Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myondong

  • Room Type : Executive Twin Room
  • Stay Nights : 2 nights
  • Stay Num : 2 people

I stayed at "Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myeongdong" because it is in Myeongdong area, being a 4 -stars hotel but cheap. I was looking for a hotel close to Myeongdong station and most of the hotels had no vacant room except this hotel. As I looked at the picture, the hotel looked beautiful and the access seemed to be good. It was also attractive to have room with LINE Friends room featuring LINE popular character, though we didn't stay that room this time.

Exterior, entrance, and reception of the room

It is fashionable with a modern appearance.

As the night comes, the sign on the hotel rooftop will be covered with lights, so it is easy to understand even from afar.

There is a sign of the hotel at the entrance.

The sign on the entrance also lights up at night.

The entrance was double doors.

There was a mat with the hotel name at the entrance.

As I entered into the building, a very big LINE friends' character Brown welcomed me and it made me excited.

There is a front desk on the right side of the entrance.

There was a hotel sign at the back of the front desk.

Lighting is also wonderful.

lobby

Next to the lobby, there is a restaurant "Marcelle", and it seems like you can have tea in the lobby.

View from the lobby. Bamboo was planted around the hotel, and it was very beautiful at night with lights.

Front floor elevator hall

Elevator button panel. Brown and Sally stickers were on the 14th floor with LINE friends room!

When I get off the elevator on the 14th floor, LINE friends character welcomed me. Unfortunately we could not stay in this room, but I'd like to stay on this floor next time.

Room floor elevator hall

Room floor corridor

Executive Twin Room

The key to the room was the card type.

Card key socket. The room is air-conditioned.

Room felt a little bit small. You can not walk through the room unless you open the suitcase with half side on the wall. The room was bright and beautiful, with pictures decorated on the bed. It is a calm impression with interior decoration with timber materials.

The bed was comfortable and I soon got to sleep. Although a typhoon hit during my stay, I could not hear the sound of the wind.

There was a desk and a chair right next to the bed and the window, but if the two beds are not clinging, there's no space between the bed and chair. There was a bench (luggage table) beside the desk.

Desk and chair. Because there was no mirror in the bedroom, I thought that it would have been better if there was a mirror around the desk.

There was also a TV set opposite the bed. It was a clean design of wall-hanging style.

View from the room

Bathroom

Immediately on entering the bathroom, there was a bathtub made of cypress on the right side, with a nice scent of cypress. The bathtub was just beyond the wall seen from the bed, so I thought it would be better if there were a little more space between them.

It was a bit disappointing that the bathtub was rather narrow with a square shape and I could not stretch my legs. But I often walk in Korea and there are many slopes so it was nice to have a bathtub, at least. I can relax and get rid of my fatigue.

Apart from the bathtub, there was also a shower room. The shower head was big, but the water pressure was not strong enough.

The toilet was a washlette type.

There was a wash basin on the opposite side of the bathtub, on the left side as soon as I entered the bathroom. The washstand was also clean, but I did not know how to open the drain valve, and I struggled to drain the water.

Amenity was prepared on the sink. Amenity included shampoo, conditioner, body soap, soap, tooth brush set, comb and vanity kit etc. When I used a toothbrush set on the first day, they provided new one on the next day. I thought that it would be convenient if there was lotion and milky lotion.

Towels / hair drier was also prepared under the sink.

Closet and Safety Deposit Box

An open closet appears on the left after you enter the room. Several hangers were prepared.

A gown was also prepared here. The texture feels good on the skin.

There was also slippers under the open closet.

The safety box was in the second drawer of the desk. It was of the type of setting the PIN number.

Mini bar / in-room coffee

There was also in-room coffee set. Electric kettle, 2 glasses, 2 coffee cups, instant coffee, and tea bag were prepared. The electric kettle could boil water very quickly. However, the coffee was too weak. Korea has many cafes and coffee is delicious, but it was a bit disappointing taste.

A refrigerator was also installed.

Inside the refrigerator

Restaurants in the hotel

On the basement floor there was a buffet style restaurant called "SOM - C".

"SOM - C" seems to be a Korean style buffet. It is open only for breakfast and lunch.

There was also an Italian restaurant called "Marcelle" on the first floor.

At "Marcelle" you can have Italian cuisine at dinner time and it will be available as a cafe during tea time.

Facilities in the hotel

There was also fitness centers available for free 24 hours in the hotel.

A personal computer was available in the lobby on the first floor. It seems it's open for 24 hours for free.

There was also an art gallery in the restaurant "SOM - C" on the basement floor. Admission free.

There is a roof top bar on the rooftop of the hotel, which seems to be able to enjoy the whole view of Seoul, but when we stayed we could not go outside due to the typhoon. I would like to go there next time I come.

Hotel surroundings environment

It is a bit far from the main streets with a lot of traffic, so there was no concern about the noise of the cars at all. There are not so many people out at night, but I think that I felt safe unless I walk alone. However, I hear that there are many pickpockets in Korea, so I think you have to pay attention to it.

Lotte Department Store

Bank of Korea

Seoul Tower

Incheon Chinatown

Staff & Customers

There was no inconvenience at all. When we asked for a map, they printed out the map and gave me directions. In Korea, it was always the case for you to go out on the street and catch a taxi, but the staff called taxis for us which helped us a lot.

There were many people from a lot of different countries at the hotel, but I think that there were many Japanese and Chinese people. Group guests such as families, couples, and young people's group were main.

Access

From Incheon Airport, take the limousine bus 6015 and get off at Namdaemun Market. I got there in one hour. When I got off the bus, I was relieved as I saw the hotel in front of me. Since there are not many cars on the road, it’s located 50 meters uphill through the underground street. Next to the hotel, there was a convenience store open for 24 hours. Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong are close, so we can walk to there on foot. Because of the typhoon, I could not go to the Namdaemun market this time, but I would like to visit there next time I stay at this hotel.

The nearest train station is about 10 minutes on foot.

Summary

It was nice to stay at this hotel. The hotel room was a bit small, but the cleaning was done properly, so we could spend comfortably. Transportation access was also perfect. It is a 4 star hotel but cheap! This was the most attractive point.

Amenity was enough, and one bottle of water a day was provided everyday. The bed was comfortable and I got up a little late in the morning of the second day. I was thinking about canceling this trip due to the typhoon, but fortunately it stopped raining from the afternoon of the second day and I could enjoy my trip to Korea. Next time, when I visit Korea, I would like to stay here again.

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