I went with a friend - we came for a wedding. Our 2nd time in Seoul. Initially I considered Airbnb, but this hotel seemed like a good value when looking at the location vs price, so I booked it.
Pros. Location is amazing. It's very central, lots of cafes and restaurants around (great breakfasts at Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks and ask hotel staff for Korean bbq place recommendations), supermarket nearby (7-11), Lotte shopping centre is at the doorstep, same for the KAL airport transfer bus, and it's easy to get to many of the sightseeing locations. Hotels next door (Westin Chosun, Lotte) are 5-7x more expensive.
Wifi is free and there is free bottled water. Our room was very clean and had all basic facilities. There is an ATM in the hotel and it accepts foreign cards. Bell desk staff were mega helpful (even lent us an umbrella when it rained).
In terms of cons, hotel room was quite outdated. So if you are sensitive about peeling paint, yellow stains and chipped furniture, this is not your hotel. The radio control console from the 70s (?) was particularly amusing :) Air con is only on when hotel decides so. They do provide a fan and you can keep the window open, although you are then exposed to the street noise.
There is no English guide to the toilet :) you can play with the buttons but unless you speak Korean, you won't benefit from this value add. Despite being a tall building, there is no bar or restaurant on top, which is a pity. We went to the nearby Lotte hotel bar (33rd floor) and Top Cloud (33rd floor), just weird that President Hotel do not realise this opportunity. Wifi connectivity was at times patchy. Reception staff were not too helpful and always forwarded us to the bell desk.
Overall, I would stay here again for sure and would recommend this hotel if you are not too fussy about room design and just want clean, basic, good value, central accommodation.
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- As it is located in front of ‘Seoul Square,’ the heart of Seoul, President Hotel will guarantee your successful business along with your convenience to ancient palaces and streets of financial offices, business, and shopping around it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- President Hotel Seoul