Last April, we took a trip to Seoul, Korea together with our friends from the Food Club and we stayed in Hotel Skypark Myeongdong 1 (pic from Hotels.com) located in the Myeongdong district. Myeongdong is the shopping capital of Korea with hundreds and hundreds of stores, restaurants and what not populating its multitude of walking streets.We made our booking thru Hotels.com at US$855.76 for 5 nights. We decided to get the deluxe twin room which has 2 beds so that we would be more comfortable.
We arrived at Incheon Airport at around 6 in the morning and after a bit of breakfast we headed to our hotel thru the Airport Limousine bus number 6015 with a ticket price of KRW10,000 (around P390) for adults and KRW8,000 (around P312) for kids. It will take about 75 min to get to our hotel.
The airport limousine stop nearest to Hotel Skypark is located at Sejong Hotel. We got a bit disoriented so asked direction from the staff of Hotel Skypark 3, just next door to Sejong Hotel. We finally got going and pulled our bags around 3 blocks or so to get to Skypark 1. The entrance is just a hallway that leads to a money changer and a set of elevators. The lobby is located at the 11th floor, the top of the building while guest rooms occupy the 8th to 10th floor.
We just dropped off our baggage since it was only 9:30 and check in was still at 2PM. We decided to go have another snack and go walk around the area.
We finally checked in at 2pm and was quite surprised at how small out rooms was.There were 2 beds, 1 single and 1 twin.
A little window that just opened to this pseudo garden hallway.
We were a bit lucky since ours was already quite a big room and we got a small table with 2 chairs in the corner.
Our bathroom came with a shower and tub, I know not all rooms have this. Our toilet also came with this contraption that not only makes the seat warm (you’ll appreciate this in the cold of the night) as well as function as a bidet and even dry it after (cool).
A little exploration led us to this area where you can get ice and water. We were surprised to find out the business center was sponsored by Etude House, a popular Korean beauty brand.
Not only were there a couple of PCs with printers there was also a nail polish station in between. Lauren immediately went over to try them out.
We initially thought that breakfast was not included in our room reservations but during check-in we were handed coupons to avail of their continental buffet held at the dining area beside the check in counter.
Food was composed of some cereal, bread, hard boiled eggs, bread, salad and for the main dish it was hotdog cooked in ketchup. There was also coffee, tea, milk and some juices. The bad thing was that this was the same exact thing they served for all 5 days of our stay. We were not really happy but since we were in a hurry most of the time, we just ate there until the very last day when we decided to just have breakfast at Caffe Bene.
Location wise, the hotel is right smack in the middle of the shopping area, there even a restaurant and a SPAO store in the building. The subway stop is just around the corner, its even a short walk to Namsan Park, Myeongdong Cathedral and Namdaemum Market. Security is also good, you only get to push the guest floors for the elevators if you are able to swipe a room card first. Internet connection is complimentary either wireless or thru LAN connection and it is very very fast.
My only gripe is the pulling of the luggage to and from the airport limousine stop. It’s not that easy on the uneven streets and doubly harder because its a bit uphill going to the stop from the hotel with luggage full of shopping loot. I had no problems with the size but I would probably pick a hotel closer to the limousine stop. For those who don’t mind this, this is the perfect hotel for you.
Hotel Skypark Myeongdong 1
24-23 Chungmuro 1-ga Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
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