from Irvine, California
Submitted on 03-06-2016
loved my stay at the Metro Hotel. I initially booked a room at this hotel after all the positive TripAdvisor reviews and i was not let down! this was my first visit to Seoul and i was at the Metro Hotel for 4 nights and had no issues or troubles at all during my time here. the only slightly weird part is the set-up where check-in and the front desk are on the 9th floor and the rest of the rooms are under that on rooms 3-8. never been to a hotel with a set-up like that but it wasn't too inconveni...
loved my stay at the Metro Hotel. I initially booked a room at this hotel after all the positive TripAdvisor reviews and i was not let down! this was my first visit to Seoul and i was at the Metro Hotel for 4 nights and had no issues or troubles at all during my time here. the only slightly weird part is the set-up where check-in and the front desk are on the 9th floor and the rest of the rooms are under that on rooms 3-8. never been to a hotel with a set-up like that but it wasn't too inconvenient since breakfast is served on the 9th floor too and if you book direct through the hotel, then your breakfast is included with your rate. and in fact the prices on their website were cheaper than any third party site i found anyway (I paid about $110 USD per night)
as for the breakfast, the selection isnt that extensive but its more than enough to start your day off right. personal fave was the gimbap but the menu does change a little bit each day and it's a mix of asian and western style foods. other than that, there is no on-site restaurant or bar, but you won't need it! there's a starbucks, restaurant, and smoothie place all in the same building if you're really that lazy haha...but you're right in the heart of myeongdong with tons of restaurant choices and if you just need to stock up on some snacks or water, then there's a 7-11 just steps away too. loved all the restaurants, bar, shops, vendors, massage places, and the list goes on and on that were available to me right outside of the hotel.
as for sight seeing, myeongdong is a site in and of itself haha...but other than that, namdaemun and dongdaemun markets are just a 10-minute subway ride away and the palaces and other tourist sites are easily accessible. the only sites that are a bit farther away is anything south of the river which is about a 40 minute subway ride but since the subway stop, Euljiro 1-ga (Green, Line 2) is just a 1-minute walk from the hotel, its really not that inconvenient! haha...and if that isn't enough convenience, then Myeongdong station (Blue, Line 4) is maybe a 6-7 walk away so you have options haha. and if you wanted to avoid subways, we were even able to walk to City Hall in about 10 minutes! as a tourist without a car, i found these transportation conveniences so invaluable to me during the trip. oh and Airport Limousine Bus 6015 to/from icheon airport is super easy to use! you get dropped off at the Ibis Hotel/Lotte Hotel stop and its just a 3-5 minute walk and even with luggage, its not bad at all. 15,000 won one-way but i think its your best option for airport transportation needs.
as for the hotel rooms itself, it was such a nice place to get back to after a long day out exploring the city. we were upgraded upon check-in to a comfort twin (awesome surprise) and the room was pretty spacious since it had 2 queen beds - plenty of room for just 2 people haha. free wi-fi worked well, you get 2 bottled waters per day plus there was a hot water dispenser and instant coffee/tea in the room. the rooms are nothing fancy but they are clean and loved the minimalist almost hipster-y decor. no issues with housekeeping and the front desk staff went above and beyond making calls for us since we didnt speak Korean when we needed help. thank you to the Metro hotel for making my first (but definitely not last) trip to Seoul such a memorable one!