Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
Good but not the best
I've stayed at many hotels in Seoul, but among them, I've stayed at three of the top names, the Hilton, Grand Hyatt and the Westin.
I put the Hilton as being number 3 of the above. The beds are very firm, boarder line rock hard, basically Asian style. However, they do have some big soft pillows...
The rooms are adequately sized, but with a decent view of either the city or the Seoul tower.
For location, it is slightly outside of the main commercial districts, so commuting maybe longer. On the other side, it is closer to Itaewon and some of the popular social districts.
Unique Quality: Walking distance from Seoul Tower and the few blocks from the cable car.
About ~10 minutes walk from Namdaemun.
There are full spa, restaurant, bar, fitness center, etc.
Directions: South of Namdaemun, equally north of Itaewon.
A luxurious hotel with casino
This hotel has a very impressive lobby. There was a huge Christmas tree at the lobby when I was there. The room was quite spacious compared to the Seoul Palace hotel. The toiletries were branded - Crabtree and Evelyn. However, the bathroom tiles were not marble. The location was very near to most of the shopping mall. A trip from Dongdaemun Market after midnight was about US$4.00. You can also visit the casino in the hotel.
Unique Quality: Great location.
So, this particular Hilton does not disappoint. It is very nice. Rooms are spacious and the bed is comfortable. The bath/shower works well (that's always important). We stayed on the 10th floor. It's not high enough to avoid the road noise. The higher floors are considered an upgrade but since my boyfriend is here on business, he accepted the room his company is paying for.
Unique Quality: We have a great view of the Seoul Tower and part of the city. Located in close walking distance to the Namdaemun Market and the Seoul Station of the Metro (Line # 4). There is a gambling casino attached to the hotel, Seven (Star sign) Luck Casino. What is interesting about the casino is that you need to show your passport to enter. I believe the citizens of South Korea are not allowed to gamble.
The lighting and room temperature is all located in a master control console. Press one button to turn all the lights off in the room. You press a button for when you want your room made up and you press a button for "do not disturb". Rooms have doorbells.
Additionally, this hotel has several restaurants. The gift shop that sells trinkets, postcards and miscellaneous soveniers does not have stamps for sale. However, the dress shop next door to it has postcard stamps for sale (go figure).
I must say that the only thing this hotel has is the location. It is very close to nandaemun market. That is a flea market. It is also near Seoul Station. From this station one can take KTX, fast speed train to south.
The buffet at lunch time is good. THe Italian is so and so
Unique Quality: the unique quality is that the location is good enough for a foreigner to feel how this busy city is.
An Excellent Place to Stay on Buisiness
The Seoul Millenium Hilton is a good hotel to stay in on a business trip as long as you are on some sort of per diem. Everything here is of high quality -- and you pay for it. The service is fantastic and the rooms are large (some with internet). There are several bars and restaurants on the premisis and the Hilton boasts that it has the biggest Christmas Tree in Seoul. At the same time, like all big hotels it can be impersonal (which is fine if you just want to be lost in the crowd after a stressful day). It's Areno lounge is very popular with Russian models on lady's night (Wednesday).
A few recommendations for all but the super rich: don't use the laundry and the same stuff that sells for exorbinate fees from the minibar can be had from the shopette across the street.
Directions: If you take the Korean Air shuttle from the airport (W12000), it is the second stop. It is near Namdaemun and the west end of Namsan Park. It is near the Hoehyeon and Seoul Station metro stops.
Millennium Seoul Hilton
Perhaps most famous for being the location, in December 1997, of the fraught meetings between the Korean government and the IMF, the Millenium Hilton is an excellent hotel, offering more facilities than most 5 star hotels I have used recently.
The staff are friendly and attentive, and the hotel's wide open spaces in the lobby and dining areas are relaxing and tatsefully decorated.
The rooms have the usual 5-star facilities, an excellent shower and have good views either over Namsan, or the downtown skyscrapers around Seoul station.
Normally 5-star chain hotels are unmemorable, but the Seoul Hilton manages somehow to be a bit different.
It's location is excellent, with the palaces just ten minutes north, the river ten minutes south and the parks and open woodland of Namsan just across the road.
Unique Quality: The hotel is the second stop on the KAL #2 Airport Limousine/coach service
Great scenery at Millennium Seoul Hilton
We stayed at the Millennium Seoul Hilton during our recent visit, and boy were we impressed! While we had to wait for quite a while during check in as the room was not ready (that was at almost 6.00pm!!), the nice size and ambience of the room made the wait a worthwhile one.
One more thing, do remember to visit the nice little park located behind the hotel. You will not miss it as it is on the way to the Seoul subway station. The scenery is amazing, and the fall foliage is especially breathtaking. We took so many photographs that the journey to the subway station took us 30 mins instead of the usual 10.
While the room rates are a little expensive, the Hilton more than made up for it by its convenient location, great room and good spread for breakfast. Nandaemum is just round the corner, and you can either browse in the night bazaar or grab something to eat anytime.
This was in stark contrast when we moved to Sheraton Walker Hill, where the room was small and we were far away from everything (but that's another story). We will definitely choose to stay at the Millenium Seoul Hilton again the next time we visit Seoul!
Unique Quality: Rooms are comfortable and large. Good breakfast spread and helpful doormen.
Directions: Next to Nandaemum, near Namsan Park.
Central area in Seoul Hotel
As the premier executive hotel in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment districts of Korea's capital city, the 22-story, 683-room Seoul Hilton is simply a home away from home for today's discerning travellers. Combining Italian marble and European fabrics with the very latest in-room technology, all recently-renovated rooms are equipped with fax machines, in-room data ports, in-room Reuters service, in-room electronic safes accessible by credit cards, choice of 60 in-house movies "on demand" and extra large working desk
Unique Quality: Inchon International Airport
Distance from hotel: 70 km.
Drive time: 90 min.
Directions: Limo Contact : Hertz Rent a Car in front of Arrival Gate A or F. KAL Limo Desk: Next to frontdoor No.4 or No.10.
Getting to and from the Airport
Bus Service , typical minimum charge is KRW 11,000.00
Limousine , typical minimum charge is KRW 90,000.00
Super Shuttle , typical minimum charge is KRW 116,000.00
Rental Car , typical minimum charge is KRW 110,000.00
Taxi , typical minimum charge is KRW 60,000.00
Distance from hotel: 25 km.
Drive time: 40 min.
Getting to and from the Airport
Bus Service , typical minimum charge is KRW 5,000.00
Limousine , typical minimum charge is KRW 50,000.00
Rental Car , typical minimum charge is KRW 50,000.00
Subway/Rail , typical minimum charge is KRW 650.00
Taxi , typical minimum charge is KRW 30,000.00
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