Ediang's review (the one before mine) tells you all you really need to know. I'm writing this review to include information that I still wasn't clear on even after reading other summaries.
First, it's very easy to get to the Uljiro Co-op from Incheon International Airport. Buy tickets for Airport Limousine Bus #6001 (price is 14KRW per ticket). We arrived on Friday evening around 6pm, and it took us about 90 minutes to get there. There was a bit of traffic but the driver somehow avoided all the heavy traffic spots. The bus stops right in front of the Uljiro. We checked in without problems and our room was clean and everything was in working order.
I read most of the write-ups on Uljiro before selecting it, and during my visit it is very apparent that they have been responding to TA complaints about the property:
1. Body wash and shampoo are provided, as well as bars of soap which are replenished. Unless you alert the housekeeping staff that your room is not to be disturbed, you will receive clean towels and your room will be serviced every day.
2. As previously noted, a small wall unit is now located in the bathroom to protect towels and clothes from getting wet (in response to the previous post, it looks like indeed, all the rooms have been upgraded or now have these small additions).
3. Internet is complementary and offered in-room via cable/ethernet...it was very fast, and we had no problems connecting. If you choose not to bring a laptop or netbook, there are a couple of computers and a printer available in the lobby. You should note though, that even local calls will cost a bit of money. We made one 5 minute call to a friend in Seoul and I think our total bill was about 2KRW.
The bathroom is small, but not as much as I'd anticipated after reading so much discussion about it. Yes, the toilet seat does get wet, but a simple remedy to that is to lower the toilet seat cover. DONE. There is a hook for a towel by the door, which I used during my showers..and the towel never got wet. Nor did the mirror! There was plenty of room in there. Seriously.
The kitchenette comes in very handy! We brought prepared breakfast packets with us and saved lots of money by preparing breakfast in our room everyday.
I can't stress to readers how central this location is to everything. You are less than three minutes' walk away (five minutes if you have to wait for the busy traffic light to change) from the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park metro station (exits 13 and 14). This station connects you to:
The Green Line (AKA the Outer Circle or Line #2), which can take you to Seoul National University, Gangnam, or City Hall) - probably the busiest line in Seoul...
The Blue Line (#4) which can take you to Myeongdong Station (Myeongdong Shopping area; Namsan Tower), Seoul Station (major train hub - KTX, travel to Busan) and Hoehyeon Station (Namdaemun Market).
The Purple Line (#5) which quickly connects you to the Orange Line (#3) that goes to the famous Gyeongbukgong Palace/National Folk Museum of Korea/National Palace Museum.
There are PLENTY of restaurants around. You can get everything from Korean fried chicken (Two Two Chicken and another chicken spot on the corner across from the metro station exit), to Korean bbq at numerous places, to fast food (Lotteria on the corner across the street), and on the side streets you'll also see Shabu Shabu and Russian cuisine being offered. Folks welcomed us and gave honest recommendations and good service.
Other services are also available right outside the Uljiro Co-op door.
* Turning left out of the Co-op, walk about half a block and on your right there is a Korea Post (post office)... (the front desk will also send mail for you).
* Turning right, walk about half a block and you'll see a GS25 convenience store for your sundry needs.
* Uljiro co-op is located right across the street from the National Medical Center.
* If you do need public safety/law enforcement, right before you see the post office, you'll see a police station.
Even though we were right across the street from a hospital, the area is fairly quiet, and I slept well throughout my stay - and our room faced the street...
We also used the laundry facilities. Washers are 1KRW (two 500 coins) and dryers are 1500 KRW (three 500 coins). Dryers run for 45 minutes and were very effective. There is a change machine in the laundry room as well as a vending machine for laundry products.
The front desk staff speaks English and was very courteous. Requests were fulfilled and I received clearly written messages in a timely manner. The housekeeping staff were also very courteous and thorough.
The Airport Limousine stops at the Uljiro Co-op every 30 minutes starting early in the morning. Uljiro check-out is at 12noon. We caught the first bus of the 12noon hour (around 12:15 or so) and got back to Incheon International around 2pm, so just keep that in mind even if you have an evening flight out.
When I return to Seoul, I would stay here again without hesitation. I hope this review is useful.
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- Also Known As:
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- Uljiro Co Op Residence Seoul