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Exceptional location - 280 meters from city center
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Embassy of Papua New Guinea 140 m
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Chungang Atlas 180 m
Sorihana 210 m
Embassy of Venezuela 220 m
Embassy of Ecuador 220 m
Central Buddhist Museum 220 m
Seoul Art Center Gongpyeong Gallery 230 m
Embassy of Ireland 230 m
Nihee 250 m
Nearby landmarks
Insadong 370 m
Bukchon Hanok Village 830 m
Gyeongbokgung Palace 850 m
Myeong-Dong Walking Street 1.02 km
Changdeokgung Palace Complex 1.22 km
Namdaemun Market 1.53 km
N Seoul Tower 2.47 km
The War Memorial of Korea 4.17 km
National Museum of Korea 5.43 km
Lotte World 12.38 km
Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

"Convenient location for eating, sightseeing and traveling."

J - August 15, 2019

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Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

71, Sambong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Gwanghwamun, Seoul, South Korea, 110-140 - See map
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Front desk [24-hour]
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Close to Insadong
Within 370 m of property

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  • 340 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

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Value for money8.3
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportGimpo Airport (GMP)
Distance to airport15.9 km

Rooms available at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

Excellent
Room comfort & quality
9.0
Standard Twin
Standard Twin
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
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Standard Double
Standard Double
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Business Deluxe Double Room
Business Deluxe Double Room
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  • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe Double
Deluxe Double
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Grand Deluxe Double Room
Grand Deluxe Double Room
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Twin Room
Standard Twin Room
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Twin Room - To Go Breakfast Box for 2 People Included
Standard Twin Room - To Go Breakfast Box for 2 People Included
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Premier Deluxe Double (High Floor/Mini-bar included)
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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6 Hours Limited Flash Deal - Standard Family Twin Room
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

Is breakfast offered at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun. There's an additional charge of 24000 KRW for adults and 15000 KRW for children if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience. International cuisine is available for guests. Dishes are served in buffet during opening hours.

Can special events be hosted at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

Small or intimate events like birthday parties can also be accomodated. Services for in-house catering and in-house planning are offered to help your event go smoothly.

Can business events be hosted at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

On-site venues and convenient event services make Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun an ideal choice for hosting events such as conferences and meetings. The 4 venues can accommodate up to 81 people. An extensive range of facilities and services including projector or LED display, free Wi-Fi, meeting stationery and audio-visual equipment is available to help your business meeting or event a successful one.

What is the smoking policy at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun?

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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  • 8.8
    Excellent

    "Overall is great, buy it during promo price"

    Christina

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    November 30, 2018

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Location

    "A great base location to explore the area."

    Bastian

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    February 20, 2020

  • 8.0
    Very good
    Cleanliness

    "Housekeeping is good and cleans up well."

    ANGIE

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    December 29, 2018

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Overall rating:
8.4
Excellent
3,311 reviews
Cleanliness
8.4
Facilities
8.0
Location
9.0
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What travelers say they love:
The rooms are always so comfortable and clean.
Gail from South Korea
Family with older children
More about Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

More about Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

Well-placed in the sightseeing, restaurants, shopping area of Seoul city, Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. Only 59 km away, this 4-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, portable wi-fi rental, wheelchair accessible.

339 rooms spread over 19 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, complimentary instant coffee, linens, mirror, slippers can be found in selected rooms. The hotel's fitness center are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun hits the spot in many ways.

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20 mentions
Breakfast
11 mentions
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5 mentions
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3 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional

"Rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable."

Bastian

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Food and dining

Restaurants on site

Cafe
Cuisine:International
Menu:A-la-carte

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980 m American
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Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Gyoungbokkung Jongno
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10.0
Exceptional
Simon from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 13 nights in June 2018

Great Hotel”

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is a lovely hotel. It's in a great location (right next to Gwanghwamun Square, Gyeongbok Palace, and more), the rooms are clean and quickly prepared, the staff are friendly and helpful (and speak English), and the morning breakfast has a great selection. Definitely recommended.

Reviewed June 25, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Wesley
Couple
Deluxe Double
Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

Exceptional”

The Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is a great hotel in a fantastic location in central Seoul. From the warm welcome to the general friendliness of the staff, it made my brief stay very enjoyable.

Reviewed June 25, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Sandra from Philippines
Family with teens
Family Twin
Stayed 13 nights in April 2017

Exceptional”

We enjoyed our 14 days stay in this hotel. The service, amenities, and most specially the location was perfect. The hotel is very near to Insadong, Myeongdong, Gwanghwamun Square. Also, Gangnam is only 10,000 won taxi ride, around 15-20 minutes only. Will definitely stay here again this December! However, the only bad thing about this hotel and for other hotels in Seoul is that the air-conditioning system is not opened during spring. And there are days when the temperature is warm. But luckily, the hotel provides an electric fan when requested.

Reviewed May 05, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Gail from South Korea
Family with teens
Standard Twin
Stayed 3 nights in December 2019

The rooms are so great and the staff is always so helpful! We love staying at this hotel!!”

The location is ideal. We love to walk to Myeongdong, the many restaurants in D-tower, and the palace! The rooms are always so comfortable and clean. We love Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun!

Reviewed December 28, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Sun from South Korea
Group
Standard Twin Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2017

A pleasant stay at the heart of Seoul”

It was a pleasant stay. Great food nearby and we were situated at the heart of Seoul where the Gyeongbok Palace, Gwanghwamun, Insadong, Myeong Dong, basically prime tourist spots were all a walking distance away. Clean rooms with great service. Would stay there the next time we travel again.

Reviewed April 16, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
David
Business traveler
Standard Double
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Good hotel - have a prob with earlier reviews”

good hotel w/clean facilities guys- you aren't at the flagship Shilla- so you need to handicap this hotel front desk was fine- not sure why people are complaining room temp - once again - why are there people complaining about this? bad thing is that there way too may chinese visitors- i know they spend a lot but just atmosphere becomes a flea market if ur unfortunate to be caught inbetween def would stay again for the same price

Reviewed December 04, 2016
8.8
Excellent
Christina from Malaysia
Couple
Standard Twin
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Perfect Location and Nice Stay! ”

Perfect location and surrounding by nice coffee house and several famous Korean restaurant! I put Shilla Stay for my last night in Seoul so I can just relax and enjoy the day and do the packing.. Overall is great, buy it during promo price

Reviewed November 30, 2018
7.2
Very good
Brian from United States
Family with teens
Family Twin
Stayed 1 night in November 2020

Good location”

We stayed at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun one night prior to an early morning appointment at the US Embassy. The hotel is perfectly situated, we walked less than 10 minutes to the Embassy. The hotel has it's own parking, free for guests, and the check-out time wasn't until 12 noon so we had plenty of time to take care of our business and get breakfast. We booked a family room which was quite small for three people but not bad for just one night. The only real complaint was that the room was very dusty, not just on the floor but on the furnishings as well. It might just have been a fluke as the rest of the hotel areas seemed clean and tidy.

Reviewed November 27, 2020
8.0
Excellent
ANGIE from Singapore
Family with young children
Standard Double
Stayed 5 nights in December 2018

Convenient ”

This hotel is located within the ‘cbd’ area with high rise office buildings. We checked our luggages in at front desk 2 days prior to check in as we were going to the ski resorts. When we return to check into hotel I was told there’s no bellboy nor service to help bring luggages up. But I told them I am alone with a child and 3 luggages and sled and I needed help so one of the lady was kind enough to help me get a small trolley and push up for me. Thank u! The location is near to Jonggak and Gwanghwamun train station within 3-5 minutes walk which is very convenient! But when we return to hotel at night it is very quiet as it is after office hours. Lots of 24 hours mini marts around. Lots of choices of restaurants and also mos burger, Starbucks and Burger King nearby. Walking distance to Gwanghwamun Square, palace, Insa-dong. We don’t see any hotel staff day in and day out as concierge desk is on level 8 and unless we go to that level. Housekeeping is good and cleans up well. And well mannered as we greet each other along the doorway. Toiletries are replaced daily. Please note that *Towels are yellowish and smells of chemical. Last day I was disappointed as I had lots of baggage and luggage and no one offered help seeing I was alone and even asked me to return the trolley to level 8 after loading my 4 baggage, 2 luggage and kid luggage. And there were no hotel guests around the concierge and 3 front desk officers there.

Reviewed December 29, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
tiantian from China
Couple
Deluxe Double
Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

Nice location & clean warm room”

Location: This hotel is locate in CBD with convenient transportation. It’s very easy to airport with subway. And it’s very short walk from subway entrance to hotel. Surrounding environment: Around the hotel, there are so many café shops to solve the breakfast. Starbucks is just in the 1th floor. If you walked to Lotte department stores, duty free shop and Myeongdong, you just needed less than 10 minutes. Although I do not like Lotte. If you wanted to Gyeongbokgung Palace, city hall and any other famous scenic spots, you can walked to. Room: The room is very clean and warm, especially Seoul was subzero temperature. Wash supplies are Aveda. Somedays the towels were a little old (been washed for many times), but still clean. Service: The lobby manager and other staffs are very enthusiastic with soft touch. Next time when I travel in Seoul, it must be my top choice.

Reviewed January 08, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Jin from Australia
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

Great location but be aware of dodgy taxi drivers!!”

Nice staff and convenient location. Walking distance to Insa-dong and Iksundong where we spent most of our time. We had a very unpleasant taxi experience though with the jumbo taxi that hotel staff called for us. We were going to Seoul station which was about 3km away from the hotel. We arrived and I gave him 10000won expecting to get some change. He said it was 17000won and my mum (local Korean) said that’s ricidulous as it should be around 5000won max why is he charging so much. He said there’s an extra cost as it’s a jumbo taxi and then he said he will only take 10000won. What??He refused to give a receipt and after 5min of argument he gave us 400won back and a receipt saying the ride was 9600won. He said “Are you so happy now for taking all the money back” so rudely. I googled and there’s no extra charge for jumbo taxi, the base price is slightly higher and that’s all. I think hotel staff member should be aware of that their customers can be getting ripped off by taxi drivers.

Reviewed October 10, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
John from United States
Family with young children
Standard Twin
Stayed 6 nights in November 2017

Excellent Hotel”

Excellent and very clean hotel. Staff are very courteous, helpful, and professional. Hotel location is very convenient too. Great for everybody. Highly recommend Shilla Stay!

Reviewed November 27, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Grahame from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Deluxe Double
Stayed 5 nights in July 2019

Cozy and Comfortable”

The room is cozy, OK small but perfectly adequate. The shower room was as good as I've ever had in a five star hotel. Many of the tourist attractions of Seoul are within walking distance and there are two subway stations close by too. The hotel appears themed for Koreans in that there is no milk for the tea or coffee! But there are a couple of English language channels on the TV. As the internet connections are excellent I was able to stream English language news programs on my phone and screen share them to the room's large smart TV. Very satisfied with my stay.

Reviewed August 04, 2019
9.2
Exceptional
sang from France
Solo traveler
Standard Twin
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

Best location ”

I have stayed different hotels in Seoul and this one was the best in terms of its location, very near to all the tourist attractions and good restaurants in the old town Seoul. It is also very clean. The room and the equipments are simple but efficient, so you have everything you need. I think I would stay again when I am back in Seoul.

Reviewed June 20, 2019
7.2
Very good
candy from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Double
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

Great Bargain If You Can Stand the Stench”

This is a really great hotel that would get 4 stars if it were not for the horrible sewage stench unique to some places (even cafes) in Seoul. The price was very reasonable for the clean and well-kept room. The location is very convenient - walking distance from major sights in the city such as Gwanghwamun Plaza, the old palace, the President's House itself, Insadong, etc. The hotel is also fairly quiet. Sounds from upstairs can sometimes be loud though. Hallway noise is reasonably audible. There are many great places to eat around the area as well and a ton of cafes nearby. There is no reason to even get a breakfast buffet option at the hotel as you have many options right outside. The major downgrader for this hotel is the stench from the bathroom. The sewage stench was so unbearable that I could not spend much time in the bathroom and I had to keep the bathroom door shut. I once left my room without closing the bathroom door and my whole room smelled like a sewer.

Reviewed January 06, 2017
7.2
Very good
Dong from South Korea
Family with young children
Family Twin
Stayed 3 nights in March 2020

Not 4-star quality”

Pros: convenient location, Shilla brand, quiet, nice neighborhood, early check-in, helpful staff, city view, bathtub, pretty good lunch buffet, comfy beds Cons: semi-dirty walls, dusty curtains, worn-out and disappointing towels, small and very basic room, no minibar, could've been on higher floor Overall, we were expecting more from this place given the brand. We got a deal but have stayed at better places in Seoul for similar prices. It's OK overall but unfortunately, we aren't sure we'll book here again.

Reviewed March 20, 2020
9.2
Exceptional
Ruimei from Singapore
Solo traveler
Standard Twin
Stayed 1 night in November 2017

Exceptional”

Room is clean. Staff are generally friendly. Great location and walking distance to many places of interest such as Insadong, palaces and gwanghwamun square. Many eateries around the area.

Reviewed December 07, 2017
8.0
Excellent
Sharon from Australia
Couple
Family Twin
Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

Comfortable ”

We stayed at a Airbnb initially, the standards was very low. We requested a refund. We wanted to stay at the same location where it was 10 min walking distance to mydeongong, and found the Shilla stay hotel was close by. The images on the website matches the standards exactly. It was 5 mins walking distance to the gyeongbok palace. Being a 4 star hotel it was luxuries and clean! If I were to come back to Korea I would stay here again.

Reviewed February 04, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
MAKI from Japan
Solo traveler
Standard Twin
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

Good Location”

As I arrived at late night in Seoul, I decided to stay at this hotel which is very convenient location and reasonable price with good quality room & facility. Though the room is not big enough but very good to spend overnight in the center of the city!

Reviewed August 31, 2016
8.4
Excellent
Jooyoung from Canada
Couple
Family Twin
Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

Worked just fine for us.”

Stayed total 10+ days for a vacation trip for two stays during 14 day trip to Korea. Superb location. Within walking distance, lots of tourist attractions, great restaurants, shopping, public transportation, just to name a few. Facility itself is nothing special but functional with no problems. Very basic room that is very compact in size but bed was comfortable and bedding was good quality. Housekeeping, most of days great but not so much for a couple of days. If you are worried about hot room temperature, just ask for a room with an openable window. Staff was very attentive and responded quickly and professionally to a couple of maintenance issues. It is not a luxury hotel but I think it will work fine if you are looking for comfortable night stays in downtown Seoul for a decent rate!

Reviewed November 22, 2018
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