Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Jw Marriott Seoul
Centrally located in South Han River area, integrated with a shopping mall - center city.
Hotel is well facilitated, rooms on higher floors have nice city view.
Unique Quality: For Chinese travelers, there is a ATM in the lobby can accept Unionpay bank card. May need to try several times before able to succeed a transaction as network connectivity wasn't great.
Directions: South Han river, center city
A Fine Hotel
I stayed at the JW Marriott in Seoul (Banpo) and found the accomodations pretty good. If you have read some of my other hotel reviews, you'll notice that unless a hotel stands out for being really really good...or really really bad, they are all pretty much the same. The service and staff were all professional and the hotel was quiet, clean, and safe.
Unique Quality: The one thing I usually critique is the location and things available to do in the immediate area. In this case, it was pretty interesting. The hotel sits atop the central express bus station and is adjacent to the subway. It also abuts "Central City" a mall complex that has Shinsegue (an upscale department store) and some other upper end stores. As you work your way through the underground, you will find staples of the bus station (McDonald's, KFC, numerous coffee and lunch restaurants), and higher end stores (Shinsegue), a movie theater. Move toward the subway and you will meander through numerous mom and pop shops selling everything from clothes, to kitchen gadgets to flowers. I liked the fact that you saw the high end and the low end side of commerce all within a few city blocks.
The hotel is also a five to ten minute cab drive to Itaewon.
JW Marriott Seoul
I have stayed at a half dozen hotels in Seoul and this one is the best so far. I can confidently say this hotel is one of the top 3 hotels in Seoul. The room size is the biggest of all the hotels I've stayed at (I've also stayed at the Millenium Hilton, Seoul Plaza Hotel, etc.). The bathroom is really nice. Staff is extremely friendly and speak English well. The restaurants are great and the fitness center is incredible.
Unique Quality: Here are the unique qualities of the JW Marriott Seoul :
1.) First and foremost, the fitness center is the best. The fitness center at this hotel is better than most 24 Hour Fitness and Bally Fitness centers in the United States. I used the fitness center everyday during my 2 week trip (and I usually don't workout)
2.) The location is one of the best. It is connected to the Shinsegae Department store so shopping and hundreds of restaurants are within walking distance. There is also Central City which includes a movie theatre, underground shopping area and the bus terminal.
3.) The view : ask for a room facing the Han River and on one of the higher floor levels and you'll get an incredible view of the city and the Han River.
My home away from home in Korea
I have been a extended stay guest here at the JW Marriott in Seoul for a while now.
This is the best hotel (overall) that I have stayed at in Seoul.
It's very conveniently located...shopping right downstairs, many restaurants as well, and two subway lines. Next door you have a bus station that will take you almost anywhere in South Korea. The limousine bus to the airport is located downstairs too. Nightlife minutes away (Kangnam and Apkujungdong) by taxi and just a few stops by subway.
Unique Quality: The JW Marriott has the best fitness center I have seen in a hotel.
They have all the fitness equipment you need. Also, squash courts, swimming pool, diving pool, sauna, rock climbing, indoor driving range, etc...
If you are fortunate enough to stay on the executive levels, you can enjoys the comforts of the executive floor lounge and it's excellent staff. They always great you with a smile and make you feel at home.
Directions: Right next to the Express Bus Terminal and Central City in Kangnam
The 34 storey JW Marriott Hotel Seoul is ideally situated at Central City, Korea's largest and most popular shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
Unique Quality: Facilities & Services
24-hour room service
Child care services available
Full business center
Secretarial services available
Safe deposit box at front desk
Rental car desk: Seoul Rent a Car
The Marriott is a wonderful hotel South of the Han River in Seoul. It is definitely first class with the only drawback being the distance to the great centers of nightlife in Seoul. I stayed here my first night in Korea and felt almost spoiled. Great views of downtown, a huge room with a bathroom bigger than some apartments I've lived in, easy access to the subway, and much more. I was jet lagged and beat from the long trip from Pennsylvania, but this was a relaxing as I could expect after the long trip.
Unique Quality: This hotel has a great view of the Han River and Seoul Tower to the north.
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