Hamilton Hotel Seoul
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- Hamilton Hotel SeoulJul 05, 2012
Slap on your suntan lotion and get ready to flex with the muscle-bound and bikini-clad of Seoul! If this sentence doesn't appeal to you, then the Hamilton Hotel may not be your cup of soju.
Found on the main party strip of Seoul's foreigner haven in Itaewon-dong, the Hamilton Hotel has two things going for it: location and a rooftop pool.
The hotel is surrounded by the greatest concentration of foreign restaurants to be found anywhere in Seoul. Thai, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian BBQ, Turkish, and dozens of fusion cuisine joints can be found only steps from the Hotel. The area is also known for it's nightlife, and evening time will find the streets buzzing with barhopping Koreans and foreigners alike.
It's proximity to the US Army Base means that most people in restaurants and bars in the area will be able to speak English, so it's a comfortable choice if you are nervous about trying to converse in Korean on your visit.
So, yeah. Location is good. Now let's talk about the pool.
The pool is not for relaxing. Open from 10am until 11pm, the rooftop pumps out dance music while drinks flow, beach balls fly, and bodies get brown. Most people are there to be seen in their bikinis or speedos, which is a rarity in the sunbathing-shy country of Korea where most people swim at the beaches fully dressed in t-shirts and shorts.
The rooms at the Hamilton are middle of the road. Nothing special but nothing offensive. They are clean, unadorned, and perfectly average. The service is good, and the staff have great English skills.
Bottom Line: If you're wanting a quiet, relaxing stay in Itaewon, you may wanna keep looking, but if you're visiting Seoul in the summer and looking for a place to grab some sunny, boozy, poolside fun in the middle of the city, the Hamilton may be just what you're looking for.
- Hamilton Hotel SeoulMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
The Hamilton is located smack in the middle of Itaewon, Seoul’s foreigner “ghetto.” The hotel feels like a vestige of the 1970’s in both its style and maintenance: it’s a bit run-down and the décor is old-fashioned. The large fitness center feels like a glorified YMCA. The guest rooms, though clean, are furnished with mismatched pieces in mint green and dusty rose, making you feel as though you’re at grandma’s house rather than the epicenter of a hoppin’ expat neighborhood. What you’re paying for here is the location. Itaewon is an international business center, as well as the hub of international food and bars in the city. It’s definitely not where you go to experience “the real Korea.” In a country that’s still generally uncomfortable with homosexuality, the Hamilton is one of the more gay-friendly spots in the city. (Its sauna is actually notorious for being a gay hook-up spot.) Many of the visitors here never even sleep here – they come for the pool scene. And what a scene it is. The rooftop pool, open May to the end of August, feels like an Asian version of MTV’s “The Grind” – It’s where buff, young Koreans go to see and be seen. From 10:00am to 6:00pm, the music blasting from the pool area is so loud that it can be heard in the guest rooms situated on the pool-side of the hotel. People stay here for convenience or a party.Recommended for:LGBT
Poor416 reviews across the web.
- Location91% enjoyed the nightlife nearby.
- Internet75% thought it was a great value.
- Service75% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Food71% were happy with the price.
- Hotel71% thought it was clean.
- PricePrice is tolerable. Only 53% of guests gave positive feedback.
Dining options at Hamilton Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. High speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Seoul property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a nightclub, and secure parking.
Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Guestrooms offer direct dial phones and in room safes. Televisions have cable channels. Air conditioned rooms also include clock radios. Housekeeping is available.
Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.