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ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
Ranked #57 of 497 Hotels in Seoul
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Hong Kong, China
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“Comfortable stay in an excellent location”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Stayed for 4 nights in the Ibis Ambassador Myeong Dong Hotel recently and had a very comfortable stay here. Reservations were made through booking.com and check-in was smooth and quick. Hotel was picked based on location, being in a vibrant district in Seoul with plenty of dining options and entertainment nearby. As already mentioned by others, airport drop-off and pick-up (Bus 6015) is right in front of the hotel, and the metro station (Eujilro-1 ga station) is within 100m walking distance and provided access point to all attractions visited during this trip.

Room space was adequate and included a desk, bed bench, TV with enough English channels, coffee/tea making facilities, a safe big enough to fit a laptop and likely a DSLR. The bed was very comfortable and slept well here. The bathroom was smallish but fine, with automatic toilet seat, basic toiletries (soap, shower/conditioner/shower gel) and hairdryer available. There is a mobile phone provided at no rental cost which can be used during your stay, one will only pay for the calls/SMS made. This was a very nice provision although did not find this service necessary. The narrow window afforded a glitzy view of Namdaemun road as it heads south. The housekeeping was good and I came back to a clean room with crisp bed sheets and clean towels every night. Wifi was very strong inside the room and had no problems with internet connection.

Staff were very pleasant throughout the stay and quick to help when asked. The hotel also offers free shuttle rides to certain attractions which require prior reservations. Did not make use of this service because I was usually out of the hotel before 9am.

Cons:
- The room temperature is centrally controlled and can only be brought down to 22-23 degrees Celsius and not lower. This might be a problem for some guests; found the room was less cool in the early mornings.

- There are only 2 lifts serving the hotel room floors and there may be a wait involved, however did not find this a problem during this stay.

- Buffet breakfast is not included in the rate though acceptably priced (~15-18USD).

Dealmaker: There are likely better quality hotels elsewhere for the same cost however the location of Ibis Ambassador in the Myeong Dong district is remarkable. If budget permits and not requiring of more luxurious comforts, then this is a very good option to consider. Happy to recommend Ibis Ambassador Myeong Dong Hotel to fellow travelers to Seoul.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Great location of Ibis in Myeong-dong, worst you can't check in early, our flight was first thing in the morning and it was tiring and sleepy day while waiting for our room..the hotel is quiet small to look for a place to rest or stay while waiting. Another thing the air-condition in the room was not functioning well.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Nice experience. Very convenience location. English speaking staff that are very helpful and polite. Nearby alot of shopping, a few mins walk to subway. 10mins walk to namdaemun. Free shuttle services to nearby place of interest but limited timing and space so got to book early. Airport shuttle service available only walk aways from the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in Oct 2012, the hotel is situated in a good location. There are cafes, subway and shops surronding the hotel. This is The hotel to stay in Seoul for travellers be it business or leisure, for its location and free wifi in rooms. The airport bus at 10,000 korean won stops at the hotel's entrance. A pity that we can not stay here for our family's Nov trip as it is fully booked.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I stayed here for three nights recently. The location was great and we really enjoyed being near lots of shops and the afternoon/ evening market. The hotel staff were friendly and the hotel itself was quite comfortable. It is a little worn, and although the room was quite clean there were quite a few large marks on the carpet in the room. The bathroom is small and seems to be a 'pod' that was installed as a complete unit into the room. The reception, bar and restaurant is on the top floor with a good view. Didn't get to eat at the restaurant but had a very strange mojito at the bar. I found the beds to be very hard. The free internet was great! (I would give this three and a half stars but can't figure out how to do the half).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed at Ibis Myeongdong for 4 nights as a solo traveller. Extremely happy with my stay!

After arriving from an overnight (and sleepless) flight at 9am, efficient staff kindly organised for my room to be ready within the hour. Thank you! Reception is located on the top floor.

Room was spacious and spotlessly clean, with an incredibly comfortable bed/doona/pillows. Great view out onto the busy streets of Myeongdong. Bathroom was small - but very clean and functional. Free wifi provided in rooms (which was stable and reliable).

Located in a fantastic spot - numerous restaurants located within a couple of minutes (all varying in cuisine, price, etc). Shopping in immediate area is also great - a couple of huge shopping centres (which I didn't visit), along with the brightly lit shopping lanes of Myeongdong (which was awesome!).

A leisurely 15-20 minute stroll to major Seoul attractions - Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (recommended). And only a 5 minute walk to Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Airport bus 6015 drops/picks up from right outside the hotel - very convenient.

On a side note: A big thank you to the lovely girl on reception who informed me about a free concert by Psy (Gangnam Style) at Seoul City Hall (that happened to be on during my stay) as she thought I might be interested. I went... and it ended up being a huge highlight of my trip to Seoul!

Highly recommended hotel for the Myeongdong area.

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Property: ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
Address: 78, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04534, South Korea
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Location: South Korea > Seoul > Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#21 Family Hotel in Seoul
#36 Business Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong 3*
Number of rooms: 280
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ibis Myeong Dong is located in the heart of the trendiest shopping district in Seoul, with major department stores, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs nearby. The hotel features 280 contemporary style rooms with LCD televisions as well as a restaurant, sauna, gym, business centre, coin operated laundry and parking. Major banks and businesses also have their headquarters in the area and the hotel has two meeting rooms available for up to 40 delegates. ... more   less 
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