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“cheap price but old hotel”
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Hotel Dongdaemun
Ranked #355 of 504 Hotels in Seoul
An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed April 28, 2009

  • Stayed: April 2009
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed March 11, 2009

  • Stayed: March 2009
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed February 5, 2009

  • Stayed: February 2009
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed January 25, 2009

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed April 30, 2008

The hotel was recommended by our Korean business friends who we instructed to get us a below USD 100 a night room and they did at USD75. Very good location and budget wise you would spend less since you are at the city center.

Do not expect the frills and fancy of a business hotel. This is good for a 4d/3 night stay for those who just need a sleep in and shop, shop, shop plus enjoy the sightseeing in wonderful Seoul.

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

We booked two rooms at this hotel but the conditions they were in were identical - small room, dark and grim, dirty old carpet, air condition that did not work. The best area in the room is the bathroom! I made a mistake of using their shampoo which not only I found out later I had to pay for but the previous occupier had mixed water in the shampoo to avoid paying for it. Staff spoke very limited English and it seemed they used that as an excuse not to take up your complaints.

However, the location is great, its very central and close to lots of restaurants, shopping centres and local food and clothes market which open until late. The subway is also just outside the hotel so its convenient to travel anywhere within Seoul. There is only one computer access at the hotel reception area. I did not have meals at the hotel so cannot comment.

I would recommend this hotel to travellers who are on tight budget and only use the hotel as their base to put stuff away and to sleep!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

I stayed in this hotel from 16May-20May'07 for a business cum leisure trip. Generally this hotel has nothing in appeal besides its great location, which totally makes up for everything.

The hotel is just within 5 minutes walk to its famous shopping belt in Dongdaemun and the fashion wholesale market. A subway station is just below it. Within a few stations away, you can access to the various business centres and shopping areas like Myeoungdong (very hip & trendy), Itaewon, etc. Great if you are planning for a lot of shopping.

You can never go hungry staying in this hotel. There are alot of eateries around. However they are all in Korean so equipped with lots of pictures or wordings in Korean, and show them to the food vendors. Most of these restaurants and local eateries (those in small shops) are quite safe to try as they are quite standardized in their pricings. However do be careful of the roadside food stalls (those operates in makeshift canvas and big plastic sheets to block out the cold) as they usually jack up their prices when they know you are not local. Check before you sit down.

Besides the great locality of this hotel, expect nothing else from their services or the luxury they provide. The rooms are very rundown and dark, aircons blew warm air (we stayed in two rooms and faced same problems with the aircons) and need servicing badly, the carpets are very dirty, the wallpapers are stained yellow and etc. The hotel staff are okay but like the locals, they speak very little English.

Generally, the hotel has nothing appealing except for its great location that totally makes up for it. You won't regret its location! Communication is a big problem in Korea, so go equipped with your maps, pictures of food, wordings in Korean of things you need and etc.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled on business
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Address: 286, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03119, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #355 of 504 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range: $52 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Dongdaemun 2.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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Also Known As:
Best Western Dongdaemun
Best Western Seoul
Seoul Best Western

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