Sofitel Ambassador[column width=”47%” padding=”6%”]
100-855 SEOUL, South Korea
Tel: (+82) 22 275 1101
Rate: $148-$175 + tax
King Club Level
Booked Via: Sofitel Website TripAdvisor Reviews[/column] [end_columns] Location: The Sofitel is centrally located to most things you’ll want to do in Seoul. It’s about a 10 minute taxi ride to Insedong & Itaewon markets and about a 30 minute subway ride to Gimpo Airport. The subway station is just over a block away from the hotel. ￼Rooms: We had club level rooms which included private check-in on the 16th floor, buffet breakfast, afternoon “happy hour” (drinks & appetizers). Regular rates were about $20 less, so it’s definitely worth the extra money with all of the inclusions. Rooms were recently updated and all featured wood floors. Bathrooms were spacious with marble throughout. Upper level rooms had various views of the city.
Facilities: In addition to two restaurants, the hotel also features a small coffee shop lounge where desserts and other sandwhich items can be ordered late through the evening. Room service is also available.
Staff: Hotel staff were very accomodating and check-in and check-out was simple and easy. The doormen and concierge were very helpful in hailing taxis and providing information. The hotel will also store your bags for you if your trip brings you back to the hotel at a later date.
Value: Compared to rates we saw for other hotels in Seoul, this was definitely well priced. Even the Holiday Inn was $40 more per night than the Sofitel. if you choose a prepaid rate, you can also save a few dollars. One thing we did learn, is if you make a reservation far enough in advance, check the rate again as your trip draws closer. We originally had a $225 rate at this hotel, but checked two weeks prior to our trip departure and found the rate had dropped. We cancelled our original reservation and booked a new one.
IAH TIP: Since many taxi drivers in Seoul are not fluent in English, it’s a good idea to have your hotel concierge write the address you’re going to on the back of a hotel business card in Korean. You’ll have both your destination as well as your return location written in the local language which could help tremendously.