The main comment about the hotel is the location. The initial walk down from the bus stop / subway down a well used alley is absolutely true. It's located a short distance away from the main downtown area in the middle of a light industrial area that specialises on printing. However this really doesn't detract, you feel like you're in a bit of "real" Seoul with real local people, local businesses, local markets whilst being a short distance from all the main attractions and downtown area. You really do wonder where you're going to arrive as you trundle down this alley for 200m from the airport bus stop or subway but it's all ok when you arrive upon the hotel at the end.
We stayed for a week and had a standard double room on the 5th Floor (26sq m). The room was very well maintained and cleaned. A queen size bed with nice linen, which was comfortable. The mattress was firm whilst not being as hard as some asian hotel beds. One slight annoyance was that there was only a bedside table on one side of the bed. The heating worked well (-16C outside in early December!)
The bathroom has a bathtub with jacuzzi function with shower over, with a wash basin and toilet with electronic bidet seat attachment (you can turn it off if you don't like this kind of thing). The shower was powerful and hot water was plentiful. The larger twin and superior rooms are larger and have a separate shower as well as bathtub, etc.
Opposite the bathroom there's plenty of wardrobe space and robes and slippers available for use. There's an empty mini-fridge in the cupboard, and a safe that can easily take a 15" laptop.
The desk, opposite the bed, had the 42" TV with a large number of Korean, Japanese and Chinese channels, and as the hotel really caters for the Asian market this is understandable. There was a handful of non-asian channels, but the only real English 24hr international news channel was France24 which whilst adequate didn't offer much choice, having CNN and/or BBCWorld would have been a nice 2nd option.
The desk had a kettle for tea (green tea bags) and a small Nespresso machine (two capsules provided per day). You could get extra coffee capsules but you had to pay for them.
Although we didn't book one, the rooms that are listed as superior/twin rooms are longer(deeper) and have a traditional low height Korean dining table. You get a fair amount more space.
Restaurant tip: If you walk out of the front door of the hotel and turn right and walk down the main street until the next traffic light controlled intersection (about 3-4mins). On the left, just before the intersection is a small restaurant with a Korean only sign with a red.yellow background you can identify it by its phone number 2272 6654, it's opposite a KFC/CoffeeBean in a modern building. The restaurant offers no-nonsense local food. You will find a Korean-only menu on the tables that list the price of the foods, they will give you a translation (English or Chinese) of the menu that matches the order of the Korean menu on the table. Most dishes are KRW5000-7000. There are a handful or extra dishes not on the menu with pictures up on the wall. We ate at this restaurant several times over the course of the week and it's pleasant home-cooked food, generous portions. Considering the continual stream of take-away food being ordered and taken out of the door, it's obviously popular with locals which is always a good sign. None of the dishes we ordered were very spicy and it comes highly recommended if you just want honest local food.
The restaurant tip kind of underlines our appreciation of the location - if you want 5* opulence and to be in the middle of yet another anonymous downtown area in another international capital city then the PJ Hotel is not for you. But if you want to be short walk/subway/taxi journey from all of the major locations and get a feel for some real life district in Seoul then this might be the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We, HotelPJ ,have always tride our best to provide ourguests with high-quality service and convenience.Located favorably in the center of seoul,our hotel is equipped with comfortable guest rooms and various entertainment facilities.Under these optimum conditions, we will requite to our guests by bestservice and support.We have 271 guest rooms more comfortable and spacious than any other hotel in the same class and provide an executive floor designed for business visitors.It will be ready in order to meet the diverse need ofour guests and provide all the facilities and services.Services: Key card for guestroom and elevator,LCDTV,safety boxelectric kettle,balcony(in some guestrooms),fabricrefresher, water purifier/ice machine on each floor, free Wi-Fi access,tea cups, tumbler,ice pail,electric bidet,bathtub,complimentary mineral water/coffee/tea ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pj Hotel Seoul