The best thing about the Fourseason hotel in Myeongdong was the the good central location, within walking distance to the Seoul railway station, the Namsan park and the shopping district.
I did not like the hotel itself. The room was tiny, without a window. A mirror with lights on the top and window shutters was made as a fake window - a pretty funny idea, but I would have prefered to be able to look out of a real one! Otherwise the hotel was pretty modern and the bathroom was ok. The breakfast was simple and a mix of Asian and Western with rice and miso soup, but also eggs, cereal and toast.
The hotel itself was situated in a steep narrow lane. Taxi drivers had problems finding the place, and it was very difficult to park in front of the hotel.
This hotel is ok if you only need a place to sleep, and use the subway to get around. The subway station Hoehyeon was only around 50 meters down the narrow lane.
I had a seven night stay here (Oct 13-20, 2013) : GREAT location! Good enough facilities for a tourist (though the gym is pretty basic, it has great floor mats for stretching, and I NEEDED that HUGE Hot Tub for my overworked legs and sore back!), attentive service, free (mostly active) wireless internet plus computer facilities in the lobby, very close to Insadong (I can see the hotel at the end of the road from the red letter box meeting point in Insadong)! Looked like I made the right choice with this brand new hotel with nice rooms, great shower etc etc!
I would recommend this hotel because I would stay here, again! Even my Seoraksan Day Trip Tour Guide concurs it's the best location to stay for Insadong (he said that was why this hotel was built)!
Huge hot tub! :-)
Seoul's oldest hanoks are just across the road from the hotel (behind the row of shops) - you can access from the side lane on the left or right of the shops!
Very close to Insadong (five minutes walk) and you can even see Insadong from outside the hotel! Desktop computers in lobby for guest us.
Would certainly chose the Ibis Ambassador Insadong over the Ibis Ambassador Myeong-dong, in view of its quieter location and closeness to Insa-dong, which I find preferable to Myeong-dong. The Ibis Ambassador Myeong-dong is located on a very busy road intersection!
I was also told by the Ibis Ambassador Myeong-dong hotel reception that their hot tub is half the size of Ibis Ambassador Insadong's!
Yes, I have stayed in Korea's famous "Love Hotels." After talking to my Korean friends, I realized Love Hotels are a huge business in Korea. Why? Well, being a more traditional country, most teenagers don't have cars where they can go make out. Most children live with their parents until they finish college, so they can't enjoy the privacy that a US university student enjoys at the frat house. A lot of Korean families also have several generations in the same house (i.e. teenagers with their parents and grandparents). Finally, premarital sex is frowned upon in Korea.
All of this has combined to lead an entrepreneurial set to introduce love hotels -- places where young lovers can discretely go for a few hours of intimacy.
The good news is rooms were pretty cheap at just 40,000 Won, the room was clean and well-maintained, and the place must be built to be sound proof as I never heard a noise all night!
A very fine 2 bedroom suite, well appointed and spacious. There were 2 bathrooms and a small kitchenette.
A convenience store on the ground floor provides supplies.
I went to seoul last week.Its really good trip so i wanted to shared here.I went to seoul for watching TVSQ Seoul concert and travelling in seoul.Its my first time to backpacker to seoul.I google that one guesthouse in Ewha where provide kpop tour service.It called DH guesthouse .The owner DH helped me to buy the VIP seat ,took me to SM entertainment to see my idol TVSQ.Im not expected that i can face to face to see my idol TVSQ. DH took me to eat delicious korean food (kim chi ,bimbimbap ,Samgyetang ,soju and sunde.DH guesthouse only accepted female that made me comfortable and safety.DH can speak english fluently so we have really good communication .Anyway thats really amazing trip in my life .I cant forget that trip.
DH guesthouse only only accepted female that made me comfortable and safety.DH can help to buy korean concert ticket.Also they provide kpop tour^^
Very nice owner/staff. Everything here very clean. Close to subway station and airport bus stop. But sad to say, for the first time in my travels, this is where one of my important travel must haves got stolen.
I booked Seoulwise since it was rated the #1 pick at Hostelworld. My main criteria when picking accomodation is cleanliness, location, and cost (in that order). Seoulwise fit the bill for me! Rooms range from private to a four bed room with bath. I opted for the economic option and stayed four nights in a dorm. Young keeps a clean and tidy guest house and is meticulous about it (its a good thing!). The building is located in a back street about 700 meters walk from Hongik University metro station near many eateries and the north of the river attractions. Hongik is traditionally a cheaper area with many college students residing (say yes to NIGHTLIFE). Street food and restaurant food are all fantastic. Young will recommend his picks if interested in traditional Korean food (not just the tourist kind).
The owner, Youngsuk, is an avid world traveler himself and quite the photo journalist. The guest house is adorned with photos he's taken from his travels around the world from well traveled to off beat places. Side note: I thought I had better pictures of the place but I guess not... Take a look at my video for my room.
This is a self-described boutique hotel where the rooms have different designs, layouts and decors. It's basically a no-frills establishment: no cafe/breakfast, gym, pool, bar, etc. The only good thing about it is its affordable price and location, it's only about 3 mins. walk to the nearest subway exit. The room is a bit small, there's no place/closet for luggage. The double bed is quite firm but the 4 pillows provided have no linen! Gosh, how do they clean them after every guest? Others may find the room a bit dim as there are only pin lights but you do have a window (behind the bathroom mirror!) to allow more light and air.
On the plus side: there's free use of a PC in the room with internet, free drinks (incl. 2 bottles of mineral water) in the minibar, free ice cream at the lobby, free toiletries (but no toothbrush), free coffee and tea and even a box of condoms.
Since I was travelling alone and I'm basically of low-maintenance, the hotel was sufficient for me but would I stay here again? Unlikely.
A Temple Stay is a cultural-experience program designed to help people understand Korean Buddhism better. Temple stays offer various kinds of practicing methods such as Yebul (ceremonial service involving chanting), Chamseon (Zen meditation), Dahdoh (tea ceremony) and Balwoo Gongyang (communal Buddhist meal service). Participants can find their 'true self' amongst the harmony of nature while staying at a temple. Temple Life, the experience of temples, is another program designed to help people understand Korean Buddhism and the life of monks better.
Millennium Seoul Hilton is 2 kilometres from the business district and close to the city's historical centre and station.
Attached are photos of my room at Hoam Faculty House during my stay in November 2008. The room is clean and the size is reasonable, with floor heating during the colder months. Because I was there for a meeting, I paid the subsidised rate of less than US$80 per night which is very good considering the high accomodation costs in South Korea.
The main problem with Hoam Faculty House is that it is far away from the Seoul city centre. The fastest way to reach the city centre is to take bus no. 2 to nearby Nakseongdae sub-way station whereby you can take the sub-way to city centre attractions such as Naedaemun, Myeongdong, Seoul Tower etc. There are also eateries at Nakseongdae area for you to have your meals and do some shopping.
When I went for a work meeting in Seoul during November 2008, I stayed at the Hoam Faculty House located at the Seoul National University (southern part of the Hangang River).
Normally, you cannot stay here unless you are invited by the Seoul National University (which is the case for me). This is a nice place to stay, very clean with fresh air because of the surrounding mountains and trees. The cost per night is less than US$80. The autumn foliages of the trees are also very beautiful.
Please go to part 2 of this tip for information about the rooms.
This is based on a forum question I answered. Someone wanted to know where to stay for a 11 hour layover.
My friend stayed at this hotel:
Here's my answer:
This question is asked alot. The airport hotel is very expensive. There is a help desk, tourist desk in the airport. We had a friend that went there and asked for a cheap nearby hotel and they told her where and there was a free shuttle. There wasn't much going on around the place though. Here's her post
She mentions breakfast. You can get that at Incheon, I believe Mcd's or Udon (past customs) was always our choice.
I hope you can find more impressive and cheaper choice
in this list too.
Yeha Guest house
Holiday in Korea Hostel
Lee and No Guesthouse
Carpe Diem Guesthouse
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