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Jamsil Tourist Hotel
Ranked #400 of 504 Hotels in Seoul
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed for 3D/2N at Jamsil Tourist Hotel, in 2 double rooms on the 6th floor (1 room had 2 persons and the other had 3). Our room was spacious and clean and has a nice view of the street outside. The room had a flat screen TV, ref, hairdryer, closet with full length mirror, a double bed and a single bed (our host for the trip made the hotel arrangements, I'm not sure if they asked to have the extra single bed put in). The bathroom had the toilet, sink and a bath tub with shower (no shower curtains though) and toiletries supplied.

Pros:
1. very clean and spacious room - we had alot of space to move around in. The rooms were made up everyday even if we didn't put up the "Make-up Room" sign on the door knob. Towels and bathroom floor mat were replaced daily as well.
2. good location - restaurants are close to the hotel, just beside it are Cafe Pascucci and 7-11. Down the street are several restaurants. A long walk (15-30mins) going to Lotte world/subway station showed us to a night market of sorts (veggies, fish, fruits) on the sidewalk and alot of stores (food, make-up and clothes).
3. Receptionist and waiters can speak English and are friendly.
4. Free WIFI in the room and 2 complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

CONS:
1. No free breakfast - we ate at the hotel restaurant only for breakfast, you can choose either buffet or ala carte, i didn't note anything special with the food. It costs about KrW 9,500.
2. Far from the tourists sites - like palaces, namdaemun, dongdaemun, myeongdong. we did enjoy the drive to Seoul downtown. But it seemed to me that Seoul has generally heavy traffic, so I would try to use the subway next time.

I would probably book this hotel again if hotels nearer Seoul downtown are fully-booked.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

It was sooooo uncomfortable for me!
When I entered the room, smell so bad. And then.... When I opened the bathroom door, there it was again. Smell sooooo bad. Really....
The sheets wasn't clean. There were some stain on the pillow case.....

And.... the front desk is far from being friendly

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

Jamsil Hotel is neatly tuck in-between Sincheon Station and Jamsil Station. Coming from airport with luggage and all, it is best to take the cab to Jamsil Hotel. Take cab ride from airport will cost you around KW 65,000 (inclusive of toll fee), this rate is late at night. If morning or afternoon, I expect the rate will go further up as their taxi meter jumps every 2 minutes counter. Take the silver or orange taxi with international language sign. The Black taxi with Deluxe sign is more expensive, cost around KW80,000 to KW90,000. When we are returning home, our taxi cost us around KW90,000 due to traffic in highway.
The hotel have a lot of convenient store nearby, Dominoes, local Korean restaurant, coffee shops.... dunkin donut is a bit far, around 5-6+ minutes walk. An LG Appliance store across the street sells affordable appliances, we were able to bring home a non-stick cooker at very reasonable price.
For the hotel itself, I would rate it fair to average. We booked a family room, I expect the room to be spacious as this is the biggest available room and it stated family room. The website of the hotel or even agoda or other sites did not state the size of the room. To our surprise, when we arrived, the room is an avg 20 sqm size, squeezed in a double bed and a single bed, with not much space to move around. There is only one area to put your luggage, if you brought with you two luggage, then the other luggage will have no place anymore. The closet/cabinet is a small square foot wide, no safety deposit inside the room. The bathroom is very small, with a tiny bathtub, for an asian like me, I can only sit on the bathtub, but can no longer stretch my legs. The bathtub have no shower curtain, hence, it is very messy and wet after a shower.
I'm not particular with cleanliness as most of the hotel I stayed are pretty clean and spotless. But for Jamsil hotel, I noticed their laminated floor is a bit dirty and very dusty. We came back from a tiring tour, and very happy to see that our room is cleaned. But when I happened to take off my shoes, and walk barefooted, my feet picked up all the dust and dirt from the floor. I then noticed the window is full of dust, I run my finger, and pick up plenty of dust and left finger mark on the window.
September period is not cold, just cool air/wind, however, the hotel shut off the aircon, and switch to heater. And this is very hot, we have to open the window during our entire stay, and the hotel explained they cannot turn the aircon up. So basically, going to Korea and stayed in a very hot room is a big disappointment.
If you are taking this hotel to save a few KW money, I suggest you check out other seoul hotel with nearby subway station wherein you can access the station in around 2 minutes walk. The distance of this hotel to subways will take you around 15 minutes walk, and this will already consumed a lot of your energy even before your shopping or sightseeing tour starts. The subways are really neat and easy to access and convenient, however, transferring from one station to another needs a lot of walking as well. So you will be tired already to even consider walking to and from hotel/station, and vice versa. We ended up always taking cab from hotel to subway and back. And that is pretty expensive for a 5 day stay. If you are traveling with older friends or family member, this hotel will cost you more as it a bit far from subways. It is also difficult to take the airport shuttle as there will be plenty of transferring from bus to station ..then to hotel with another cab ride.
There is not much language barrier with hotel staff, as they can pretty understand english, just a little difficult to speak but still, can communicate. In fairness, the hotel staffs are very friendly, and kind.
Overall, Seoul Korea is a nice place, the people there are really kind. As for the hotel, I would say it is an average. After the stay, I would prefer to look for other hotels if I got another opportunity to visit Korea.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Take line 2 and stop at SinCheon station, take exit number 3 and walk for about 15 mins and you will be able to see the hotel.
There are alot of resturant on the way to the hotel so if you do not want to eat there, there are plenty of other choices that you can take.
I had my lunch at the hotel itself and it was very good, price was also very reasonable. I had a beef broth with rice and a glass of ice green tea, it cost me KRW15,000.
The room is small but very clean. The reception gave me a unclean room but the housekeeper was very good and clear up the matter very fast and gave me a clean room immediately.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

Booked this hotel as a last minute booking, it was one of the few in the "economical" bracket I could find online that day. Got a good rate on Rates to Go. The reason for the lower price is probably the location, it being in the Jamsil area which is somewhat removed from the main tourist and business areas (although it is reasonably close to Lotte World fun park).

The room was not very big but adequate, and due to its fit-out particularly with some smaller warm-coloured lamps it had quite a homely feel to it. The room was complete, with smallish old-fashioned TV (only time I saw one of these oldies in Korea - the country is full of LCD and plasma TVs) with dozens of mostly Korean channels, a fridge, a working desk, table with two chairs, and space to hang clothes. There was no safe, although I noticed safety deposit boxes at reception. The windows had double glazing, so traffic noise from the busy road outside was virtually inaudible.

The bed was firm and comfortable, and pillows were good too.

As in the other hotels I stayed in in Korea, the air conditioning was a bit quirky. It worked about 80% of the time, and the remaining 20% it would stop blowing cold air, just circulate room temperature air. I once complained to reception, and they immediately sent someone up to the room to verify, and a few minutes later the cold air was back. Not sure what happened, but it appears someone did something at the main air conditioning unit downstairs to fix it. I have also heard from others of similar experiences with air con in hotels in Korea, so for some reason this is a common occurrence - not sure why. I have decided to not let it weigh in my rating for this hotel, as apparently it is common in Korea, and everything else was excellent here.

The bathroom was excellent, with a shower with large shower head, plus a separate removable shower head that could be switched on, both at good water pressure.

The room came with free high-speed Internet, and this worked fine all the time. It is cabled internet, and reception has loaner cables available for those who travel without one. There were a few wireless networks visible too, but none at sufficient strength when I looked for them once (the best was below 50%).

There is a "business centre" at reception, this consists of a single larger laptop for guests use. There is no printer. I did not try this laptop, so not sure whether or not it is in English or Korean.

However around the back from the hotel (20 meters away or so) is an Internet cafe with excellent setup (comfy loungers, large screen, free drink supplied upon entry; they don't speak much English, but understand the basics; a short session there, to print some documents, cost me KRW 3500). PC's are typically in Korean, but if there are any issues I typically download an English version of firefox and can then simply browse the web in English. By the way, when in Korea if you are looking for an Internet cafe simply look for large "PC" signs in the street; there's usually one every block or so.

The restaurant appears to be only providing breakfast although I'm not sure because I never used it. The area around the hotel is full of restaurants, mostly Korean but also some Western-style ones, as well as Chinese (fastfood-style) and Japanese. As usual outside of the tourist areas, the restaurants in this area have relatively economical menus but do not have menus in English (apart from the fast-food chains and a few exceptions). There is a KFC a few hundred meters away, a Dominos Pizza outlet, some local pizza places, a Dunkin Donuts and various coffee places. Plus probably a lot more, because the whole area (virtually all the side streets) is blanketed in restaurants and shops, including many bakeries, convenience stores and several smaller supermarkets. I used to buy breakfast at the bakeries and kept drinks and beer in the fridge, then go out for one meal a day. There is no tea and coffee making equipment in the room so if you need a hot drink you would need to visit one of the nearby coffee places or the hotel restaurant downstairs. There is also a market on the road between the subway station and the hotel, which is open till around midnight. A number of restaurants in the area, as well as several convenience stores are open 24 hours, so it is easy to go out and grab a quick meal or a few beers well after midnight if so desired.

There is an automated bank diagonally across the crossroads (KB Star - see one of the photos) which is open till at least 10PM. At the righmost ATM there (the one with the Maestro etc. logo stickers across the top of the top screen) you can withdraw money using foreign cards.

Staff at reception desk were all very friendly and all spoke English to a sufficient degree, and went out of their way to be helpful. They were always smiling and greeting me when entering and leaving the hotel. They assisted with booking a tour, allowed a one hour later checkout, and provided a free van to where the Airport Limousine bus leaves in the area (the bus costs KRW 14,000 from that bus stop to the airport; from that bus stop to Incheon airport takes around 90 minutes or more depending on traffic).

The closest subway station to the hotel is Sincheon on the number 2 line (not Jamsil, which is further; the Jamsil area is fairly large and includes a number of subway stations). It is about 10 minutes walk from there to the hotel. The Seoul subway has an excellent interactive map to plan your journey http://www.smrt.co.kr/Train/Subwaymap/Eng/Subwaymap.jsp and if you input the hotel address into Google Maps and bring up the satellite view you can see the best way to walk (first along the curved road - which has the market beside it), then turn right at the Dunkin Donuts, and the hotel is a few hundred meters down the road to your right, close to the next major crossroads. However with taxis in Seoul being as cheap as they are (unless you come from very far away such as from the airport), taking at taxi is a good option too.

Due to its location this mid-size hotel gets relatively few foreigners, and many Korean package tours it appears.

I had an excellent experience here and highly recommend the hotel for its value for money, overall experience and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 17, 2005

We stayed at the Jamsil Tourist Hotel in Seoul because we thought it was going to be close to the Lotte Hotel where our tour group was going to meet each morning. We didn't stay at the Lotte as it was very expensive and the Jamsil was 3 times cheaper. However, upon arrival, we realized that we were close to the Lotte World Hotel, not the Lotte Hotel. Very different!!! In fact, the Jamsil is on the completely opposite side of Seoul than the Lotte Hotel. However, our stay was pleasant and it gave us a chance to venture around using the Seoul public transporation system. It's cheap and efficient (1000 Won or roughly $1 US). The walk to the station is a good 10 minute walk from the hotel which isn't bad unless it's below freezing outside like it was when we were there. Taxis are very cheap if you prefer that though (about 12000 Won into downtown Seoul).
Anyway, back to talking about the Jamsil. It's a pretty regular hotel. The rooms are okay, nothing spectacular. We paid about 70,000 Won per night which we thought was kind of a lot considering, but hotels in Seoul are very expensive. So for our needs, it was fine. The front desk people were very nice to us and spoke English pretty good. They were helpful when we needed them to make phone calls and talk Korean for us. Don't ask them to connect you to 'housekeeping' because they don't know what it means.
We thought this hotel was nicer than the Best Western we stayed at in Dongdaemun. The food for room service seemed expensive but we didn't try it so we don't know if it was any good. Most room service is expensive though. The hotel is close to all types of authentic Korean restaurants as well other western places such as Domino's Pizza, Papa John's Pizza, KFC and tons of 24 hour 7/11 type convenience stores.
Overall, it's good if you're not expecting way too much.
By the way, to get here from the airport, take the city airport limousine (which is cheaper than the Korean Air airport limousine) towards Jamsil. The stop you get off is up to you. I would say the 'Lotte World Hotel or Adventure Fun Park' is the closest to the Jamsil Tourist Hotel. However, we got lost and had to take a taxi (which was only about $5 US).

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Reviewed June 19, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: 67, Samjeon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05567, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
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Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #400 of 504 Hotels in Seoul
Price Range: $45 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jamsil Tourist Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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