Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by traveler740 Great hotel and super nice staff
I really enjoy my stay at Holiday Inn SEONGBUK. The guy who working in front of the hotel is very dedicated to his work. He greets and help guests come and depart with great smile ( even thought Seoul is quite now and he need to stay outside of the hotel full day). I also need to give a the front staff a big thanks. I was taking a DMZ tour which arranged by the hotel (10% off for the morning tour). I forgot my iphone at the tour bus. When I told the front staff (a girl, and sorry I can't remember her name), she quickly help me to contact the tour company and located the phone. Also thanks the on-duty manager as well.
The hotel is about 10 min walk to line 4 Girem Station. If you don't like the walk, just take the taxi to there (it is quite cheap to ride the taxi at Seoul). Dongdeamun is only four stops from there. Mengdong is another 2 stops away. Mengdong is a very alive area especially after 6 pm. All stores (high end stores or stores for average people) remain open and a lot of street foods to fill you up, Hotel also offer a free shuttle to both place four times per day (make sure remember where they are picking you up). Hotel provide the mini map to show you how to walk from hotel to Girem station (just ask the front desk).
There is nice restaurant and bakery at the hotel. There is also a lot of good restaurants behind the hotel, but you may need to point at the pictures or the neighbor tables for the order because they speak limited English.
Thanks again for all the staff at the hotel.
February 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by peter8210 Recent stay
Hotel is good and efficient.
Staff is courtesy helpful and efficient.
February 22, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by AndrewSFO Strange location, older property, but okay for a night's stay
I've stayed here 3 times when passing through Seoul ... The primary reason I stay here is it's the only Holiday Inn in Seoul, and it's right on the direct bus line to Incheon Airport.... so it's easy to find. There's a bus that goes directly from Incheon to the property.
The upside is the staff are very friendly and nice. They try very hard to make the stay pleasant and accommodate the needs of guests.
On the downside, the location isn't great. It's a bit out of downtown, and there's really no food selection aside from Korean food. On the last trip, I'd been in Asia for a week, and it was my last night in Asia and I was at this hotel. I wandered around outside for blocks and nothing but Korean food. Many of the more touristy\international hotel areas have more of a diverse selection of international food. I'd ended up coming back to the room and just ordering room service, which was mediocre.
The hotel is old ... and it shows it's age. I was upgraded to the business floor, and unfortunately it wasn't much of an upgrade. The room was small, not uncommon of a room in Asia, but the overall furniture and design was old and stale. It had a full size desktop computer in the room, which I found to be really weird. It had a bathroom and bedroom that looked to be the same design as when it was built in the 60s.
I think if I were to go again for a night I'd likely look elsewhere. There are some really cool hotels downtown right in the heart of it all.... and I'd rather be closer to all that. IHG doesn't have much presence in Seoul for whatever reason, so I suppose I'll have to look outside the brand group to get better amenities.
February 11, 2014