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The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Classic 500 is located near Konkuk University Station and it is linked via underground. Next to it is a giant E-Mart and Lotte Departmental Store.

We were granted an early check in way before 1500 Hours the moment our room was ready. The Suite (148 sqm) was really huge with floor to ceiling windows. The entire place was well-lit by natural lighting and very elegantly designed with contemporary interiors. The main feature of the suites as opposed to the 2/3 bedrooms is its island-style kitchen.

The kitchen was very well-equipped with a good oven, induction cooker and even a food waste disposer and in Korea, there are two fridges provided, a kimchi fridge and a normal fridge. The rooms are supposed to be equipped with a smart electronic system which allows you to control room temperatures and light levels but all of them are in Korean. Nonetheless, they also double up as mini-television screens which you could watch while cooking or in the toilet.

The pans provided are no non-stick and they only provide a pot and frying pan although you could request for more (without charge).

The hotel also has an in-house restaurant named la goutte which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had the breakfast buffet which has the usual salads, cold cuts, breads and a selection of hot and cold items. It wasn't impressive although one or two items were good such as the takoyaki with cereals and the caprese. The croissants and pain au chocolat were decent too.

The gym is very well-equipped and comes with free gym lessons as well.

Room Tip: Suites come with Island-Style Kitchens.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank xinli29288
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Dear XInli29288

Thank you for such a pleasant review.
We are happy that you had an enjoyable stay and will certainly do our very best to accommodate you during your future visits.
We look forward to welcoming you again should your travels bring you back to Seoul.


Best regards,

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

I have stayed three nights at this residence hotel during a business trip to Seoul last October. I reserved a suite room, and when I entered the room, I was amazed at how huge my apartment was. It was close to 200 m2, with a large living room, a complete kitchen, lots and lots of storage and closet space, a spacious bedroom and with my own washer and dryer machines. Because it is a residence hotel, the hotel staff service is not extraordinary, and there is no doorman or bellboy to carry your luggage.
However, if you're traveling with kids, I would highly recommend this hotel. Is is only a few meters from the subway station, there are great parks close by and besides the spaciousness, you get to cook or even do your own laundry which is helpful when traveling with the family.
The downside is that you have to pay for the health club and sauna.
I'm not very technological, so at first I was very confused with the high technology everywhere.
I would definitely return here with my family!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Pentaz, Director of Sales at The Classic 500 Executive Residence Pentaz, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2012

We very appreciate your comments and excellent review.
There are usually doorman and bellboy to help your luggage in our hotel until 11 PM.
If you let us know your next visit with arriving time, our doorman will help your luggage.
We look forward to serving you and your family soon.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We are pleasantly surprised to discover this hidden gem hotel in Seoul.

It offers a large, comfortable and peaceful room with surrounding high-tech electric equipment.
The staff here are willing to serve, advise useful information and provide instant supports to their guests. This is very impressive.

The location is good since there are subway station, cosmetic stores, supermarket like E-mart and Lotte Department Store nearby. However, it takes around 20 mins subway from the hotel to the main shopping center of Seoul such as dongdaemun or Myeongdong, this may not a favorable factor for shopaholic because they need to hand carry their booty for a quite long distance returning the hotel. On the other hand, if you need to have relaxing, quiet and conform environment, I would recommend the Classic 500 as the resort place.

One thing I need to suggest is to improve is the level of cleanness of washroom. I found there is dirty blots on the toilet seat cover. It quite disappoints us because it is not clean enough even this is an automatic flushing device. Hope the improvement is soon to be taken place.

我們驚喜地發現這個隱藏在首爾的的舒適酒店。

它提供了大型,舒適,寧靜的客房, 與周圍的高科技電子設備。
這裡的工作人員都樂意為客人服務,建議有用的信息,並提供即時的支持援予他們的客人。這是非常令人印象深刻。

地點很好,因為有地鐵站,化妝品店,超市,如E Mart 和 Lotte百貨在附近。但是,它需要大約20分鐘地鐵從酒店到主要的購物中心如東大門或明洞,這可能不是一個吸引購物狂的因素,因為他們需要一個相當長的距離去隨身帶著他們的戰利品回酒店。另一方面,如果你需要一個放鬆,安靜的環境,我會推薦的經典500的度假場所。

有一件事我要建議的是提高洗手間清潔的水平。我發現有骯髒的污點馬桶蓋。這很令我們失望,因為它是不夠乾淨,即使這是一個自動沖水裝置。希望酒店很快會作出改善。

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank asherleong
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed in a "suite room" which is absolutely huge by any hotel standard with a separate living room/kitchen away from the bedroom. It's really a fully loaded (two tvs, frig, washer-dryer, convection/microwave oven, dishwasher, lots of closets and drawers, automatic adjustable bed) hi-tech condo with hotel accommodations. Everything looked new and clean. It's was also super convenient since the subway/metro is on the same block downstairs. Even though the hotel was sold out, it was very serene (we seldomly had to share the elevator with anyone else). We visit Seoul frequently and prior to staying at the Classic 500, we've stayed at the Intercontinental Seoul COEX and JW Marriott. The Classic 500 make these other two feel like 3rd rate hotels. On top of all this, the rates are lower than the other two mentioned hotels...taxes/fees are lower too (10% @ Classic 500 vs 21% @ JW Marriott). Now that I found this gem, I will not stay anywhere else in Seoul.

PS - I' not rating "room service" since we ate out almost daily or cooked up something for ourselves. I'm actually not sure if room service was available or not. If room service is important to you, you should double check it's availability before booking. Also, I didn't try the SPA so I can't rate that either.....

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at the Classic 500 from 1 Sep to 12 Sep with 2 very young children (1 year old and 2 year old). We had a 2 bedroom suite, which was at least 125 sqm. Technically it was a 1 bedroom suite but they had a large double bed in the "dinning room", next to the lounge room. Every room was huge including the fabulous bathroom. We had 2 large cots in our bedroom and there was still plenty of room for the girls to run around.
The bathroom was huge and it had a rainshower and a fabulous bidet, which we all used! And a TV! The power outlets were international which meant that an adaptor was not required.
The kitchen and laundry were very useful and everything worked!
The apartment had high quality fittings and were very well maintained. Housekeeping was discreet and very friendly.
We ate at the restaurant for dinner and to our suprise, the food was fantastice. The buffet was in the same rank as a 5 star hotel.
Eventhough the pool was closed, the gym was huge and very well maintained. The sauna cost approx US$12 but we didn't get a chance to use it.
The hotel/service apartment is next to a shopping centre and department store so it was super convenient for us. It's also about 200 metres to a train station so we didn't rely on taxis all the time. There are plenty of shops just outside the door and it really comes alive at night.
The front desk were very helpful and most spoke english and were very happy to assist you in any way.
We had a fantastic stay at the Classic and will be returning soon.

Room Tip: The views are fantastic so ask for a high floor. We didn't have a dining table but it got delivered when requested. There are no high chairs for children so you may need to arrange for a rental. Baby cots are provided and they are very good quality.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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