I spent 10 days at the Provista Hotel in March. I was on business and was attending a conference at the A2 center which was 3 metro stops away. My initial reaction was so-so but I must say the hotel grew on me the longer I stayed. Nevertheless, I think it will depend on one's priorities as to whether one would want to choose this hotel.
Some things to consider are:
1. location: the hotel is close to the subway stop (Seoul National University of Education) and this was very convenient. The subway system is great. But if you are interested in the central tourist activities, it can take some time to get there. (30 minutes)
2. Room: I asked for a non-smoking room and was worried that there might be smoke on the floor or that my room wasn't really non-smoking. But it was fine. NO smoke anywhere which is extremely important for me. I was told I was on a non-smoking floor (10th) and it appeared to be true. I also asked for a quiet room and was given one at the end of the hall (far from the elevator) and it was great (no outside noise). However, I was lucky in that for most of the time, I had quiet neighbors. The last night a family with children moved in next door and they were loud (or the walls were thin). I was happy to be leaving the next day.
The room has a washing machine which was great for me because I was there for 10 days. It worked perfectly and it washed and mostly dried the clothes in the same machine. They were barely damp at the end. I brought a small bag of liquid detergent with me and it worked perfectly. However, I did ask the front desk to send someone up to show me how the machine worked and I chose a low temperature.
The room also had a small kitchen corner with small refrigerator and hot water kettle, and a few dishes. No microwave. I found this very convenient. There is a convenience store similar to 7-11 almost next to the hotel (and near the metro) and I bought a few things for breakfast. For me this kitchen corner and refrigerator were important and made my stay much more enjoyable.
I had a double deluxe room which was quite large for me (single person). There are steps and a little loft upstairs. I didn't use it and it didn't seem very nice (just a mattress on the floor). I personally would NOT want to sleep up there but I suppose it might be ok for children. (I still wouldn't recommend anyone staying up there).
The room had a flat screen TV and lots of channels in English, CNN, BBC, AXN (which had endless CSI re-runs) and a few others.
I will say the one thing that I didn't like was the mattress. It gave new meaning to the word "hard". I slept on top of the comforter to make it more bearable. This is the one aspect of the room that would make me look for another hotel if I go back to Seoul. The hotel could really improve the rooms with new, more comfortable mattresses.
Overall: The room was not new. It had a worn look (furniture was scratched and corners were peeling) but it seemed quite clean. The couch was sort of plastic and looked 10 years old at least. The bathroom only had a shower which I liked (no bathtub) and the toilet seat was heated. If you are looking for a modern hotel (marriot/hilton like), this is not it.
From Airport, the hotel is unbelievably convenient. I was lucky and walked out of the airport and the 6020 airport bus was pulling up. I got on (paid my 15,000 - Korean) and it took me right to the hotel. It stopped directly in front of the hotel. Taking the same 6020 bus back to the airport was not quite as easy (but not much more difficult). I had to walk up the street a little past the metro stop (Seoul National University of Education) and cross the street and there is a airport bus stop sign. It is very easy to find. The hotel will give you a list of the times the bus will arrive. I was there a few minutes and the bus arrived. All extremely easy.
Gym: As I am a gym person, I was happy to see the gym. It was in the "basement" B2. Closed on Sunday (darn) but open all other days 6am-11 pm. The equipment was good (not new but fine). There were about 8 treadmills (all had little TVs that you could plug in your headphones). There were two elliptical machines (very old and I had never seen this type before) but they worked pretty well. They also had a pretty good selection of weight machines and free weights. I think the gym was open to non-hotel guests as well which might explain the quantity of equipment.
Restaurants: there is a small restaurant in the hotel where one could get breakfast and and Outback Steakhouse in the basement B1 but I didn't eat at either one so I can't comment on the food. I did look at the menu for the breakfast place and the prices seemed very high. There are so many places to eat near the hotel that it is easy to eat elsewhere (and more cheaply).
Customer Service: I didn't need much service but I did ask the front desk for directions a few times and they were accommodating. One young man was particularly nice and helped me find things on a map.
Final note: Yes I would recommend the hotel for some people as long as they understand this is not a modern, luxury hotel and if they don't mind a very hard bed and potentially noise from neighbors. I might stay there again but would look around to see if I could find some of the same amenities in a little more modern hotel a little closer to the center of the city. Nevertheless I was satisfied with my stay there (the cost was more affordable than the more modern hotels nearer the center).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Compare to the other hotels, the all rooms are designed to a duplex room, it provides 14.5 m2 of more effective space for the guest, and it is to fit not only businessmen, but also long staying guest or family. Each room is provides with washing machine & cooking facilities, up-to-date local area network and business desk enabling your convenience and comfortable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Provista Hotel And Residence
- Provista Hotel Seoul
- Provista Hotel Residence