I actually booked Hotel Icon because of its location and good reviews on Tripadvisor. Last time I stayed in Seoul, our hotel was in Sinchon which was okay but since I’m more familiar with Seoul, I wanted to stay in either the Myeongdong area or Insadong for this trip. Hotel Icon is actually located about a block away or about 5 minutes from Ssamzegil in Insadong.
We actually have a working fridge which is always good. Coffe/tea with kettle which we didn’t really use except when we wanted to eat noodles. Haha. We also had free wifi that had decent connectivity which is always a plus.
The room actually had impressive facilities and it was complete for such a small hotel. We did have a blow dryer in the cabinet on the right. Actually, I’ve noticed that South Korean hostels/hotels are pretty good with providing amenities in the rooms even if it’s a small room. Our room in Sinchon even had a desktop computer. This one didn’t but we didn’t mind. Haha.
The location was actually a little bit confusing. I emailed the hotel and they gave me directions and landmarks based on Korean names. Fortunately, I took free Korean classes before I went to Korea so I learned how to read things in Korean. If I didn’t, I would have missed our turn since the candy store they were talking about didn’t have any English signs but only a Korean one. The main landmark for this hotel is that it is behind the Ibis Hotel and it would be hard to miss the Ibis Hotel.
The owners were amazing. They even invited us to dinner one night. I think they are the magic to this place because they were warm and very hospitable. Their staff though are another story especially the front desk staff which didn’t care too much about the guests. It’s like they can’t wait to get rid of you after you asked a question. I hope this improves. :)
Would I go back there again? Maybe but I wouldn’t mind checking out other accommodations as well.