I am impressed by this hotel. Paid less than KRW90,000/night for a double room and we stayed there for 4days. It is located about 5mins walk from Exit 1, Yeoksam station of Line 2 of Seoul metro. It’s a little tricky to find the first time as it is situated in the backlane. Walking past a 7-11 store and into the small streets, this area is choked full of boutique love hotels. IMI Hotel is one of them in the same lane. You might miss it the first time because the signboard is quite small and un-eye-catching.
However, IMI Hotel is not really a love hotel. We met tourists who stayed there and unlike those love hotels, they do not have frilly curtains enclosing their carpark and hotel lobby (to prevent outsiders from looking inside). Certain staff speaks English but generally most do not, so give your hotel reservation paper instead of speaking.
The room is rather compact but they manage to put in a separate shower cubicle, toilet cubicle and include a jacuzzi bathtub. The bathroom does not have a door, it’s a walk-in concept. Room was also equipped with surround sound stereo system, a mini fridge (drinks provided daily), and a big screen LCD TV. Computer with high speed internet is available in the room but no wifi connection. The computer has a range of movie library installed and you could watch the latest movies from different countries and they also have free ‘adult movie channel’. A range of Gatsby hairgels/sprays provided. Lotions, bubblebath pack, assorted bathing wash, hairbrushes/comb, condoms, panty liners are replenished daily, but no toothpaste and toothbrush given. Bed is rather comfy but is only queen size for the double standard room. We were bitten badly by mosquitoes on the second night despite the window shut, so the next day we spray insecticide (provided) all over the room.
Since within the vicinity not much food outlet is available, the hotel provided a menu of home delivery with food ranging from western/Japanese/Korean right to your room’s doorstep. Be prepared to pay inflated prices.
Though it is in the lanes of love motels, the backstreets aren’t that sleazy. It’s just quiet after working hours and during evenings, you could see couples walking around trying to find a good hotel for themselves. The area is quite safe since it is in the office district. Family with kids or those that mind seeing couples checking in hotels for a good time might consider twice staying here. To me however, it’s a good deal with such good amenities at a good price. And since my itinerary is to go to Everland, Lotte World and Seoul Grand Park, accomodations around those areas and Gangnam generally too expensive for me, I settled in Yeoksam which provide cheaper accomodations and have a direct metro line to my selected place of attractions.
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