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Hill House Hotel
Ranked #141 of 497 Hotels in Seoul
Istanbul, Turkey
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“difficult location”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Difficult locatipon to find for foreigners. You will need to take a taxi for a short distance.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Ulsan, South Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Stayed at this hotel for just one night on a quick weekend dash to Seoul. It took a bit of finding as it is quite a way back from the main roads nearby and my cab driver from the train station had to input the address into the GPS so its obviously not that well known to locals.

Central located though so excellent access to Myeondong shops and restaurants as well as the subway station at Hoehyeon. Also within walking distance to Mt Namsam and the cable car to the top. The concierge staff were ever so helpful and friendly and spoke excellent English. The room itself was large but pretty sparse and the coffee table and cupboards were pretty shabby with chips and paint peeling. The bathroom was very clean and they were proud to announce that all their towels and bed linen had been "disinfected" written on paper wrappers around them.

The bed was typically Korean probably too hard for some western visitors. I stayed on a particularly cold night and it wasn't really warm enough with the thin duvet that was provided. Breakfast was complementary and consisted of a couple of eggs, toast and cabbage cooked by a really enthusiastic lady in the dining room. Excellent internet wifi access throughout the hotel.

I thought over 100K won a night was expensive for the room but then Seoul is more expensive than the rest of Korea and it was booked online at pretty late notice.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2012

We were very happy to find Hill House hotel. It was within our budget...we paid about $70 for a one night stay, a good price, especially for the area. Centrally situated, it is only a 5-10 minute walk to Myeongdong, good restaurants (mmm...street food, too), the markets, banks for money exchange, and the amazing subway. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was great-- super clean and the bathroom was ultra sleek with it's frosted windows and waterfall shower head. And the flat screen tv is ginormous!

Oh, and if you're into Starcraft, there's have a channel just for viewing the games. :)

Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Davis, California
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Hill House Hotel sits really at a small hill and narrow street. However, it is very conveniently located, 5 minutes walking distance to the subway station – Hoehyeon and 7 minutes to Myeongdong. If you like to walk, it takes about 15-20 minutes to Namsan Park where the famous landmark of N Seoul Tower is located. The ‘shopper’s heaven’ - Nam Dae Mun Market is also nearby.

The hotel has several steps to clime up before entering the lobby. Check-in starts at 3pm and check out time is 11am. You may store luggage in the lobby if arriving early, and sometimes you might get a room before 3pm.

I got room #103, which is at right side of lobby level when facing the front desk. There are total three rooms on this side and the other two rooms serve as office and storage room.

In room #103 there is a tiny space between the first door and the second door, where you can change shoes before enter the room. The room is clean and spacious with cheap wood floor. The air condition is centrally controlled and the temperature is just right at night. The bathroom is large; the glass wall makes it look even bigger. By window, there is a long counter providing good space to store things since there is no wardrobe in the room. However, there is a clothes hook and a clothes hanging bar in the room, together with few hangers for guest to use. Other accessories including: coffee/tea maker, big flat TV with most Korean programs except CNN in English, small fridge, toiletries (even shaving cream for male). The room comes with two free bottle of water each day. There is a king-size bed, hard, but good for my troubled back. Bedding and towels are clean.

Breakfast is included and starts from 8:00 – 10:00am; it is at the check in level. Breakfast is simple; toast, butter and jam, fried eggs – these are provided by a service lady; you pour your own milk and orange juice, tea or coffee; besides there are apples and bananas, as well as some salad. There is no limit for breakfast, eat as mach as you wish. The dining room was very clean and the simple breakfast was sufficient to get you start a day in the morning, very good.

Tip to subway, when you go out of hotel, first turn right and a minute later turn right again, from there the street is going down the hill (a little hill), on the way there are few small grocery stores and some restaurants. When you reach the first busy (large) street, turn left and about 2 minutes you will see Hoehyeon subway station. This is also the crossing path to get to the other side of street. And also the pass to famous big store – Shinsegae, where you can eat and buy everything,

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

My husband and I stayed a the Hill House Hotel for three nights over Thanksgiving and enjoyed our stay. The hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk uphill from the Namdaemun and Myeongdong street markets, the best markets in Seoul in our opinion. The bathroom was very spacious, and enclosed in glass, an elegant look. No shower curtain which got the floor wet everytime we showered, not sure if that's a Korean thing. The room was a little on the small side due to the large size of the bathroom. There wasn't a small table for my husband and I to sit and enjoy tea together. The floor was heated and the temperature seemed well controlled. Good thing since we weren't able to adjust the temperature. The room did have a slight smoke odor although it was a non-smoking room.

As other reviewers have stated, the hotel was hard to find. Our cab drove up and down the streets asking pedestrians and ended up charging us an arm and a leg for his random searching. If you cab it to the hotel, make the driver call the hotel before leaving to get directions. None of the cabs we took knew how to get there. Fortunately after the first time, we were able to direct the rest of the cabs where to go.

The front desk people spoke English and were really helpful in guiding us on where to go. We appreciated their guidance. The breakfast was a simple fried eggs, toast with butter and jam, and shredded cabbage. Nothing to write home about, but it was nice to have the convenience of breakfast before leaving the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank quoodel
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Property: Hill House Hotel
Address: 42, Sogong-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04633, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul
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Ranked #141 of 497 Hotels in Seoul
Price range (per night): $56 - $97
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hill House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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