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“Spacious and great accommodation in Myeongdong”
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Seoul Tower Ville
Ranked #110 of 582 Speciality Lodging in Seoul
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Spacious and great accommodation in Myeongdong”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Stayed here in early Jan this year with four of my friends. We stayed in a room with 5 beds altogether. The whole room is spacious with living room, TV, kitchenette. There is also a water dispenser (both hot and cold) so that was very convenient since it was winter and we needed to make hot tea.

Everything was great, wifi was fast and shower facilities was good too. The owner was helpful. He arranged to pick us up from a nearby hotel and drove us up to the hotel. And he helped to drive us down back to the hotel on the day we had to depart. So it was convenient we didn't had to lug our luggage around.

This hotel is located quite high up so during our stay, we had to climb up and down. Not a problem for the young ones. :) Overall, I had a great experience staying here and would recommend my friends to stay here if they want to be close to Myeongdong.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

Seoul Tower Ville (STV) is a good place to stay especially on a budget. This place is near the Myeongdong shopping district, so you're bound to end your day shopping or enjoying street food nearby. Arrival from and departure to the airport is hassle-free since STV offers car pick-up from the Sejong Hotel airport bus stop. No need to flag a cab and load all your luggage in the trunk by yourself. Just a little obstacle on contacting and informing the owner (Mr. Ko) that you have arrived. We were quite lucky to get our room before check-in time, since the room was vacant early morning when we arrived.

The room was very spacious (we were three in a room) and we got 3 single beds. And the room had lots of hangers for our clothes, though we have to improvise when we ran out of places to hang them, and we find it awkward hanging them by the balcony for everyone to see from outside. The kitchen was also a plus (stove, pots, fridge, utensils, instant coffee, water dispenser), because it allowed us to cook breakfast and reheat leftovers. There was also a washing machine, but we didn't bother using it as we never understood how it worked. Internet was also fast (thru LAN cable).

The only downside is the very steep way up if we go by foot (coming from Pacific Hotel). It's about 60 steps from below up to the ground floor, and more flights of stairs up to the room (we stayed on the 3rd floor). Another option is to take a cab and take the road near the Animation Studios. Be sure to take note of where you get off when the cab goes uphill (some cabs speed up and you get past your drop-off point).

Departure to the airport was hassle-free as well, since we just have to bring down our luggage to the lobby and meet up at an agreed time at the Sejong Hotel airport bus stop (more time to roam around Seoul luggage-free). Mr. Ko will bring your luggage there and will wait until the bus arrives. That's how they take care of their guests, and we hope others will do the same.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Booked this guesthouse as it was a last min trip and everywhere else was full. Mr Ko fetch us from Sejong Hotel entrance and helped us with the luggage up to the 3rd floor. The guesthouse was undergoing renovations and it felt very dusty in the lobby. The room was huge and was well-equipped with a stove, microwave, hot water dispenser, mini-fridge, utensils, TV etc.. Came with a double bed and a single bed. There was a wardrobe but we were not allowed to use it. However, they had a clothe rack with many hangers. Housekeeping came everyday to stock up the toilet papers and towels. However, they came at about 9am every morning for 8 days when we were sleeping. Couldn't connect to the free wifi until we put the laptop on top of the stove. However, wifi was very unstable and we were always disconnected after a while. We took taxi back to the guesthouse every night after I fell down once at the flight of stairs near the guesthouse during one of the mid-nights where it was cold.

On the last day, Mr Ko sent us to the Seoul Station to take the train back to Incheon Airport. Nice service by Mr Ko but a no-no to the long climb back to guesthouse and for the unstable wifi connection.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

Overall the ville facilities are great, I can cook, do my own laudry in the room, it is in a really nice location that I can travel easily. Great view along the foot of the hill. I appreciate very much for Mr Ko(the owner)/his coworkers labour work and hospitality for picking guests up and sending them away though they are so busy as I saw. I also thank them for the advice of early preparation for the flight because I went into trouble of forgetting to bring my bagpack (i had so many luggages)after I got on the airport shuttle bus. They found the bag for me, delivered it to me at the bus station departure stop again! I remembered clearly that what Mr Ko said as I left the first time: he would see me get on the bus first before he left, he did what he say, twice. Thank you so much. Seoul Tower Ville is not just a place you stay but a warm welcoming home that worth to visit again.

Room Tip: you may need to walk some stairs, but the view is good there
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Bangkok
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

I was there with my friends. Our room is on the 5th floor and there is no elevator.
Luckily there is a staff who can help us taking up and down the luggage.

The owner does not speak much English. Just the simple communication he would understand.
Great thing about it is that they offer car pick-up from the Bus limousine. So we don't have to drag our luggage along to the guesthouse.

The location is ok. Eventhough it seems to be really near Myeongdong but this place is literally ON THE HILL! We felt like we were hiking everyday. It is really really steep. There is shortcut to Myeongdong and on the way down it is fine but one the way up. It was breath taking....like literally. Imagine that we have to climb the mountain and walk 5th floor to our room everyday. I think that's the only downside of the hostel.

The room we were in has private bathroom, kitchen, microwave and refridgerator! So that's pretty convenient. We didn't cook but warm up some leftover we had fromt the big meals. They do not offer breakfast here. Very small towels are offered. We were there during winter the room was very warm! :) There was television as well. And the pro for staying at the very top roof is that you get to see the sky and the surroundings from the window as well :)

Will I come back or not? Well, I think I may try somewhere else where it is near and you do not have to walk up the hill. But if the other places fully booked, it's also pleasant to come back here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

just came back from Seoul in Feb 2012 and had a great time!

STV is located in a great location but fellow travellers be warned that if you have problems climbing stairs, you'll need to think twice. it can be a tough climb up from MyeongDong to STV. My mum (in her 50s) and two sisters were with me. We got used to the climb on the second day (and probably didn't put on weight from all that eating because of our daily climb) ;p

To avoid the climb, you can definitely take a taxi ride up the hill and to the apartment. I would highly recommend that you pay attention to where the road turns into the apartment when the owner picks you up from Sejong Hotel upon your arrival, so you can direct the taxi driver if needed. Make sure you bring along the korean namecard of STV to show the driver. We had difficulty with a taxi driver once, gave up and ended up at MyeongDong station instead of at the apartment :(

One big plus was that as you walked down from STV to the MyeongDong metro, you'll pass by Two Two Chicken (very close to the station), which is an absolute must-eat on anyone's trip to Seoul. Best fried chicken ever!!

The owner can speak English, Japanese and Chinese fairly well. He also provided the option of sending us to Seoul Station on our last day so that we could take the train to the airport from there (cheaper and faster than taking the limousine bus from Sejong Hotel). Of course this was a good opportunity for him to make a little extra cash; he charged us 1000 won each for the ride. Pretty decent I say.

One small note about the shower. It took quite some time before it became warm water and when the sink outside is being used, the water pressure drops a fair bit. Other than that, everything else was fine. The room was cleaned daily; we appreciated having a kitchenette, there was a supply of hot and cold water from the water dispenser. There was even a washing machine if you so desire to do some laundry on your trip.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2011

Went to Seoul in December 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!
We got the 'Luxury room', which has three bed rooms, a kitchen, living room, large balcony, and two bathrooms. It was clean, and the room was on the top floor, so we had views over Myeondong since STV is indeed on a small hill. STV is also really close to the cable car center up to Namsan tower, and we just had to walk around 10 minutes to reach it.
The owner, Mr. Koh, was nice and he assisted us in communicating with the taxi drivers, and in giving directions etc. We had to move to a smaller room in another building 2 minutes away on our last day, but that wasn't a problem at all.
From Myeondong metro station, it might pose quite a challenge for older people because you need to walk up the hill around 10-15 minutes. but it was close to Myeondong shopping area anyway, so that was good enough. Will be back hopefully!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Seoul Tower Ville
Address: 8-14 Yejang-dong Jung-gu, Seoul 100-250, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 582 Speciality Lodging in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great views of Namsan and downtown as seen on pictures 5 min walk from Myeongdong station & Namsan cable car station Fully furnished (private kitchen and bath) Free shuttle every evening from Myeongdong station Service office and lobby next to rental housing No hidden cost and fees ... more   less 
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Seoul Tower Ville Hotel Seoul

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