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“Pretty little B&B”
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The Win Art House
Ranked #312 of 958 Seoul B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 28, 2012

Its a pretty little B&B decorated like a vintage doll house.

Room are tiny but very clean.

Good location near hapjeong station exit no 2.
Breakfast egg and sausage was terrible, but they provided freshly squeezed apple juice with yummy home made jam and yoghurt.

Try Mapo dumpling around the corner. Its a small chain that serves very good food with extremely reasonable price! The short ribs dumpling was to die for!!

There is nothing around The Win. Go to Hongik University on the weekend, they have row of shops that open till 2 am and the area is very happening.

If you are going and coming from the Airport, the shuttle stop right next to the train station, which is 2 mins walk from the hotel.

Staffs are helpful, they are happy to help with the luggage to the shuttle station.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

We stayed at this "boutique" hotel for 2 nights on the basis of reviews we read on booking.com. It is a cute hotel with a "boutique" feel and helpful staff who speak English very well. But here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about booking this hotel:

1. The area of the hotel is quite far from the city center - i.e. Myeongdong, Apgujungdong, Gangnam. The upside to the hotel location is that it is the first stop off the Airport shuttle bus so it is that much closer to the airport which will save you some traveling time. Yes, the transportation in Seoul is quite convenient so you can use the metro system to navigate your way around the city but it was inconvenient for us to not be able to go to places without factoring in transportation time.

2. The Mapo-gu area where this hotel is located is famous for having good Korean galbi. Be sure to ask the hotel staff for recommendations.

3. As some reviewers have mentioned, the hotel front desk (which is basically the same counter as the one used for the coffee shop) shuts down very early. It is supposed to stay open until 10 pm but when we went to inquire about places to eat around the area at 8:15 pm, the front desk was closed and locked with absolutely no hotel staff to assist us. So if your flight is in the evening, be sure to confirm with the hotel that they will have someone at the front desk waiting for you. And if you want recommendations or need assistance, be sure to do it during the daytime. We found this to be inconvenient and quite unprofessional.

4. In addition to the odd hours of operation of the hotel, keep in mind that there is nobody around to assist you even in the event of an emergency. When we checked in, we were given the mobile number of the hotel manager which we kept in case we needed help. We forgot the front door key one night and in panic, we called the hotel manager late in the evening. We called 5 times and left 2 voice messages, both in English and Korean. No one called us back. If we had not been lucky enough to have one of the guests open the door for us after having to wait outside for almost 2 hours in the freezing cold weather, we would've had to pay for a hotel room elsewhere for the night. The next day, when we asked the hotel staff about why nobody from the hotel bothered to call us back, they claimed that they did not receive any calls. No apologies. Why give us the mobile number of the hotel manager to use if the number is going to be completely useless in the event of an emergency???

So unlike other international hotel chains like Ibis, Hilton, Hyatt, etc. where there is always someone on duty to assist at all times of the day, the hotel staff at this hotel disappear sometime in the evening and do not return until the next morning. The prudent thing for the hotel to do if they don't have the means to staff the hotel with someone at all times is to let the hotel guests know the code to the front door so that if they misplace their front door key, they can at least use the code to get inside the building.

I have stayed in other hotels in Seoul and will not be returning to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank GreenApple07
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

We stayed here for a few nights because this place is close to a friend's house, and we liked the small boutique hotel idea.

Strictly speaking, it is not a hotel, but a guest house. Staff are around only at certain daytime hours. For very early or late arrivals, this could be a problem. On the other hand, at least some of the staff speak English very well, better than at some high-end hotels.

Our conclusion is that the place is fine if one does not use the room much other than to sleep. For other uses (e.g., getting some work done), the rooms are too small and also not functionally furnished (small desk, no desk chair).

In general, some of the details are not well thought-through, which is ironic given that the place was put together by an interior designer. E.g., there is no lamp over the bathroom mirror, only a ceiling lamp. The fixed shower head is too low for tall people (>180cm, I would say), though one can always use the hand shower. Warm water pressure is low, which makes taking a shower somewhat unsatisfying, and the bathrooms are not heated (so leave the door open over night when there in winter...). Room doors and the door to the stairwell tend to bang shut loudly, which is very audible in the rooms. And the diodes of the various electronics for TV, WIFI etc. keep the room rather bright at night, something that could be prevented if they were placed differently.

Pricing is OK, though if you look at value for money (e.g., rate per room size), staying at one the leading hotels in Seoul (Westin etc.) comes out ahead.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank gumshoe7
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

This little B&B is located just 3 min from the metro station yet since it's on the backstreet it's pretty quite. The whole building and also our room is accessible using the electronic security key so if you are a female travelling alone it is very safe. We went to districts around Hongik university and Ewha women's university while we stayed at The Win and both places are within walking distance or just couple metro stops from hotel.

Both staffs we encountered speak excellent English and are helpful. One of them also made continental breakfast for us in the morning. We stayed at the Korean style room and liked it a lot. The bathroom is spacious and comes with seperate tub and shower space. The floor could be heated if you come during colder seasons. The only downside is that there's no drinking water, coffee machine or water boiler in the room so we had to go to the lobby and asked for some drinking water. One of the staff gave us 2 bottles of water for the night but you couldn't make hot tea or coffee in the room.

Overall I would recommend others to stay at The Win if you want to explore places in Mapo-gu and Seodaemum-gu, or the night before heading back to Inchon airport (since it's the last stop before Inchon airport for bus line #6002, just right next to the Hapjeong Station).

Room Tip: Larger bathroom for Korean style room
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank jk0909
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I was in Seoul for almost 3 weeks in May-Jun'11, and i'm really lucky to discover this hidden gem, while it's a small inn (they only have 6 rooms in total), it's an amazing and highly comfortable place.

As i'm a female travelling alone...safety, convenience and accessibility of the hotel and surroundings were the key selection criteria, this place is located within 2 mins walk to the Hapjeong subway station, and 10mins walk to the vibrant and happening Hongdae area, it's also the 1st stop from the Airport (if you are taking the airport limo bus), and the last stop to the airport (which saves you alot of travelling time since the bus enters the airport highway right after, so there's not much worries about traffic jam.

In terms of the rooms, i had the opportunity to try 2 different types (single and twin) as i didn't want to be stucked in the same room for 3weeks! Both rooms are very well lit, clean and the beds are really comfortable, this place has a very friendly vibe to it, it almost feels like you are staying at a friend's apartment than a commercial hotel, and they also prepare a very delicious daily breakfast and the rooms and dining area comes with very high speed stable wifi, there's also maps, travel books available, and the owner and receptionist speaks perfect english, which is super handy when you need help in planning your sightseeing trips or making reservations.

I've been very blessed that i had the opportunity to stay in many great, decadent and fantastic 5-stars brand hotels in many cities, but this is the really the first time that i'm actually missing one when i'm back to my hometown....which speaks alot about their hospitality and service,

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank fluffyhaven
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

This small, independent hotel is a perfect base for exploring Seoul. Don't be put off by its slightly backstreet location- that ensures it is free from traffic noise while it is literally 2 minutes from the Hapjeong metro station giving cheap, swift, clean access to the delights of Seoul. The service bus from Incheon airport can drop you off 2 minutes form the Win. Within easy walking distance- 10 mins- you will find the bustling Hongdae club district around Hongik University, full of restuarants and bars.
If its individulaity and friendliness you seek, then look no further than the Win. The hotel is compact and distinctively decorated and furnished with orginal artworks in public spaces and bedrooms. Breakfast is served in the bright front room where the crockery is tastefully chosen so that no one setting is the same. A simple offering of fresh fruit, bacon and eggs is well presented. And the eggs probabaly come from the hens that live on the compact roof garden.
The rooms are very well appointed and spotlessly clean. There is a choice between Euopean style or Korean style beds.
Best of all is the helpfulness and welcoming nature of the small staff. They could not be more helpful and create a real home from home atmosphere that is particularly welcome in such a huge city.
A high quality experience and good value for money.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank dtaylor23
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Reviewed September 23, 2012
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4-13, Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04037, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #312 of 958 B&Bs / Inns in Seoul
Price Range: $147 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Win Art House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The WIN is a small designer boutique B&B, opened in Nov. 2010. It was designed by an established designer. Yet small in size, we provide the beauty and the ultimate comfort. ... more   less 
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