Welcome back! Here it part II of Holiday Inn: Your Best Hotel Choice in Hongdae, in which we will take a look at the room!
In case you have not read the Part I of this article, you can find it here.
- Our room was a Superior Twin and we stayed for 2 nights. The total cost was 156,420 won including tax and so between the two of us, it was only approx. 78,000 won per person!
If you are scared of heights, I recommend not looking over the side of the glass dividers that line the room floor hallways.
While it may look scary, or even dangerous, there is actually a mesh that prevents anyone from falling.
I mentioned in Part I that this place was the ideal stay for shy people, or anyone wanting to avoid human interaction. To that end, you never need to call reception, there are buttons that call for different services with no need for conversation! For example, there is a “Clean My Room” button you can press to indicate that you’d like your room cleaned.
The Room: First Impressions
I was impressed as soon as I opened the door! Our room was large in comparison with other hotels, especially given the cheap price!
There is a mini hallway just in front of the door as you enter, perfect for storing luggage away from the beds.
- Flat Screen TV with Satellite and Cable Channels
- Free Slippers
This hotel is a Western-style hotel, but don’t forget that you’re still in South Korea! The room is not built so that you have to remove your shoes on entrance, but it does feel a little weird not to do that… or have I been living in Korea too long? Anyway, the slippers are there to be used!
- Complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee sachets
- Storage space and hangers
- Multi Travel Outlet
Above, you can see some photos of the room keys and breakfast bracelets, as well as information regarding the outdoor terrace I mentioned in part I!
What caught my eye was the flyer for the JEJUair restaurant located in the mall next door! You can read more about it here.
Our room was a standard twin — one of the cheapest available, and so the view wasn’t as gorgeous as other hotels, but there is still plenty to see! Furthermore, the large window lets in lots of refreshing natural light.
The bathroom was definitely the highlight of the room. It was so big and the shower is located separately from the toilet — a bonus, given that combined toilet-shower rooms are the norm here in Korea.
- Shampoo and Body Wash
- Bidet function
The laundry and fitness room are located on the same floor.
At the laundry room you can use coin-operated washers and dryers, as well as irons.
Just like an arcade, there are machines available for you to exchange notes for coins. What’s more, if you forgot to bring detergent, you can buy some at the vending machine.
Unfortunately, at the time of my visit, the fitness room was out-of-bounds due to Covid-19.
However, from the hotel site’s photos, it looks like a well-equipped fitness suite!
If you are looking for a hotel to have your business meeting, this is for sure a good option. The meeting room was a large size and had a sleek design.
- 24-hour front desk
- Business centre
- Currency exchange
- Baggage storage
- Daily housekeeping
- Wake-up call
Location and Getting There
Address: Aekyung, 188 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul Check In: 3:00pm~ Check Out: ~12:00pm Reservations: hiex-seoulhongdae.com
From Hongik University Station Exit 4, walk straight and turn left. There you will find the entrance to the AK& shopping mall and Holiday Inn Express Hongdae
AK& Shopping Mall
As I mentioned before, the ‘Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae’ is located in the same building of the AK& Shopping mall. Take a look at the article below to find out more!
Booking at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae was definitely worth it! For a reasonable price you get a comfortable hotel equipped with great amenities in the perfect location. Who could ask for more?
If you have already stayed here, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!
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