Review: Chungmuro Residence, Seoul
|May 11, 2015||Posted by Ann Khee under Lifestyle|
In our 6 nights in Seoul, we stay 3 nights in traditional Korean hanok guesthouse and another 3nights in modern apartment in Chungmuro Residence. We booked a Family Room for 4. Our room number is 404. While booking through Agoda, I’ve requested for a room at Level 3 or 4. There is WIFI access for rooms on these two levels as it could still detect the WIFI of the hotel and is free of charge.
Chungmuro Station Exit No.8 is within 10 minutes walk. You will pass by many pet shops. The building name is Kwangam Lipia. The entrance of this residence is on the left side of Kwangam Lipia building with an orange sign name board “Chungmuro Residence”.
Airport limousine bus number 6015 stops at Chungmuro Station Exit No.8 with an interval of 10-20 minutes.
Bus station to N Seoul Tower is just opposite the road. The bus No. 02 is very colorful, it looks like a tourist bus, you won’t miss it!
The hotel is between Dongdaemun and Myeongdong shopping areas. If your group is made up of 3-4 pax, just take a taxi. It’s cheaper and convenient than subway.
There are many cafes nearby, it’s actually quite convenient staying here.
What Do I Think?
The apartment building is actually an officetel – what we call SOHO in Malaysia. You may get a shock to see the tiny reception counter at the end of a corridor. As the hotel manager sleeps there, no problem if you want to check-in or out past midnight. The public area is small too – narrow corridors and small lift.
We are fine with the room. The hotel is very new and we like the clean look of the room plus it’s fully-equipped. There is a big fridge, washer, kettle and stove for light cooking. Only a few cups are given, not even spoons. There is no utensil provided. I heard we can get them from the reception but we are not here to cook!
We also like that the room is very bright with full panel windows. Artificial lighting is enough in the room, not dark at all.
The reason why we booked the room is there is a mezzanine floor which can accommodate additional guest. Lower floor has a queen bed and a single bed while mezzanine floor has a single bed. But the stairs are too steep, getting up and down is quite difficult. Also, the level is too low that we have to crawl to bed. Not to say, it’s a little warm sleeping up there. In the end, no one sleeps upstairs.
The bathroom’s door is a frosted glass panel with no lock. Thus you can actually see the shadow of who ever inside. If you are coming with a baby or toddler, do make sure he does not push the door while you are bathing :p The wet area of the bathroom is the smallest I’ve ever seen! You can check out my photo. The good part is they provide a hand shower and a rain shower.
I think there is room service daily. I noticed they replaced towels and toilet paper daily. But not on cleaning the room in general as my beds are still messy when I was back. Anyway I’m fine with that.
If you have yet to decide where to stay in Seoul, below is detail of Chungmuro Residence for your reference.
Address: 19-5 Chungmuro-5 ga, Jung-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Agoda website: http://www.agoda.com/asia/south_korea/seoul/chungmuro_residence.html