My office recently booked me in the Lotte for a short stay. Originally built in the 1970s and updated since, the hotel has two high-rise lodging towers, and is connected to a department store and underground shopping area that includes a large food court. The location is extremely convenient, and is close to both the central business district and major shopping areas. The Insadong shopping and arts neighborhood is about a 15-20 minute walk, and the Itaewon entertainment district is around a 10-15 minute drive by taxi. The KAL bus to Incheon airport stops in front of the hotel.
I stayed on the club/executive floor, and do not know how the rooms there compare with the standard offering. The executive floor has a separate check-in service, as well as a lounge area with complementary breakfast, newspapers, snacks/drinks, and Internet service at several computer terminals. The dining area is quite small, and gets hectic at breakfast. The food was fine, but not a standout, and had both Asian and Western fare on offer. Check-in and check-out tend to get backed up, based on my limited observation, but wait times were still less than 10 minutes or so.
The room was quiet and comfortable, with great bedding and a well-appointed bathroom. Housekeeping was almost ruthlessly efficient - it's unusual to get a notice under the door that housekeeping tried to clean the room before 9 am on a Sunday morning, for example. Service was polite and accommodating. The Lotte is a large operation, and it might not be your first choice if you're looking for warm, personalized service, as the emphasis is on a wide range of big-hotel amenities.
Overall, I had a good stay, and would recommend the Lotte for anyone interested in a convenient, centrally-located base for business or tourism in Seoul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotte Hotel Seoul, Korea's 5 star best luxury hotel, is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul's central business district near Myeongdong and features two hotels-Main Building and New Wing-boasting 1,120 guest rooms combined. Our Seoul hotel is easily accessible by public transportation. Additionally it is near the city hall and public offices, businesses and attractions for tourism such as Namdaemun market, Myeong-dong, Insa-dong, Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung. Lotte Hotel Seoul is a perfect hotel of 5 star hotels in Seoul for your tourism providing luxurious accommodation options designed by 4 world`s leading design firms. Also, it is the premier luxury hotel for inviting VIP clients such as national guests as New Wing operates a three-Michelin star restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire. Lotte Hotel is also preferred by many VIPs and leaders from different countries as a Korea's representative hotel holding the largest number of international events and cultural festivals. Experience ultimate comfort and unbeatable luxury in the center of Seoul, Choose Korea`s best hotel, Lotte for your exclusive stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seoul Lotte Hotel