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Saerim Hotel

37-11, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Ranked #169 of 409 Hotels in Seoul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Detroit, Michigan
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

1st timers to Seoul and we found our way to a coffee shop by subway for help! So many helpful people and 1 kind gentlemen walked us to the Saerim. Right in the middle of Insadong! Venturing the streets at night was wonderful! Daytime wandering produced open shops, inquisitive students and many photo ops! Love the location! Open cabinet to... More 

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New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The location is the most positive thing. Insadong Street is right outside, and it is in walking distance to Buckchon Village, palaces, and the stream. Many great restaurants and stores are right outside your door. Also, Anguk Station is only about a 5 minute walk away. Safe neighborhood. You do get what you pay for. The carpet looked filthy, but... More 

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56 hotel reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't expect luxury. The room is smallish with a double bed. The bed is rock hard... But this hotel is in a quiet location, off the main road, near to all the tourist sights, just off the great pedestrian street of Insadong-gil and is a great price. No breakfast but plenty of options close by. Good wi-fi in room which... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I stayed in hotel for 4 nights.The hotel location is very good. The price is reasonable. Hotel hasn't restaurant and many services but I think many travelers don't need and don't use many of these services.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights over Chuseok weekend and we loved it. The hotel is difficult to find (we had people on the street trying to help us after the taxi got lost), but once you know where it is it's easy to find again! It is an older style hotel but that's obviously what you get for the... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Hotel isn't as hard to find as I thought,, but I would recommend printing a map to take with you. Easy to get to from either line 3 or 5 on subway so no worries there. Room is small but completely adequate, clean and quiet. Location just off the busy streets with loads of shopping and restaurants so you can't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Saerim Hotel has everything that a budget traveler would need - clean rooms, cheap rates, and a fantastic location. Let's start with the positives: -Very central location in Insadong with a subway station and an airport bus stop about a 5-10 minutes walk away -Lots of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries nearby -Lively and safe location, feels safe at night... More 

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Paju, South Korea
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Searim hotel had everything we needed. It is right in the middle of Insadong and easy to find. The room was clean and neat, and the staff provided everything we needed. The big TV was a nice treat. There are many tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

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austin tx
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I am a single older woman and very much enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Subway and bus stops are very nearby, interesting shops are on the pedestrian street half a block away, and two historical palaces are within walking distance to the hotel. The room was clean and big. Big tv screen and computer in the room on 4th... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I stayed here on my recent visit to Seoul from 13th-19th July, 2013. The Saerim is a pleasant and comfortable budget hotel, has clean rooms, friendly staff, and is well located in Insadong. It is about a 10 minute walk from either Jungno 3-(sam)-ga or Jonggak subway stations. However, as mentioned by other reviewers, it is a bit difficult to... More 

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Nestled between Jongno and Samcheongdong, this small neighborhood offers a crash course in various aspects of Korean culture. Rows of shops display traditional Korean goods such as pottery and earthenware, crafts, fans, and more, making it a popular spot for souvenir shopping. The Ssamziegil shopping complex in particular has become a local institution for its unique spiral layout and the many boutique shops inside that sell handmade crafts and goods. This is the perfect neighborhood to sample a range of Korean dishes, with vegetarian Korean temple cuisine restaurants being a popular draw, but street food carts are just as famous. As a top tourist destination, crowds can swell, particularly on weekends, but you can find some rest and respite in one of the private art galleries or grab a cup of Korean tea in a tea house – many of which are located in beautifully renovated traditional Korean homes.


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