Review Novotel Seoul Ambassador Gangnam

Old Mar 9, 10, 12:39 pm
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Novotel Seoul Ambassador Gangnam

I'll be going with a friend to Seoul in the first week of May. Neither of us have been before, so we'll be going to a lot of tourist sites and such. Right now, this hotel is around $80 USD/night. Does anyone have any opinions on it? Location? etc.

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Old Mar 10, 10, 3:53 pm
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Also booked the Novotel Gangnam in May. Location is on the South bank of the Han river, which tends to be less touristic and more business oriented. You might be more interested in the Ibis Myeongdong for sight seeing...
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Old Mar 13, 10, 2:25 am
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Thanks for the advice...I unfortunately got distracted and ended up missing the 3 day sale that has been going on.
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Old Mar 15, 10, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by glenny84 View Post
Thanks for the advice...I unfortunately got distracted and ended up missing the 3 day sale that has been going on.
A bit OT: I stayed at the Intercontinental Grand COEX (I know it's not Accor) for 10 days in October and it was fab. The COEX mall is amazing and you're right on top of the subway which is brilliant. Loads of stuff to do in the area (restaurants, temples / shrines etc) ^ Also, the KAL bus will take you to the hotel as well from ICN which is really good value for money, and especially if you buy the tickets on a KE flights ^

Stay clear of Itaewon at any cost...

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Novotel Ambassador Gangnam

130, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu Seoul, KR 135-080

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Review Novotel Seoul Ambassador Gangnam

This was my 2nd stay in this great hotel. I enjoyed the 1st (2 years ago), but liked this one even better as the hotel has been renovated in between. It has received a certificate of excellence 2015 from TripAdvisor. I choose this one when I go to Seoul, as it is close to my local offices.



Location

It is located in the vibrant area of Gangnam, adjacent to the Ritz Carlton. It has a club lounge which has been extended with the renovation and I will give more details about it (+ pics) in the lounge thread (seehere).

Check In

A few days before stay, I had requested by e-mail an early check-in (9 am) which was granted without problem. When I arrived, I mentionned to the doorman who was bringing me to the front desk with my luggage that I was Platinum and so if we could go to the lounge. As soon as I had said the magic word platinum , we turned right to the elevators and within seconds, we were in the lounge (16th floor) where I was immediately greeted by my name (I have to say I was speechless !). Check-in was rapid. A letter explaining the Plat benefits was given (see picture : includes lounge access of course, 5 mini-bar items per day and 10% reduction on F&B outside room service). Drink voucher was given.

Room

I had booked a Premier Executive room and when I arrived in my room, I thought oh BTW, she didn’t mention any upgrade . The room was very nice for a Novotel and I liked it (see pictures below) but before doing any de-packing, I immediately went on-line and saw that the upper category (suite Premier) was available. So back to the lounge to ask, she checked and confirmed I can be upgraded and apologized for not having done it immediately (she told me that it was because I requested an early check-in and that they favored that versus the upgrade because they were not sure the suite would be available at that time. But as I arrived finally around 10:30, the suite was ready). My stuff was moved within minutes by the staff to the new room. And I was very happy with it. As I stayed 3 nights, I had time to enjoy it.

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Pictures of the Premier Suite
The 1st room has independent toilets. The main bathroom has toilets, shower and bath tub. Bathrobe and slippers are provided. Plenty of storage place. Mini-bar and Nespresso machine (2 free capsules per day and not per stay as in Pullman Phuket Naithon beach !), a bluetooth speaker, 2 TVs.



























Look at the phone charger device placed on the bed side table. To all hotels : please put this everywhere !!!



View from the Suite :

Dining

One of the rare negative thing I have to say for this review is that they do not serve breakfast anymore in the lounge. So you have to go to the main BF restaurant on the 2nd floor. Very good buffet with a large choice.

Service

All staff with whom I had interaction was great and ready to help.

Overall

So, in summary, an excellent Accor hotel in Seoul which I recommend, if the location in Gangnam is suitable for your needs. Give me plenty of Novotels like this one !

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Thank you for this interesting review Goldorak. I was at the lobby in May, and noted how it had a different feel from most other Novotels. The different feel was most welcome.
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Review Novotel Seoul Ambassador Gangnam

This is one of my favourite Novotels as well simply because it's quite a departure from the cookie cutter Novotels one has come to expect in Asia. The Japanese restaurant is actually better than the one at Ritz Carlton next door. The breakfast is one of the most impressive for a Novotel. The bar is a lot of fun with the Filipino band on. The facilities are superb, try soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi sipping a beer in Seoul's autumn. Nice. And the Korean sauna! They even have a golf turf for practicing the swings. Good to know that they have updated the rooms. A very good hotel for Accor to manage.

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Old Aug 24, 15, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by RJ77 View Post
This is one of my favourite Novotels as well simply because it's quite a departure from the cookie cutter Novotels one has come to expect in Asia. The Japanese restaurant is actually better than the one at Ritz Carlton next door. The breakfast is one of the most impressive for a Novotel. The bar is a lot of fun with the Filipino band on. The facilities are superb, try soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi sipping a bear in Seoul's autumn. Nice. And the Korean sauna! They even have a golf turf for practicing the swings. Good to know that they have updated the rooms. A very good hotel for Accor to manage.
Ah ah so I have to return to try all those
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anyone been here in the last 2 years ?
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