The Doulos Hotel is a small hotel located near the Cheonggyecheon Stream. It's near the Jongno 3-ga subway station exit 15 which makes it a great location to get to the major sites and areas in Seoul. I stayed here for 4 nights in late October. It reminds me of the business small business hotels that you find all over Japan (Dormy Inn, Hotel B, etc) which provides excellent value for the money especially when staying in a major city such as Seoul.
The rooms are small but works for a solo traveler like me. The room was very clean stylish, compact, but efficient. The bed is very comfortable and the linens are very nice. Free internet, bottled water in your room and breakfast in the morning was nice to have. The staff is very courteous and professional. The location in the midst of these small alleys may put off some travelers but they are very safe even for me being a solo female traveler. But, then again I am used small streets and neighborhoods like these having traveled through many Asian cities. It's just a normal working neighborhood with small mom and pop shops, restaurants and yes there are some love motels around which the Doulos is not by the way. I felt very safe walking back at night.
Now, finding your way to the hotel may be a little confusing but you figure it out pretty quickly. I arrived by taxi the first night. I have uploaded some photos on how to get to the hotel from the Jongno 3-ga station exit 15. Look for the 약 (Pharmacy) sign as soon as you get out from the station. Then keep going down the alley, it may look narrow but keep going there are some grilled eel/fish restaurants to your right that you will pass. Keep walking past the little side alleys on each side until you hit a big Y in the road (big enough for a car to drive down), take a right and the Doulos Hotel will be on the left.
The only peeve, I have is that they did call my room on the last day to remind me that check out was at 11 am. It was 10:15 am but they do hold your luggage for you if you have a later flight that day. Overall, it's a good business hotel for the location and value for the money.
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- Also Known As:
- Doulos Hotel Seoul