To celebrate our anniversary and reward ourselves for all of the hard work we've put into planning our wedding, we decided to take a staycation instead of traveling anywhere.
We considered going to a fancier, more expensive hotel but ultimately decided to celebrate at the L7 Hotel in Hongdae, a special spot for us.
I looked on other booking sites, but it wasn't marked down from its original price. Instead, I could save a lot of money by booking through the official Lotte Hotel website or app during their L7 Week promotion. There wasn't much time to sign up for the L7 week bargain, but I timed it just perfectly and saved 20% on the website.
I gave some thought to upgrading to one of the suites, but in the end, we felt that making memories was more important than staying in a luxurious room. There is no distinction between the Standard double and the Superior double in terms of room size, view, or facilities, however, the Superior double was slightly more expensive. So, thinking that there must be something better, I opted for a superior double room.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste weren't given because, according to the website, L7 Hongdae took part in a campaign to decrease single-use items.
The outside of the L7 Hongdae, a 4-star hotel in Seoul.
The hotel's location in the hip neighborhood of Hongdae means that popular spots like Yeonnam-dong and Gyeongui Line Forest Park are just a short walk away, perfect for recharging during a staycation. From Hongik University Subway Station's Exit 1, you may be there in under 5 minutes.
That may be why there were so many visitors from other countries.
You can take the hotel elevator next to the logo, which has an industrial appearance to it. On the 21st floor, you'll find the lobby.
The lobby is bright and airy because it is on a high floor, where guests may also enjoy a view of Hongdae. However, owing to the early morning rain, the sky remained overcast.
The view was much better when I went there at the beginning of summer a few years back.
If anything has changed in that time, it's this tablet used as a check-in waiting area. It seems that this tablet had been implemented because of the high volume of guests checking in on weekends.
I wanted an early check-in, so I arrived early; there was no waiting line, and I was checked in immediately.
There is no specific early check-in option, but guests who arrive at the hotel before 3:00 p.m. may be allowed to check in early if their rooms are ready.
The check-in process took less than 5 minutes, and a receipt-like paper was given out with details on how to use the other L7 Hongdae amenities.
Since it's a hotel that gets a lot of international guests, it has a currency exchange machine right in the lobby.
On the same level as the lobby, on the 21st floor, is an Italian bistro called The Place.
The Lotte Hotel app had a room-and-bistro-meal bundle, but because we planned to eat elsewhere during our stay, we opted out.
The Maxibar vending machine, located in the lobby just outside The Place, sold everything from toothbrushes and toothpaste to drinks and snacks that weren't provided in the rooms.
Our room was on the 20th floor, the very top floor of the hotel. Although the room's location in front of the elevator made me concerned about noise, I should not have worried thanks to the sturdy door and effective soundproofing.
Hangers and bathrobes were displayed in the entryway to the room.
There was no tea available, just coffee with paper cups.
I've heard that some hotels' coffee pots and cups get dirty because of unusual guests, but that doesn't seem to be a problem at the L7 Hotel.
Beneath is a mini-fridge (which does not appear to have a freezing function) and a safe; inside the fridge are two bottles of mineral water.
Even though they were one-time use, the thick, plush cushions of the disposable slippers made them very pleasant to wear.
A suitcase stand is also included.
With a size of 24.8 square meters, the room was sizable.
I was able to have a decent night's rest on the plush bedding.
Two different heights of pillow are provided for a comfortable night's rest regardless of personal preference. It was comfortable to sleep with the cushion between my legs because of how soft it was.
On both sides of the bed, there are power outlets and light switches, which is quite convenient.
Instead of watching TV, I was having a good time on the iPad I brought along, but it seems I could have accessed Netflix if I had wanted to.
The desk appealed to me because it appeared functional for work. But I needed to unwind and enjoy myself at the hotel.
There is also a round side table, but it isn't too small, so I could easily fit my iPad there and some late-night snacks.
To the right of the front door was the restroom.
We had towels, hand wash, and moisturizer. Nothing more was offered, and I later learned that this was due to the establishment's involvement in a push to decrease the use of disposable products.
A powerful hair dryer and both standard and king-sized towels were still provided.
The toilet with bidet
There was no tub, only a shower stall, but toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash were provided.
A simple morning meal package was also available at another promotion held at L7 Hongdae.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Hongdae, the L7 Hongdae provides excellent service. I need to visit again and make use of the popular swimming facility.
Address : 141 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Tel : +82-2-2289-1000
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