When the university warned us all returning faculty to China would have to undergo 14 days of isolation with out the chance to go get food (‘vegetables will be provided’) — our ‘vacation’ in Korea was promptly extended 😂
We already posted our less than lovely abode in Myeongdong at the Merlin Hotel, so pretty clear we wanted to find a new, slightly MORE lovely abode if we were gonna be staying another month. Not living with permanent back pain from torture was our ambitious, but hopeful quest. 😎
While looking for our next erm. . . economy? 🤔 dirt cheap? . . . destination, we stopped by the G2 Hotel Myeongdong for a night out. We were filtering results by ‘bed review’ and these popped up:
‘The bed was great’ . . . We were hooked! 😍🥰🥳
What We Were Looking For: Good Value for the Money, Short Stay, Nice Bed! We really wanted something in the area with a decent bed, good breakfast, and potential laundry options.
Conclusion: 😊 (4 out of 5 stars)
=Cost (💲💲💲): $93 / night (incl. taxes & breakfast for two) — Pricey. But yah know. . . for want of a bed it was worth it 😂 Plus, the price included breakfast – which was probably valued at about $25 per person? We could stock up at breakfast and skip lunch 😀
There was one rather large issue — a surprise deposit of one night at the hotel. 😨 Yeah. . . you heard right. We purchase (pre-paid) one night at the hotel and upon arrival they wanted a 100% deposit as well. It would be returned. . . . after a ‘couple of weeks.’ 😡🤬😱 They finally agreed to remove it for us, but heads up to potential travelers. A lot of money to tie up for weeks without returning interest!
Location(🧭): When you’re lugging a 50lb suitcase + backpacks around, you want a good location for the destination. 🎒 This hotel is ‘centrally located’ between Chungmuro Station, Myeongdong Station, and Euljiro 3 Station. By centrally. . . we mean not really close to any of them 😂 When branching out into Myeongdong, it’s a pretty nice spot to be from. Dragging our suitcases was a pain. Qalks are kind of narrow and there is lots of activity. Not super long though – maybe 10 – 15 minutes lugging bags.
You can take Line 4 to Myeongdong Station (Exit 10), Line 3 to Chungmuro Station (Exit 5), or Lines 2 / 3 to Euljiro 3 Station (Exit 12).
We went via Euljiro because 1) closer and 2) elevator all the way up from the subway platform! 🤗
Key landmarks by hotel for guidance: See picture 2 below. These are from 2020 and may change. . . .
Staff Friendliness (👨🏻): Lovely folks! The people downstairs and in the restaurant were very lovely and polite. They handled our complaints about the deposit well, which is always a check in the ‘pro’ column! Rock on guys!
Communication (📞): Pretty good English wise — you should have issues with a standard in-and-out stay. Of course if a snake were to sneak through the lobby or an elephant come marching through – it might be a different story. . . but you know!
Cleanliness (🛀🏻): 🥰 No hairs! No bugs! Just clean, snugly sheets and a really nice room.
Room Amenities (🛌🏻):
Sweet! The beds were every bit as comfortable as they promised 😴😴😴😴 After we grabbed some food and hit the sack, we crashed until the next day 🤣 Didn’t even use the nice bathtub! After weeks at the terrible torture beds – this was so NICE! 😭
Hit the shampoos / conditioner handouts with joy – they smelled so good!! Black Tea with lemon, Camilla, and all sorts of yummy scents. The towels were nice and big — many hotels in Korea give you hand towels only! And it had a BATHTUB! 😍😍 Wow! Anyone who’s been to Asia will know just how awesome that is!
- Free Laundry Facilities (downstairs)
- Kettle & Hair Dryer, etc
- Nicely Smelling handouts
- Free waters
So amazing! We did get breakfast included in the price, so we had to check it out. Super delicious and filled with actually good semi-western foods! Wow! So many hotels offer ‘western restaurants’ turning out to be ‘toast’ (see our next hotel 🙄) — this one was worth the price.
Nearby Attractions (🎏👜🍽⛩💲🚅)
Of course the subways are there – covering three of the major central lines (2, 3, and 4). Myeongdong shopping is within walking distance, as is Namdaemun’s street markets. There is the Namsangol Hanok Village (post upcoming) is in the area too. Great food — fun area to be in of an evening!
We were worn out and decided to run to a Donkkaseu / Tonkatsu 돈까쓰 restaurant nearby (On the hotel side of the street back towards Euljiro-3 station direction). Donkkaseu is fried Pork Cutlets, usually served with some kind of sliced cabbage, rice, and some side dishes 🤩 The one we stopped at was a local small shop (two tables wide in the larger part). Packed the whole time and boy was it yummy! We got the regular and one with cheese 😍😍😍
This is a lovely hotel with great locational offerings and nice amenities! The laundry room, the great breakfast, the local food and shopping — it’s a really nice place to stay.
The only detractions were the deposit and the distance from the subway (only an issue with suitcases).
It’s priced pretty up there, but is very reasonable for the price it has. I don’t often pay $100 for a hotel since I prefer to spend my money on local attractions. But if you want a nice hotel in a safe area with great staff, this is a good place to stop by!
Worth a stay! Great Bed!
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