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20, Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been to this hotel 3 times and the owners are always fabulous. Mr. Kwae and Mrs. Eun are great, the staff are excellent, hotel is clean, near tourist spots and room rates is reasonable. I would like to thank personally Mr. Kwai and Mrs. Eun for their kindness during our stay there, we were treated with a delicious lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My teenage daughters and I spent a week at Hotel Icon. This is a great base to explore Seoul from. The rooms are on the small side, but we really only needed a place to sleep and shower and weren't planning on spending a lot of time at our hotel, so it was perfectly fine for our needs. The breakfast... More 

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Phnom Penh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is in a really convenient location only a few minutes walk from Anguk station and the airport bus. The photo directions on the hotel website were very easy to follow. The room was clean and comfortable, and not as small as some reviews seem to indicate. The bathroom was fine. The manager was very helpful and took time... More 

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I turned up at this hotel with no booking and was fortunate enough to get a room. The hotel is really clean and catered to my needs. The room had a large bed, shower room (not a separate shower), fridge, TV, kettle, air conditioning, wifi etc. the shower room was absolutely fine, I know it may put some people off.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good location with reasonable price thats why we selected this hotel. No need to have private city tour as you can easily explore the good places with this location. Breakfast are only tea, coffee, bread and egg but we don't mind about it. The receptionist and owner are very accomodating and helpful. We took bus 6011 at Gate 11 worth... More 

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Melaka, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I has been there on October 2012(I just click any date in the travel date as i reviewed this hotel very late after almost 3 years). At first, it is difficult for us to find the place but once we arrived there we met the owner who is very friendly and helpful. After we checked-in to our room we received... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finding a bargain hotel in Seoul is difficult, but this little hotel delivers. The room is small and the breakfast isn't fancy, but the kindness of the owners makes it the place to stay. After checking in, the owner walked us around the neighborhood pointing out the best local restaurants and when we checked out, the owner even gave us... More 

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St. George's, Grenada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a great hotel if you are touring the palace area. Its new and super clean and the room rates are fantastic value. The best part so far is the owner. She is one of the nicest persons I have ever met in my travels. She was so helpful and I really appreciate it.

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear Cristofre Thank you very much for your kind and wonderful comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon. It is always pleasure to read kind compliments. We will continually provide most impeccable service to our guests . We would like to deeply thank you again for staying with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you again on your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Everything about this hotel was perfect and the owners go above and beyond for their guests. We don't know how we can thank then enough for making the honeymoon for two poor college kids more special!

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear Kzing Thank you very much for your deep interest at our hotel. It is my pleasure that you've got impressed during stay. We strive to maximize guest satisfaction by providing warm and genuine service. I longed to do something special for your couple. Your couple brought back me memories of youth. I’m very glad to hear that you had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The location of this hotel is good, Close the the Insandong street but still quiet. Only a few minutes walk to Metro. The room is small but cozy and very clean. The owner of this hotel is one of the most friendly that I've met. Greeting us with warm smile and gave us full information about Seoul. The rooftop is... More 

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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this review

Dear KLA297 We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon. I am extremely glad to hear that you had nice staying with us. We will continue to provide most warm, caring and personalized service to our guests. We would like to thank you again for choosing hotel Icon as your accommodation. We extend the very... More 

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