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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.
Great hotel, great value
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.
The gym in the Chosun is my favorite business hotel gym. It's not too big, just right and has all the equipment. I had a great workout there. Also, the pool is very good to swim laps in, and the sauna facilities are excellent. I also got a fantastic haircut in the barbershop, and the massage in the steam room was the best I've had in a long time. (Caution: you're totally exposed and a short Korean man "beats" you up as part of the massage, it's painful at the time but feels great afterwards!)
There's a cheesey bar called O'Kim's, which is actually an Irish pub in the basement owned by a Korean who had travelled to Ireland and loved it there. The drinks are expensive but the night entertainment there was good. My friends and I went to see "Foton Duo" a few times. They were entertaining.
Finally, I think the food in the restaurant looked great, although there are so many dining options nearby that I didn't actually eat in any of the restaurants. But I'm sure they're good.
I think the Chosun is a great hotel and delivers great value. The location is fantastic, the amenities are good, and the overall vibe is just awesome. I thought the staff provided excellent service. All in all I enjoyed my stay and wouldn't hesitate staying there again.
One of the Better Options in the City
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.
The real merit of this hotel is that there are no real de-merits, unlike most of the other 5-stars. Rooms are well-furnished and spacious (by Seoul standard), and sufficiently luxurious. Biz center is great - Chosun, due to its location, serves as one of the most popular meeting places for business. Speaking of location, the hotel is the clear best option in the city hall district (others being the Plaza and Lotte).
All the restaurants are quite good. The Japanese is one of the best in the city. Chinese also serviceable, with good view. The French/Continental (Ninth Gate) is better than serviceable, with a good view of the garden. The others are fine as well, including the Italian and the deli. Curiously-named O'Kims is a good place for after-hours, but the beer is strangely bad I thought.
Barber shop on the premise is one of the best places for cut/shave/massage treatment in the city. Very old school. Actually, that's the best way to describe the hotel in general - old school. It is the oldest Western-style hotel in the country. The service is quiet and unassuming.
Nothing very spectacular about the place, but the stay, in all aspects, would be pleasant and comfortable.
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.
$0 for Four Nights - great deal!
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.