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20, Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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mla
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed here with my friends for 5 days, and we are satisfied. Although the hotel is hard to locate at first because it is in a small alley, however, it is near in some palaces. Rooms are ok, with heated floor, clean and decent, has a very strong wifi signal, bottled water are refilled everyday, but bed sheets i... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When we first arrived on the hotel, the owner gave us a tour of the hotel and the nearby blocks. He showed us the subway station and some restaurants. At the end of the first week, he invited us to dinner to get to know other guests. I cannot find the words to describe how great the attention was. The... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My sister and I stopped over Seoul only for the weekend on our way back to US. With limited time we had in Seoul, Hotel Icon provided the perfect location to tour Seoul's major attractions in nearby with very reasonable price including free breakfast. The pedestrian street in walking distance offers variety of restaurants and wonderful shopping experience. Hotel itself... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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133 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We stayed at this hotel during the 2nd week of November. We travelled to the hotel by airport limo bus from Incheon airport where we alighted at Chang Deok Gung bus stop along the route. Once you get off the bus take the first right turn into a small street, Go straight until you see a small convenience store and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Hotel Icon is always our family's favourite choice in Seoul because of her hospitality. This is the second time in a year that we visited Seoul. We spent 7 nights out of the 11 days in Hotel Icon. For a family of 6 adults who aged from 40 to 70, Hotel Icon was perfect for our needs. The rooms were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

My sister and I loved our stay in Hotel Icon! It was conveniently located near main attractions, such as the bukchon hanok village, Ongo cooking classes, Gyeongbokgong Palace, and the Anguk Subway station. We stayed in a twin room, and found that it was clean and had plenty of space for two people. The bathroom was compact but functional. Breakfast... More 

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IconSeoul, 오너 at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear Annapixar We are over the moon to receive a guest feedback like yours, and I would like to thank you for your wonderful praise. We are extremely happy to read that you had a wonderful time with us. We strive to maximize guest satisfaction by providing warm and genuine service. I'd like to help a little bit our valuable... More 

Langebaan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This hotel is very central, close to sights, airport bus and subway. Very well priced for budget traveller. Safe, Super clean and has all you need. Loved the kettle, with tea and fridge, with bottled water in room. Thank you again for helping me to the station at the end of my stay, so very kind! Hope to be back... More 

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IconSeoul, 오너 at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear LangebeanRainbowgirl I heartily appreciate your valuable comments on excellent location and good value for the money. We will continue to provide most warm, caring and personalized service to our guests. I would like to thank you again for choosing hotel Icon as your accommodation Please do not hesitate to contact me directly when you come to Seoul again .... More 

Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Hotel Icon is a nice hotel in a great location...about a 5 minute walk from two subway stations. The staff are very helpful and kind. They speak good English and offer helpful advice. Hotel is very close to major historic palace complexes. There are countless places to eat, as well as coffee shops in area. With subway stations nearby, it... More 

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear Mikeak I sincerely appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon Thank you very much for your high value on convenient location and good price. I am extremely glad to hear that you had nice staying with us. We would like to deeply thank you for staying with us. We do hope to have the opportunity to... More 

San Mateo
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28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I was expecting more from the other reviews. Great location but very basic. Airport bus nearby. Close to tourist attractions. Small room, awkward shower and hard beds. Very basic breakfast. I was happy to stay only one night.

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear Isa0 We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon. Our hotel is no frills hotel located in the central area at affordable price We have a different customer satisfaction goal from that of large world chain hotels. We will do our best to provide most warm, caring and personalized service to our valuable guests.... More 

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41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Room was secure! Very important. Manager warm and personable. The owners even wanted to drive me to downtown area but timely it was the last day of October so Halloween, the last day of the Banpo Bridge waterworks, and many festivities, traffic suggested otherwise. Breakfast was really an all out effort from the manager, the wife. Loved the cream puffed... More 

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear NYtravelblog It is always heartwarming to receive a guest feedback like yours, and I would like to thank you for your wonderful praise. I am very happy you were satisfied with our service. I am really glad to help those in need. We will continue to provide most warm, caring and personalized service to our valuable guests. I hope... More 

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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