The Westin Chosun Seoul
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We are on the plane from Seoul to Hanoi! my new fancy pants Bluetooth keyboard is not working so I am typing away the old fashioned way. Julie is across the way, our seats weren't Together and so far either the Vietnamese aren't too friendly or they didn't know what we were asking when we asked to switch seats. It's a 4-hour flight and strangely …
... ridiculous things written on them in broken English before I left however, so I think that I will need to go back to make some tasteful purchases before I leave Korea.
After a brief nap in the hostel, I made my way back into the city with the intention of heading to N.Seoul Tower. However, when I arrived to Seoul Central Station the weather was inclement, so I went for a walk instead. It seems to me that the central station of any city is one ...
... on the peninsula). After some introduction and after signing a waiver which stated that we were about to enter a hostile area and might die (no joke) a bus brought us to the freedom house.
On the ten minute bus ride we could see the several layers of defense (i.e. electric fences, anti tank walls and mine fields) but also rice fields and forest. Ironically the DMZ is a paradise for animals as it is very untouched and so there are quite a few ...
... One has now been remodelled to include a movie theatre. Incheon also has a movie theatre and it seems a bit strange unless you had a long layover.
I had six flights in total over this trip and a common problem I would encounter is keeping my hand luggage to 7kg. I had to devise innovative ways for later flights in ...
... which are used by the North and South. Items in the room, including flags on the conference table mark the line, as well. Entering the building number three, we had strict instructions not to touch anything, but pictures with the military police were allowed. At this point, inside the building, we could stand on the North Korean side. We were escorted back outside after about ten minutes. My pictures are from both inside and outside of this ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Chosun Seoul
Service was good, room and hotel clean, but does not deserve a 5 star rating. I haven't stayed at any other hotels in Seoul, but compared to similarly priced hotels and hotels with the same stars elsewhere, this hotel was very average. Additionally, the TV didn't work for the 3 days I stayed there which added to my dissapointment.
Great place to stay in Seoul.
For tourism, the location is excellent with everything you could need within walking distance.
Geokbokgung, Insadong, Myeondong and Namdaemun market all within an easy and pleasant walk (all less than 20 minutes stroll from hotel).
The Lotte department store is just around the corner (although you could be in any store in any country - Myeongdong or one of the markets is a more typically Seoul shopping experience).
The rooms at the hotel are great - and the executive floor is great value with the complimentary (and excellent) breakfast and afternoon snacks.
Stay here of you are in Seoul for tourism - if this is full/too expensive, go for the Seoul Plaza, Lotte or Koreana. All equally well placed and all decent.
Old hotel 4* maximum
Nothing special. Need to be renovated asap. Very good location at the downtown of Seoul. If you are looking for restourants or shopping it will be a good choice.If would you like to feel comfortable and feel that you pay 200-300 USD - it is not worth at all. Maximum I can give is 4*. I spent 200 days a year in many hotels around the world - I am able to compare all of them. My advice is - GRAND HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL or PARK HYATT .
Best Hotel in Seoul
I'd consider it the best hotel in Seoul. Being the best attracts one of the higher room rates too. It's become so expensive that I've had to book into another hotel (sob sob).
My only criticism is that the staff are a little snooty. They dress really well and sometimes even better than the hotel guests. It doesn't make for the guest being comfortable.
I loved the Westin Chosun. The location is really good -- you walk out the door and you're next door to the coolest department store in Seoul (the Avenue L), which is connected to the wonderful high-end department store Lotte. The area that the Chosun is in is just fantastic: Myeong-Dong is definitely the place to stay.
I am a very frequent business traveller to Seoul, and have stayed at most of the 5-stars for an extended period of time, including the Westin Chosun. I also had my wedding at the hotel, so I must say I know the hotel very well.
Clean, comfortable, but lots of road noise
I have stayed at the Westin Chosun several times over the past two years.
The good things: Great, gym, and amazinng sauna. Rooms are very well suited for business travellers. Most times my room had a computer and fax/printer. The service is excellent.
The bad: The location is somewhat noisy. The windows are not good at keeping out the sound of the traffic and road noise.
I had a Korean style massage on this last trip. Imagine getting a massing in a steam room. The masseuse is tiny Koreaan man in boxer shorts who literally wrestles you for an hour while dripping sweat on you. But, it was great massage!
Great location and accomodation
This hotel is in a great location and the rooms are clean and spacious. Restaurants are excellent as well. My room and maybe all rooms came equipped with a mobile phone which was an unexpected bonus. If I return to Seoul, I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
My husband and our infant son stayed for four nights here on vacation. We used our Starwood points but be aware when you go overseas, the staff at checkin would not give us a free upgrade (when you are a Gold Starwood member you get a free upgrade). But we persisted and showed them my Starwood card and they gave in (we did this at the Westin in Kyoto, Japan too). We ended up in a Club Level Room with a common area serving complimentary breakfast, drinks and finger food throughout the day. It was great for my son to have access to this service. My husband bought his laptop and we had free wireless internet access on the business floor. I pampered myself in the public bath/spa within the hotel and I got a good body scrub w/ massage for like $20! The room was heavenly! Fluffy pillows, down comforter and a solid crib for my son. The bathroom was pampering with lots of marble, soaking tub and high-end soaps. Our friends there insisted we stay in the Kangnam area hotels but we were very satisfied, as first time visitors, to stay at the Westin as it was near all the major touristic sights. You don't have to pay top dollars to stay at a top hotel. Just join SPG and trade in your points for free nights and BE PERSISTANT with front desk on upgrades!
Have stayed at the Chosun a few times in the last 2-3 years. Like a beautiful woman (or a good plate of pasta) it sweeps me off my feet each time.
Unbeatable location in the city hall area very close to Myungdong shopping district, the subway and 1 of the main palaces. Service is top notch. Good sized rooms tho building itself won't impress. Has a long history to it. 9th Gate restaurant on the main floor is 1 of the top restos in the city - many deals get done or celebrated there. But it (& the hotel itself) is relatively pricey.
You get what you pay for. The Chosun is a tough option to beat.