I booked five rooms for a week's stay here in early June. The only weak point was that the hotel only seemed to have one luggage cart--and for a film crew with a lot of gear, that was a minor hassle. Otherwise, I could not have been more satisfied with this hotel and its location. The rooms are small by American standards, but large by Korean standards (having seen the apartments of locals, which are not much bigger). The rooms are well-designed and include high-tech toilets with massage, heat, and multiple water functions; a motion-detector lighting system that can be controlled from the bed and will come up to dim if you get up in the middle of the night; safes that fit a laptop and several hard drives; and a nice-sized working desk with wired internet (no wireless) and plugs for both 110 and 220 outlets. Hairdryers are provided, but not irons. To iron your clothes, you have to go to the 4th-floor laundry and use one of two irons provided there. You can also wash your clothes there for about $5/load (wash and dry) or use the hotel's more expensive laundry service. What's ideal about Lotte City is that while it is centrally located, it is not in the congested shopping district of Myeong-dong or the business district of Seoul Central. There is a circular driveway where you can unload your gear (not an option for many hotels) and a business center. (But be warned the computers are in Korean, so it's not easy to print out a document without help.) The hotel is also above a group of restaurants, shops, and cafes and has a bank with currency exchange and an ATM on the first floor. The hotel's restaurant buffet is very expensive, however, so save it for when you are tired of local food and want some variety. For breakfast, zip down to one of the many coffee shops below and save yourself a ton of money. You can also get around Seoul easily from the subway, which is connected to the hotel. Finally, you'll get the best rate if you book from Koreahotel.com and pay in advance. I did that and the reservations worked very well. Lotte City will also allow you to pay a half-day rate if you arrive at the crack of dawn and want to check in early, as we did. For a group of business travelers, this is a comfortable hotel with all the amenities you need, except for room service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotte City Hotel Seoul Mapo is a room-specific premium business hotel for both business customers and tourists at home and abroad. It has an advantage of using very convenient public transportations including an airport railroad and subway, and has an easy access to downtown Seoul and tourist attractions within the city. In particular, it is located with 10 minute``s drive by car away from the financing and business district Yeouido and the Seoul Station and very close to Seoul`s major universities like Yeonsei University, Seogang University, Ewha Woman's University and Hongik University. You can enjoy yourself with rest at leisure and successful business by virtue of our differentiated service and newest facilities as good as any five star hotels including business conference rooms, a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool. ... more less
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