We booked Seoul Fairfield for an early Christmas vacation, and loved our decision! The hotel is very reasonably priced, we’ve read reviews about the small room size but found that it wasn’t as bad as we had expected. It’s small but cozy, and had everything we needed including coffee, fridge, a few complimentary drinks and snacks, and the room is very well lighted (window pane was large with ample sunlight).
The bathroom is on a squishier side, there is a glass door that swings both ways, and you can either close the toilet stall or the shower room area. The door shares the same hinge, so if you are traveling with friends and have privacy issue, this hotel layout would have some problem.
Although the location isn’t as conveniently located as one of the more famous destinations such as Dongdaemun or Myeondung, the hotel is 2 minutes away from the subway which gets you to anywhere in the city. There is also a airport limousine bus line #6008 which stops at 30 seconds away from the hotel door, that can get you to and from the Incheon Airport within an hour’s time. You can pay cash upon getting into the bus to get to the airport, you don’t need to buy tickets in advance.
Everyone at the hotel is super duper friendly and helpful, the gentleman who helped us check in was very warm and enthusiastic. We checked in later in the evening and was hoping to see some snow for the Christmas holidays, so we asked him about the weather since it wasn’t snowing when we arrived. We actually knew that it wouldn’t snow while we were there, but during the short conversation he took our question seriously and even helped us go online to check the weather forecast for the next few days. We weren’t expecting that level of detail-oriented service, so that definitely kicked off our trip to a wonderful start.
The hotel uses a very smart elevator system where you tap your room key at a sensor and it will tell you to go which elevator, which will whisk you to your floor directly without having to press anything while you are inside the elevator. This also prevents long waits and stopping by other floors, it controls where you are going directly and takes you there in express-time.
Across from the hotel is an area with lots of restaurants such as Korean BBQ, fried chicken, and convenient stores. Some of the restaurants open 24 hours. And the perk of it is that because the location isn’t at a prime location, therefore the prices are quite friendly and much cheaper than the prices you see at restaurants in Myeundong, etc. Most of the people there are locals rather than tourists, but most of the menu will have simple English translations. The food is quite tasty, and afterwards you can just walk back to the hotel by crossing one street.
Overall, we loved the stay, and would choose it again!