Had most of the hallmarks but lack the attention to detail. Maybe Somerset Serviced Apartments were so-named to avoid being confused with the level of service and amenities provided for Ascott-branded hotels.
Ascott has always been the preferred choice of accommodation for my family whenever we go overseas. I stayed in a 2-bedroom serviced apartment for 4 nights. The Somerset had the usuals associated with the Ascott group – comfortable bedding, fully equipped and fuctional kitchenette which helps greatly when we need to whip something up quickly for the kids.
But I noticed that little details that makes for a great hotel were missing. The L’Occitane toiletries were not provided and we had soap-cum-shampoo dispensers on the wall. Not very classy. Dental kits were not provided. Little plastic detergent packs were not replenished. Even the meagre 2 mineral water bottles rationed for a 2-bedroom apartment were occasionally not replenished.
The stay was comfortable but lacked that wow factor. What was excellent was the helpful staff (Koreans – of the Southern variety - are superb and extremely polite and friendly by nature, in any case) and the location is superb. About 3 minutes walk from Angguk subway station and the Insadong tourist paradise North of the river that divides Seoul. The main Gyeongbokgung palace is 5 minutes walk in the opposite direction. And Myeongdond is but a 5 minute cab ride away. Location - in short - was excellent.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Somerset Palace Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Somerset Palace Hotel Seoul
- Seoul Somerset Palace Hotel