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“Great service, great location, tiny rooms”
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THE PLAZA
Ranked #23 of 472 Hotels in Seoul
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Los Angeles, CA
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great service, great location, tiny rooms”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is a very nice hotel in a central location. Connected to underground mall, where you can walk to subway or various parts of downlotown without going outside (a big benefit in the winter). Service was excellent. I left some items in my room and the hotel called me after I checked out to notify me of this. Modern room with digital controls.

I had a standard room, which was tiny. The shower was glass and in the middle of the room, so would be awkward with more than one person. Also, the air condition was turned off. Yes, this is in the winter, but the rooms were still hot and it would have been nice to have a cool-down option.

Pros: Great location, good service, clean and modern, next to subway and underground walkway, gym is huge with great views of city.

Cons: Tiny room, air condition not functional in winter, awkward shower set-up in room.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2011

Good location, nice modern renovation. It can get loud. We arrived on a demonstration event in city hall so there were many activists and police officers.

I stayed 6 nights. Took the breakfast package 3 days only. The other times ate at other places for much cheaper! There is Starbucks across the street from the secondary entrance to the hotel and another bakery in the basement just outside the hotel.

All in all good place to stay.

Convenient to go shopping and eat in myongdong area. Connected underground. If u take KAL bus to airport and buy the ticket at hotel, make sure that the hotel gives you the bus ticket instead of the invoice only. Had a small issue with KAL bus but got sorted out.

Room Tip: Rooms not facing city hall in case there are demonstrations as it can get loud.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2011

A stylish business hotel. No family with children seem to stay in this hotel. Good service and polite staff. prompt check-in & out. Free WIFI and very high tech room with a central control unit. This hotel is facing Seoul Plaza which is an open field which may be quite noisy if there was an event. Not ideal for light sleeper. Excellent location with city hall subway station just underneath the hotel. It was just adjacent to Deoksungung Palace. There was a Seoul City Tour bus stop just outside the palace. It was definitely convenient for travelling to many attractions within walking distance and/or by bus or subway. Many relatively inexpensive eateries and restaurant around the hotel cost around KRW 20,000 - 30,000 a meal for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Highly recommend Arirang, a Korean Restaurant opposite Westin Chosun Hotel which served Korean BBQ in traditional way. It was rather expensive but a worth a try. Recommended attractions around this hotel include Deoksugung Palace, Namdaemun Market, MyeongDong Shopping District (e.g. Lotte Dept. Store, Lotte Duty Free Shop, etc.).

Room Tip: The standard room is rather small for a family of 2 adult and 2 young children. It is advisable to b...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

This was such a beautiful hotel for us. The staff at the Concierge helped us planned our tours, daily itinerary and prepared taxi direction cards for all of our destinations. We had a Premier Suite Double which was absolutely elegant, peaceful and had all the small touches that I love, i.e. walk-in-wardrobe, electric curtains, Nespresso machine, flat screen TV, DVD and the list goes on... More importantly, the staff... I loved the staff... :) There is also a subway station just to the right of the front entry and the airport bus goes directly to the hotel as well. The rooms are tastefully furnished and had great use of space.

Room Tip: Go at least for the Premier Suite.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maienfeld, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2011

A very stylish hotel that does not let any desires open. Free WIFI, nice room with the bed in the middle of the room - strange at the beginning but all in all a good feeling :-). The only problem was the over-technologized control panel on which I did not manage to switch off the lights in the evening (lucky plug pulling out of the platform helps :-)).

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2011

hotel stay was excellent. staff were all very friendly and very helpful. spoke English fairly well. Concierge went out of their way to find things to see and do during my trip. exceptional.

the only downside to the hotel, is the location. the problem is that they're next to city hall, and there are plenty of rallies/protests, so things get quite noisy and congested in the area.

to and from the hotel from Incheon airport couldn't be easier too!! there is a shuttle bus (about $10-$15 USD per person per direction) from Incheon airport that takes you right to all the major hotels in the city. from the hotel, the airport shuttle also departs every 15-20 minutes. i wish every major hotel in every major city made getting to and from the airport this easy! SO convenient, especially in a city where you don't speak the native language.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2011

Spent 6 nights in this hotel with hubby for our honeymoon. He absolutely love the room. The room is small but modern, comfortable, clean and high tech. Request for high floor was granted. Out of the 6 nights, 3 nights were noisy at the city center with one night that continued to about 2am. Also, I noticed that the bedsheet and duvet cover were not changed at all despite the make up sign EVERYDAY.
Pros:
1. high tech
2. luxury toiletries
3. directly above city hall train station
4. on rainy days, the basement can link to lotte department store and myeondong
5. friendly concierge service
6. quick check-in and check-out
7. fast wii-fi
8. great location, convenient
Cons:
1. room service is lacking
2. noisy (if you get room facing the city center)
3. received a notice about 1 year anniversary celebration party at the lounge, but wasn't invited??
4. on cold days, the air con would stop working (According to the concierge) so the room can be a bit stuffy

Room Tip: room facing city center can be noisy
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: THE PLAZA
Address: 119 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04525, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Seoul
#9 Spa Hotel in Seoul
#15 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#16 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
#16 Family Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — THE PLAZA 5*
Number of rooms: 410
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Nov. 2010, THE PLAZA, the newly renovated hotel features aesthetic interior designs, impeccable personalized customer service, and ultimate convenience for conducting international business. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Seoul, THE PLAZA is optimized for business convenience with free internet service. ... more   less 
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