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“Clean, modern and upbeat hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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IP Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   221, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-893, South Korea   |  
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Clean, modern and upbeat hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

It was quite convenient to get there from ICN Airport – I took the Airport Limousine Bus (#6030) which took approximately 1.5 hours to reach the Bus Stop called “IP Boutique Hotel”. It takes the same amount of time to return to the airport (pls see the bus timings from IP to ICN in photos area - do refer to the actual info when you are there in case these timings are changed).

The cost is KRW 15,000 per trip. You can purchase the single-journey bus ticket from the Airport Bus booth in between Gates 4 & 5 in the ICN Arrival Hall. The bus picks up at Stop 5B - and 12A as well I believe. (Tip: for the return trip, do have the exact fare ready to be placed in the fare collection box.)

When you get off the bus, face the main street and look to your left. The hotel (blue/yellow/red stripes) is just across the road so just walk a little up the slope and cross at the traffic light.

The reception staff was efficient and friendly. I was given a room on the 11th floor (the hotel has 12 floors I believe). There isn’t much of a view because it is blocked by a building directly opposite. If you look carefully, in the distance you can catch a little bit of the river.

It was a clean, non-smoking room, with a comfortable Queen-sized bed and the necessary modern-day amenities i.e. toiletries, free Wifi, in-room electronic safe, LCD TV, fridge etc. There were lots of mirrors so these did help to give a more spacious feel to the room, which was large enough for a solo traveller and I guess not too bad for two people as well.

The water pressure in the shower was rather low (for hot water) and that’s probably the only gripe I have – otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed my room. It got slightly warm at times in the heated room (end winter period) but that was no issue because there is a curved sliding panel at the windows which can be open or shut to the outside air to help adjust the in-room temperature.

Some travellers have commented on the dark hallways connecting the lifts to the hotel rooms – I was not too bothered about that because I barely took 20 seconds to get to my room from the lift so I thought it was a good way to conserve electricity – why waste all that light in hallways that no one really uses? But to each his own I guess!

The hotel (whose name “IP” actually stands for “Imperial Palace” btw) is about 3-5 minutes’ walk from Itaewon Subway Station Exit 2. The area, which you can read online, is a main street flanked on each side with Western / international restaurants including Turkish, Egyptian, Thai, Japanese ones. There are of course, some Korean restaurants as well. One night, I saw along the road one of those make-shift Korean eating stalls that one sees on K-drama – it was a small truck/van converted to a tarp-enclosed eating area with chairs and tables. The stall served rice wine, oden, and other snacks. There is also an English book store on the 2F of a building somewhere near Hamilton Shopping Center called “What The Book” which sells both used and new books.

Itaewon Station is not too bad a location with respect to the subway system – it may not be the best or most convenient station in terms of transferring between the many lines but it worked fine for me anyway.

For tourist information, there is a booth nearby IP Boutique – just turn left when you exit the hotel and walk around 2 or 3 blocks down the slope. Alternatively, there is also a small office inside Itaewon Station itself (on the left hand side just before you enter the gates into the paid area).

For groceries, there is a small supermarket located near Hamilton Hotel. There is a T-junction immediately outside Hamilton Hotel (Exit 4, Itaewon Station). Walk along this road that is perpendicular to the hotel (i.e. the foot of the T-junction) and at the first turning, take a right. You should be walking down-slope. The grocery shop is just on your right.

Overall I enjoyed my stay at IP Boutique and wouldn’t mind staying there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The IP Boutique Hotel captures the zeitgeist of modern Korea. It is an interior designers dream of gigantic suitcases, chairs and swings in the lobby. The theme continues in the bedroom which while small was comfortable and packed with electronics. Not everything worked but I loved the glass walls of the bathroom and the bay window complete with chaise. The location in the heart of Itawon was excellent for shopping, eating, bars and clubs. The IP staff were very friendly and helpful which is probably the most important thing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is a funky, quirky, delightful, artsy .... great place! From the minute you walk into the lobby - swings to sit on, giant chairs (I mean GIANT) and sidewalk murals out front, acrylic art in the entrance way -- you can't tell if it is a Bohemian art boutique, a backpacker's hotel or something as yet undefined. Turns out it is unique and without a clear category defining it - how about just fun!

The location is perfect for Itaewon - step out the door and hit the pubs, restaurants and nightlife.

The rooms are small, but clean, good technology and again, funky decor.

The IP Boutique is a great weekend away for couples who want something close to the nightlife, are looking for something different, and just want to smile.

Room Tip: Stay as high off the ground as you can - lots of night noise from the hustle of Itaewon.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IPBOUTIQUEHOTELSEOUL, 매니저 at IP Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your wonderful review!

I appreciate your comments regarding our facility and amenities.

Thank you again from all of us here at the IP Boutique hotel.

Sincerely,


Resident Manager

Young Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a fantastic choice for anyone visiting Seoul. I stayed for 4 nights in February 2013 and found it to be very clean, comfortable and well equipped.

The lobby is a tad unusual, with what looks like a Transformer on a horse greeting guests as they arrive. Once inside there are swings to sit on while you wait!

The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English. The rooms were large, spotlessly clean and I was very comfortable throughout my stay.

The hotel is right in the middle of one of Seoul's main restaurant and bar areas so you won't get bored here in the evening. But it's also extremely quiet, despite being so central.

The only downsides were the breakfast, which I found very expensive and poor quality, and the fact the corridors are so dark. The breakfast issue isn't really a problem as there is so much choice out and about around the hotel. But the corridors are almost pitch black - I kept walking past the lifts as I couldn't see them! This is a design feature rather than being cheap, but there needs to be more light in the corridors!!!

Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IPBOUTIQUEHOTELSEOUL, 매니저 at IP Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your review and we appreciate your great feedback!!

We also apologize you were not satified with our breakfast.

We will discuss about it with our staffs.

It has been a pleasure to have you as our guest.

Sincerely,


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Young Park
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Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

A friend of mine invited me to stay overnight in this hotel, and I agreed with alacrity. The outside of the hotel with its rather unique color scheme, and the whimsical statue in wood of a knight guarding the entrance has always attracted my attention when I'm in the vicinity, and this was a chance to see what lay behind the facade.
Quite a lot, as it turned out. The restaurant offered a lovely supper buffet, and followed it with a superb breakfast the next morning. The staff were helpful but not obtrusive, and the foyer is equipped with waiting spots that invite lingering.
The rooms are upscale, and well equipped to meet just about any need, except the need for coffee and tea on demand. I still have not quite figured out why hotels provide kettles, cups, fridges etc. and then skimp on the number of teabags, coffee sachets, sugar, creamers etc. Luxury, for me, lies not only in the softness of the beds, the gleam of the bathrooms or the whiteness of the linen, but in how much I feel at home. And unless room service will deliver hot pots of coffee at all hours of the day and night, I need the makings of more than one cup of coffee in the room itself. However, the hotel is located within a short walk of many of Iteawon's coffee shops, and so there is no real hardship involved in staying there.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front have stunning views of Seoul.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IPBOUTIQUEHOTELSEOUL, 매니저 at IP Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the kind words about our staff and service.

It was a pleasure to serve you.

Please come back and visit us soon.

Sincerely,


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Young Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Nice little place in a great location. The airport limousine bus drops you right outside the hotel and its only a short walk to the itaewon subway station. Staff are friendly and able to communicate in English. My room was at the back of the hotel and looked into a dull alleyway, which was good in a way as it forced me to get out and explore more.
Initially I avoided their restaurant, opting instead to try out various international cuisine available within walking distance from the hotel. But I eventually relented and tried their buffet dinner once and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. At 38,000 won it wasn't exactly a bargain but it was fully worth it.

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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IPBOUTIQUEHOTELSEOUL, 매니저 at IP Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the fantastic review.

I appreciate the nice comment on our restaurant and staff as well.

Please come back.

Sincerely,


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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

When we first got off the elevator to our floor, we though there might be some mistake: we couldn't see anything. After our eyes adjusted, we were able to figure out that the hallways are kept dark. Then we entered our modern room: mirrors on every wall, and in the ceiling in the bathroom over the toilet. We weren't sure about the ceiling mirrors over the bathroom. The rooms have WIFI which every hotel should have, and the neighborhood is very hip. The breakfast is VERY expensive (around 17,000 won), but a nice splurge. We needed to get to Gimpo airport and the Concierge told us that the airport bus would take us there...wrong information; the bus only goes to Incheon, but there were many cabs available to get us to Gimpo for around 22,000 won.

The best part of the hotel was the amazing toilet. It does everything and more than you could ever expect of the sitting experience. Try it!

Room Tip: A friend of mine stayed in a room that was on a corner and the layout was very uncomfortable. I bel...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IPBOUTIQUEHOTELSEOUL, 매니저 at IP Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your review.I appreciate your comments regarding our facility.

I also apologize that you received wrong information from our concierge.

As you mentioned, there is no shuttle bus at Kimpo Airport. Only at the Incheon International

Airport.

It was a pleasure to serve you.

Sincerely,


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Young Park
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Address: 221, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-893, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 396 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — IP Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well-placed in the nightlife, culture, restaurants area of Seoul city, IP Boutique Hotel provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. The hotel lies 2.Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. For those of you who want to venture out, Itawon Street, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Itaewon Subway station are just some of the attractions available to visitors.IP Boutique Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Seoul. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including safety deposit boxes, car park, airport transfer, meeting facilities, 24hr room service.All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, IP Boutique Hotel hits the spot in many ways. ... more   less 
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