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“Charming street and good value for an expensive city”
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Tea Tree Hotel
Ranked #290 of 500 Hotels in Seoul
Reviewed October 22, 2011

An overdue review! Stayed at the Tea Tree Hotel for seven nights with friends in March and loved our time in Seoul. The hotel is a good choice if you don't want to splurge too much on accommodation. We had a twin room for less than USD$150, very decent as hotel rates in Seoul tend to be rather pricey.

The good: The hotel is new and on a very charming street, with lovely cafes and little boutique shops. Tons of cool, chic-looking locals hanging out at nights and on weekends, good for people watching. Loved the vibe. The subway station is walkable distance and I like that the hotel is homely and quaint, not one of the typical city types.

The bad: The furnishing of the hotel room is on the cheap side and I doubt they will wear well. No storage space whatsoever and even the bedside drawers are decorative and cannot be opened (???). No separation for the bathing area in the washroom so the entire floor gets wet. Some of the staff are not too fluent in English so we had some problem communicating with them when the lid of our air-conditioner fell out or when we wanted to ask for directions.

I'm definitely going back to Seoul, but will probably try out another hotel in a more central location the next time. However, Garosugil is such a charming street that I'll still recommend Tea Tree Hotel if you don't mind a simple hotel with some rough edges.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

We stayed 2 nigths at Tea Tree Hotel which is in the middle of the very trendy Sinsa-Dong area, on Ga Ro Su Gil, which means tree-lined street. This street in Kangnam (South of river) area has nonstop fashion stores for men and women, accessories, bag, stationery stores and coffee shops, many blocks long. Streets are full of young people all fashionably dressed, so far in our many Seoul trips, Sinsa-Dong is the best dressed area with most beautiful women.

On the side streets there are hundreds of restaurants, most are, as the stores, very modernly designed and busy with young people. We normally do not shop when traveling, especially not in cloth shops, but we spent many hours shopping in all the stores, all original, unique high quality designs and materials, even backpacks are excellent designs we have not seen anywhere else. Mid price range for younger people.

We had fun people watching on the street and sitting in one of the many side walk coffee shops watching the people going by. So far, this is one place I have seen most beautiful Korean women.

The hotel itself is a French chateau style 5 storied building with a very busy Nescafe coffee shop on the ground floor. Breakfast is served here, very light meal with limited set items. Room is fairly large, ours has a jaquzzi in the small private courtyard. There is no closet nor drawer in the room. Garage in the basement and on ground floor, no bell boy service, front desk is friendly. Shower is not enclosed so water gets on the bathroom floor. Only 4-5 rooms on the 5th floor. Bed is hard.

All things considered, we are very glad we spent 2 days here, truly fun experience to live right in Sinsa-Dong, the only hotel in this hot trendy area, it is like living in a shopping center. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We are writing this on our last day of a one-week stay. Overall we are very happy with our choice of the Tea Tree hotel.

To our pleasant surprise, this is located in a great neighbourhood - very fashionable and trendy, with a lot of action at night time to enjoy. Every day we had a nice complimentary breakfast at the Cafe Nescafe which is adjoined downstairs - coffee, juice, croissant, eggs & bacon. A great way to start the day. The windows are open and from the cafe we would invariably see a magazine fashion shoot, with models and photographers and lighting people milling about. Sort of testament to the fact this is a very desirable location.

About the location, we only used a taxi once late at night, and the rest of the time we took the metro - very cheap and affordable and convenient. Get a transit card, and this works on buses and the subway. The Sinsa station is about 600m walk from the hotel, we used that one more than the Apgujeong station which seems farther away (but closer to the luxe Hyundai department store, if you need to stock up on Prada and Gucci purses).

Furthermore, you can take an airport shuttle bus which also drops you off at the Sinsa subway stop - very affordable if you don't have much heavy luggage to cart around.

The hotel itself is quite small and cosy - not a full service hotel with amenities if that's what you need. No bar or restaurant, no exercise gym or pool, etc. The room is on the smaller size but very clean. The bed is quite firm, we aren't even sure if there is a boxspring... but surprisingly comfortable especially if you're dead tired and jetlagged. Free internet - you must bring a ethernet cable or borrow from the front desk. There is wifi only in the lobby and the cafe. The TV has a few HD channels in English, but it is interesting to try to watch the Korean television dramas and game shows, when you can't sleep at 3am. (Try to find the one called "My Man Can" a gameshow where the girlfriend wagers depending on her bf's ability to do various tasks such as eating spicy ginger or using ridiculously long chopsticks to pick up heavy objects)

But onward with the review - the nightlife is good around the hotel. There are literally dozens of cafes where young and affluent hang out with fancy cars like Lamborghinis outside. Lots of boutiques for shopping, both men and women's fashion. Also a number of smaller restos to try. We liked in particular the casual outdoor BBQ places for pork and beef. Nothing fancy but the food is delicious and very cheap.

Finally the price of the room was very affordable compared to other choices. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Since this hotel is right on the main strip, you may want to ask for a room facing the street if you...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JandMToronto
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Reviewed May 14, 2011

I went to Seoul for a week and for the last 3 nights I stayed at Tea Tree hotel. The hotel location is so great in the middle of boutique shops and coffee shops where all of young generations gather after works. Highly recommended for those who prefers window shopping or just want to sip a coffee and relax...

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank Mangkoe
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 8, 2014
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 26, 2011
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Address: 535-12 Sinsa-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Sinsa / Garosugil
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Ranked #290 of 500 Hotels in Seoul
Hotel Class:3 star — Tea Tree Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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