The Shilla Seoul

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Average rate: $254 - Hotel class: 5 stars
202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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rhyme rhyme
3 reviews
over valued hotel Mar 04, 2011
It is known as one of the best hotel in seoul, but I think it's too over valued considering location and price. First, the facilities and layout/design need to be renovated soon. You need to pay more than 280$ per night but I don't know the big differnece with the 40& motel for the sense of design. Second, the location is not easy to access by public transportation.
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kkrater kkrater
26 reviews
One of the Elite Hotels in Seoul Mar 14, 2008
The Shilla Hotel in Seoul is a fantastic hotel. Certainly one of the top hotels in Seoul (although options for luxury are rather limited in the city). Prior to my arrival in Seoul I asked the concierge at the Shilla to arrange a trip with Hyundai Asan to Kaesong, North Korea. The women at the concierge were extremely helpful, they dealt with my visa, booked the tour and even translated all necessary information into English for me. This was great considering Korean tour groups are not designed to accommodate foreigners. The hotel staff was also very attentive. When I arrived, someone personally greeted me, helped me check in quickly and delivered my bags to my room. This kind of service, especially after a long flight, is always greatly appreciated. I had a room on the second highest floor (the top floor is reserved for a French restaurant), and the view was spectacular. Seoul at night is quite amazing, and in my opinion, much prettier than during the day. Regarding the room itself, it had a very comfortable bed, a nice bathroom (L'Occitane toiletries a plus) and was plenty large. My only complaint was it felt a bit out-dated (I've stayed at the Sofitel Seoul and that was extremely modern). Considering the hotel is owned by Samsung corporation, it's inexcusable that they did not have a flat screen TV. Some highlights of the hotel are: it has a first rate gym that is nicer than most health clubs in the city, fantastic buffet breakfast (if you're willing to shell out 19,000 won) and as I mentioned before the staff. The negatives are limited, but significant. This hotel will try and nickel and dime you for everything. You have to pay for internet, you have to pay to use the sauna and worst of all the hotel gives you a cell phone for personal use. The cell phone is convenient but a complete rip off, you are much better renting one from the airport when you arrive. The last issue people might have, is the hotel's location (it wasn't such a problem for me, but I'm young and walking up and down hills is no problem for me). It is on a hill and to get to and from the subway, you must walk up or down a steep set of stairs. Its also located in a relatively obscure location with not much to do around the hotel itself. That said, its on Line 3, which in my opinion, is the most convenient line in Seoul as it runs perpendicular to the Han River. Lastly, this hotel was not designed to accommodate foreigners. It was designed to accommodate Seoul's elite. That means the service and feel of the hotel, while extremely pleasant, will likely feel a bit off to most foreigners who visit. Overall, I had a great experience at this hotel and the pricing was very cheap. There are very limited options when it comes to top hotels in Seoul, and if you aren't willing to pay for the Park Hyatt this is the place to stay.
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williamsworld says:
I Stay here whenever I go back to visit. very good review. I guess i will have to dig up my photos and write a review as well.
Posted on: Jul 28, 2010

The Shilla Seoul Overview

The hotel's location near the Namsan Park puts the property in the heart of the city yet away from its noise and activity. The hotel's 23 acre grounds include a modern sculpture garden with jogging paths.

The hotel has one of the best fitness clubs in Korea, a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, indoor golf range, body-scrubbing service, and guerlain spa. There is also a sauna, barbershop and beauty parlor. The hotel has a duty free shop with 500 internationally renowned brands, a laundry, florist, drug store, car rental and travel service. The hotel has also installed a 420 square foot business centre that offers video conferencing in its largest meeting room on a wall screen as well as individual table mounted screens. The computer room features the latest IBM compatible machines and Macintosh desk tops with internet and e-mail. There is even a sound proofed music room. This is the perfect place to relax whilst on a trip in Korea's bustling capital. 03/10 CH.

The hotel is Korea's only member in the Leading Hotels of the World. It has the perfect combination between tradition and modern comfort. The hotel has been awarded and recognized several times by influential media and industry opinion leaders. It is reputed as the preferred lodging for royalty heads of state and other dignitaries.

Lobby is very large.

The Executive Deluxe rooms are 36 square-meter and designed for maximum comfort and create an ambience of refined elegance. EFL lounge provide a wide variety of service to assure you a pleasant and relaxed business experience. From a fragrant cup of coffee at the lounge, to the arrangement of an important meeting, or sending a strategic fax, highly trained and efficient staff is devoted to assist you.

The hotel offers a variety of top class restaurants including Japanese cuisine prepared by master chefs, a sophisticated French restaurant, a Chinese restaurant serving the best in Cantonese cuisine, the coffee shop offering a view of Namsan as well as the hotel's fountain cascade. There is also the hotel's piano bar.

1 km to the nearest station (seoul), 25 kms to the airport (gimpo), 3 minute walk to the nearest metro station (tong kuk university), 4 kms to city centre, 5 minute walk to the nearest bus stop, 60 kms to the airport (incheon).

The Shilla Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Housekeeping
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Guard
  • News Stand
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Modem / Data Port
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Walking
  • Computer
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Facsimile
  • Ballroom
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Exhibit Space
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Salon
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Steam Room
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Health Centre
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Indoor
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Cots
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Executive Floor
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Cell phone/mobile rental
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine
  • Free Parking

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