It was our first time in Korea and we didn't know what to expect. We arrived October 14, 2011 in Incheon and it had taken us over an hour to get to Seoul due to the subway transfers. It was almost midnight by the time we found our hotel, the Namsan 2 Guest House, but it was thankfully just a short 5 minute walk from the Myeong-dong metro station. After a quick check in (our room was ready!) we were led to our room on the 2nd floor by the front desk clerk.
The room was a bit small but it had a remote-controlled air-conditioning unit (which we turned into a heater at night due to the cold fall weather), a toilet and shower (takes up about a quarter of the space and has hot and cold water), cable TV, dryer, and fresh towels. Plus it came with free Continental-style breakfast (unlimited noodles, bread, jam or butter, and coffee or tea)! Our beds consisted of mattresses on the floor and came with clean sheets, pillows, and comforters. The only problem we had was the almost see-through glass walls of the toilet/shower. But we made do and had a good night's rest.
We switched to Namsan 3 the next day (our reservation was for 4 days and Namsan 2 could only accommodate us for 1 night). It was just right beside Namsan 2 but we had trouble finding it since it did not have any sign outside.
Namsan 3 is larger than Namsan 2 and had an elevator. Our room was on the 5th floor, just below the rooftop garden. The pantry and storage room was at the basement level. Our room was larger and had the same features as our Namsan 2 room, but now had some closet space and opaque wall on one side of the toilet/shower to better preserve our modesty.
Again, we were delighted with the accommodations. There was free internet in the common room (1 PC at Namsan 2, 2 PCs at Namsan 3), a mini-gym in the pantry as well as a mini-library consisting mostly of travel guides and brochures that were very helpful for tourists such as ourselves. There was also a cork board filled with notes and pics from satisfied guests. We would have loved to have added our pics but we didn't have time to get one printed during our short stay.
We were able to leave our bags in the storage area after checking out so we could do some last minute shopping. The only thing we wished could be improved was the cleaning service. We asked for some clean-up but we only found our trash bins emptied and towels replaced... the floor did not seem to have been swept thoroughly.
But all in all, it was a great choice for first-time budget travelers like us. Especially since it is near attractions such as the Namsan Tower, and just a few minutes' walk away from a subway station. Several shops, convenience stores and restaurants/eateries are also nearby.
I would recommend this highly to other budget tourists and have actually enthusiastically recommended this to friends who have plans to visit Korea. Consider me one satisfied guest.:)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer affordable and quality accommodation in the most relaxed and comfortable place. We are in the fantastic location for travelling and shopping. we are located just 150 M from Myeongdong Subway station which is the center of Seoul and the best shopping area.Namsan Guest House is convenient for transportation, so you can go to Korea’s famous places easily such as Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, City hall, Cheonggaecheon, Insadong, and old palace.We do our best to satisfy our guest by supporting travel information, free Seoul map, and taking care 24 hours like your home.We offer many different facilities that will suit all guests and cater for all your needs when travelling; this is the perfect location for you to stay when you visit the beautiful Seoul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Namsan Guest House Hotel Seoul
- Namsan Hotel Seoul