Visited with a friend, each getting single rooms. Arrived on a Friday evening from Shanghai looking forward to 3 days of relaxation and good eats. Check in friendly and smooth with great English.
I had a Northern view which was decent. I think you should request higher floors. Though only on the 5th floor the hotel rests somewhat on a hill so I could see a distance. Our rooms a bit dated, but the bed was perfectly comfortable. Bathrooms very small and with a tub shower, which at 192cm is not ideal for me. Japanese-ish toilets, but not Toto quality.
On our second day here I visited the fitness center. This is an incredible facility that clearly has lots of locals and expats as members. Rarely do I see hotel gyms with this much cardio and resistance training equipment. Essentially everything you could want and plenty of space. Great indoor lane pool with a few lanes and a kiddie area. Sauna, steam room, massages and grooming services also available. An older Korean fellow is ready to give you a haircut and shave pretty much most of the day. As a bonus, there's an indoor driving range and putting green. Instructors seem to be available, but you'd need to verify this.
The real gem of this place is that it's in a great location, but doesn't come at the hefty price that the Ritz Carlton next door has. You are across the street from a massive eating and drinking neighborhood that can satisfy many cravings, or a few doors down and to the left another food and bar street exists where the best fried chicken I've ever had in my life was served to me.
Concierge was very good at securing addresses in Korean for us, as I hadn't been able to find a good resource to do this. I can read Korean, but don't speak much so these guys were a great help. When we asked for specific kinds of food, they steered us in the right direction every time.
We did not dine in the hotel, so I can't comment on that. There are a few mini bar offerings, though they charge about $5USD for a toothbrush rather than giving you a free one as I'm used to in Asia. Not a big deal, but I asked them to wave it.
We paid around $165 per night for each single room and it was good value. The location, fitness center, cleanliness, and quiet rooms make this a good choice when visiting Seoul and Gangnam in particular.
PS. Friday and Saturday you'll find Tracks nightclub open. It's right between Ritz Carlton and Novotel, and was formerly known as Eden. Expensive, but fun mingling for singles and dancing for couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the fashionable shopping and restaurant district of Gangnam, near COEX, and close to transportation hubs. The hotel offers 332 rooms including new renovated Superior & Premier Executive Floor rooms in high quality of design standards and complimentary WIFI access, a mix of modern and classic dining and entertaining choices together with a state of the art "Inbalance" fitness centre, which has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and golf range to relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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