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“good location, really nice owner!!”
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Hotel Icon
Ranked #115 of 505 Hotels in Seoul
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The location is really convenient. It is among those palaces and two central subway station. The owner is really nice, she will drive you to the places you need to go if she is free and we had free dobuki in a Saturday night. The receptionist's english is not that good though. The room is pretty small but I guess it is typical in a big city has large population. It gives us free fruits before the night we left. I will definitely come back if I am visiting Seoul again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Yi W
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Dear Yi W

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon.
We are really happy to hear that you had a great memory with us
We strive to exceed all our guest expectations by providing most warm, caring and personalized service at all times.
we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you again in the near future.
We will do our best to make sure that your next visit will be much more pleasant than the previous one.
Once again thank you very much for choosing the Hotel Icon and taking the time to leave a warm review.

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo Jung

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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We stay for 4 nights on the 6th floor. Room was abit small but clean. I dont feel comfortable with the bed. It shakes alot if the other person move abit and it feels like they use the below part of the bed. Location is abit deep inside the alley. Some taxi driver dont really know the place. Better prepare all the addresses of places you want to go written in hangul. But its walkable to insadong.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank DiFo C
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Dear DiFo C

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Hotel Icon.
Please accept our most sincere apologies for the inconveniences you have experienced during your stay.We will rectify any issues there may be and find ways of further improvement.
A lot of people retired and lost their jobs due to ecomonic difficulties.They get a new job as an inexperienced taxi driver even though they don't know the place.You think it is better to know the landmark building near destination in advance when you travel overseas.Your comment will be very helpful to other people.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your review on Tripadvisor.
We will do our best to make sure that your next visit will be much more pleasant than the previous one.
We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you again in the near future.

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo Jung

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed in Hotel Icon from Jan. 19 to 24, 2014 and we had a great time in the city. Hotel Icon is very quiet and tidy. The hotel is located to most of the tourist spots the city can offer. The 3 palaces (Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, and Cheonggyesheon) are walking distance only.The hotel is near the subway station (Anguk station). And we need to give credit to the hotel owner Mrs. Jung and Mr. Baek for their kind hospitality. Mrs. Jung who even come with us to see the Hanok Village and drop us to N Seoul Tower. To Mr. Baek and Mrs. Jung who lend us their traditional dress to have a souvenir photo. Most importanly, we will never forget the flowers and souvenir mugs given them when they learned that we are newlywed. Thank you Mrs. Jung and Mr. Baek.
The Hotel is recommendable for all travellers, must try.

FROM DUBAI COUPLE

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RRCJOANN
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Dear PRCJOANN

Your kind and wonderful comments are greatly appreciated to us.
We would like to thank you for choosing hotel Icon as your honeymoon accommodation.
We are extremely happy to read that you had a wonderful time with us.
We strive to achieve the highest level of quality services and experiences and will continually put forth our best endeavor to provide exceptional experiences to all of our guests.
Your couple was so nice and beautiful.We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
Once again thank you very much for choosing the Hotel Icon and taking the time to leave a warm review.

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo Jung

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I'm not sure why this hotel is getting glowing reviews, because it has some serious flaws that outweigh the benefit of its low prices and central location.

Namely, its paper-thin walls. It's one thing to hear a muffled conversation or television in the next room. It's another to hear every syllable uttered across the hall. I woke up to a ten-minute diatribe from a fellow patron and the sound of hard-case luggage being knocked against door frames.

Although the Hotel Icon marquee is clearly visible at the top of the building it occupies, its entrance is nearly impossible to find in the warren of urine-soaked alleyways that separate it from the nearest subway station.

Apart from the price, the only other plus was the noon checkout time.

Room Tip: Don't stay on the second floor. I can't speak to the quality of the other floors, but I'...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

i stayed in that hotel with my friends in Jan, 2014 for 4 nights. the location was really good, just a few minutes walking distant from subway, and easy to assess, but of course have to find in the simple map before to go. the surrounding area was quiet, we could have a sweet dream after whole day trip. we also got the twin room in upper floor, clean and comfortable room, with simple amenities. but i really love the heater and the hot shower, because i had been seoul in years ago, therefore i knew the good heater and hot shower not a "MUST" items. we could go to anywhere in easy way, no matter for shopping, sight seeing or great food. just a thing, the staff on night shift was not enough patience, otherwise was nearly perfect, especially in good price at the center of seoul
and one more good thing, the hotel was very closed to airbus stop, no needed to pick up the heavy luggages up and down stairs in subway

Room Tip: triple room in upper floor
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank leonoramak
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Dear Leonoramak

Thank you very much for your kind and valuable comments with the deep interest.
We would like to deeply thank you for staying with us.
Your staying at our hotel as a travel expert is indeed an immense honour.
We will always do our best to make staying of our guests comfortable and pleasant .
You set a high value on the central location which allows our guests enjoy the heart of Seoul.
Our hotel is near to subway satation, so our guests can easily access to subway line 1,3, and 5 for quick travel anywhere in the city.
We appreciate you attaching great importance to good value for money.
You think that it is more convenient to use airport bus without up and down stairs instead of subway when come to our hotel and airport. Your comment is very helpful to other people
I extend the very best wishes and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Hotel Icon in the near future.

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo Jung

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Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Stayed 5 days / 4 nights and through out our stay we were well served especially by Mr. Baek and Mrs. Jung. From the first day we approached them regarding sight seeings till the last day. They really go out their way to make our holiday enjoyable. We even had a free CNY breakfast prepared by Mrs. Jung which is so yummy and tasty and got our mandarin oranges when we reached home from our sightseeing trip. We commend the evening receptionist as he is accommodating as well and well conversant in english.

Worth staying although its a budget hotel. Location is in central. Near to train stations, places to eat, shopping and sight seeing. Only noticed that the housekeeping forgot to vacuum the room but not really an issue for us.

Worth recommending. If you go for free and easy holiday, just approach the hotel owners to help you give ideas and book for you without charges.

Thanks Mr. Baek and Mrs. Jung!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Jho_0930
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Dear JHO

I would like to thank you very much for your valuable comments which you made quickly before you recovered the fatigue of the journey.
I am extremely glad to hear that you had nice staying with us.
We are continually working up a sweat to make sure our guests have a nice staying with us.
We will do our best to make sure that your next visit will be much more pleasant than the previous one.
Thank you again for sharing your valuable feedback on Tripadvisor.
I extend the very best wishes and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again in the near future.

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo Jung

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We planned to stay in the center of seoul for a night. For our budget, we had not much choice. The hotel is well located (close to the Crown hotel if your taxi driver does not find it), the rooms are well equiped and the breakfast is included. We had to leave early in the morning, and our breakfast was prepared before 7!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Matthieu D
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IconSeoul, Owner at Hotel Icon, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Dear Matthieu

I would like to thank you for your choosing Hotel Icon as your accommodation which is small but clean,well equipped and resonable priced hotel in central area of Seoul.
I sincerely appreciate your rational way of thinking with deep gratitude.
We will always do our best to maximize guest satisfaction by providing warm and genuine service.
Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be much more pleasant than the previous one.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again on your next visit in the near future.

Happy Lunar New Year !

Best regards,
Hotel Icon / C.E.O. Eun-Gyo

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Address: 20, Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Ranked #115 of 505 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range: $30 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Icon 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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