I'd like to state that I live in Seoul, and have stayed at many hotels in this large city when I just want to pamper myself or want a late night out without having to return back to my place late at night. This time a friend met up with me as we had business one station away from the hotel.
First, the staff at the Holiday Inn were all very professional. I had written in to request an upgrade and was granted one. I might add that I have Ambassador level with Priority Club. I had requested a 4pm check out and the hotel wrote to explain how this was not possible. I thought that they were very courteous to explain this in a letter which was sent to my email a week in advance of my arrival. Thank you again for the great stay.
I stayed on the 10th floor in a 2 bedroom standard business room with computer. There was a computer, but I had brought my laptop. I would say that the one inconvenience was not having wireless in the room. I called down to the front desk and picked up a longer cable, which really needed to be even longer in order to sit on the bed and work. Desks remind me too much of real work!
I have been at a lot of Holiday Inns and the Seongbuk has one of the best and well-laid out breakfast buffets I have had the pleasure of eating at. Smoked salmon, fruits, vegetables, hot foods, cereal, breads, Korean traditional breakfast foods were all there to be enjoyed. I did!
There is a shuttle to Myong-dong,; although we did not use it. The subway station is a 10 minute walk to the hotel; although a bit confusing to find if one does not read Korean maps.
There was some comment that the hotel is situated in an area without any commerce around it. This is very untrue. It is indeed in a suburb area of Seoul, and quieter than most. There are many stores around this Holiday inn. In fact, near the subway station is a Hyundai Department store.
Also, someone mentioned that no one spoke English. This is very untrue. The receptionists speak English very fluently, and while some of the help staff do not, they will recognize your needs and find for you someone who does.
It's about a 10,000 KRW ride from Yongsan -Base or Itaewon. I did take a taxi from there to the hotel.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Seongbuk hotel is an excellent location for providing easy access to all areas of the city. It is the only international hotel in both eastern and northern Seoul. Within 5 km from the hotel, there are 15 major universities and 7 national institutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Seongbuk Hotel Seoul
- Holiday Inn Seoul
- Seoul Holiday Inn