Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel

188, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu Aekyung Tower, Seoul 04051 South Korea
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4.5
#101 of 517 hotels in Seoul
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Experience a relaxing stay at the best location for Seoul travel. Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, strategically located in one of the most beloved dining and entertainment districts in Seoul, is conveniently accessed by airport train from Incheon International Airport. It is the smart choice for savvy travellers who look to enjoy the best location at the best value. The hotel's lift is connected to the AK Plaza shopping mall, providing easy access to shopping. Additionally, Hongdae's vibrant dining and entertainment hub is just a few minutes' walk away. There, visitors can find a variety of fashion and beauty brand stores inspired by K-Pop culture and trends, famous restaurants and cafes, street busking at Yeontral Park and many more. Hongdae subway station, right next to the hotel, provides easy access to the popular Myeong-deong, Dongaemun and other must-see places in Seoul. Enjoy a relaxing stay at our 294 guest rooms with high-quality bedding and cosy interiors.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
24-hour security
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Safe
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese, Korean
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188, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu Aekyung Tower, Seoul 04051 South Korea
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Great for walkers
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Grade: 94 out of 100
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Gimpo Intl Airport
Incheon Intl Airport
27.2 mi
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Hongik University
4 minSeoul Metropolitan Subway
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Clary wrote a review Apr 2023
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location of the hotel was superb. It was just meters from Hongik Univ station and walkable to the hongdae main shopping street. The hotel was also above a mall which could be accessed by the hotel lift.

Rooms were clean and although small, it had everything we needed. Loved that they provided both a soft and a firm pillow to suit individual preferences. The floor to ceiling windows also let lots of natural light in which we appreciated, and also allowed for a great view of Hongdae.

Staff was friendly. Check in process was pleasant and the housekeeping staff was very attentive and kind. She ensured that all our needs were met.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Eunsun Lee, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Responded 18 Apr 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will make changes to improve the guest experience. Hope to have another chance to make your stay perfect and more enjoyable, please visit us again on your next visit to Seoul and we look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely yours, Front Office Team
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JC wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Both of my stays in HIEX Seoul Hongdae were very pleasant (first one was back in Dec 2019)

Special mention to Minwoo (one of the security staff if I remember correctly) for helping to push me on the wheelchair when we wanted to change rooms due to ski injury in Dec 2019.

Breakfast spread was the best among all the HIEX properties I have been to, I wouldn’t mind waking up earlier for it. (Breakfast ends at 930am) For HIEX properties, I usually skip the breakfast as the breakfast spread and service is normally just average (HK, Italy, Singapore, Thailand) otherwise horrible. (Kuala Lumpur)

Breakfast staff was very helpful, especially the tall guy who is always standing at the breakfast entrance. He was very helpful when my partner kept asking him for help to steam the milk. (many times...)

The rooms are comfortable and have basic amenities that you may need and 2 universal sockets but it can be pretty cramped if you have big 4 luggage.

Location wise, it is perfectly situated near the bustling streets of Hongdae, and connected to a small mall. There are also many convenient stores nearby (one at the ground level, one directly opposite and many more nearby)

Definitely staying here again the next time I’m back in Seoul!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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C.EL wrote a review Sept 2020
Osaka, Japan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly, when I first booked a "Holiday Inn Express" I did not expect much, but it was during their opening period and the prices were lower than other hotels in Hongdae. I'm so glad I booked it. I believe I booked a Family Room for the price of a Standard during Jan of 2019.

Anyways, upon arrival, I was in instant shock. I've never stayed in a Holiday Inn in Asia before, but now I know, Holiday Inns in Asia are like 3-4 star hotels in America. Usually Holiday Inns in America are dodgy and are like 2 star motels. There is a shopping mall on the first floor of this hotel building and there's an entrance to Hong Ik Station literally 10 seconds away from the door. The lobby was big and grand. The standard room is quite small. It would be a little tight for 2, but not that bad. I definitely feel that the twin bed room is bigger than the double bed but I don't know if that's just me. What's amazing is that every guests gets free breakfast daily. I've never woken up early enough for that but I heard it was pretty good considering the price.

The staffs are also very friendly. The second time I went back, they even gave me a free gift: A transportation card with Holiday Inn Hongdae as the picture. There is no real upgrade for Platinum members, but I requested a high floor both times and got it without a problem. I'll be back for sure.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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MisterUserName wrote a review Mar 2023
Atlanta, Georgia
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice hotel in a great location in Hongdae. Room 1413 is a corner unit with a view of a busy Hongik Unversity Street. Plus, many other famous local attractions walking distance from the hotel.
Room was on the smaller size than what I’m used to, but it had almost all the basics - queen size bed, mini fridge, wireless phone charger, slippers, two bottles of water, flat screen TV, small bathroom with a bidet, and small walk-in shower with shampoo/conditioner and body wash.
The laundry room had two washers and two dryers. Cost 4,000 won each. Also had two ironing boards.
The fitness center had two treadmills, an elliptical, a stationary bike, some dumbbells, and that’s about it. The treadmills had wireless phone charging station and they both worked.
Buffet breakfast was average in terms of taste - kimchi, pot of rice, stir fried rice with shrimp, sausage, scrambled eggs, pastries, some fruit, dry cereal, a pho station… average Holiday Inn Express taste
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view
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Response from Eunsun Lee, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Responded 22 Apr 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will make changes to improve the guest experience. Hope to have another chance to make your stay perfect and more enjoyable, please visit us again on your next visit to Seoul and we look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely yours, Front Office Team
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Ben wrote a review Jan 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived hotel quite early morning but staff offer me an early check-in. I'm really impressed.

I booked superior room and the room is very clean. There are all necessary amenities in the room except bath robe.

I think all of room include free breakfast, so a lot of guest attend dining room. However there are enough table. Even staff told me that breakfast will be close at 10.30 am but they always postpone until all of guest finish their breakfast. They very work hard.

I recommend this hotel for all tourist, hotel located on airport train station and main subway station. You can walk to Hongdae shopping street, it just 100 meters from hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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thelonious22 wrote a review Jun 2021
Seongnam
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location right next to the Hongdae subway exit is excellent. Despite every single room being booked, staff were efficient checking people in, elevator wait was never long, and breakfast crowd was never out of control. Room was a little small but our baby crib fit just fine and it was spotless. Staff were professional and it was a comfortable stay. We will be back.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Yiming wrote a review 1 Jul
Los Angeles, California
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel has a lot going for it. It's clean, modern, and comfortable, and very conveniently located. There is an entrance to the subway station right next to the hotel entrance and the Arex train to the airport stops here (it's about little more than an hour to get to Incheon airport from here). The Hongdae shopping and dining area is just outside, and the hotel itself is attached to a big mall. Staff was very courteous, and the breakfast buffet was decent. The rooms (at least the ones not facing inward) have gorgeous views of Seoul. Rooms are Seoul-sized, which means they are quite small and may be a tight squeeze for two people. As an IHG Platinum member, I was upgraded to a city-view room and received some points as a welcome amenity.

Two things that made this stay not so enjoyable. First was the smell. The entire room reeked some of cigarette smell. When I checked in, there was a guy in front of me complaining that his room also smelled like cigarettes even though he already asked for a room change, so this seems to be a problem not just with me. Second was that this hotel provides no amenities such as toothbrushes, ostensibly due to some Korean environmental law. You can instead purchase them from a vending machine instead.

If you can get a room without a smell, then I think this hotel is actually a very decent value given its location.
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Date of stay: June 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Enjoy Food wrote a review Nov 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had excellent experience staying in the hotel.

1. The "soft" pillows were the most comfortable I experienced in hotels, making sleeping easy.

2. The location is great: the metro subway takes you directly to the hotel location.

From the Incheon International Airport, I took AREX (The Airport Railroad Express), using the All Stop Train that directly took me to the Hongjik University station. The fare was 4,150 won or about $3.16 on the day of my arrival in November 2022. The exit number is #5. After one exits the metro station, the hotel is 15 meters to the right - the hotel building is actually right above the metro station.

For the several days before I switched to another hotel (conference hotel), I simply used the Seoul metro system to commute everyday to and from Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. The fare was always 1,350 won (about $1), and metro took me everywhere within the city. Again, great location.

3. For a Holiday Inn Express, the free breakfast was quite good. I particularly liked the mushrooms that I could boil in the hot water. Of course people have different preferences, and the hotel offers quite some varieties: two or three fruits, kimchi, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, fried rice, vegetables, five or six different drinks, etc....

The bacon, unfortunately, was never to my taste - not crunchy.

But overall, the hotel is well worthy it and I highly recommend. Indeed, while I was there it appeared that there were always a lot of people during the breakfast time (I went to the breakfast between 7:30 and 8:45am during my stay there).
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Eunsun Lee, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Responded 22 Apr 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will make changes to improve the guest experience. Hope to have another chance to make your stay perfect and more enjoyable, please visit us again on your next visit to Seoul and we look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely yours, Front Office Team
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Ming wrote a review Jul 2023
Singapore, Singapore
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Chose to stay at HIEX Seoul for its prime location at Hongdae and it being conveniently located above the AREX train station. I stayed in the Queen Bed Standard Room and was given an indoor room facing the hall of the hotel ground. Room is small in size but adequately equipped with the necessary amenities such as bar fridge, small table fan, working desk with a table lamp equipped with wireless charger feature. The attached bathroom comes with a toilet equipped with bidet which is great.

The hotel has a laundry room with 3 washers and 2 dryers which can be busy during the evening. Breakfast was decent with a mix of local Korean and Western spread.
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Date of stay: May 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Breakfast place can get relatively busy after 0800, best to come down before 0800 or get the...
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Response from Eunsun Lee, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Responded 26 Jul 2023
Dear. heyming Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will make changes to improve the guest experience. Hope to have another chance to make your stay perfect and more enjoyable, please visit us again on your next visit to Seoul and we look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely yours, Front Office Team
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Karin M wrote a review Apr 2023
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent position right above the tube line so easy to manage suitcases when arriving from the airport.. close to all the action of the nightlife situated along the road where all the shops and restaurants and street food happen. The wonderful and very helpful staff are always available. Their breakfast is amazing with a variety from cereal to cooked including Korean and western food. Fruit juices and a variety of coffees are available at a self service breakfast. A great view of Seoul surround you when you eat at the restaurant which is situated above the mall. The downstairs section is a ground floor with a handy shop that carries all supplies. There is a lovely mall for the first few floors and the hotel situated above that. Great security using a card system for the elevators which means no non resident can enter the room section of the hotel above the lobby. We had a lovely room with beautiful views. Our window was from floor level so the city was really at our feet. We could see down the road where all the action took place yet it was super quiet. Very well located.
Clean perfect bathroom
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The streets only come alive after 10am, no coffee before then. Late morning and late...
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Response from Eunsun Lee, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Responded 18 Apr 2023
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will make changes to improve the guest experience. Hope to have another chance to make your stay perfect and more enjoyable, please visit us again on your next visit to Seoul and we look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely yours, Front Office Team
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john K asked a question Jul 2020
9 contributions21 helpful votes
Do you have a laundry facility at your hotel?
Answer from Pavel Erokhin
Sydney, Australia140 contributions81 helpful votes
They do have it, as it’s a must for all IHG hotels
Answer from SarahJane830
singapore464 contributions47 helpful votes
It’s exit 5, literally on the right side at the end of the escalator.
Answer from Ting-Pu Tai
Taipei, Taiwan16 contributions40 helpful votes
Hotel (7F) is next to exit 5 of subway station
TheParrys wrote a tip May 2024
Singapore, Singapore371 contributions100 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Direct train line to airport and lovely young vibe since it’s nearby a few universities"
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soaim wrote a tip Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore492 contributions47 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"1. Ask for rooms facing the external. 2. Do not go for rooms facing the lobby void."
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Rita F wrote a tip Nov 2023
Pomona, California2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"perfect place to stay when visiting Seoul "
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mamaroadrunner wrote a tip Aug 2023
Toronto, Canada110 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If staying in summer of 2023, ask for a room with the air conditioning update. "
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MarchingAnts wrote a tip Jul 2023
Northern Virginia, Virginia236 contributions34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not an ideal hotel for business travelers. Getting a washer can be competitive since it's a large hotel and only two washers. "
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PRICE RANGE
£107 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
294
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Real Escape Challenge - Hongdae (0.2 miles), Hongik University Street (0.2 miles), and Kakao Friends Hongdae Flagship Store (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include L'impasse81, Myth Jakbol - Seoul Hongdae Bonjeom, and James Cheese Back Ribs Hongdae Station Exit 8.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Japanese, and Korean.
Are there any historical sites close to Holiday Inn Express Seoul Hongdae, an IHG Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace (3.1 miles), Changdeokgung Palace (3.9 miles), and Seoul City Wall (4.7 miles).
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