I was supposed to stay in this hotel as part of my 2015 North American getaway. In the end, I did not do a Seoul stopover as I had problem breaking my SQ15 flight due to lack of availability. Fast forward one year later, here I am.
I booked this hotel using the Hotel Night privilege of Citi Prestige Card. My 4 nights stay cost me about $1290 SGD (all-inclusive) with a 4th night refund of USD $220. That brought my cost down to less than $1000 SGD for 4 nights, a steal I would say considering that I was staying in the club floor.
Courtyard Time Square Seoul is rated as a 4 star hotel, but I felt that it is much better than the 5 star hotels I stayed in North America. The hotel is situated just a stone throw away from the Yeongdeungpo subway station, on top of the Time Square shopping mall. This gave me the convenience to go around Seoul. Besides Time Square, there are many other nearby malls e.g. Lotte Mall (on top of the subway) and Yeongdeungpo underground shopping mall. There are many eateries nearby too, hence one will have plenty of food to choose from. Noryangjin fish market is just 2 to 3 stops away.
The hotel lobby is at the 5th floor, and the hotel restaurant is located on the same floor. There is a gym one level below and the Club Lounge is at level 15. There is a sky deck outside of the Club Lounge, but the view from the deck wasn’t fantastic. However, the hotel does not have a swimming pool.
The room is fairly spacious (the space will probably be better with a king bed instead of 2 twin beds). The bathroom took a lot of space (almost 1/3 the room space). There is a large screen LCD TV, fridge and coffee/tea making facility. Bottled waters are provided daily FOC. The bed was comfortable but the pillow was too thin for my liking. The room can also get a little warm at times. The bathroom is separated from the room by glass panels. Fortunately, full length roller blinds are available for privacy.
The club lounge offers breakfast, evening cocktails (as alcohol is served, those 12 years and below are not allowed to enter during the happy hour) and night snacks. Chilled beverages, bottled water, coffee and tea are available throughout the opening hours of the lounge. For those wanting privacy, the club lounge offers a good spot for breakfast. If you want more food choices, head down to Momo café for a bigger food variety (but it can be quite crowded). Club floor guests have a choice of having their breakfast either in the club lounge or the café.
The hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful, particularly the club lounge staff. During our stay, the morning staff always have a warm smile on her face and will always strike a friendly conversation with the guests. She will always try her best to answer the guests’ queries.
I will not hesitate to stay in this hotel again. Although it is not within the city centre, the hotel’s proximity to the subway allows easy access to Seoul Station (just 6 stops away with no change needed). As a result, this hotel is much cheaper than those located within the city centre. For those not taking taxi, this hotel can be accessed easily using the airport shuttle 6008 that stops just behind the hotel (9000 KRW per person)