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Somerset Palace Seoul
Ranked #52 of 500 Hotels in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I just returned from an 8 night stay at the Somerset Palace hotel. I was in Seoul on business and the hotel was booked for me. The room was spacious, contemporary and very clean. The fitness center was open 24 hours and was very well maintained. The breakfast room was bright and the food was acceptable. There are several very nice restaurants in the hotel as well as a convenience store. The location is great for transportation via metro or taxi and there are many inexpensive restaurants within walking distance. I would definitely stay there again when I return in the Spring.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear MuseumCathy,

It is equally great for us to have your very supportive review here as an addition to our listing. Happy to note that you enjoyed your stay, our services and have benefited from our location. It has been our pleasure to be of service to you and certainly will be looking forward to welcome you back to the property in the spring.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

We decided to give this hotel another chance after the slightly disappointing experience last month and they made up for it. The room was squeaky clean, spacious and comfortable as usual, and we even found a present for our little girl who turned one a few days ago. Will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Dear Adntar,

Thanks for providing us with a ‘second chance’ and even better to note, that your stay rated: ‘perfect’ this time around. Appreciate your commitment and patience extended to us and wish you all a great 2013 ahead.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

My wife, 1 year old son, and I stayed here in the early part of January 2013 as part of a quick trip to Seoul from Busan. It was easily reached both by taxi and the subway from Seoul Station. We ended up taking the subway and the hotel was only about a five minute walk from the Anguk Subway Station (Orange Line).

The overall condition of the hotel was quite good. It was clean, looked fairly up-to-date, and had a good feeling about it. Our room (1 Bedroom Executive) was comfortable and fairly spacious for a hotel room in central Seoul. The bed was comfortable, the kitchen adequately equipped, and the bathroom was nice and clean. (I will make a note here that if you have small children, this might be the place for you. The hotel provided a baby crib and we could easily prepare our son's baby food in the kitchen.)

There was a fitness center, pool table, children's play room, and breakfast room/lounge on the 2nd Floor. Breakfast was pretty good and comparable to other hotels in the area (ready-made omelettes, cereal, juice, coffee, toast, fruit, salads, etc.)

In regards to eating, there are several options in and around the hotel. On the 1st Floor there is a nice sandwich shop, and Italian restaurant (we didn't eat here), a small convenience store, etc. If you are willing to walk 3-5 minutes, there is a Subway Sandwich restaurant located right down the road (towards Anguk Subway Station) and a Starbucks close to the Japanese Embassy.

The general location of the hotel is good. A five minute walk to the American Embassy and probably less than that to the Japanese Embassy. Insadong is right down the street as well as several other cultural attractions.

Overall, I was more than impressed with Somerset Palace Seoul and felt that it was a great value for the money. You would be hard pressed to find a better option in this area.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Malinjr
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Dear Malinjr,

whilst you are impressed with our service and product extension, as stated here above: so are we, in return, with your detailed write up.

It is our pleasure to have been of valuable service to you and hope that you will be having to opportunity to re-visit us, next time around, your travels guide you back from Busan to Seoul.

Meanwhile, best wishes to the Year 2013 ahead to you and yours.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

When researching for hotels in Seoul for my family of four, realized that almost all hotels can only accomodate a maximum of three occupants to a room which would require two rooms for my family. Found this apartment hotel and booked a two-room apartment at a very good rate for four. Stayed twice in December with a stay at a ski resort in between.
Apartment was large and clean with comfortable settings including two bathrooms, living room, dining room and washing machine. The queen sized beds in the two bed rooms were more than adequate for my family. Service at the reception and housekeeping were prompt and good. Even though one of the days was a national holiday due to the presidential election, we had our room cleaned and got new towels. Breakfast was adequate.
Convenience of its location goes without saying. It is a short five min walk to the subway station which provides access to almost everywhere in central Seoul. It is also very near the Insadong area and the two major palaces in Seoul. There are more than enough cafes in the area as well. Really enjoyed the pastry and cakes at a very nice dessert cafe near the Anguk subway station.
Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable stay at the hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Dear AlbusD

Thank you very much for outlining your impressions and assessment towards our property, in your review drafted, here.

It is good to note the overview and your positive feedback to our offerings and services. Meanwhile look forward to welcome you back home in this New Year 2013 ahead, for which I like to wishes you all the best ahead.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I stayed at Somerset Palace Seoul for 6 nights recently. The location is excellent; near to Insadong and the palaces. 3 train stations (for 3 different lines) are also within walking distance. The staff at the reception speaks good decent English and were helpful and friendly.
The room was clean and spacious. Breakfast was reasonable and adequate.
And there was free Wi-Fi internet in the room! This was recently offered with effect from 08 Oct 2012.
Overall, I am very satisfied and I will definitely stay at Somerset Palace Seoul again when I next visit Seoul.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank YT
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2012

Dear YT,

Appreciate you taking time out to write your review in our favor here at Tripadvisor. It is highly appreciated by the team and myself. Certainly welcome your commitment to return back ‘home’ to us, at your next travel. Look forward to have the chance to be of service to you again, soon.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The hotel is well-positioned and offers a large number of services. Rooms are large and comfortable; the top floors offer excellent views over Seoul. By the standards of other similar hotels, the breakfast could be a little better for choice - but perfectly adequate as it is.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2012

Dear Paul C,

Great to receive your short but supportive review here at Tripadvisor. A good and crisp review is always welcomed by all involved. Hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back to the property, the apartment, the view and breakfast soon, yet again.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

I spent a night here with my husband and 10-month-old baby. We were upgraded to a two-bedroom apartment and found the rooms and service impeccable. Location is also great, a few steps away from Kyeongbukgung Palace and various other attractions. The only minus would be breakfast - it was chaotic and the choice not as plentiful as with other hotels, but again these are serviced apartments, so this is probably to be expected.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank adntar
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Eddie_Bae_RM, Manager at Somerset Palace Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2012

Dear ‘adntar’,

Happy to have received your review: in favor of our property and services, much obliged. Indeed we had a few: ‘hectic mornings’ last week, hence you may have been caught at one of those. My apologies if that has let to any inconvenience to you. Take it that ‘next time’ you come to visit; it will certainly be more: smoother. Good to note all others were to your expectations (and above).

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Additional Information about Somerset Palace Seoul

Address: 7 Yulgok-Ro 2 Gil, Jongno-Gu, Seoul 03143, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in Seoul
#26 Business Hotel in Seoul
#34 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
Price Range: $95 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Somerset Palace Seoul 4*
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in downtown Seoul beside Gyeongbok Palace, Somerset Palace is in the heart of city's business and financial districts. Somerset Palace offers a tranquil environment, beautiful gardens, a rooftop swimming pool and great city views. Several embassies and offices of multinational companies are nearby. ... more   less 
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