Stayed at the Fraser Suites Insadong (not to be confused with the Fraser Place Central) which is located in a different part of Seoul, for 8 nights in the middle of September 2012. We had a 2 bedroom suite which was very spacious. It also included 2 bathrooms, a large separate kitchen area with a side room and combination washing/dryer machine, dining area and large living room area that had sliding doors onto a full length terrace. Both bedrooms also had sliding doors out to the terrace. The Fraser Suites is located in the Insadong area and is fronted on 3 streets so is easy to find and locate when going back to the hotel. The main street runs along the side of the hotel and the front and back of the hotel are on side streets that run into the famous Insadong-gil shopping and entertainment street. The hotel is literally on the same block as Insadong-gil. Strangely right in front of the entrance is a driveway and parking for 3 cars. There is a wide walkway so enough room to roll your bags to the front door, but strange to see. Right across from the entrance is a 7-11 which is open 24 hours. The lobby of Fraser Suites is large and has 3 separate areas for seating. Check in is done at a desk not counter. There are 2 separate elevator banks both accessible from the lobby, but the first set goes up to the 10th floor, and the second set go from the 11th to the top. We were on the 17th floor so whenever we went to breakfast or the pool, we had to go down to the lobby and then change elevators to go back up to the 2nd floor restaurant and pool area. Our party did not find this to be an inconvenience. Our room consisted of a master bedroom with king bed and a master bathroom that included a shower and bathtub and over sized sink area. The smaller bedroom had a single bed and the second bathroom was off the main entrance to the room. The separate kitchen area had a completely stocked kitchen with dinnerware, silverware and cups and glasses, as well as every needed kitchenware (toaster, water kettle, coffee pot, etc.) There was plenty of counter space and cabinets. The refrigerator was huge, actually too large. Off the kitchen and in a small room was a counter with combination washer/dryer. The dining area had a large round glass top table and 4 chairs. The living room had a sofa and 2 easy chairs and coffee table. There was also a table and chairs out on the terrace. The room had 2 new flat screen televisions, one in the master bedroom and the other in the living room. They had a large selection of channels including super stations from many Asian countries and European countries. There was also a radio in the living room. Room temperature was always comfortable with only need for air conditioning. At night we opened the windows on the terrace and enjoyed the cool dry air. The room decor was very pleasant except for the light brown wood. All the apartment; kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, were done in a light wood which became tiring after awhile. The beds and pillows were very very soft, like lying on marshmallows. Breakfast was included and it was adequate, nothing special, but included eggs, meats, cereals, breads, fruits, yogurt, and hot beverages. Do not expect gourmet food, but it is adequate to get the day started. There are separate dry saunas, cold tub, whirlpool and steam rooms and a large pool. In the breakfast room there was a wing with a large library and free wifi. Of course there is ONE only free wifi for each room, so if two want to use computers/Ipads, they need to be shared or one can go down to the library. I had no problem with any service personnel. The concierge helped us with subway connections to the COEX mall, and the front desk staff and kitchen help were all pleasant and cheerful. One minor problem and recommendation is to not check in on Mondays if you can plan your trip accordingly. There is no housekeeping on Sundays, so Monday they have a monumental job in cleaning and they may cut corners like they did in our room. When we checked in the room was all cleaned and tidy, however we noticed long brown hairs all over the living room floor and then also in the kitchen area, and there were many, more than I could cope with, so we found the housekeeper and asked her if she would come in and clean the floors which she did immediately and with a vacuum,and she did a very thorough job. She then admitted that she was very busy and cut corners to get the room cleaned in time. So try to check in on a day other than Monday, as I intend to do. Reaching the Fraser Suites is easy. When coming into the arrivals hall at Incheon International Airport, go to exit 5 and look for bus 6011. You can buy a ticket right inside the door or on the bus 10,000 won, Tell the driver you want to get off at Anguk Subway stop (it is a normal stop). Walk forward and down the main street and you will see the Fraser Suites sign right in front of you. You can return to the airport right across the street from where you get off the bus. Some minor issues but in no way take away from the location, convenience, amenities and comfort of the Fraser Suites Insadong. We booked with Agoda about 5 weeks before and paid about $205/night. We later, one week before arrival, saw the same room for $185, but did not want to risk not getting a room so we booked early as guides say rooms fill up fast in Seoul. Also be careful with Agoda as all reservations are pay in advance, so we were billed for our room even before we arrived. Also the hotel is close by to the number 5 subway that connects under ground with the number 2 line.
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- Also Known As:
- Fraser Suites Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Fraser Hotel Seoul
- Seoul Fraser Hotel