Upon check-in, we were a little disappointed with the room based on the glowing reviews. After staying here for 7 nights, we were okay with the room considering we had only paid about $98 (US) per night.
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff who speak English well. The room was clean and the sheets were changed daily. The neighborhood seems safe and the hotel is decent walking distance from shopping at Namdaenum/Myeongdong and the train station at Hoehyeon. There were two free bottles of water in the refrigerator each day. There are some complimentary toiletries if you need them.
Cons: Upon check-in, the bathroom sink drain was leaking all over the floor until I re-attached the drain pipe in the back after being told by the front desk that we would have to wait until the next day and couldn't switch rooms. The bed was way too hard for a good nights sleep. It felt like sleeping on a piece of padded wood. The room was way too hot. We had to leave the windows open all night which is not so great considering all the noise going on outside all night and early morning. Also, we had a non-smoking room but could constantly smell cigarette smoke coming from adjoining rooms. There is no safe in the room, so I carried around my valuables for the the entire trip which wasn't so bad since Seoul seemed safer than most US cities.
(Tip: there is a decent food court on the 11th floor of the Shinsegae Dept. Store for about $10 per person. Also, level B1 of Shinsegae has groceries and many good to-go food items that are delicious.)
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