I am currently staying here for a week and picked this hotel based on TA reviews. I could not be more pleased. I travel a lot for both business and personal reasons, and I believe I have pretty high standards. Although I don't use the Best Western chain in the States, the Hotel Niagara is, in my opinion, as nice or nicer than most of the Marriott hotels I typical frequent. You won't be disappointed in the accommodations! And for those who judge a room on its bathroom, lol, this one is great! Modern, marble tile, a stall shower as well as a full tub. I have found everything to be immaculately clean. The hotel design is laid out so that all rooms face the Han River and the view is delightful. My room (1007) is on the tenth floor and the view is just lovely. Over the course of the past few days, I have learned a few things that might be helpful to future visitors:
1. Hotel elevator: to ascend to your floor, you will need to touch your hotel room key card to the "CARD HERE" spot on the elevator panel in order to be able to push your floor number. A good security measure!
2. When you enter the room (especially if you are arriving late at night), you won't find a light switch on the wall as you enter the room. I stumbled around in the dark for a few minutes until I realized the room must have everything on an electronic system that is controlled by my room key card. Sure enough, when you come into the room, there is a little alcove behind the door, and you'll see a red light above a slot where you insert your room key card. Voila, let there be light! It then took me a while to figure out how to turn off the lights while I was still in the room - you'll find a little black box next to the phone on the bedside table which has buttons that you press to turn off the lights. When you leave your room and take your room key out of the slot, everything powers off. You certainly won't misplace your room key when you stay here :)
3. Its June here, and summer has arrived in Seoul--the last few days have been 90 degrees and muggy. Fortunately, the Hotel Niagara has a wonderful A/C system and cooled the room off perfectly; there is a thermostat in the room so you can control coolness to your liking. However, please note: when entering the room after being out all day, you have to call down to the front desk and ask them to engage the A/C system - they must have a master control system to conserve electricity and avoid cooling of rooms when the room is vacant. As soon as you ask them to engage the AC, you will hear the system come on. Its not a big deal, but I believe some reviewers have believed the AC doesn't work - it works fine, you just have to do this simple step. I have also found that at 8am exactly, the A/C shuts off; if I am still in the room, I simply call back down to the front desk and ask them to turn it back on. Easy peasy, and I applaud the hotel for their conservation measures.
4. Taxi tips: I do not speak Korean, and explaining to taxi drivers where I need to go has been my biggest challenge. The first thing I did was have the front desk staff write down for me the hotel name and address on a piece of paper which I could show to the taxi driver when I needed to return to the hotel. A simple task but oh so helpful! Secondly, the staff also helped me write down the Korean directions to places I wanted to go which I could then hand to the driver. If you are out and about and are not sure how to communicate with your cab driver, all the taxis I took offer the ability to talk to a free translator who can help you explain to driver where you need to go.
5. Airporter bus: This hotel is PERFECT for getting to and from Incheon Airport. Bus 6018 literally drops you a few hundred yards from the front door (its easy to roll your bags on the sidewalk to the front door of the hotel). To buy a ticket, look for the Airport Bus ticket booth as you walk exit the door on the arrival floor. Easy and reasonable way to get to the hotel: $15 each way and it takes about 1 hour depending on traffic (and Seoul has a LOT of traffic!!) When its time to return to the airport, you can buy a ticket at the hotel front desk.
6. Miscellaneous: there is a small fridge in the room and housekeeping stocks it with two water bottles a day. With the weather as warm as it is, I found I needed a bit more. There is a Family Mart just down the street -- when you exit the hotel front door, turn right when you reach the side walk and it is one block down (just past the Domino's Pizza place).
Any questions, feel free to ask! Enjoy your visit to Seoul - it is an amazing city (this is my second time here) and the people are so so friendly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a five-star business hotel located in Gangseo, Seoul, we boast about our view of Han River, Bukhan mountain which unfolded like panorama, world cup stadium that could be seen from entire rooms, and also every room is fully equipped with high speed internet and heating and cooling facility that could be operated for each season. The Best Western Niagara Hotel is loved by many kintex customers, and we provide free shuttle bus service. Also, we are located near Gimpo Airport, Yeoeudo Financial Centre, Shin Chon and Hong-Ik University, etc. The best site for business. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Seoul
- Seoul Best Western