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Biwon Tourist Hotel
Ranked #323 of 474 Hotels in Seoul
Sydney
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27 reviews
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“This hotel is out-of-the-way”
Reviewed May 3, 2010

Fortunately taxis are cheap in Seoul as this hotel is away from most of the attractions. It is a 10+ minute walk to the nearest metro station Jongno 5, and once on a train you usually need to change trains to go somewhere of importance.
Our room was a standard twin (double and single bed) and it was small. No wardrobe and only two coathangers on a hook. No drawers.
The bed was rock hard. After days of walking around Seoul, we wanted a good nights sleep but couldn't get it on our mattress.
The lobby staff spoke little or poor English.
We didn't try eating in the restaurant, which seemed to be open only infrequently.
However, the room was quiet, the bathroom good and big. Clean towels each day. The bathroom also had a steam sauna. The room was cleaned each day, but the sheets were not changed daily. Free broadband internet in each room was a big plus.
We needed to sleep with an open window as the centrally-controlled thermostat overheated the room. Family Mart right next door to the hotel was another plus. The TV in the room only had a couple of English speaking channels.

  • Stayed March 2010
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2009

There is much to like at the Biwon. It is very conventiently located near the palaces, and Dongdaemun and Daehangno are close by. Rooms are average size, clean, and have a few nice extras like a stereo system and in room steam bath! There's also a convenient restaurant on the top floor. In this price range, this is quite a find. However, the Internet connection didn't work, and the management was quite unapologetic. I speak Korean pretty well and I asked specifically about the Internet connection. I was assured it was fine. Magically, the Internet went down, and stayed down, for four nights right after I checked in. Were it not for that, I might actually return.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 4, 2008

The hotel is ok, but you must know it is located outsid the city center, a fact to have in mind is you are doing bussines in downtown seoul...

  • Liked — They hotel provides from hair wax to tooth paste...
  • Disliked — The view...no view at all!!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Biwon Tourist Hotel
Address: 36 Wonnam-dong Jongro-gu, Seoul 110-450, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #323 of 474 Hotels in Seoul
Hotel Class:3 star — Biwon Tourist Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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