I tried this hotel out because it it is located very close to where I do business in Seoul (convenient location near Seolleung Station), and because the room rates were quite reasonable for a business class hotel. Overall, the experience was fine. The rooms are about what you would expect from a Westernized hotel in Asia - rooms slightly on the small side but not too cramped. I booked a room on the executive floor which, interestingly enough included a desktop PC. I'm not exactly sure what a business traveler would use it for since the vast majority of us travel with laptops these days, but still it's the first hotel I ever recall staying in that actually had a PC in the room. If you book an executive floor room you get access to the lounge. It's nothing spectacular, but it is a nice place to relax and maybe get some work done in the evening hours while enjoying some complimentary snacks and beverages.
This hotel has fairly limited amenities compared to some of the bigger Seoul hotels. There is a restaurant on the main floor that serves primarily Korean food. I had dinner there on my first night in town and lunch there another day and it was quite reasonable, and the food was pretty good. There is a Korean style sauna on premises which is a nice amenity (and complementary if you book an executive room). You won't find shopping or multiple restaurant choices here like you will in some of the bigger hotels.
There were a couple of negatives during my stay which hopefully were just anomalies. First of all, when I entered my room for the first time there were a couple of HUGE cockroaches hanging out in the bathroom, which of course is not something you want to see when you just got off a long overseas flight. I don't hold that against the hotel unless it's a frequent occurrence - it can happen to the best of hotels anywhere in the world. Second, I came back to the hotel after dinner one evening and there was a police raid of some sort going on in the hotel, with numerous Korean being lead out of the lobby in handcuffs. I have no idea what that was all about and had no desire to find out. Again, probably nothing you can fault the hotel for - just one of those things that can happen anywhere.
Overall, the Ramada Seoul is a fine place to stay and I would recommend it. I normally stay at another hotel when I visit Seoul on business, but it is considerably more expensive than the Ramada. I recommend this place particularly for anybody on a tighter budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Samseong-dong, in the middle of Gangnam's lively business and entertainment area, Ramada Seoul Hotel has what it takes to make an enjoyable stay.This is a perfect stay for the business traveler because it is in very close proximity to the Korea World Trade Center and the COEX Convention Center(1 mile, approx. 3~5mins driving), which are both a frequent destination necessity for business travelers in the town.Also, It is 18 miles from Gimpo Airport(approx. 40mins driving depends on the traffic) and 40 miles from Incheon Airport(approx. 60mins driving depends on the traffic).There are two subway stations around the hotel: Seonjeongneung Bundang-line(Yellow) station at 1 minute walking distance and Seolleung line-2(Green) station at 10mins walking distance. Also, airport shuttle bus stop is located at right in front of the hotel.Free-wifi is available through all the rooms and lobby. The rooms feature modern interiors and furnishings, and include both heating and air-conditioning facilities. Each room comes with a minibar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.The hotel’s facilities include a 24-hour men-only spa, indoor golf range and a well-equipped fitness center, and free parking.Cafe Stasio serves Korean and Western dishes including a breakfast buffet. A variety of beverages can be enjoyed at the lobby’s lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Seoul
- Seoul Ramada