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“Convenient, comfortable, COEX conference stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel The Designers Samseong
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   9, Teheran-ro 79-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea   |  
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Ranked #118 of 396 Hotels in Seoul
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“Convenient, comfortable, COEX conference stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Just a 5 block walk from the COEX venue, the Designers offers a unique set of rooms, each with its own artful theme. My room - a single suite named "Self Expression" - was warm and bright with ample space. The technology was quite welcome - reliable free WiFi, remote control for all lights, climate control and the large flat screen TV, washlet toilet with heated seat. The tub was large and inviting, but I enjoyed the rain-like experience in the glass-walled shower (also providing a handheld wand). Among the hundreds of Korean channels, one could always find a selection of English movies, TV series and news broadcasts. The mini-fridge was stocked with free bottled water. Tea bags, tea set and water heater were also provided. The bed was large and comfortable (on the hard side which is fine for me) and the linen and towels were always clean and fresh.
A breakfast buffet is available for 15000 yon - a selection including coffee, juice bacon, eggs, sausage, vegetables, cereal and milk and bread. It was fine, but I generally had breakfast at one of many possibilities on the way to the COEX or at the COEX itself for less.
I arrived in Korea late evening and boarded a airport bus from Incheon that stopped at the COEX/Samsung metro station. I recommend printing a Google map to navigate your way to the hotel this first time. The staff is competent and friendly. The Designers is a good value for the area and I would happily stay again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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고객님 저희 호텔을 이용해 주셔서 감사드립니다.
저희 호텔에서 숙박하시는 동안, 즐거운 휴식 되셨길 바랍니다.
성의 잇는 리뷰 감사드리며, 앞으로 고객님들께 최상의 서비스를 제공하기 위해 노력하는 호텔 더 디자이너스가 되겠습니다.
감사합니다.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Other that showing confusing directions on their website about how to get to the hotel (there are two Desidners in Seoul, far a part from each other) my stay at Hotel The Designers was more than good. Excellent the courtesy, availability and promptness of the personnel. The location is excellent to attend events at the 5 min walk massive conference centre coex, within the business district of Seoul, and close to metro stops for sightseeing. The design of the hotel and the room I've been is a bit pretentious, mostly rather nice, mostly elegant, all of good and high-tech quality. The glitches: the windows of the rooms are all tinted, you can get light in only by opening the room, which was bad to get over the jet-lag. A movement-induced light at the entrance of the room, which I never managed to set off. Other than that, very good quality overall, free water in the room, and excellent price (140kWon) considering the location and much better than neighbouring hotels. I would likely go back, if I had to come back to Seoul.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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고객님, 저희 호텔을 이용해 주셔서 감사드립니다.
성의 있는 리뷰 감사드리며, 이용하시는 동안 즐거운 시간 보내셨길 바랍니다.
항상 고객님들께 최상의 서비스를 제공하도록 노력하는 호텔 더 디자이너스가 되겠습니다.
앞으로 한국에 방문하실 때, 또 한번 저희 호텔을 찾아 주시기 바랍니다.
감사합니다.
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Cernusco, Lombardia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

I would say that the hotel is comparable to many European 4 stars hotels in big cities, I was here for a conference in coex. Most of the hotels recommended by the organizer asked for about 160euro a night, while this one was only 80.

The staff was extremely fluent in English, the rooms all new and nicely furnished. Also large enough.
Therefore I would really recommend it if you are looking for this quality range and you are asked a similar price.

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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
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고객님의 소중한 리뷰 감사드리며,
저희 호텔에 숙박하시는 동안, 즐겁고 편안한 휴식이 되셨길 바랍니다.
항상 최상의 서비스를 제공하도록 노력하는 호텔 더 디자이너스가 되겠습니다.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

These guys tried to do something different. The room designs look good, but they are not practical. My room had an oversized bathtub in the corner, which took a lot of space. It made it difficult to walk around the room, let alone sit down at a desk. Closet too small. Maybe other rooms are better design.

I liked the lighting control. It took me forever to figure out that the AC controls were on the TV remote!

The location is hard to find, it is nestled among a row of "love motels", but the location is fine. There are a few coffes shops around and it is a 5-minute walt to KALT, where you can check in for your flight and take the non-stop bus to the airport.

I liked the staff. The lady who checked me in was extremely helpful and polite and spoke English very well. Everything else was fine, AC, plugs, WIfi, toilet, shower....

Overall I would give it a 3.5. Had the room space been designed better it would have been a 4.5 as the value for money is great.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, November 3, 2014
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고객님의 소중한 답변 감사드립니다.
저희 호텔 이용하시면서, 큰 불편함이 없었다니 다행입니다.
더욱 더 친절한 서비스와 고객님들께서 편안하게 휴식하쉴 수 있도록 개선하는 호텔이 되도록 노력하겠습니다. 감사합니다.
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We don't want to stay at those chained hotels, so were attracted to the unique and stylish theme.

When we booked the suite double, the picture showed on hotel.com was Room 906, when we arrived at the front desk, they assigned us to a room with messy theme and said we did not appoin the theme room when we booked, it took us quite a whle to "debate" with them in order to stay at the theme room we wanted to but we could only stay for a night since other customers appointed that one during booked. It is a good thing to u since Room 906 is quite small and the lighting made us a bit spaced-out. We moved to Room 505 on second night and it is even bigger and more comfortable. I suggest taking Suite Twin

The hotel is not easy to find since it was located at an alley, I suggest taking off from Samseong Metro Station, the road is smoother.

The area is commercial centre, if you want to go shopping and want to feel the hectic of Seoul, I suggest picking hotels at Dongdaemun/ Myeong Dong.

If you prefer a better sleeping quality instead of room decoration/ design, think twice before you click confirm.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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고객님의 소중한 리뷰 감사드립니다.
저희 호텔에 숙박하시는 동안, 편안한 휴식이 되셨길 바랍니다.
숙박하시면서 불편한 사항이 있으셨다면, 그 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.
고객님의 의견 잘 수렴하여, 더 좋은 서비스를 제공하도록 노력하겠습니다. 감사합니다.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I stayed here for two nights with a couple of friends for a short trip to Seoul. I was in Seoul two weeks ago and stayed at a different boutique hotel in the Yeoksam area and it was obvious that I was making comparison.

Hotel the Designer was a very unique hotel in that all the rooms have their own design and none of the rooms would be the same. They offer quite different styles from more contemporary to more chic. We booked ourselves in a suite and the rooms were not too spacious but understandable in hotels for big cities. We had a queen size bed and a twin bed that could sleep the 3 of us comfortably. All the rooms have free WiFi which is a good thing.

We were offered to choose from 3 different rooms when we checked in by looking at pictures on their iPad. My word of advice here is probably ask if you could go look at the rooms in person. We chose one that looked quite cool in the photos but turned out the room was way too dark and lights are quite dim.

We didn't use much of their facilities but we saw that there were complimentary bike rentals at the hotel for guests to use which is quite thoughtful. There is also a small coffee shop just next to the lobby with a small outside area that is quite relaxing but there aren't much to see as the hotel entrance is in an small alley facing parking entrance of nearby buildings.

The hotel is located in between Samsung Station and Seolleung Station. Walking to either station would take about 10-15 minutes. If you are looking to do a lot of local travelling on the metro then you would have to take this into account. On our way to the hotel from the airport there are basically two choices for airport bus. 6006 for the cheaper airport bus where you get off at the COEX and walk about 20 minutes to the hotel or 6704 for the KAL limousine and get off at the ibis Gangnam hotel and walk for 10 minutes.

There aren't a lot of restaurant choices nearby the hotel. There are a few Korean restaurants around the block but are only mediocre in my opinion. My last stay in Seoul I had much better restaurants choices just minutes away from the hotel. The prices for a night is relatively cheap but you could have gotten yourself a slightly better location for slightly more.

All in all the hotel is good but my criticism for it is its location.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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고객님의 소중한 리뷰 감사드립니다.
저희 호텔의 대한 상세한 리뷰 잘 숙지하였으며, 고객님의 의견 잘 반영하여 더 좋은 서비스를 제공하도록 노력하겠습니다.
앞으로 한국을 더 방문하신다면, 저희 호텔 또 이용해 주시면 좋을 듯 합니다.
좋은 하루되시고, 감사합니다.
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I was in Room 902. Since they are all different, maybe the other are better. Be sure to check your room, or you might get stuck in mine. The place was packed, so I was stuck with it.

Lots to like: Good location, friendly staff, speedy Internet. Near a UNESCO heritage site which is not to be missed.

But:

Hyper-annoying issue 1: My room had no window. Let me explain: The single window (perhaps 8 square feet) had a mirror on the room side. So there was no way to get fresh air or natural light without opening the window and letting in the noise of Seoul. I felt like I was in a cell.

Annoying issue 2: There is no place to put soap or a towel in the bathroom. And the shower wand cannot be put at any place above the waist. Essentially, you took a navy shower here.

Annoying issue 3: They have a small screen on the wall that could not be turned off. It's about 3 inches only, but rotates through pictures, so when you try to sleep the light is constantly changing. I kept hitting the button to turn it off but it kept coming on.

Annoying issue 4: Good luck trying to get the TV to work. The place is loaded with foreigners, but everything is in Korean. Just a booklet to help us would let us use the unit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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호텔더디자이너스, 매니저 at Hotel The Designers Samseong, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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고객님, 호텔 더 디자이너스를 이용해 주셔서 감사드립니다.
저희 호텔에 숙박하시는 동안, 편안한 휴식이 되셨길 바랍니다.
객실을 이용하시면서, 불편한 점이 있으셨다면 진심으로 사과드립니다. 고객님의 의견 잘 수렴하여 고객님들께서 편안한 휴식 하실 수 있도록 노력하겠습니다.
앞으로도 자주 이용 부탁드리며, 즐거운 하루 되세요!
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Address: 9, Teheran-ro 79-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
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Ranked #118 of 396 Hotels in Seoul
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel The Designers Samseong 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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