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We highly recommend Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun to anyone who is looking for cheap acommodation in Seoul, South Korea.
Having checked out from SA Seoul, we checked into Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun, a Japanese Hotel Chain with presence in South Korea and China. A standard double room costs ~70000 won (RM 200) for member.
How to Book?
Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun is a highly popular hotel in Seoul so it is recommended to book early. Members can make room reservation online 6 months in advance while non members can only reserve rooms 3 months earlier. No advance payment is required as payment will only be made upon check in. Reservation site here.
We booked our room online, and applied for Toyoko Inn Club Card as we checked in. We paid 15000 won (one off) for the card and we get to enjoy member’s rate for our room immediately (from 77000 won to 70000 won). The international membership card entitled us for the following benefits:
|Benefit ||One free-of-charge Toyoko Inn single room lodging coupon.
* International card member: One coupon per 10 nights of lodging.
|Benefit ||[ Everyday Special Discount Campaign ]
* 20% discount on Sundays and Holidays of the lodging country
* 5% discount on weekdays and Saturdays!
|Benefit ||One extra bonus point on “Toyoko Inn Day”(10th of every months)
* Get one extra bonus point on 10th of every months.
You would get one point on the night of lodging, and one extra bonus point on next month.
|Benefit ||Fast check-in by simply presenting your card
You would be asked to sign your name and write down your member ID.
|Benefit ||Reservations up to 6 months in advance
Access here for reservations: http://www.toyoko-inn.com/
|Benefit ||Check-in one hour early at 15:00|
Great Location: Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun is located in Dongdaemun, just 5 minutes walk from the major retail and wholesale shopping area (Doota, Migliore, APM!) which open till wee hours. It is really convenient for us to walk back to the hotel from our shopping after 3am. It is also within 2 minutes walk to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (formally known as Dongdaemun Stadium Station) on the No.2,4 or 5 Subway Lines. From the hotel lobby, one can turn left to exit #3 or turn right to exit Exit #4 which is more traveller friendly because there are escalators to go down whereas for exit #4 one needs to walk down the many flights of stairs.
Small, Well Equipped Room: The room is well equipped with queensize bed, working desk, safe, flatscreen TV, hair dryer, fridge and water heater. The bathroom is small but they managed to squeeze in a bathtub and a basin. Oh, and one thing I love about Japanese chain hotel is they loan out Japanese pyjamas for free. We wore that to sleep every night and it felt really comfortable.
Free Wifi: Guests enjoy free wifi access throughout the hotel.
Free Breakfast: Breakfast is provided daily from 7am to 930am at the lobby. The meal is Japanese style with onigiri, Japanese curry, miso soup, salad, Japanese curries, corn soup and some basic Western breakfast items such as toasts, jam and sausages. Breakfast was repetitive and nothing to shout about but we were not complaining since it comes free.
Airport Bus: Airport Limousine 6001 stops right in front of the hotel and one can buy the tickets at the hotel reception. It saves us a lot of troubles as we don’t have to carry our heavy luggages around. Bus fare is 15,000 won (one way) and the journey to Incheon airport takes about 1 hour.
What We Do Not Like:
Small Room: The room is pretty small for Western/Korean standard.
Toyoko Inn Dongdaemun
Address: 73, 2Ga Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-412 South Korea
Tel: +82-(0)2-2267-1045 FAX: +82-(0)2-2267-1046
1 minute walk from exit No.3 or 4 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (formally known as Dongdaemun Stadium Station) on the No.2,4 or 5 Subway Lines.
No. 6001 airport limousine bus stops right in front of the lobby too.