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“Great location and value”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Metro Hotel

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Metro Hotel
Ranked #11 of 474 Hotels in Seoul
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“Great location and value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

First timer to Seoul and this hotel is in a great location and a phenomenal value. I'm glad I read the reviews because it is a real gem.

Pros -
Location...you can't beat the location, especially for shopping...and a good location for exploring the city.
Value...great price compared to other lodging options
Room...free Wifi, decent sized room. Free breakfast, although I didn't think the offerings where that spectacular, but to each his own.

Cons -
Difficult finding the property when arriving by the airport bus...even if you can decipher the map on their website. Be sure to do your homework on locating...I asked several people when I was dropped off and still took forever to find it. It's buried in side streets and one of those locations where you are literally standing in front of it before you see it. Look for Smoothie King and/or Outback Steakhouse and then look up.

No early check in...I get it, why should I get something I don't pay for...but they also don't have any Hotel restrooms in the lobby...so, when arriving early after a overnight flight, it's nice to be able to change...and I was directed to use Outback Steakhouse's bathroom to change, which I did. It was a bit odd and uncomfortable...and not the best first impression.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We only had 24 hours for a stopover in Seoul and chose Metro hotel for the comments on Tripadvisor. We found it very easy to get to the hotel from the airport and were greated with some handwarmers and a map of the neighborhood. Our luggage was taken care of and after 5 minutes we were on our way to the city bus tour.
We returned in the late afternoon and checked in our room which was small but clean, nicely furnished and with a heated toilette seat what might not be important to mention but after a day with snow and -8 degrees it was a detail which we really enjoyed.
The hotel fullfilled not only our expactations but made our short stay very enjoyable with nice staff, a good breafkast buffet with cerals, bread and croissants and home-made yogurt next to Asian warm dishes. Also, the location is ideal as the steakhouse next doors makes a perfect dinner without waking out of the building and shops and other restaurants in the neighborhood. We would definitly chose Metro Hotel again for a future stay in Seoul.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

We decided to stay at Metro Hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and we were so glad that we took the advice of those before us. The hotel was great. Knowing it was a smaller hotel we didn't expect much in the way of facilities but they definitely made up for this by the exceptional service that they provided. The staff at the front reception were always friendly and helpful which made the stay very enjoyable. We stayed in a standard B room on the 7th floor facing the busy Myeong Dong street which we thought would be noisy at night but we could hardly hear what was going on down there. The moment we stepped out of the hotel we were in the throng of it which pretty much made my day because I could send the husband back to the hotel with my shopping if we ran out of hands. The laundromat set up on our floor meant I could do some washing so I didn't have to take home a suitcase full of dirty clothes. The breakfast included in the hotel price was described as basic but substantial so after reading the reviews we thought we would just try it on the first day and have breakfast elsewhere if it wasn't our "thing". Instead we found ourselves going back every morning and we were excited to see that the breakfast spread changed every day so make sure you try a little bit of everything because you might not see it again during your stay. Overall, we were very happy we chose to stay at Metro Hotel and we will definitely choose to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Location in Myeong Dong is as good as any of the five star hotels such as Westin and Lotte. There are many restaurants (some open till very late), cafes and convenience stores nearby, so it is perfectly fine that the hotel does not have room service. Staff are really helpful, friendly and speak good English. Very near to Ibis Hotel where one can take the airport limousine bus to Incheon or Gimpo. Great value for money for a Seoul hotel

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Seoul is a frenetic place, especially Myeong-dong, the neighborhood in which Metro Hotel is located. But the hotel was comfortable, accomodating, and stress-free, in addition to being located right in the middle of everything. The receptionists' English was great, the doorman very helpful. The computers in the lobby are great and have a working printer. The room we stayed in was small but very comfortable and clean. Large bathroom. The breakfast was delicious, offering both Western and Korean food (I had both on different days, and while the Western cereal was normal, the Korean fried rice was spot-on). Simply put, you can't ask for a better hotel in a better location for a better price. I'll definitely stay there again.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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SkySong, Sales & Marketing Team Manager at Metro Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Mr/Ms Adam B

Thank you very much for your favorable review after your stay at Metro hotel.
As you mentioned, Myeong dong is such a perfect place as it is easily accessible to many tourist attractions and has full of eateries, fashion stores and is always crowded. So, we are very glad to hear that you had a comfortable stay without any noise stress.
We look forward to seeing you again at Metro hotel for your next visit to Seoul.
Thank you.

Warmest regards
Sky Song
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Based on the rave reviews here in Trip Advisor, the simple but chic website and its regular and informative updates in their Facebook page, we really wanted rooms here for our 4 nights in Seoul with kids in tow. So glad we managed to get two deluxe rooms for our two families, each of which have two kids.

The deluxe rooms were awesome and really good value for money based on size, amenities and location, of course. We paid around SGD230 per night with breakfast included for the adults. We only knew that breakfast was not included for the kids when we checked in so we utilized all our eight coupons for the first two mornings and ventured out for breakfast in the vicinity for the following two days. Breakfast upstairs gave a nice view of the wintry outside and the spread itself, while not extensive, was good quality. We had porridge on the first morning and fried rice on the second. The croissants were excellent, together with an interesting mochi-like bun which was crusty outside and chewy within. So many praises in the reviews here about the yoghurt so of course, we had to have it. It was heavenly, spooned with the blueberries and orange slices. Coffee was decent, dispensed from a machine so definitely better than some of the tepid stuff served from pots in many hotels.

Back to the rooms - they were spacious with a small sitting area and we could comfortably fit a child with an adult in each of the double beds in the room. The bathroom was modern and most importantly had a bath tub for the kids to soak in, after freezing days out in the open. Great amenities but I must point out that if you need to make hot drinks (coffee, milo, tea, etc), like we do, then bring your own spoon or call room service! No spoons and like some reviewers pointed out, no toothbrushes and toothpaste either.

The other main selling point of this place is its awesome location in the heart of Myeong Dong. Much has been written about this so we just need to confirm that it is wonderful to be near Euljiro Station, Myeong Dong Station, the skincare haven and the restaurants. One thing to point out is that if you take the airport limousine bus from Incheon, when you alight, the hotel will be along the same side of the road, and not across the road. Some of our maps were wrong, showing the hotel on the same side of Lotte Department Store ;(. Just walk down the street a bit and turn right. Past the 7-Eleven on your right and the hotel is diagonally across from there.

If you like Korean BBQ, please try Wangbijip. Turn left from the hotel entrance and walk until you reach a junction. Turn right, walk a couple of meters and it's there on the second floor. Or just ask the very helpful front-desk staff who will point you in the right direction.

Two Two Chicken is also on the left of the hotel. Super deep fried chicken and the one slathered with hot sauce needs to be washed down by Hite Beer. Two portions of chicken for a family of two adults and two kids will prove to be more than enough, so happy indulging any fried chicken cravings you may have! A bit more info about the food we ate and things we did that I have posted in my blog:- critterscafe.blogspot.com

Kudos to the staff of the hotel. They called me a day before to confirm our bookings and gave some tips on the weather. They were also very prompt in replying to questions in their Facebook page and I think any establishment which mans their FB pages with so much attention, deserves credit. Thank you for a great stay Metro Hotel. Will definitely stay here again, if we come back to Seoul ;)

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are great for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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SkySong, Sales & Marketing Team Manager at Metro Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Mr/Ms lagoontan

Greetings from Metro hotel, Seoul!
We appreciate your time to write a review after your recent stay at us. It is very nice to learn that your family enjoyed our rooms and the breakfast. I also looked at your blog which you mentioned in above review and was very glad to know that you and your family fully enjoyed not only Seoul but also some other parts of Korea.
As you mentioned The BBQ restaurant and deep fried chicken place are very famous in this area by the foreign tourists as well as local, hopefully it could be helpful for other readers on the Tripadvisor,too.
Thank you very much for your compliments on our staffs and our facebook. Our goal this year is an "affectionate service" to all the guest and we strive to offer the warmest and personal care as much as we can. Our facebook page exists for our guest and it is managed by all of our room sales and marketing team. We hope it could help us to get more closer to the guest by communicating on it. Please keep liking our facebook for more information and upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you again soon in the future.
Thank you.

Warmest regards
Sky Song
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

I booked a standard double room directly with the hotel. The price is attractive as compared to other hotels in the same area. The hotel is located right in the heart of Myeong Dong. Just 2 minutes walk to the subway station and the airport shuttle bus stop. But the drawback is the noise from the streets.

The service is just excellent!! The reception can speak good English. She called me 3 days prior my checkin to confirm my booking. Moreover, she helped me to find the transportation information to a nearby ski resort. Her service really impressed me. I highly recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Metro Hotel
Address: 14, Myeongdong 9ga-Gil, Jung-Gu, Seoul 04534, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul > Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 474 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Metro Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cozy, stylish and centrally located, the newly renovated Metro hotel has everything you want for your Seoul trip. With a convenient downtown setting located in Myeongdong, the heart of Seoul, expect most of your destinations within few minutes. This well-kept secret in the center of the city, Metro hotel is the first tourist hotel in Korean history. Since 1960, our hardcore mission always has been the "Guest Satisfaction". ... more   less 
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