This is a limited service property.
We booked a 2BR Deluxe Suite at the Somerset Palace last-minute for the week of Chinese New Year and was lucky to find a room since virtually every 5-star hotel in Seoul was fully booked.
Used the Somerset's airport pick up service (165,000 Won: ~US$150).
Staff spoke good English and were very helpful with restaurant recommendations. Also helped book transportation to the ski resort at Yong Pyong (2.5-3 hour trip cost 250,000 Won each way in a taxi).
Grey commercial carpet in the hallways made the place feel like a dormitory. The property seems to be a corporate dormitory for expats.
Rooms and furniture were a bit spartan. Bedrooms are tight and separated from the living and dining room areas with very flimsy sliding doors which would be OK for families, but not for 2 couples. Bathrooms only provided 2 of each: bath towels, wash cloths, and hand towels. Had to ask for more each day. Only one bedroom had a TV. The one next to the living room did not have one. Good selection of international TV channels.
Breakfast was decent. Good gym, open 24 hours. Italian restaurant downstairs very good. 24-hour convenience store was nice to have. Temperature was cold in all public areas except lobby.
Very convenient to Insadong area with restaurants. Several embassies in the area. A lot of police in the area. Easy to get a taxi out in front of the hotel.
Not a 5-star experience, but a very good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Seoul beside Gyeongbok Palace, Somerset Palace is in the heart of city's business and financial districts. Somerset Palace offers a tranquil environment, beautiful gardens, a rooftop swimming pool and great city views. Several embassies and offices of multinational companies are nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Somerset Palace Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Somerset Palace Hotel Seoul
- Seoul Somerset Palace Hotel