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.
- 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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