Our family, 2 adults and 3 teens, stayed at one double bed room and one twin (with double and single beds). The rooms are spacious enough, both with nice views. The rooms are clean and fairly new. They are cleaned everyday. One toilet bowl bidet and washer was not working. The shower stall's floor was very slippery, maybe because I was using rubber slippers. The hot-and-cold water was a little bit difficult to control, one minute it's cold then the other minute, it's very hot. All these difficulties are easy to overlook with a little bit patience.
The plus factor is the washing machine. The control dials were in Korean so I had to consult the internet for the translation. Knowing beforehand that there was a washing machine, I packed lightly. I got to wash some essential clothes during our 4-day stay.
Another plus factor is the kitchenette. My husband cooked dinner for us, having bought meat and vegetables from the nearby grocery (only a few meters away from the hotel). There were plates, cutleries, a pan, and a couple of glasses. We only bought a knife and a ladle, again from the grocery. This arrangement made us save a lot, considering that restaurants in the Gangnam district are very expensive. We only dined out four times during our stay.
The font desk personnel were very accommodating and spoke English well. They helped in writing for us the Korean for the places we wanted to go to. That way, the taxi drivers were able to understand us immediately.
What I also like about the hotel (residences) is that it is not very imposing. The facade is small and simple. The hotel lobby is also very small.
When it comes to location, I believe it would have been more convenient for us to stay in the northern part of Seoul because the tourist spots are there. Although there is a minute park a few steps away from the residences, and it is only a 10-minute walk to Gangnam subway, there are few "must-sees" in that part of Gangnam. Thus, we had to take taxis in going to Myeongdong and other parts of Seoul worth-seeing (in a tourist's point of view). Taxi fare from the northern part going to Gangnam costs US$9-10. The taxi can accommodate only up to 4 persons so we had to take 2 taxis at a time.
The worst about Gangnam Serviced Residences is the breakfast. For the 3 consecutive mornings that we stayed there, there were no changes in the food: omelette, rice, sliced sausage, french fries, self-service fried eggs, 2 kinds of cereal, 2 kinds of bread, jam & butter, 5 kinds of vegetable/fruit for the salad, orange juice, coffee, water. That's it. The interior of the restaurant was dim. And the staff there were not very friendly (smile a little, please).
If we are going back to Seoul, we will choose another hotel. However, our stay in Gangnam Serviced Residences was quite satisfactory.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From June 2013,Dormy Inn Seoul will run a business under the name of GANGNAM SERVICED RESIDENCES.We recently renovated room condition and ready to serve all guests with high class service and devotion.One of the best serviced residence experiences begin as you approach GANGNAM SERVICED RESIDENCES.We are located in the heart of Gangnam which is the place for business and entertainment.As your home away from home, full furnished (Laundry machine, kitchen and refrigerator) guestroom is just ready for you with reasonable rate.We are perfectly optimized for long staying guest, family and the business, and KAL Limousine No.6703 brings you in front of Gangnam Serviced Residences.From us, you can conveniently approach COEX, World Trade Center just 10minutes by vehicle. And line No.9 7mimutes, No.2 15minutes by walking.Gangnam Serviced Residences complimentary services include:◈Free internet and wireless◈Full furnished (laundry machine, kitchen with cooking utensils, iron and refrigerator)◈Free parking lot◈24hour personal assistance service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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