Great location with direct links to the Metro system from the basement (although the staff directed me outside to enter the Metro via an external stairway and I only discovered the direct connection to the hotel on the way back).
The hotel faces an open space that's used for events and demonstrations - so it can be fun or noisy depending on your point of view. I joined the thousands of locals for the Korea v Japan Olympic football live telecast at 03:30 am and it was great fun .... but if I needed to sleep that night I may have not been so impressed. The entrances to the vast underground walkways and shopping centres of Seoul are at the rear of the hotel and the entrances to the Metro system are at the front (and in the basement) - so if it's raining (or too hot) you can walk to the main shopping areas underground. The Namdemun market is nearby; as is the new river system that is nice place to walk in the evening. So the location is perfect.
The staff are very efficient and helpful, the rooms clean and well equipped and I had internet included - which is a bonus.
For me there were just two issues. I was staying on business for 2 weeks and the tiny standard ('Deluxe double') room is about the size of the bathroom in normal hotels. If you pay for a Suite you can get a more normal sized room. Whenever I needed to catch up on email I headed out to a local Starbucks to avoid 'cabin fever' - but they don't have free internet.
The other (small) issue was the pointless electronic controls that are fiddly and make the room slightly awkward to use. Touch screen controls for the curtains and lights in a room smaller than a wardrobe are not needed .... it's easier to reach from the bed to the curtains than to mess with the world's most unresponsive touch screen controls (it's certainly no iPad!) and the light from the bedside screen and the a/c control touchscreen, (even after it dimmed) is disturbing at night and explains why the room is provided with an eye mask.
So if you can tolerate a budget hotel sized room at 5 Star hotel prices in return for a great location and good staff - then this is the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Nov. 2010, THE PLAZA, the newly renovated hotel features aesthetic interior designs, impeccable personalized customer service, and ultimate convenience for conducting international business. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Seoul, THE PLAZA is optimized for business convenience with free internet service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Plaza Hotel Seoul