options in Korea are love hotels. Even if not intended to serve as accommodation for backpackers, guide books sometimes do recommend them for precisely that purpose. Not too expensive, clean bathrooms, you get the deal. Confronted with a lack of alternatives in Daegu, we decided to test a love hotel that was recommended on Trip Advisor.
The Hera Motel is, or so I, with no experience in these matters, am led to believe, one of the better love hotels. However, as far as looks go, it was not the most inviting. Train station area, neon lights, book your room by the hour or for the whole night at a vending machine, no need to talk to anyone.
Of course we did not manage to book anything at that vending machine and had to search for a reception. There: a window at the height of our bellies, a person talking to us without seeing our faces. That is how it was intended, at least. Not accustomed to such environments, we did bend down to see the receptionist when we decided to go for the VIP room. Surely not a place to go with kids, and surely inappropriate for a first romantic holiday.
But for us, knowing each other since long, it was fun. We spent at least half an hour exploring all the features of our room (and still missed some of them). For about 60€ the night (compare that to the 50€ we usually paid for tiny, sad hostel rooms), we got a clean and very spacious room. That was the first night in Korea in which we did not sleep in bunk beds. The room was spacious enough to accommodate a fake plastic birch tree.
The walls were decorated with misspelled English nonsense and the lights were configurable to take on all kinds of colours. There were two PCs which made part of the room look like a 1990ies cyber café, a beamer and a large screen. There were all kinds of complimentary hygiene articles. The bathroom was equipped with a rain shower with steam bath option and bath tub with jacuzzi function – both with LEDs that changed colours.
The biggest fun was when we discovered a cable remote control for the bed. We had heating blankets in Korean hostels, but this one was for something entirely different: the bed had a massage function. Do you know how annoying it is when your boyfriend is too lazy to get up but you really want to see the city? There is a perfect solution: Just turn on the massage function without warning so that he gets a couple of good kicks between the shoulder blades! Once he does manage to stop laughing, he’ll be awake and ready to go.
While we enjoyed pushing all the buttons we found in our room, there was one we did not find: We couldn’t figure out how to configure the air conditioning and had to sleep (or try to) in an overheated room.
The next night, we ended up in an entirely different place. I will tell you about our experiences in a traditional Korean house next week.