Lees Hotel is strategically located near the Jongno 5-ga station. Once you see the Family Mart in front of you turn right into the lane and walk straight on past many restaurants (about 3 mins). The hotel is on your right. The airport limo will drop you at Jongno 4-ga. It's about 15mins walk to the hotel. The Gwangjang market is directly opposite the subway and makes for a great breakfast place before you start your day. Attractions nearby are Dongdaemun within walking distance and Insadong (just a few subway stops away).
Innostel's rate for Lees was very good thus making it pretty worth it. I would rate it around 2 stars and it's clean and comfortable. The heating does get very hot at night. Free Internet access is useful and the many restaurants nearby are pretty good and competitively priced.
The downside of the hotel are:
- Pretty reserved and unfriendly staff who speak very minimal English and despite the efforts of our language book, they don't appear to want to help much.
- A couple of weird incidences ie. my friend's plastic bag of dirty clothes was removed by the cleaner. After a lot of angst in trying to communicate this to the hotel, they retrieved very smelly clothes from the thrash. Even then some pieces were missing. Do not leave your stuff lying around or it might get thrown away.
- Wild goose chase just to get 1 loo roll. Had to speak to an interpreter over the phone who then proceeded to tell me that I was not to throw the loo roll into the toilet! Never quite made out why. In the end I had to follow the hotel staff around the hotel waiting for him to search for the loo roll for me.
- There is no luggage room so you will have to leave your bags in the foyer at the front of the reception. We left it for 1 night and it was still there when we returned :)
Having said all that, I would stay here again for the price and excellent location. There is a police station nearby so it's really very safe.
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- Also Known As:
- Lees Hotel Seoul