Review: Golden Seoul Hotel (Seoul, South Korea)

June 15, 2015



Seoul is such a calm and beautiful city. I was posted there for a work trip the past week and everything was paid for, so I didn't really have a say when it comes to accommodation. But despite not having a choice, it was a pleasant hotel to stay at. Read on to check out my verdict on this four star hotel in Gangseo-gu.

Golden Seoul Hotel (4-star hotel)
663, Gonghang-daero, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Period of stay: 27 May - 2 June 2015
Room booked: Superior Twin (Room 1419)
Price: ₩844,800 (Approx. $1,020 for 7 days)

View from room:

I read a few tips from Trip Advisor saying how there are two sides to the hotel and if you're lucky, you'll get the river/city view instead of having your view blocked by another building. I did not know for sure which rooms would be the best before checking in but thank god, my view wasn't the latter.

Location & Amenities:

Seeing how big Seoul is, I think location plays a super important role when choosing your accommodation. As for this hotel - I think the location was perfect for a school trip because there wasn't anything much around the area (except for a convenient store, a tiny restaurant as pictured and a stretch of shops that close pretty early) so even if students were to sneak out in the middle of the night, there is nowhere for them to go.




The subway station is less than ten minutes walk away, Daiso near the subway station, a few coffee chains and a small Paris Baguette around the corner but if given a choice to come to Seoul on a holiday, I would definitely pick a hotel that is closer to Dongdaemun or around Hongik University so I'd be more accessible to shopping grounds.

Staff & Room Service:
Koreans are generally polite people. Though sometimes they do utter something in Korean and give a smirk, I'm sure they mean well. The staffs were pretty friendly and efficient, given the many requests that we kept giving them, they still delivered. There were a few hiccups though, involving room allocations and function hall bookings - but they were all settled within a day, so I think that's good enough.

Their room service was excellent too, with very helpful lady staffs. You will have to click on this high tech touch screen menu at the side of the room door to request for them to make up room - not the usual "hang a signage on the door" style. My room was always cosy and well made up whenever I came back in the evening. Pretty satisfied.

Room & Hotel Facilities:



Quite a straight forward room, with nothing extravagant. Honestly, I expected more from a 4-star hotel but I read somewhere that the level of ratings for a hotel vary differently from country to country. I should really keep my expectations on the down low. Even so, I think the rooms were really well kept. I got the room on the highest floor, so there was very minimal noise from the corridors but there were a few loud noises from the rooftop bar on some nights.




I checked out their website before checking in and saw that they had a "fitness centre" on their grounds. I was honestly disappointed with this one because there were only three machines, yoga mats that looked like they haven't been washed for awhile and absolutely no ventilation. For the seven days that I was there, I kept working out in the lobby infront of the fitness centre instead of in the fitness centre itself. Literally, no air.




The only thing that made up for it was the underused massage chair, which I definitely fully utilized during my entire stay.

Breakfast:




I was actually pretty satisfied with their breakfast selections. Though there were some instances where some food items were repeated over the days, there was a huge variety of food items to choose from, all categorized properly under different sections of the buffet area. I get excited for hotel breakfasts everytime I'm on holiday and I think this was one of my favorites.




What I Liked:
The massage chair. Paris Baguette and Daiso right around the corner. Plus I really loved their alfresco breakfast dining area. I don't watch any of their dramas, but it had all the Korean vibes to it.

What I Didn't Like:
The super un-breathable gym space, if that is even a word, hahaha.

Would I Stay Here Again?
50/50 as of now. I have not been to any other hotel in Seoul and neither have I ever been to Seoul before this, so I really am in no position to give a complete thumbs up or down to this hotel. However, it was a pleasant stay with very minimal hiccups and as much as I wish it was right smack in the middle of a shopping district, the subway station was just a short walk away. Fuss free hotel, definitely.




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