Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
Comfortable place with good location. We enjoyed our stay there.
The apartment comes with a good mountain view.
Directions: Line 1: Jonggak Station, Exit No. 3, walk 3 minutes.
Best Service Apartment for Families
Fraser Suites, looks better on it's website than it actually is. The road going into the facility is narrow and the entrance looks more three star than five star, which the rates they charge implies. Our apartment itself is not that luxurious. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room/dinnette, and a kitchen. Our bedroom has a king sized bed but the other bedroom is more like a study as there is just a sofa and a desk. It reminds me of our previous townhouse but at least we had two bathrooms and it did felt more spacious.
Our location, however, is excellent. The building is right beside Insadong Street, which has a lot of art and souvenir shops. On weekends, it is closed to vehicular traffic and throngs of people visit the place. There are also a lot of family owned restaurants which are reasonably priced.
Western Living (but not a place for backpackers)
I didn't stay here but I know the staff and a few people who have made Fraser (as it's called) home for many a month. Fraser is an extended-stay serviced residence hotel. Contracts can be long term (1 year), month-to-month or a few days long. Everything is very Western inside (except the sizes are Koreanized a bit, read: smaller). It's located in the tony area of Insa-Dong (right downtown) and has a raft of amenities included.
The staff are all pretty proficient in English (some better than others: the lovely ladies of the S&M (sales & marketing) dept. are fluent, front desk are alright and service staff tend to be less so). If you stay here you'll be surrounded by foreign dignitaries (ambassadors and their staff often have residency here) and multi-national executives (the likes of Coke, P&G, British American Tobacco).
Amenities include: local calls, 20 pieces laundry per month, airport transfer, utilities, businessday housekeeping, weekly garbage and linen change, and businessday breakfast buffet as well as the usuals (pool, exercise room, rooftop driving range).
Unique Quality: Prices are high, though. The one-bedroom (660 sqft) is 6,300 USD a month (rack rate...negotiate it down from there) and the penthouse (hard to get because they are in demand) with 1,700 sqft of space is 13,000 USD a month. There is a sale on this summer that puts the mid-range rooms (2-bdrm Deluxe, Executive, Premier and 3-bdrm Deluxe) down from a range of 7,000 USD 8,500 USD to a range of 4,350 USD to 5,300 USD a month. (10% VAT on everything.)
Higher rooms (except for penthouses) are smaller, but have better views.
Directions: On the edge of Insa-Dong and near Jungno-sam(3)-ga Station (Line 1,3,5) just get off the train and take the exit nearest Line 5. Go to the right of the "Born to be Chicken" restaurant (under the overpass). The Fraser will be right in front of you.
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