We were in Seoul strictly for leisure. While this hotel was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful, the hotel could not be in a worse location. It is on the opposite side of the river from the main tourist areas. Even the taxi drivers were unfamiliar with the hotel.
The hotel itself, was clean and beautiful. The rooms were spacious and were made available for an early check in. However, the restaraunts were unreasonably overpriced ($36 for breakfast and $11 for a beer plus tax and service charge making the cost of a beer in excess of $15.00) The hotel was not located in an area you could walk around in and the attached mall was extremely expensive for items you can purchase in the U.S. for less than 25% of the cost.
The hotel is attached to a bus station and food was more reasonably priced although no English is spoken. We explored by taxi which we found reasonably priced. There is a lot of traffic surrounding the hotel so trips tended to take a long time but the good news is taxis don't charge for waiting time, only per meter travelled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within Central City, Korea's most extensive multi-purpose complex, featuring a prestigious Shinsegae department store, Go-To Mall underground shopping arcade, a large multiplex movie theater and more and with three subway lines directly linked, the JW Marriott Seoul is in many ways the new heart of Seoul. St. Mary’s Hospital and Banpo Hangang River Park lie just a short distance away and the expressway leading to Gyeonggi-do Province, the heart of Korea's semiconductor industry, begins just next to Central City. JW Marriott Seoul is perfect for discerning travelers. Boasting large, luxurious guest rooms and free internet access for Marriott Rewards members, the hotel houses one of Asia’s most comprehensive fitness centers, the Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness Club, spanning three floors. With multiple restaurants and bars, versatile meeting rooms and banquet spaces also, the JW Marriott Seoul has so much to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Seoul
- Marriott Hotel Seoul
- Marriott Seoul
- Seoul Marriott