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Hotel Irene

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

+ Great location,near namdaemun market, just cross the street.10 mins walk to myeongdong.Many restaurants around there.5-10 mins walk to City hall station. - The room is a little bit dark, especially in bathroom.

I was put in this hotel by my tour operator when my flight to Jeju Island was cancelled. It appeared to be flanked by massage parlours and my guidebook has described such a place as a "love motel". In any case, it turned I was assigned a clean and spacious room on the 11th floor. It had an enormous jacuzzi tub, heated toilet seat, 2 beds, a real computer with screen, a 45 inch flat TV, refrigerator with free bottle of water daily, kettle with instant coffee and tea. Bedding clean, floors clean, bathroom clean. Towels could be newer (not fluffy like ones in 5 star hotels) and walls could use a new coat of paint. Staff very friendly - English not that good, but most do understand some. No dining area but steps away there is access to plenty of bakeries and coffee shops. Steps away to the Namdaemun Market, and a 5 minute walk to the Deoksugung Palace and 2 major art museums. 3 minute walk to Gimpo and Incheon airport limo buses. Stayed there 3 times on my trip in between all the tours around the country. So impressed roommate and I cancelled our reservation at the Hilton!! The third time I was on my own and was given a room on the 3rd floor. It was huge with a king size bed and a wooden bathtub!! Hotel location looks worse than it really is but I was not bothered. Would definitely book in this hotel if I return to Seoul.

This is a decent hotel, but more for the budget conscious traveller. My family of 4 went and stay together in one room. It is okay but good value for money. No breakfast, but they provide desktop computer in room and free wifi which is great!

honestly i was underestimated this hotel when I checked in. the location was at the alley and when I enter the small building, it has a very small lobby and small lift. only 6 rooms at every floor. but i was so surprised when i entered the room. the room is so big, and have jacuzzi inside the bathroom, also with separate toilet and separate shower. it also have a big lcd tv and 1 unit Dell computer at the desk. another special things are, the toilet and the floor have heater, so never worry about feeling cold because of winter season. the location of the hotel is very convenience, no worries about food, the restaurants located around it. few minutes walk to Namdaemun which connect to Myeongdong. 5 minutes walk to City hall station. definitely will be back again to this hotel.

We booked this hotel quite sometime ago during our honeymoon. The rooms are great and the room came with a jacuzzi which was nice. The staff were great but the only thing we did't like about this hotel was it's right beside a "gentleman's club". Transport is ok and getting to the hotel can be a pain. Overall quite nice :)

The Pluses - The room is decently priced and sized. Hotel is walking distance from four train stations on three different lines (City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Hoehyeon and Myeongdong), and is a 3-min walk from the Incheon Airport Limo Bus stop at Namdaemun - the main reasons why I chose the hotel. Each bathroom comes equipped with a jacuzzi bathtub. The mattress and pillows are comfortable. The reception staff speak some English; I've also heard them converse in Mandarin and Japanese with other hotel guests. The Minuses - I've never given any of the hotels I've visited a one-star rating, but I guess there is a first for everything. I'll start with rooms. I've made a request during the booking (a month prior) for a non-smoking double bed but there wasn't any available when I checked in. The staff switched me to a triple room the following night, but there still wasn't a double bed. What am I gonna do with three single beds as a solo traveller, I have no idea. They pointed to me that the booking option was for 2 single bed 'or' a double, emphasizing on the word "OR". They had also disposed of my bottle of cologne accidentally when they swapped my rooms, with no offer of an apology. Housekeeping; or the lack of. The room and furniture reaked of stale cigarette smoke. The bedsheets were stained. One had traces of blood on it and the other, dirt. My cups were rinsed but not washed thoroughly. The floors are dirty and so are the bedrooms. I had a shock when I stepped on the bathroom mat with the bedroom slippers - I'm not too sure where they might have been. Toiletries were half-used when I checked in. Coffee stains from my daily morning coffee are visible on the cups when I returned to my room each day. Design and Condition. The rooms and furniture look tired and is not quite what you see from the hotel room images put up on the booking site. The showers were built away from the bathtub, so if you want to rinse after a soak in the tub, you'll have to wet the entire bathroom. Service. Two of the staff I've encountered are pretty good actually. That made me considering giving the hotel another star on the rating, but the lack of basic intrinsics expected of a hotel dissuaded me from doing so. That said, other than the two I've had good encounters with, the rest aren't quite friendly / helpful. They had also missed a morning call on the morn that I had to check out to head to the airport. To conclude, even though the hotel (probably more of a motel to me) is decently priced for its location, I would recommend checking out a number of offerings within the same price range, to avoid having to tear your hair out, especially if you are a Virgoan just like I am.

The hotel is located near Namdaemun market and is only 5 minutes away from the City Hall train station. It's convenient, with lots of shops, restaurants and bars near by. The atmosphere at night is very different from the day time. Late night food stalls are right in the alley of the hotel and are great for experiencing local Korean food. The hotel lacks cleanliness as we could see stains on bedding and wall, however the staff speak relatively good English and helpful when needed. The bathroom is our room was massive with a large tub which was a surprise. All in all, it's not bad for a budget hotel since we didn't spend much time in your room anyway!

The hotel is located in a lane right across the Namedaemun market (exit 2). It's 5 mins walk to City Hall station and around 8 mins to Hyeon station (coz u need to go through the hectic market, try to avoid this station if you have heavy luggage). There are also quite a number of restaurants/cafe nearby but not so close if you want to shop for trendy fashion/skincare products. You can reach Myeongdong/ Dongdaemun within 3 subway stations though. It's a bit hard to describe this hotel, it has a very high ceiling and a cool black theme inside the room (& looks clean), but the walls really need to be repainted. Its equipped with a (maybe) 47'inch TV, a Jacuzzi, and even a computer. But the room doesn't offer much privacy as the sink and the Jacuzzi is actually inside the room, i.e. not in a proper bathroom. Your travel buddy can be sitting in bed and watch you while you use the sink, or the Jacuzzi if you don't close the curtain. The toilet and shower are in the 2 ends of a private long rectangular room with nothing separating them in between. You have to be really careful for not splashing water everywhere when taking a shower. Other than that, the room is actually quite spacious. Lucky for me, the guy in the front desk spoke better Mandarin than I do and was very helpful. He also helped me to book a restaurant of my choice and showed me how to get there. Its a good budget hotel for couples or friends who okay with limited privacy.

Good enough for a budget, Location is quite ok, in the middle of seoul and in a small alley. But the room is really dark and the bathroom needs more light. The room is clean enough but the bed doesn't seem to be that clean. It itches when i sleep on it. Luckily, it was winter so i had long johns to wear to bed.

Was not expecting much to begin with given the budget and hotel type. However we had hoped for at least a clean, relatively well maintained place with the basics intact. The hotel's general location was great, right in the middle of Seoul, but it was in a bit of a dodgy alley, decent enough in the day but gets rowdy at night due to its being located on a street that is literally all pubs. I have to say the staff are friendly and nice, but the hotel was in pretty bad shape, carpets were stained, the whole building's aircon was down, and the place was generally very badly lit. The room seemed clean enough but I wouldn't know for sure due to insufficient lighting. We stayed on the third floor, in a room next to the stair well. The door to the stairwell creepily swung open as we were passing and we peeked in and saw clothes and plastic bags and general items in bundles and on blankets on the floor. I think someone was living in there. Given the price, I think it would still be considered alright for back packers or young travellers travelling with groups of friends (after all the general location is very central) but it is definitely not suitable for a family (which photos and reviews made it seem like it would be). In the end we had to change hotels because I had my mother with me and it was generally not the greatest environment for her. It might just be that a lot of things were down the period I went (aircon, lights, etc) but couldn't escape the feeling of disappointment anyway. Don't think I'd go back..

8-1, Namdaemun-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu Seoul Seoul

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Business center
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Jung-gu, Hotel Irene is a short distance from popular attractions such as Gyeongbok Palace and Dongdaemun Market. This 37-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with in-room amenities like sitting areas, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Located in central Seoul, the hotel is also near National Museum of Korea and Sungnyemun Gate.


Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All 37 soundproofed accommodations feature sitting areas. 50-inch plasma TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free wired Internet. Bathrooms offer jetted tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries, and memory foam beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters ensure a restful night. Refrigerators, coffee makers, and free bottled water are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Irene enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and free newspapers. Limited parking is available. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. This hotel also has laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Suite

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

36% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 67 reviews