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“In the middle of Prostitute Central”

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Hamilton Hotel Seoul
Ranked #147 of 474 Hotels in Seoul
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“In the middle of Prostitute Central”
Reviewed 4 January 2009

Eh. It's ok. Nothing to shout about, that's for sure. If you're familiar with the Itaewon area of Seoul, you'll know that not only is it popular for being the 'Westerners' area, but because of the Army base right down the street, there are prostitutes EVERYWHERE. They're not invasive, but it should tell you that after dark, Itaewon is NOT a place for the kiddies! If you're traveling with the family, spend the extra money and stay at the Hyatt Seoul. Very upscale, very classy and an indoor pool! Oh yeah, the Hamilton has a pool, but it's only open in the summer because it's on the roof. The service was very good and the Indian restaurant is fabulous, IF they're not taking the mid-afternoon staff break which is when the restaurant isn't open for about 2 hours! If they're closed, there are other really good Indian restaurants in the area. Anyhow, this hotel is simply a place to lay your head for the night. It's clean and functional, but very dated and needs redecorating badly.

  • Liked — Location.
  • Disliked — Looks run down on the inside. The neighborhood is sketchy.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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Toronto, ON
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Reviewed 10 November 2008

We stayed three nights at the Hamilton in two different rooms, and it did not stand out in a positive way. There is a shuttle bus that services it from the airport from 5A or 11B stops; at $14 each way, it is well worth it considering the airport is VERY far away and too expensive otherwise by taxi. Close the American military base, the hotel is surrounded by international places to eat. As others mentioned, the area does NOT represent the real Seoul, which is not the fault of the hotel.

Staff: bell boys were very friendly and polite, but I wish I could say the same about the staff at reception.

Rooms: spacious, but both rooms we stayed in were not cleaned when we got in. I do not demand much, but to have a clean room when you enter it for the first time is a lot to ask, right? I noticed it is common in Korea to have face toner and lotion, but not shampoo and conditioner, so bring your own or buy the ones they have on sale in the room.

Breakfast: included with our rate; even if it is not, I highly recommend it! A lot of variety, both Western and Asian. For decent coffee or anything else, Paris Baguette just adjacent to the hotel is FANTASTIC, and very reasonable prices (chain with locations in the airport as well).

I would absolutely not stay at this hotel again, except if they made small changes such as making sure rooms are clean when guests check in.

  • Liked — Breakfast buffet
  • Disliked — Rooms not cleaned at check-in; staff very cold and unfriendly
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2008

Since I was only there for a 17 hr overnight layover, it's far better than the transit hotel in Incheon Airport. The bus from airport drops off across the street from hotel. Signs were obscured by scaffolding but managed to find way into hotel. Room was very hot and dry, with nasty static problem because of the furry rugs.

Nothing exciting to write about but there's better options outside the hotel for nightlife and food. Late night check-in didn't have my reservations and I had to pull out my laptop to show them the confirmation (my fault for not printing them in advance). Late checkout was permitted.

  • Liked — Centrally located to airport bus and to nightlife
  • Disliked — Construction
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 September 2008

We stayed at the Hamilton because we needed to be in Itaewon for a couple of days.The room was nothing special and the fact that one needed to pay for the shampoo makes the hotel look rather cheap. The elevators were slow--give yourself a little extra time if you are using them. We took the stairs down and we got black soot/grease on our hands--the staircase had not be cleaned in quite awhile. You cannot control the temperature of the air conditioner and it was freezing in the room but I did get an extra blanket. However---the location is perfect and the subway is right outside the hotel.

  • Liked — near the subway
  • Disliked — unable to control air temperature
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

As others have said, this is just an average hotel. It is the best location if you want to stay in Itaewon, but I do not recommend staying in Itaewon if you are visiting Seoul for the experience. The bed was a bit hard, the room was worn. I asked for an extra blanket after the first night and was given the same threadbare, slightly scratchy style blanket that was already on the bed. Reasonably clean, but not to the level I expect from a hotel, especially at this price. At this price, the other hotels I have used in SK were better, but it is definitely better than the less expensive motels in the same area that I have used.

Service was reasonable, but not exceptional.

  • Liked — Best location for what I needed at the time.
  • Disliked — The blankets.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hamilton Hotel Seoul
Address: 179, Itaewon-ro | Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-200, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul > Itaewon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#76 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
Price range (per night): $101 - $228
Hotel Class:4 star — Hamilton Hotel Seoul 4*
Number of rooms: 166
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