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“Ikea...Kangnam Style” 4 of 5 stars
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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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“Ikea...Kangnam Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A good predictable brand, like McDonalds or Ikea, no matter where you are in the world, you know what you are going to get. Rooms are clean and the staff is Korean efficient and helpful. Location is great, and compared to the other major hotels in the Hannam (south of the river) area, it's just a little bit cheaper ($250/night, or so). Location is great. At night, walk along the side streets (Teheran-ro Gil 1 and 2) running parallel to Gangnam Dae Ro for lots of food choices and great people watching. If you are looking for something light to eat (something other than meat BBQ), explore the side streets and look for dumpling and soup restaurants. Can't really go wrong with any restaurant that displays the "recommended" sign on the front door (white and blue sign with a white flower). The area is extremely safe, so try exploring behind the hotel for some surprisingly hip (and quiet) little boutiques and cafes serving interesting "fusion" dishes. Don't be shy to stop a young person and ask questions, most people will welcome the chance to practice english.

Room Tip: Ask for a high room on the left side of the hotel. Right side of the hotel is exposed to the entran...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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, September 12, 2013
Dear Nat55nat ,

Not my preferred analogy but I do appreciate the sentiment and above all you enjoyed the experience. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Mike Brown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I enjoyed a very pleasant stay at Novotel Ambassador while I was in Seoul. I have stayed here before long time ago, but since prices had gone-up I had gone for more economical options. However, being letdown twice in other hotels in Seoul recently, I gave Novotel Ambassador another try.

The hotel is located with the Gangnam CBD. Very good access by KAL limousine bus from the airport (stop directly infront of the hotel).

Rooms, lobby and common areas are clean and tidy. Breakfast Buffet at The Suqare was great (although not that cheap). Also tried the "Bistro" on the lobby level, which served great food.

Service was attentative, polite and prompt at all time.

Very happy with my stay and definately will return.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 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, September 1, 2013
Dear Frequent_Traveler_DE ,

Great to hear we get you back staying with us again.. Look forward to welcoming you back.

Mike Brown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I stayed here and everything just runs smoothly from the Airport pick up to the return to the Airport. Excellent rooms and comfort with ample bathrooms. Breakfast is just a delight and with a super efficent staff. On checking in I was offered free club membership which offers in room WI-Fi at zero cost. Normally one gets charged with out any consideration. Looking forward to returning. Life made easy !

Room Tip: No need to ask for anything in particular as they aim to please.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear MARK O,

Life made easy! That's our goal. Thanks for staying and so glad you had such a nice time.

Mike Brown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul is principally an well managed hotel that is having a great gym and serving an excellent breakfast - unfortunately, you can hear everything what is happening in the corridor such as passing-by chatting hotel guests or the room being closed during night

Room Tip: Try to get onto the executive floors as there are quite some noisy tourist / family groups on the lo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NovotelSeoulGN, 제너럴 매니저 at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Dear FamTrescher,

Thank you for your feedback. During the August holiday season our clientelle is more varied.. So please accept my apologies if you were disturbed.

Mike Brown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I spent one night with my girlfriend in the Novotel Ambassador Gangnam. The room was very nice and the bed comfortable.
However, I was a bit annoyed by one of the cleaning ladies trying to get in to my room while we were there. She opened the door, realised someone was there and just closed it. It was rather annoying.

Other that minor incident, the hotel is nice and well situated, close to the main street in Gangnam.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NovotelSeoulGN, General Manager at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Calvinus15,

Gangnam is a great place with good shopping and restaurants so I am glad you were able to experience the area. My apology about the disturbance from the maid, there is an light and Do Not Distrub card to alert the maid. We will again re-iterate the serivce standards to our room attendants.

Mike Brown
General Manager
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Additional Information about Novotel Ambassador Gangnam Seoul

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
#32 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
#39 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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