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The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   90, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea   |  
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“It's the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

The classic 500 hotel is the best hotel I've ever tried.
Every thing is wonderful.
Staff are nice, subway is next to the door and all home equipments are installed there..
I like the bed since I can control the level of my back and legs by using the electronic device attached to it

I recommend it

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Mr Abdul

Thank you very much for your generous compliments and the entire team is very happy to learn of your memorable stay at our hotel.

It has been a pleasure serving you and we look forward to welcoming you back home the next time you visit Seoul.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

I chose the classic 500 as I was looking for a place with an oven. At my budget I could only stay for one night and I got a very good impression but I think that the place is primarily targeted to permanent residents.

The rooms were clean and modern and overall the apartment felt spacious and modern. Beds were comfortable, the ondol heated floors were warm and cozy, the kitchen has good appliances and the bathroom was well decorated.

Neither toilet paper or dish washing deteregent was provided and prepare to bring your own cookware if you plan to bake. There is a supermarket nearby where you can get most of what you need.

The breakfast buffé at La Goute is ok but only serviced until 09:30.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Wolmala

Thank you for writing this detailed review and we are glad you and your wife had a wonderful and homely experience at the classic 500 pentaz hotel.

All of us look forward to your return and please take care till we meet again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Amazing and 'Out of this World' are probably the first adjectives that springs to mind when I've been telling family and friends about our stay at the Classic 500 back in Nov '12. When we booked it there weren't that many reviews, so we were a bit skeptical, but due to its great price point ($210 AUD per night compared to $450AUD for The Hyatt etc), we decided to give it a go, and have not looked back! We stayed for 7 nights in a 'Suite' - when we were shown the room my husband kept looking at me and asked whether i had booked an apartment instead - it was GIGANTIC - with a massive lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, laundry area (with full wash and dry function which we took advantage of - remember to BYO washing powder!) writing area, massive closets at entrance for all the winter jackets...we felt like we could live there for months on end! We had our 2 1/2 toddler with us and she loved roaming the big place rather than cooping up in a little hotel room.

Located at Konkuk University station it was very handy to get to the subway - it was literally downstairs. It was also next to a smaller scaled Lotte department store which was about 50m from the hotel - we found that extremely handy for breakfasts at their amazing foodcourt. Lotte is also great for buying all the Korean sweets at the foodcourt area for souvenirs - and they also deliver back to your hotel for you at no charge - very handy as we want to get exploring ASAP rather than taking shopping back to the hotel!

To get to the main sights though, it's about 8 stops away (about 50-20mins on subway which we didn't mind at all), and i would recommend taking a taxi to go to places like Seoul Tower for lunch - just much quicker rather than navigating through subways, buses and cablecars - great if you have the time but with a toddler in tow we needed to get to places without the hassles.

Just a word of caution about the security panels inside the front door as well as inside the apartment area - they are all in Korean with not one syllable of English on instructions, so if you (or your very curious toddler) decides to pull that 'emergency string labelled in red', the whole apartment will sound out in alarm and flashing lights appear on the security panels - and you will have no idea what to press or do except to call reception immediately so they can send someone to help you with it! Even if you ask them how to turn it off if your toddler decides to activate the emergency alarm by mistake next time, you won't get much response as they don't understand your question. Koreans are such helpful and polite people but comprehension of English is still a bit low - but sign language always gets your message across!

Two double beds pushed together to make a massive King plus plus bed, and our family of 3 slept comfortably every night (family of 4 can definitely sleep comfortably!)

Would we stay here again? In a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Definitely book a suite - for $210 AUD a night you can't go wrong - you will have all the space...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Ms Dedechooi

We are very honoured to receive such a affirmative review and thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you in our suite.

All of us look forward to having you back with us again should you require another relaxing holiday in Seoul.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Classic 500 is located near Konkuk University Station and it is linked via underground. Next to it is a giant E-Mart and Lotte Departmental Store.

We were granted an early check in way before 1500 Hours the moment our room was ready. The Suite (148 sqm) was really huge with floor to ceiling windows. The entire place was well-lit by natural lighting and very elegantly designed with contemporary interiors. The main feature of the suites as opposed to the 2/3 bedrooms is its island-style kitchen.

The kitchen was very well-equipped with a good oven, induction cooker and even a food waste disposer and in Korea, there are two fridges provided, a kimchi fridge and a normal fridge. The rooms are supposed to be equipped with a smart electronic system which allows you to control room temperatures and light levels but all of them are in Korean. Nonetheless, they also double up as mini-television screens which you could watch while cooking or in the toilet.

The pans provided are no non-stick and they only provide a pot and frying pan although you could request for more (without charge).

The hotel also has an in-house restaurant named la goutte which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had the breakfast buffet which has the usual salads, cold cuts, breads and a selection of hot and cold items. It wasn't impressive although one or two items were good such as the takoyaki with cereals and the caprese. The croissants and pain au chocolat were decent too.

The gym is very well-equipped and comes with free gym lessons as well.

Room Tip: Suites come with Island-Style Kitchens.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear XInli29288

Thank you for such a pleasant review.
We are happy that you had an enjoyable stay and will certainly do our very best to accommodate you during your future visits.
We look forward to welcoming you again should your travels bring you back to Seoul.


Best regards,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I have stayed three nights at this residence hotel during a business trip to Seoul last October. I reserved a suite room, and when I entered the room, I was amazed at how huge my apartment was. It was close to 200 m2, with a large living room, a complete kitchen, lots and lots of storage and closet space, a spacious bedroom and with my own washer and dryer machines. Because it is a residence hotel, the hotel staff service is not extraordinary, and there is no doorman or bellboy to carry your luggage.
However, if you're traveling with kids, I would highly recommend this hotel. Is is only a few meters from the subway station, there are great parks close by and besides the spaciousness, you get to cook or even do your own laundry which is helpful when traveling with the family.
The downside is that you have to pay for the health club and sauna.
I'm not very technological, so at first I was very confused with the high technology everywhere.
I would definitely return here with my family!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
We very appreciate your comments and excellent review.
There are usually doorman and bellboy to help your luggage in our hotel until 11 PM.
If you let us know your next visit with arriving time, our doorman will help your luggage.
We look forward to serving you and your family soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We are pleasantly surprised to discover this hidden gem hotel in Seoul.

It offers a large, comfortable and peaceful room with surrounding high-tech electric equipment.
The staff here are willing to serve, advise useful information and provide instant supports to their guests. This is very impressive.

The location is good since there are subway station, cosmetic stores, supermarket like E-mart and Lotte Department Store nearby. However, it takes around 20 mins subway from the hotel to the main shopping center of Seoul such as dongdaemun or Myeongdong, this may not a favorable factor for shopaholic because they need to hand carry their booty for a quite long distance returning the hotel. On the other hand, if you need to have relaxing, quiet and conform environment, I would recommend the Classic 500 as the resort place.

One thing I need to suggest is to improve is the level of cleanness of washroom. I found there is dirty blots on the toilet seat cover. It quite disappoints us because it is not clean enough even this is an automatic flushing device. Hope the improvement is soon to be taken place.

我們驚喜地發現這個隱藏在首爾的的舒適酒店。

它提供了大型,舒適,寧靜的客房, 與周圍的高科技電子設備。
這裡的工作人員都樂意為客人服務,建議有用的信息,並提供即時的支持援予他們的客人。這是非常令人印象深刻。

地點很好,因為有地鐵站,化妝品店,超市,如E Mart 和 Lotte百貨在附近。但是,它需要大約20分鐘地鐵從酒店到主要的購物中心如東大門或明洞,這可能不是一個吸引購物狂的因素,因為他們需要一個相當長的距離去隨身帶著他們的戰利品回酒店。另一方面,如果你需要一個放鬆,安靜的環境,我會推薦的經典500的度假場所。

有一件事我要建議的是提高洗手間清潔的水平。我發現有骯髒的污點馬桶蓋。這很令我們失望,因為它是不夠乾淨,即使這是一個自動沖水裝置。希望酒店很快會作出改善。

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed in a "suite room" which is absolutely huge by any hotel standard with a separate living room/kitchen away from the bedroom. It's really a fully loaded (two tvs, frig, washer-dryer, convection/microwave oven, dishwasher, lots of closets and drawers, automatic adjustable bed) hi-tech condo with hotel accommodations. Everything looked new and clean. It's was also super convenient since the subway/metro is on the same block downstairs. Even though the hotel was sold out, it was very serene (we seldomly had to share the elevator with anyone else). We visit Seoul frequently and prior to staying at the Classic 500, we've stayed at the Intercontinental Seoul COEX and JW Marriott. The Classic 500 make these other two feel like 3rd rate hotels. On top of all this, the rates are lower than the other two mentioned hotels...taxes/fees are lower too (10% @ Classic 500 vs 21% @ JW Marriott). Now that I found this gem, I will not stay anywhere else in Seoul.

PS - I' not rating "room service" since we ate out almost daily or cooked up something for ourselves. I'm actually not sure if room service was available or not. If room service is important to you, you should double check it's availability before booking. Also, I didn't try the SPA so I can't rate that either.....

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 90, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Seoul
#6 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
#13 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the prestige business residence, PENTAZ features spacious and pleasant rooms that perfectly designed for those staying abroad on business for a long period. PENTAZ provides the exclusive private service, luxuriously and efficiently designed space for satisfying both relaxation and business needs all in one.During your stay, you can enjoy our fitness club, Sauna, spa, indoor golf driving range & putting green, live buffet, wine bar & fine dining in order to refresh yourself.During your stay, you can enjoy our fitness club, Sauna, spa, indoor golf driving range & putting green, live buffet, wine bar & fine dining in order to refresh yourself. ... more   less 
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