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Doulos Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   112 Gwansu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-420, South Korea   |  
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Ranked #49 of 396 Hotels in Seoul
Melbourne, Australia
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“Convenient location, and great budget hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This hotel is close to 3 train lines, which makes things convenient when travelling to different places. The breakfast was great, hotel staff service was excellent. The cons to this hotel were that the room was a little small, and you need to walk though small roads to get there (then again Korea is quite safe). Overall, really pleased with this hotel and would stay there again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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169 reviews 169 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

You can't beat the location of the hotel. Just steps from the hotel are many restaurants and the subway. Breakfast is excellent also. English speaking front-desk staff is friendly.

Not much down side, except that room is small. But not too small.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Had two nights here recently, the hotel is very central and near airport bus 6002 stop/ drop off point (look at photos posted of the ally way to reach the hotel entrance). It is very much a budget hotel, very clean functional rooms, basic service - no bar etc, but plenty of places to eat and drink near. I did notice stains on the carpets and wallpaper in my room (508) coming off the wall. You get what you pay for - basic and clean.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The hotel is in a central location.. walkable distance to the subway (Jongno 3 ga).
Rooms are clean, staff are friendly.
One thing to note - the taxi driver might not be able to find it - be sure to print out the hotel address in Korean

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The hotel is located in a nondescript lane, though very close to Jongno gu (3) metro station (orange line). Given our luggage, we hired a taxi to get there and having the address written in Korean helped. The earlier reviews about the difficulty in locating the place otherwise holds good.

The rooms are small, but cosy and comfortable for solo travellers, with city view on all sides. It came with a writing table, luggage rack and few hangers, but no cupboard. My bathroom had a tub. The rooms were clean, non-smoking and the temperature maintained at comfortable levels. The internet connection in the room was poor.

The breakfast was included in the room tariff and the place has a decent spread for breakfast, including fruits, fruit juice, cereals, bread & eggs, sausages and croissants in addition to Korean fare. However, when I asked for some warm milk, I was told that it was not possible apparently because they did no have a microwave. But in a short while, she was willing to warm our coffee!! That is the first hotel that has refused me warm milk at breakfast. It appears that their microwave warm is lactose-intolerant!

The basement had a laundry room, which can be operated with Won 1500 each for washing and drying. The reception would give the change, if needed. I appreciated the laundry facility in the hotel given that I was travelling with too many soiled clothes and getting it dry cleaned was not feasible within the limited time we had on hand. The laundry room also had ironing facility.

The hotel is within walking distance from Insadong (7 minutes), Changdeokgung Palace (15minutes) and Bukchon Hanok village (25 minutes). It also has several branded shops, a park and a police station on the main street nearby. In the evenings, the street to the hotel is lined with food carts, selling cooked food. While we did not taste any, they did look appetising. The Airport Express has a stop outside Mc Donald's on Jongna gu main street. It plies every 15 minutes or so and takes 15000 Won and nearly an hour (in off-peak traffic) to get to Incheon International airport.

The staff at the hotel reception were by and large helpful. They understood English and tried to help us with our daily tourist plans in their broken English. However, they were very rigid regarding their check out policy. We had late evening flights out of the city, and one of us had over 20 hours of flight travel ahead of us. We would have liked to shower after a day out in the city and before boarding our flights. We requested a 2 hour extension of one room, between two of us, which was refused flatly.

In brief, I found the place convenient particularly for tourists- solo travellers and friends, not families. The services, except the internet connection, were good for its modest price of around USD 90. But the rigidity of policies, particularly with regard to check-out time, left a bad taste in our mouths in the last minutes of our stay at this hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed for 8 nights at the Deluxe Double Room.
The Location
It is located behind the main arterial roads of Dongdaemun, and is not easy to find. My advice is to have the address written in Korean for the taxi driver. All taxis have GPS navigational aid. We caught the taxi from Seoul Station taxi queue, after arriving by train from the airport. It was very convenient, and only took less than ten minutes to get to the hotel. The cost was less than KRW10,000.
The Vicinity
The hotel is located behind some small lanes, and very near to Seoul Cinema. Within proximity of the hotel, you'll find food, shopping, street-food, and the Metro stations are all within five minutes walk, and it’s easy. You can’t get better than this! I enjoy walking along these little lanes. It was safe, even at 12 midnight.
The Room
It was a bit cramped, leaving not much room for the luggage. We were originally offered another similarly sized room that smelt of cigarette smoke, but we insisted on changing. The room was clean and cosy. All the usual amenities were provided.
The Air-conditioning.
The ducted air-conditioning was the nosiest of any hotel I have ever stayed at, and it didn’t seem to be adjustable. It was either ON for a sleepless night, or OFF for a warm and stuffy room.
The Breakfast.
Simple but delicious and sumptuous. Toast, fruits, cereals, bacon (or sausages), eggs (alternating between fried or scrambled on different days), fruit juices, some European pastries, salads (her favourite). The single female attendant was attentive, polite and always welcomes you with a bow if she sees you.
The Staff
The staffs at the reception were very courteous. They provided directions, helping with taxis, written instructions in Korean, etc. Spoken English is not a problem.
Conclusion
I enjoyed my stay at this hotel tremendously, although the air-conditioning system has room for improvement. Smoking should also be prohibited. All in all, this is a good hotel and worth the money.

Room Tip: State clearly that you want a NON-SMOKING room. This hotel has full occupancy most of the time, and...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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switzerland
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

=> Read tips at the bottom of my review

+ : close to main touristic areas, quality/price is excellent, good english level, close to restaurants
- : small room, "hard" to find but easy with a map or instrution you can find in tripadvisor review
= will definitely go there again

I stayed 2 nights in a deluxe room for ~100 USD per night on agoda.com while other website (booking.com, hotel website, ...) were saying the hotel was fully booked!!

The hotel is close to many touristic area (15 min max by walk) and is close to a subway station (2 min) to go farer if necessary.

The room is clean and modern, it has a comfortable bed and make this hotel perfect to sleep in for a stay in Seoul. Maybe business pple will need more services which are good enough but not complete for demanding people.

TIP 1: read other review and watch pictures to easily find the hotel way to go from the airport shuttle bus stop. This is the way I did and did not lost myself at all
TIP 2: take subway or shuttle bus. It is about same time. Bus advantage is that you can see the city and does not need to carry your luggage (i think seoul subway have a lot of stairs (not mecanical)). Subway is maybe quicker during traffic peak
TIP 3: there is a big restaurant area where you will find all style of korean dish. To go there, turn left when going out from the hotel. Go straight and cross the big main street. It's there! not farer than 6 min walk

Room Tip: deluxe room is not so useful (just a bit bigger). It cost 10 USD more per night, so depend on your b...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 112 Gwansu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-420, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Best Value Hotel in Seoul
#29 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#40 Business Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Doulos Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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