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Gangnam Artnouveau City II
Ranked #118 of 468 Hotels in Seoul
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Superb accommodation close to everything”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

We have just celebrated my son's wedding in Seoul on 22 April and had close friends and family accompany us so we had several tastes and budgets to take into consideration when choosing where to stay. This hotel over-delivered with its size of rooms,cleanliness, quietness and access to the underground for touring plus good food outlets in every side street to the main street only 2 blocks away.

Would recommend Paris Baguette just around the corner for a wide selection of pastries, fresh sandwiches, and great coffee for breakfast.

We also found an excellent Japanese restaurant just around the corner on the main road, upstairs where the owner speaks good English. Food was delicious. At the end of the corridor is an Indian restaurant if you want some Indian food - we didnt try this though.

Easiest way to find hotel is leave the underground at Exit 5 then you pop up almost outside the Paris Baguette cafe. Walk passed this then take the first street on your right, walk 2 blocks and turn left, look up and you'll see a capital A in a circle - that is the hotel.

Very opulent entry makes you feel very special.

Everyone in our party of 10 had very positive feedback on this hotel.

Room Tip: we were all located on rooms facing away from the road frontage and found them very quiet
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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35 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Boutique-y residential hotel in a good, convenient location. Not too well known, however, as most of our taxi drivers didn't know it. Grab a card at reception which has the hotel address in Korean and a mini-map, which should help. If not, it also has the hotel number to call and ask for directions.

Front desk was pleasant and friendly, and helpful in booking taxis or recommending places to visit.

The room was a long rectangular shape, and a good size, with a small kitchen, large sitting/TV area, and bedroom area. A bigger bathroom with more usable counter space would've been nice, but everything else was pretty good. Shower pressure was excellent, but the shower door didn't reach fully to the floor, meaning the bathroom floor would get quite wet after every shower.

The rest of the room was big and well-appointed. Large TV (bring own cables to hook up laptop), large closet, and comfy bed. Nightstand had display for main control of lights, alarm, weather info, etc so that was convenient.

Overall a pleasant stay, nice base to explore the city from. Lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank exakatakaly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

The Artnouveau Gangnam II is a well appointed residential hotel in a womderful location. The room was very spacious and included a small kitchen with fridge, microwave, rice cooker and washer-dryer. The bathroom was shower only. The room included a large sitting area with a big screen TV and sliding doors to separate the bedroom area. Lots of closet space which is nice if you are staying for a few days. Had some difficulty adjusting the temperature and the room was quite dark as it was located next to another building, but those are the only complaints. Friendly, helpful staff. Wireless is available, but ask for a connection at the desk.

Great location, close to Subway Station, banks, shopping, restaurants, and many convenience stores in the area.

A very comfortable home away from home at the end of the day.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Islandmomma58
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

I was very surprised at the elegance and appointment of the Gangnam centered hotel. The hotel is 2 blocks of one of the main drags and 3 blocks to the Gangnam metro station. The rooms are spacious, great bathrooms with heated toilet that washes your butt. The glass shower stall has a nice overhead and also there was hand held shower with shampoo and conditioner and toothbrush. The towels were clean and thick. There is a half kitchen, rice machine, toaster, hot water pot for instant coffee and tea...a huge full fridge and freezer, a pantry, a microwave and a combo washer dryer. You get your detergent from the front desk but there needs to be directions in English on how to use the washer dryer combo.

There is cable line internet. The closets hidden and flush in the art nouveau style. It was very cold and I loved the heated wood floors. The lighting options created any mood and easy to host guests for drinks or a Super Bowl party. The Tv is big, the couch is comfy and the room services in unobtrusive. There are many TV channels, CNN and English language movie channels. I liked everything about the rooms and was very comfortable on a two week stay.

There is a well equipped gym and sound system with an Ipad dock, a business center with computers, 3 restaurants in the building, a convenience store next door. The rooms are quiet and I like the view of the city sunrise over the mountains.

There are many restaurants in the area.. and a chicken a beer restaurant one block over. A coffee shop on every corner, a Starbucks with outdoor seating two blocks toward the metro. The hotel is next to Samsung City corporate offices and a 10 minute walk to the financial tower in Youksam. The underground mall takes you two blocks to the Gangnam station green line 3 and just 3 stops to the Coex mall, city bus terminal and trade/convention center.

There is an outdoor driving range one block from the hotel. The nightlife in Gangnam is exceptional with many traditional and trendy restaurants, bars, cafes and a lot of young fashionable people strolling the streets and going to nightclubs in the two sectors on the other side of the subway.

The staff was very attractive, spoke good English, were very polite and did everything to protect your privacy. I will only stay in this hotel when staying Seoul.

Room Tip: If you have the money get the two story Emerald room.. it is like a townhouse.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

Good stay at gangnam artnouveau city 2.
located at ideal location, i was on my business trip for two weeks and stayed at this residence.
First I had a single room located at 5th floor however room was mouldy and full with smoke smell. Especially during weekends (fri-sun), the club at basement made a big noise and i could feel the vibration. Well, the next day, i request a room change and they gave me a room on higher. It was good.

Internet was chargeable however provided at the fast speed. I had an ipad2 however there wasn't WIFI available at hotel. Breakfast is simple but nice. at least can request the scrambled egg that i wanted.

Room has washing machine and detergent was also provided thus was good!
There was an induction cooker available, too thus I cooked my own noodle at night.

Overall was a unique design, sturdy furniture and nice shower (power shower).
No bathtub is a minus.

Room Tip: please request for higher floor if you are a light sleeper..
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ysy0212
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Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
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132 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

One important point to note at the very beginning: there are three, separate Artnouveau City serviced residence buildings — Artnouveau City I, II and III all in the Gangnam area. They are not a convenient walking distance from one another; consequently, we suggest you ensure that you know for sure with which of the three you have booked, its exact, correct address, and the relevant phone numbers.

We stayed at the Artnouveau City II in a “Crystal” suite — the smallest, but adequately spacious and well-equipped for two people. “Crystal” suites with a queen-size bed have more free room in the bedroom area than suites with two twin beds. The former also have two bedside tables (one on each side with table lamps, and one table having a phone and control display for lights and other room utilities). Furthermore, there is space to walk around the bed. With two twin beds, there is only one bedside table (with phone, lamp and control display) and almost no space between the end (window) wall and one bed, and the sliding doors (if closed) and the other bed.

Publicity for the suites shows the building as free-standing; however, in reality it is sandwiched along a row of other tall buildings. The suites are located on a quiet side street in a modern, business-oriented part of Seoul with broad boulevards. To visit the tourist attractions of Seoul you will need to use the metro-subway system. The nearest station, Gangnam, is a convenient 5-10 minute walk from the suites.

There are restaurants in the vicinity; however, it will help to know Korean. We tended to eat at restaurants and food courts in department stores and malls because they had menus in English or pictures of the dishes which you could order.

To the right of the building entrance is a small Family Mart convenience store with a very limited selection. If you turn right when leaving the suites and walk up the street (towards the metro-subway station), you will find another small convenience store at the end of the next block. If you turn left on leaving the suites, walk to the end of the block, turn right on the main road and walk about one-and-a-half blocks, there is a small supermarket “Lotte Mysuper” with a better selection of foods. We used this store as it offered a better choice of packaged and fresh foods than any of the small convenience shops.

All the staff at reception were extremely pleasant, helpful, cooperative, professional and forthcoming — providing a standard of service which would have done credit to a 5-star hotel. When we needed specific information or help in our suite they were very responsive, prompt and efficient, definitely a credit to the chain. Current newspapers, in English and Korean, were available to read in the lobby lounge area.

The decoration of the suite was quite ornate, more a distinctive fusion of 1930s and 1950s rather than Art Nouveau (late 19th – early 20th century). As one entered the suite, on one side was a galley (built-in) kitchen with a two-burner electric stove (no oven), sink, cabinet and drawers, clothes washing machine (with instructions in English) and accessories such as a rice cooker, electric kettle, cutlery, dishes, pots and a pan, small dish-drainage rack, dishwashing liquid, scourer-sponge and a small tea towel. On the opposite side was a full-size fridge with a freezer section below. The kitchen was sufficiently equipped for two people. Each day, the staff replaced the two sachets each of coffee-creamer-sugar mix, black tea and green tea as they were consumed.

The entrance area had stone flooring and a door to the bathroom — which had a shower stall only (no bath) with both a conventional shower head and a removable hand-telephone shower. The bathroom had solid soap, and liquid shampoo and body wash. The fixed plug in the wash basin toggled; it worked by pressing down against a spring to close it and then pressing down again to open it. The toilet seat offered options for using the electrically operated bidet; however, instructions were in Korean only.

In the shower stall of our suite, the gap between the bottom of the glass door and the floor was not sealed by a rubber strip. Water would splash out and accumulate on the floor. We used a hand towel as a bath mat just outside the glass door to absorb the water which inevitably escaped during a shower.

The entrance area opened into a living-lounge area with a parquet floor. Desk space was a counter running the length of the room with a chair and a table lamp at either end; underneath were power outlets and an ethernet cable for Internet connection. In the middle, a large flat-screen TV gave access to several dozen channels, mostly Korean, several in English (mainly news and sports) and individual channels in other languages such as French and German, The sequential channel selector button on the remote control tended to skip channels unless one keyed in other specific numbers. (Perhaps reprogramming the remote control might have avoided this situation.) Opposite were a sofa and a coffee table. On the counter at one side of the sofa was a microwave oven.

You could separate the bedroom area at the end of the room by closing two pairs of sliding glass doors. We found the beds and pillows comfortable. Each bedside table had a lamp; one table had a telephone and a touch-screen control panel for operating the lights and other room utilities. There were three double closets, one with drawers and another with a room safe, which was not bolted down and so of dubious security for its contents. Instead, we used a free safe deposit box at the reception desk.

The air conditioner was installed in the ceiling in front of the window and above the bed. A remote control allowed the selection of temperature, fan speed and vent oscillation. The system worked well and provided a pleasant white noise reminiscent of wind or waves when operating.

Despite the room having a heavy door (which opened out into the corridor), noise from the activities outside the room penetrated inside. We slept well with the glass sliding doors to the bedroom closed and the air conditioning on. The double-glazed windows effectively blocked noise from outside the building; we could open three window panels if we had wanted to. Heavy curtains blocked off all outside light if you needed to sleep during the day; opaque curtains provided privacy in the day while admitting light. At the back (quieter side) of the suites, our room overlooked the rooftops of other buildings and faced high-rise buildings on the streets beyond.

The suite had several choices of lighting — full overhead, recessed spot, table lamps, etc. and combinations of these — which always made it a pleasure when we were in the suite.

To get to the Artnouveau City II, we took the metro-subway, which was easy but slow: from Incheon International Airport to the reception desk took us almost two hours. (You can do much better than this using bus, such as 6009, which will take you to the vicinity of the suites, or a taxi which will cost more but drop you at the suites.) The following gives the route that we took: Airport Commuter train to Hongik University station; transfer to Line 2 (green); get off at Gangnam station; leave the station via exit 3; at street level walk straight ahead away from the intersection and traffic lights; at the second street to your right, turn right; walk to the third street and turn left. Artnouveau City II is about half way down the street past Coatel serviced apartments. You can locate the site of the suites along the street by looking for a circular sign with the letter A in script projecting out from the top of the building.

Exit 4 of Gangnam metro-subway station (well-lit with a maze of shops) had both a lift-elevator and escalators to street level; however, during our stays they did not always work. If you leave from this exit to go to the suites, walk down the side street (to your left) and away from the main boulevard in front of you. Proceed down two blocks then turn right one block, then left. The Artnouveau II is half way down the street past the Coatel building, all at your left.

Buying a metro ticket at the vending machines is easy: touch English, Single Trip, the button with the first letter of the alphabet of your destination station (the name of the station could be on a succeeding display if the list continues) and the number of tickets. Pay the amount displayed by putting paper money and coins in the appropriate slots. Collect the ticket(s) and your change (if any). Keep your ticket as you will need it to leave the station at your destination and to collect the 500 won deposit on the ticket from a machine outside the barriers and amongst the ticket vending machines (just insert your ticket and the machine will drop a 500-won coin). You can buy rechargeable tickets if you find them convenient.

The Seoul Metro Transit Authority website has system maps and full details. Note that not all stairways have escalators, so you might have to carry you luggage up and down stairs. If you look along the platform you should find a lift-elevator to the ticket-level concourse; upon passing through the barriers another lift-elevator should take you up to street level.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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14 Thank Chelydra
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Singapore, Singapore
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93 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2011

I stayed at the hotel mid December for 5 days and it was conveniently located and clean. The front desk was very helpful (even in helping me order some late night grub when they are not suppose to). It was a good location to stay as it was only 5 minutes walk to Gangnam station but being on the south side of the Han river means a fairly long journey to the north side to visit the palaces, Myeong Dong and Dongdaemun etc. However the south has very nice shopping areas like the trade center, Apgujeong etc. There are also a few nice restaurants nearby such as Beef BBQ place and a small local dining place which I see loads of local Koreans queuing up to eat during lunch time on a work day. There's also a nice restaurant serving korean noodle dishes next door at Coatel. The rooms are large and has a bed area and living room area for you. It is fitted with all the amenities such as microwave, fridge and even washing machine. The decor is very Korean fantasy and more suited to a women's cup of tea but all in all a great place to stay for holiday or business. Hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank benbecks23
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Property: Gangnam Artnouveau City II
Address: 49, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho-gu | Gangnam Artnouveau City II, Seoul, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gangnam / Nonhyeon / Yeoksam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#30 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#43 Family Hotel in Seoul
#46 Business Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gangnam Artnouveau City II 3.5*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The serviced residence Gangnam Artnouveau City which is located in the center of Gangnam Korea has a good position for traffic, shopping, entertainment and business.Consisted of 192 rooms each equipped with top-level kitchen and washing machine, Gangnam Artnouveau City provides comfortable rest and business environments with luxurious interior and the highest grade services. ... more   less 
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