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“Dingy hotel off airport highway” 1 of 5 stars
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Central Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   137, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-430, South Korea (Gwanghwamun / Jongno)   |  
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Ranked #242 of 409 Hotels in Seoul
Nanjing
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“Dingy hotel off airport highway”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We were on a stop over with a connecting overnight at Seoul airport. The hotel was dingy, the rooms basic and the hotel had the feel of a place that couples would come to share entertainment rather as a proper hotel. Definitely to be avoided.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Just been there. It's very well located, less that 5 minute walk to metro stations 1, 3, 5; 10 minutes walk to city Hall and Gwanghwamun. Nice staff but, sadly, It's a very poor 2-star hotel. No wifi in bedrooms. Just available at hall. Business centre is a wrecked store room with a pc. It might have had 3 stars some time ago but it lost them on the way. . I will not repeat there.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kuala lumpur
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

was here with other tourist couples , small group about 12 of us , was taken here by the local tourist company . good location , nearby to the shopping area of ITAEWON , recommend for other MUSLIM travellers , as the National Mosque is nearby and halal food is available.Stayed for 2 nights , can't comment much about the Hotel other services as we were out exploring Seoul for most of the days.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Singapore, Singapore
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

It is situated very nearby to Jongno-Sam(3)-Ga Station. Just take exit 13, turn left and walk straight down to one end of the road just before the stream and you'll see Central Hotel.

The double bed is very small, the lift has a bad smell, especially at end of day and even the room towel has a bad smell. The window are old and the air-con works on and off. Good thing they 2 air-conditioners in the room but maybe it's there to cater to this problem.

The hotel is very very old and poorly maintained in my opinion and I won't stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Budget hotel at a great location. 5 Min walk to Jongno 3 sam-ga station, 20min to Famou Dongdaemon and 5 Min walk to Night Market that served korean BBQ delicacy.
Eateries are along Jongno road, heaps of those restuarant that open till late nite.
Do not expect much from the hotel..coz is Budget...

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2009

Overall this is not a bad hotel. The rooms are pretty small. Bathroom was adequate. They will charge for any consumables in the room/bathroom like soap, toothpastes (except for toilet roll). Fortunately, they provide free drinking water in the form of a dispenser outside the rooms every floor. As we were traveling a lot during the day, the hotel served as luggage storage and sleeping quarters. Very good location in the city, subway stations within a few minutes of walk. It's right beside Cheonggyecheon stream, very nice place to walkabout.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Elmhurst, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2008

While this is no luxury hotel, if you are looking for a great value in a great location, then the Central will work for you. I booked this hotel online through Asia Hotels.com. for $53 per night including tax. The location is in Chongro 3, the airport bus and subway are a quick 5 minute walk. Itawon is a 15 minute subway ride.

The room was quite spacious and clean, although a little dated. Everything though was functional. The staff were helpful with directions. There is a small business center where you can check your e-mail and surf the web at no cost. There is no restaurant, but you can find many nearby inexpensive Korean and western restauants such as McDonalds, Burger King and Duncun Donuts. The area is situated around many small shops selling industrial equipment, so the people around there may not speak English.

  • Liked — Value, location
  • Disliked — no restaurant
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Central Hotel

Address: 137, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-430, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #242 of 409 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Central Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Hotel provides elegant and comfortable accommodation just a 3-minute walk from Euljiro 3-ga Subway Stations (line No 2,3, Exit # 5) and Jongno 3-ga Subway Stations (line no.1,3,5, Exit # 13). It provides easy access to Seoul’s popular sights and offers free Wi-Fi in the hotel rooms and public areas. Hotel Central is located right opposite Cheonggyecheon (The Cheonggye Stream) providing beautiful views. Myeongdong, Insa-dong and Namdaemun are a 10-minute walk away. Incheon International Airport is an hour’s drive from the hotel. The beautiful, air-conditioned rooms are fitted with fine beddings and furnishings. They feature an en suite bathroom, a fridge and a flat-screen TV. They all have comfortable seating areas. Free toiletries are provided.For meals, guests can choose from a range of dining options located around the hotel. There are local, European and Asian restaurants. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, a business center and ATM machines. It provides laundry, luggage storage and currency exchange services for guests’ convenience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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