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Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   130, Bongeunsa-ro, Seoul 135-080, South Korea   |  
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Good Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I stayed here on business based on the Novotel being part of the Accor Group. Whilst Novotel are a budget hotel in Europe, the reviews on TA and location were enough for me to book. I was here for a week and enjoyed the facilities very much. I had some issues after leaving and whilst they took some time and several emails (which shouldn't have been the case) they were eventually resolved. I would therefore return if the price was OK in comparison to some of the other brands nearby (which I haven't tried but have decent confidence in their brands) and wouldn't have an issue recommending this hotel if you need to be in Gangnam.

Good Points

- Location in Gangnam is excellent. 5 mins to the main street with lots of shops and places to eat
- 2 mins to the nearest metro stop (the metro is superb so i would advise utilising this if possible)
- Room was comfortable and clean
- Gym and spa/pool facilities were superb - one of the best I've come across although 95% of users were locals rather than hotel guests which is a shame (if using this be aware that it is not permitted to wear swimming costumes in the baths and the relaxed naked attitude may come as a bit of a shock to Western visitors at first!)
- Room service were very good and friendly
- Concierge was very helpful and knowledge was impressive with some useful tips. Helped me getting a metro card and other practical things which may be useful to non Korean speaking guests
- Breakfast was excellent although some things ran out if you went nearer the end of service (fine at some places but for the room rate that shouldn't be the case)

Bad Points

- Despite requesting a non smoking room I was given a smoking room (hotel was full so they weren't able to move me) and this resulted in me being ill for the next three weeks with difficulty breathing.
- Wouldn't use the laundry service again as they ripped my suit
- The price of the lobby bar was very high
- Taxi's hailed by the hotel were useless - just use the metro
- Its quite a trip to the main tourist activities and areas so I would suggest staying somewhere else if your in Seoul for just a few days
- On check out and when sorting out the billing the front desk tried to bill me for my room despite pre paying so be aware of this - an argument about this at 4.00 am is also not great customer service
- Hotel wouldn't offer an airport pickup prior to arriving, yet I found out this was available and this annoyed me. It was very expensive but I couldn't understand why I was told over the phone it wasn't possible.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear Jamsimsafc,

Thank you for your balanced feedback. I am working through some of the inconveniences you mentioned with my team to rectify, ensuring there are no re-occurances. Thank you again for taking the time to add to our continued inprovement through direct guest feedback.

Mike Brown
General Manager
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  • Cleanliness
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were curious about Gangnam. At first we thought it was abit boring until the next day when we venture out. Food street was somewhere behind the hotel, which leads to the real a gangnam shopping area.
Lots of trendy people, rows of boutiques and cafes.
It is worth gong to take a look

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Ochatiger,

I am so glad you found "the real Gangnam" which is only 3minutes walk behind the Novotel. It is may favorite area due to the vitality and the people watching is great.

Mike Brown
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Room is very straight forward, clean and comfy. I love the breakfast selection! good choices of healthy food and some tasty sumptuous indulgence! Its definitely not cheap staying here but you know what to expect staying in a well-known chain hotel. I highly recommend everyone to take the airport bus instead of the taxi, not only its cheaper (if your traveling by yourself or 2 persons) but it also drops you off in front of the hotel lobby! You can also book this bus from the reception going to airport and it picks you up right in front of the hotel. The great way to go around the city is by taking the train which is not also far to walk from the hotel,best to get the train guide map at the Airport though because you won't find any English guide in any train station!(It comes very handy!) Convenient stores,restaurants and shopping area are just minutes walk from the hotel. Safe and nice area to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Dear Cocobailey,

So glad you enjoyed your stay. Good tips to future travellers in regards the KAL Limousine bus service. I use the trains to get around and it is the most efficient mode of transport. Hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

Mike Brown
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Excellent location. 10 minutes walking distance to Gangnam area.
5 minutes walking distance to subway line 9 which will deliver you to the airport directly.
Nice food and facility.
I don't know if it is changed but only problem when I visited was they charge broadband connection for each device(notebook, smart phone..)

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear KYEONG IL S,

Thank you for your kind comments. From July all internet will be complimentary.

Mike Brown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Great and efficient service from this hotel well situated. The menus are fine, the staff is great, the rooms are great too even for a family with young children. The hot water from the swimming-pool is very pleasant, All was definitely great. We recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear guests,

I really appreciate your positive cretique, especially noting that we a children friendly.. Everyone is our guests.

Mike Brown
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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

After check-in, nobody asked or handled my luggages.
It's the basic service and they should've asked.
Room was bit small but not bad. Pillow was so so.
They should upgrade their service because room rate is about $200.

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

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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Dear scienm,

I apologise that our service in regards to handling your baggage did not meet your expectation… this is an area we will focus on in future training and service discussions.

Mike Brown
General Manager
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Bath, England
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Clean, efficient, if a bit souless.

The buffet is fantastic (breakfast, lunch) but I did not try dinner.

The metro is a five minute walk, and the Gangnam area is close. That has lots of pleasant bars, restaurants, barbecue places etc.

The airport bus stops here which makes connection to Incheon very easy, cheap (don't get a taxi; bus is almost as fast and much cheaper).

There are some coffee shops and a 7-11 outside which is handy ( get irritated at hotels who charge $15 for a small cup of mediocre coffee when I can get a large cup of mediocre coffee for $4. But Italy or Oz have nothing to fear from Korea in terms of coffee culture).

There is a hotel bar, with a sublimely awful hotel bar band. But they seem to be everywhere so I won't hold that against them

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear rupes_Bath,

Thank you for your feedback. Looking forward to welcoming you back.

Mike Brown
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Address: 130, Bongeunsa-ro, Seoul 135-080, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#23 Business Hotel in Seoul
#30 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
#35 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#38 Family Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the fashionable shopping and restaurant district of Gangnam, Novotel is located near COEX convention centre, and in the heart of in the heart of Seoul CBD. Our 332 rooms, offering suites and Premier executive floors are complimented by flexible meetings, conferences and events options, a mix of modern and classical dining & entertaining choices with a state of the art "Inbalance" fitness centre, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and golf range. ... more   less 
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