Since we did our fair share of traveling while we were here in Korea, I put together some reviews of hotels that we stayed at in different cities. If anyone is looking to travel to South Korea or are already here and want to travel to a city other than where they reside, these reviews may be of use to you!
On our roadtrips to Seoul, the hotel we stayed at was the Hotel Samjung.
From the outside the hotel looks like your typical New York City street hotel.
And on the inside, you can expect to find the same thing as your mid-range hotel in NYC as well.
The lobby is small but has plenty of open space to navigate through.
The rooms (from what we saw) range from tiny to small. We had a very tiny room that didn’t leave much space for us considering the amount of baggage that travels with a baseball family on a road trip.
The bed was queen-sized but position against the back of the bathroom wall.
The bathroom in this particular room was of a decent size but did not have any of the features of the bathrooms in the bigger rooms. A toilet, shower with tub and a sink area.
The sink area had an open drain below and in the evening the smell coming from the floor drain and the shower drain was absolutely retched.
Outside of the bathroom was a few shelves with “mini bar” options and a fridge below and next to this area was a double door closet. No drawer space in the room except for in the nightstand.
The rooms had large windows that were nice for allowing ample amount of natural light into the room and also gave views of the city of Seoul.
Like other hotels that we stayed in throughout Korea, the carpets were old and very stained throughout. And…hot water was hit or miss.
Off of the lobby of the hotel is the hotel lounge area, Maris Lounge, which features live music at night and is a nice, casual atmosphere for night cap.
In the morning, this area serves as the breakfast buffet as well and offers traditional Korean breakfast fare along with American foods as well.
In the center of the lobby, the Deli Shop is located, offering freshly baked breads and pastries. On the 12th floor of the hotel is the Sky Buffet Restaurant and a Japensese and a Korean restaurant are also available for dining in the hotel in addition to room service.
The spa and fitness center that are located on the basement floor of the hotel are only for men, so if you are a female looking to get in a workout, you will have to take to the streets for a run.
The staff at Hotel Samjung is beyond helpful and the majority speak very clear English. Not one individual that I had an encounter with at this hotel was not willing to assist me in any way that they could and all of them went out of their way to say hello or ask how my day was going.
They were particularly helpful with getting taxis for us and for informing the drivers of our desired destinations.
The area outside of the hotel is like stepping into the streets of New York.
There are plenty of bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, shops, etc. lining the streets and even more only a short walk or taxi ride away.