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Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun
Ranked #122 of 542 Hotels in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 June 2011

Although Toyoko Inn will most likely never be you favourite hotel experience, they are a consistent and reliable Japanese chain. This location is in a lively fashion area, so there are places to wander around. Amazingly, there are clothing malls throughout the area that are open until 5am, so if you are jetlagging and need somewhere to go at odd hours, there are indeed options.
This Toyoko inn is an actual stop on the airport limousine bus route, so it is very easy to get to. The rooms are small, but clean . The free breakfast was Japanese style, with Korean touches. It's not glamorous, but the price is right and it's convenient. I would recommend getting breakfast early as there are some tour groups that stay at the hotel and the place can fill up quicjkly.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Joshiewoshie
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Location: airport shuttle bus stop is right in front of the hotel, metro station (i.e. Dongdaemum Histroy & Culture Park) is within 3 mins walk, major shopping malls at Dongdaemum are also within 5 - 10 mins walk (the shopping malls are opened till 5am), other shopping malls (e.g. Myeongdong, Lotte) and major sightseeing spots (e.g. Gyeongbokgung, Ewha Womans Univ., City Hall) can be reached by metro in about 15 mins

Price (tax included): W66,000 (single room); W 88,000 (twins room), no deposit is required for reservation directly made in its website. Get extra discounts by applying membership at hotel counter, can't find such a convenience and tidy hotel with this price at Dongdaemum

Room and bathroom: clean and tidy! the room is small but equipped with all the necessary amenities, e.g. free wifi, vault, fridge, TV (over 100 channels), etc. The shower is so stable and i like the "electronic toliet" the most! Remember to bring your own slipper, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Breakfast: acceptable, limited choices (rice and bread only)

Service: the staff are friendly and can speak simple English

Others: Desktop computers, printers, vending machine can be found near reception. There is no restaurant or convenience store nearby. The nearest restaurants can only be found in Dongdaemum.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank juliaduckduck
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

The hotel is really as described by other fellow travellers who posted their reviews before me.

The main problem I found was the breakfast. The breakfast is really nothing fantastic, and there are no milk or creamer provided for the coffee. Worst of all, my wife got food poisoning after eating the breakfast. The cause must be the hotel breakfast as she did not consume any other food between falling sick and the breakfast. I would advise fellow travellers to get breakfast elsewhere or avoid the cold food items.

Also, the pillow was rather flat and uncomfortable.

No WiFi in room, only via LAN cable.

Front desk staff speaks simple English.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RightAngle
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

I read many positive reviews about this hotel, so I tried it.
There is an airport bus stop in front of the hotel so our trip from the airport was really convenient, although not fast. On the day of our departure however, the first bus that came was filled quickly by about 7 passengers that came ahead of us. The next bus that stopped after 30 minutes was also full. our group of nine finally was able to board the third bus that came (after another 30 minutes). So I guess, visitors must provide some time allowance especially when traveling with a big group. The bus sits only about 27 passengers.
The hotel serves simple breakfast which was plain. It was okay. Later, we decided to bring in some instant noodles and instant coffee (they have coffee machine but don't have cream).
The room have a modern air-conditioning unit. unfortunately, the remote control is in Korean. And there were times that we have problems with it. I guess we should have asked the ladies in the counter.
One thing that I look for in a hotel is the bath tub. Fortunately, our room has one.
The subway is about 50 meters away.
THE NEGATIVES:
The hot water pot in our room is not working. We used the cup once but noticed that they did not replace or clean it after.
I filled up their feedback form in the room and mentioned these. I hope that management will do something about it.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank bensy
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Reviewed 1 April 2011

Just came back from Seoul for a 5days/4nights trip....everything inside the hotel still remain good...nothing bad......
Now, they have placed the information of the aiport bus in front of the hotel so that we can catch the bus more easiler than before.....
Will stay again if we go to Seoul......but overall Seoul is not a really attractive place for people visit once per year......

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CHEERBEARBEAR
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

The limousine bus (6001) from the airport to this hotel costs W14,000. It will take the bus between 90-100 minutes to get to Toyoko Inn. You will pass by the Best Western Premier Kukdo stop, the Hotel Acacia stop and the Western Coop stop.

Check in is at the unusually late time of 4:00pm. Check out is at the unusually early hour of 10:00am.

The hotel is a few meters from a subway station (Dongdaemun History and Culture Park).

There is a reputable coffee shop around the corner (Cafe Ti Amo). Across the road are 3 department stores: Doota Tower, Migliore and Hello APM. On the other side is the Dongdaemun Fashion District. Further on is Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Like what other contributors said, the breakfast at the lobby area is very simple. Porridge, bread, coffee, orange juice, eggs, and some shredded vegetables.

There are 4 PCs in the lobby with free high-speed internet.

Now for the room. It is typical japanese size hotel room--small. But funny thing is, I never felt cramped (probably because I'm asian as well). The bed was wide enough for me and my wife. It was comfortable. The heater worked. There was a humidifier. The TV had 200 channels including CNN, BBC, NGC, NatGeo Adventure, Discovery and MTV. There was an ethernet cable that provides free wi-fi, but I was not able to test it. There is a safe, a refrigerator with 2 complimentary water bottles. The bathroom was also small, but then again, I never felt cramped. The toilet seat was heated and had a bidet. The shower always and consistently provided hot water. They didn't provide free toothbrushes though.

Toyoko Inn is definitely NOT 5 Star. But for $70/night, it is a bargain in the Seoul area. It has a comfortable bed; The AC works; There is internet access; Hot water in the shower; Near a subway station; Close to the center of Seoul; And the airport bus stops in front of the hotel. If you're in a budget in Korea, then this is the hotel for you.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ilocanotraveller
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

The hotel is best reached by taking the express bus No.6001 from the airport, as the bus stop is right in front of the hotel. If you have light luggage, you can also take the subway. Incheon to Gimpo on the airport line, then change to line 5 and exit on Dongdaemun History and Cultural Park station. Exit 3 has 1 flight of stairs + escalator up to street level, but exit 4 has 6 flights of stairs. It’s W6,000 on the subway and W14,000 on the airport express bus.

The efficient receptionist recommended that I take their loyalty card membership, as that would give me immediate savings on my room that I had booked online and allowed an earlier entry into the room. The room superclean had all the facilities that one needs including, light robe, free bottle of water, safe, internet etc. Breakfast was decent with a self service of basic Korean food, toast, juice and coffee plus English or Korean newspapers.

The main street outside the hotel was at first disappointing with old buildings and no restaurants, but five minutes’ walk around the corner is the Dongdaemun complex with lots of high rise shopping malls and street level restaurants. Doota Mall had a modern and well designed food court on the 5th floor.

Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
6  Thank walkmun
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Address: 337, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04565, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul > Dongdaemun / Sindangdong
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Seoul
Price Range: £49 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 3*
Number of rooms: 175
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