Saerim Hotel: one of the best
Saerim hotel is very hard to find in the internet and in the actual location.
But I assure you that all the patience you've invested in finding it will definitely be gone!
You have to book through the internet and enter your credit card number and pay instantly.
You will be asked to print a voucher and that will be your receipt once you arrive in the hotel.
We arrived in Seoul in the morning when all the people are busy going to work while we are somewhat lost (again)... I think that the staffs in this hotel weren't able to clearly state the way on how to locate their address. I googled the map of Saerim Hotel and I saw this one:
"take subway line 5 to Jongno 3 Ga - chang line 3 to Anguk station"
So, what we did is to follow the instructions... we arrived in Anguk station and after this, we don't know where to go since there were no landmarks indicated on how to find it. The directions just stopped in Anguk station... with all the bags and luggage we carry, you'll not wish to see us looking very very exhausted! Actually, I'm not the kind of person who usually asked for help, I try to do my best until it's done. But in this situation, after reading the map over and over again... and after a numerous crossing of the streets... I finally gave up!
I saw this guy in corporate attire with bags on both hands and a coat on an arm... I think he speaks good in English, so what we did... we blocked his way and asked us to help to find the hotel. We find it funny though, because he was just going to work at that very moment when we blocked his way to the subway and he was seen by his colleagues assisting us with this matter! haha! But he said that he's out on a field work so it's okay. We're just so lucky I guess...
We walked to Insan-dong street, walked into 1 of the inner streets and then he called the hotel... then he said he thought we were on the right location. As far as I remember he called the hotel twice! And then he laughed saying... "your hotel is very hard to find."
At last, he was able to guide us on the very entrance of Saerim Hotel!
We were so grateful for his effort, truly, Koreans are very helpful indeed!
Unique Quality: after all the endurance and effort to locate the hotel, the convenience is all we need!
I presented the voucher to the receptionist then gave our room key, room 301.
We were very satisfied in the room! we got a very big tv, water dispenser, cups, 2 sachets of coffee, small ref w/ 2 juices, own bathroom w/ shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body shower, towels.
having the sight of real comfort is very exhaustion free!!! the location is very near to Insan-dong, actually I think it's still within the Insan-dong but the only difference was the address since it was already on the other side of the street.
I almost forgot to mention, another sign that you're near the Saerim Hotel is that along the street going to Saerim Hotel, is the Sun bee Hotel which can be seen easily.
Directions: take subway line 5 to Jongno 3 Ga - chang line 3 to Anguk station, enter the Insan-dong street,
continue walking until you see on your right side a small red colored arrow sign of "Saerim Hotel"