While these pictures aren’t up my my normal standard of quality (I took them on a Samsung Note 3), I wanted to write about my experience staying in various hotels while in South Korea. I’m a person who really like staying in hotels and finds them to be an exciting aspect of being on vacation.
South Korea, 서울시 마포구 서교동 351-29번지
The space was quite charming. Generally I imagine the hotel is used for overnights after clubbing in the area but I stayed for an entire week. My birth sister came to visit and mentioned how it reminded her of her own apartment.
In the entry area there was a nice vanity/sink area with a random set up stairs that didn’t actually go anywhere. However, they were handy for storing my luggage and random items.
One of the things that I appreciated about traveling around Korea in the past were the fancy bidet toilets. I’m not ashamed to say that it was an important criteria when browsing for hotels. They’re very nice, especially the heated seat feature. I wish that they were more popular int he U.S.
I also am fond of the Korean style of showering, where you kind of just shower in the middle of the bathroom. Everything gets wet but it doesn’t really matter because you wear rubber bathroom slippers when you’re in there other times anyways. I like the ability to hold the shower head so I can wash my hair more effectively and whatnot.
The bed at this hotel was nice because it was pushed up against the window and had a very lovely view of the area. It was especially beautiful at night because of all of the lights. Hongdae is known for being a university town/party area so it’s full of nightlife!
A nice flatscreen was mounted at the foot of the bed and had LOTS of channels! I really enjoyed being able to watch all of the Korean shows that I like without having to do it on a computer. Something about being able to just turn on the TV and see the content that I normally watch on the internet being broadcasted live felt very fulfilling.While the staff at the hotel didn’t necessarily speak the best English, I was able to get by because my Korean is decent. Although it could be a problem for those who don’t speak Korean. Regardless, in awkward moments of not being able to communicate through verbal language, I’ve found in the past that Koreans tend to be quite patient and good about helping tourists (AKA my white parents) through nonverbal gestures.
The hotel was a little bit hard to find because the entrance was hidden in an alley but it was close to subway access, lots of shopping, restaurants, nightlife and other entertainment. I highly recommend it for younger people looking to experience some fun in Seoul.
South Korea, 서울특별시 종로구 서울특별시 종로구 인사동5길 38 (관훈동, 관훈빌딩)
This hotel was a cultural shock after staying in Hongdae. It’s clearly designed for Western travelers and looked like a hotel that I would’ve stayed at in the United States. Insadong is an area known for traditional art, theater and sight seeing so it tended to have a more tourist/business professional atmosphere.The loss of being able to shower in the middle of the bathroom was a bit of a bummer. I also missed the openness of my previous unit in Hongdae but it was still nice experiencing another hotel.
One of the great things about CenterMark were the coin operated laundry facilities. Being on vacation, it’s always annoying not being able to wash your clothes or having to pay a massive amount for the hotel to do it. I was very appreciative to be able to do it myself.
The hotel was near the Sejong Grand Theater, where I saw VIXX member Ken (재환) in the musical Chess. It was a convenient location where I was able to walk from the hotel to the venue. There were a lot of other interesting areas that I could go to without having to take the subway like 쌈지길 (Ssamjigil) featuring many different art shops and other interesting items. Along with 광화문광장 (Gwanghwamun Square) and 경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung Palace).
1303-14 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
I’ve never stayed in Gangnam or spent much time in the area during past trips to Korea so I wanted to experience it. After being in other parts of Seoul, it was quite different especially when exploring 압구정 (Apgujeong). It was interesting seeing all of the rich Koreans and noticing differences like how the subway stations were nicer.
While it was difficult for my taxi driver to find the hotel and despite getting lost for a little while, he was extremely kind. I guess it comes up weird on GPS so that’s something to note if you stay here.
The hotel looks very modern but I did notice right away that the walls were not very noise isolating and I could hear the faintest movements coming from other rooms.
I also noticed there was a musty smell of the pillows. Normally hotel pillows don’t smell like that so I remember it very clearly. However, it was a comfortable bed in a nice room so I wouldn’t let that deter you from staying here. It’s just something that I recall.
The front entryway had a nice little “kitchen” area hidden in the closet. Great for cooking ramen.
Random note: I really love the soft lighting in the right picture.
Since you’ve made it this far, you’ll know that I definitely opted for a bidet for my final hotel. 3/3 was a lovely win for me!
The shower actually had a door and was separated but due to the way the floor was, it still had that Korean bathroom charm for me.
Ocloud was near a lot of great shopping and food. Although that tends to be a thing no matter where you are in Seoul. It’s just a great city overall. I spent a lot of time exploring other areas beyond where I was staying because the subway system is so easy and convenient. I really liked being able to walk a few blocks to subway access.
One of the nice things about staying in the Gangnam area was that I was able to do some exploring and see some of the entertainment company buildings in Apgujeong. I sought out Jellyfish Entertainment purposefully because VIXX is my favorite. I also wanted to see Cube Entertainment and happened to wander by JYP because it was on the same street.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Seoul, these hotels are very wonderful options among many. I would recommend all of them! Looking at them again makes me nostalgic and want to hop on an airplane right now.