This is an extended stay hotel with outstanding amenities for business travelers and their families. It gives you the benefits of a hotel, including six day a week maid service; it also lets you have all the comforts of your own apartment. The staff is conscientious and attentive. They will treat you like special guests and even carry your packages to your room. If your company is considering sending you to Seoul for any extended period this is the place to stay. You can reach any place in the city with ease, either by taxi or subway.
Unique Quality: This hotel is located in the center of the COEX center, a convention and shopping complex in the heart of Seoul. Everything you could ever need is available somewhere in the complex. You can get everything from medical care to Burger King. You can get your nails done at the "Dashing Diva" and have buglogi at the food court. Across the street is a Buddhist temple with the largest statue of a standing Buddha in Korea. The Temple offers a taste of the Temple Life every Thursday at 2:00.
Directions: Directions in Seoul are difficult at best but the Oakwood is right down from the City Air Terminal. This is the main arrival point for the bus from Inchon Airport.
The Oakwood is easily one of the best hotels I have visted over the years. It is situated above Coex Mall, providing access to several western restaurants (I spent a lot of time at the bar at Uno Grill) as well as O'kim's Brewhouse (good German food). If you are adventurous, Korean food is sold in the mall, but there are several good venues across the street and down the alleyways as well. Plus, there's an Outback Steakhouse just down the street (I really enjoy eating, BTW). The rooms are excellent and the staff at the hotel go out of their way to assist you. You can even pick up a cell phone at the businees office during your stay. Easy access to the subway, and City Air Limousine service (12000 won to the airport - around $12) is just a short walk down the street. Overall, it's not cheap, but a good value.
last visit on August, 2004.
More of an apartment than a Hotel. 4 of us stayed in a pretty large 2 bedroom 2 bath. There is a full kitchen and living room with TV/DVD/Stereo.
The location is just above a major shopping area (COEX Mall) with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. The area around is mostly business, and felt very safe. Just a block away is a great little street where you can experiance more typical Korean meals.
This is not your typical hotel and not a place I could ever stay if not traveling with family. If you can shell out the cash it's worth it.
Note, photo a view from the 9th floor of the hotel. Figured it was better than the photo of a sign for Oakwood.
Unique Quality: Access to an exercise facility with pool.
The Oakwood is designed for longer stays. You can choose from many different types of apartments. The higher the floor number, the better view you will have. The apartments are designed for the westerners and have all that the business traveller would need (study, 2 bathrooms, in-room sauna, and more).
The service is absolutely the best. The staff will take care of you completely. They are friendly and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. John, Minu, Kevin, Pamela are very good, but the others will do well also.
Unique Quality: The Oakwood has activities that will help bring the family into the experience. They have cooking classes, speaking Korean classes, movie nights, trips to shopping.
Directions: Next to the World Trade Center Seoul, COEX mall, City Air Terminal.
199-33 Eulgiro 2-ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul
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