Fine location and stylish interior in princely digsTHE LOCATION
At the bottom of Namsan, central Seoul’s tallest mountain and a popular tourist destination, and on the edge of Myeong-dong, an area famed for its street shopping and eating, Hotel Prince stands 13-stories tall and offers guests on the higher floors views of Namsan or the downtown nightscape.
The once notoriously messy interior was renovated last December and now has the modern feel of a sleek boutique hotel.
The newly designed rooms are clean, modern and sophisticated in style and concept. In all rooms, windows extend wall to wall and allow in plenty of natural light. The drapes ably block the morning light, allowing guests to enjoy the luxury of sleeping in.
Walls are bold red, blue or off-white and the beds are covered in heavy white linen. The strategic use of small focused lights warms up the atmosphere without straining the eyes. The floors are a medium-oak colored hardwood.
The rooms have either one double or two twin beds and there is plenty of room for luggage. All are equipped with small refrigerators, neatly hidden away, flat-screen TVs, a small side table and a chair.
All bathrooms are separate from the bedrooms, lined with sand-colored tiles and offset with white lavatory fixtures. Large bathtubs double as roomy shower booths. The sink and lavatory are creatively designed with art-deco-style tiles and shapes and give plenty of room for guests to store their toiletries.
Outlets are conveniently placed throughout the rooms, preventing the need for a wild goose chase when guests want to use a hair dryer or electric razor.
Hair dryers and Internet access are in all rooms. Room service and laundry services are also available.
An American restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a cafe, Tiffany, serves coffee and tea. Both are on the second floor.
The hotel is across from two shopping malls: the Migliore discount store and the newly-opened Hi Harriet shopping center. Beyond these is Myeong-dong, noted for its excellent shopping and home to a variety of local foods. These include Myeong-dong kalguksu (handmade noodle soup), Chungmu gimbap (rice rolls with spicy octopus) and samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup).
Namdaemun is just a few blocks down the street and other tourist hotspots, such as Gyeongbok Palace and Cheonggyecheon stream, are just a short taxi ride away. The hotel is also no more than 15 minutes away from Itaewon or Apgujeong-dong.
The Hotel Prince has everything a young traveler could need for a comfortable trip to Seoul. You can take advantage of the prime location and enjoy local food and good shopping and be able to return to a place that allows complete peace and relaxation. Despite being amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul, the hotel has a tucked-away feel to it, making it the perfect place to sit back and take in everything. The Hotel Prince offers comfort, class and convenience for a price that won’t hurt your wallet.
HOTEL PRINCE SEOUL
Tel: + 82-2 -752 -7111
Address: 1-1 Namsan-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Web site: www.hotelprinceseoul.com
Room Rates: 110,000 won ― 200,000 won ($120-$230)
Bathroom: Private bathrooms with a large tub/shower booth.
Amenities: In-room Internet, room service, laundry service, a restaurant and a cafe
Check-in time: 1 p.m.
Check-out time: Noon
Transportation: Myeong-dong subway station, Line No. 4, exit No. 2.
by Brett Stewart