We stayed at WS Sinchon for 5 nights this December and were very pleasantly surprised by the good service we received. The staff emailed us maps and directions to the hotel from the subway/Incheon airport way before we were due to arrive which made it really easy for us to find the hotel, given that we arrived late at night. The hotel itself is very near to Sinchon station's exit 8 yet far enough from the main road to ensure a quiet night's sleep.
Sinchon itself is a really nice area to walk around in, located in the middle of the Hongdae and E-dae areas, and it's very convenient as a starting point for travelling around the main tourist spots of Seoul by subway. If you're arriving from Incheon airport you can take the airport limousine bus to the stop outside Hyundai Department Store [roughly an hour's ride and only 10 000 won per person], which is just across the road from the hotel.
The staff all spoke good English and were really helpful and friendly, lending us an adapter for the duration of our stay because we hadn't anticipated the kind of electrical plugs Korea has. We had two suitcases and the staff helped us carry them to our room [note for those coming with a lot of luggage or really big suitcases - the hotel has no lifts so you might have to lug them up the stairs and they will take up quite a lot of space in the room]. The rooms were quite small but not cramped, and more than sufficient given that we were out and about the whole day and only came back to sleep. The staff cleaned the rooms and gave us fresh towels every day and the rooms had a hairdryer, free bottles of water, shampoo and soap, coffee and tea and a wall-mounted LED TV with cable. The bed was very comfortable with a warm blanket, but the only reason I gave the hotel 4 stars out of 5 was that the rooms were a bit cold with no real heater. We made the best of it by turning up the air conditioner to 30deg C but it was still cold, especially if you sleep close to the outer wall. It wasn't unbearable though! We checked out for 2 nights in between to stay at a traditional hanok and we got a basement room when we came back - even though the staff were a bit embarrassed to give us that room [not sure why] it was much warmer than the first room we had on the second floor that we got the first few nights we stayed, so that's a tip for people who might be going in winter.
I would definitely stay at WS Sinchon again :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WS Hotel is located in Shinchon where the most famous area of shopping, art and youth and you can enjoy transportation, tourism and leisure with an appropriate price. We will promise to offer comfortable service to customers. WS Hotel will serve for the essential service to the guest and give comfortable areas, brightest smiling, kind service and high speed WI-FI service to make more satisfied and we will upgrade the quality of business and tourists. WS Hotel will work hard for guests one by one as a comfortable house and tried to make good memories to them. ... more less
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