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“Excellent for a budget hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Noble Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 Unni-dong jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea   |  
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Ranked #73 of 388 hotels in Seoul
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“Excellent for a budget hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

In a district clustered with backpacker accommodations, this place stands out for coming closest to resembling a "real" hotel. It lacks in certain areas, but first here's what it does right. I was in room 205 for six nights. It was cozy, clean, and modern. Spacious bathroom and shower, by Korean standards. Comfortable double bed (though it was a "single" room, the cheapest). Thick, double-layered windows, which made the room dead silent. Air-conditioning. Fridge with free water and juice. TV (never turned it on). Efficient maid service cleaned the room and changed the towels, soaps, water and drinks, etc every morning after I had gone out, unless I asked not to.

Some downsides: Internet comes through an outdated desktop computer, and it would randomly turn off and re-start for no apparent reason every few minutes, making it impossible to write email or surf without interruption. I didn't complain about it since I just plugged the LAN into my laptop, and that worked -- but no wireless. View out the window was a brick wall across the alley. Heating system good, but too good -- no control in the room, just one switch controlling the entire hotel from the main desk. Some nights it was like a sauna and I'd have to ask them to turn it down, but they couldn't turn down much -- apparently they had to crank it to get heat to the upper floors. Some of the desk staff aren't good with English and there were a couple of misunderstandings. Actually, there was a check-in nightmare when I arrived and a Chinese cleaning lady (who spoke not one word of English or Korean) was watching the front desk, but I thought she was a mute check-in clerk who refused to give me a room. I walked out, and fortunately all other places in the area were booked solid, and I had to go back, by which time the manager had returned. That incident set off my trip on the wrong foot, but otherwise the staff made really good efforts to be accommodating and friendly.

In all, given the rates, I felt that I got more than what I paid for. One note: The map on their website isn't detailed enough. I got lost and needed help from a shopkeeper, who walked me there. I exited from the Jongno 3-ga station. Anguk station exit 4 is closer and reduces risk of getting lost.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

This was a nice stop for a night in Seoul. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Insadong shopping street, and close to the subway as well. It is behind a gas station, which is across the street from the Changdokgung Palace. Look for the barber poles (not a barber shop, though), and it is just around the corner. We paid 50,000 won for the night. The room has a working computer with internet access, but no wifi. The light switches were operated through the tv remote, which took a little while to figure out. Overall, a nice stop for a quick visit.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

Wish we had found it sooner! We stayed in a suite for 60,000 won per night. Had a huge flat screen TV, desktop computer with fast internet, decent size room with large modern bathroom. Main room had attractive wooden flooring, air conditioning, and was very quiet. Had previously stayed at the nearby Crown hotel which was more expensive, dated decor, no internet.. Considering we stayed at a backpackers for 40,000 won around the corner this hotel was very affordable!
Staff knew enough english to get by and were very helpful providing travel information.

  • Liked — Value for maney, and great location to nearby sightseeing and Subway station
  • Disliked — Music in the hallways is a little weird!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 19 Unni-dong jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
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Ranked #73 of 388 hotels in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Noble Hotel 3*
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