Review: The Millenium Seoul Hilton

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A quick note on getting to the Hotel

I add this note as I think it’s a bit important. I’m a walker, and when I exit Seoul station and I look up and I see the Hilton only that far away (see picture below), I decide to walk to it regardless of the weather, bear in mind I had two check-in bags. If you are not a walker, or you are getting to the hotel from another place already, please ignore this section, but if you are coming from Seoul Station, this is very important.

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View of Hilton From Seoul Station

Looks like not that bad of a distance right? It’s not and google maps will also confirm a very small distance. However what you really don’t see is that once you pass this first street, the slope becomes insane. I genuinely mean INSANE. If I weren’t rolling two checked bags on me, I would consider the walk a good exercise. However, this was strenuous and was sweating a bit by the time I reached the hotel, which I rarely do ever when simply walking. It is not a pleasant walk. The hotel offers shuttles between Seoul Station and the hotel so I would recommend taking that if you have luggage. But if you are just with a backpack and/or a roller bag, you can walk if you want. I probably would walk if I just had my roller and backpack. It would be a steep walk still, but still a decent exercise enough. Anyways, just something I wanted to point out and enjoy the rest of the review.



 

 

Lobby

The entrance to the hotel is a beautiful hall with seating in multiple places as you enter.

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entrance

 

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pastries and wines

To the left, you have a nice pastry shop called Cilantro Deli and some wines that can be bought.

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seating

Seating was also ample around here.

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purses

As you go further left there were a couple shops if you were interested in buying purses, or anything of the sort.

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shops
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lobby

To the right was the main check-in desks and elevators. The staff was amazing. As soon as we entered with 2 roller bags each, there was staff waiting to take our bags and hold onto them while we completed check-in and another staff who was very knowledgeable of the area and answered any Seoul related/transport related questions.

So if you want to go somewhere, you ask the staff at the desk how to get there, they will write the name of the place in Korean on one side, and the name of the hotel on the other side and guide you to a taxi driver who will then drive you to that exact place. No cash? No problem! All taxis accepted credit card. So you really don’t even have to speak a word to the driver which is mainly good if the drivers don’t speak English, which most didn’t for us.

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More shops

Around the back, there were more shops in a hallway that also led to a casino. I wanted to take pictures but there were so many staff members there for the sole purpose of ensuring people don’t take pictures.

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Downstairs area

Now going back to the front entrance,If you walk forward into the hotel, there’s a nice set of steps that lead to the lower floors and we have some restaurants here. which we’ll check out in a minute.

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Waterfall
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Pond

There are doors on the bottom floor of this hotel which lead to a kind of outdoor garden with a lot of nice fish.

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Restaurants

This hotel has 6 restaurants. I actually visited one of them, which we’ll look more into.

The following restaurants are found if you descend down the flight of stairs in the central area of the ground floor.

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Taipan

Taipan is the Cantonese restaurant at this hotel.

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Il Ponte

This is the Italian restaurant at this hotel.

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Oak Room

This was the English style restaurant which also boasts an outdoor terrace and barbeque during the summer months, like when I was there.

I didn’t get eyes on Genji, the Japanese Restaurant, but now let’s check out Cafe 395, their international style restaurant.

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Side seats

To get there from the main entrance, simply walk across the sides of the stairs, where you’ll walk by plenty of seating and arrive at the restaurant, which also had a bar.

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side seat
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Cafe 395
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cafe 395



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Cafe 395
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Cafe 395

And here’s the menu

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menu
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menu
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menu
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menu
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menu
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menu

The menu was pretty big and fairly pricey too. Given that we hadn’t eaten in close to 5 hours, we stopped for some food here and ate light so we could enjoy street food in Seoul.

Here are the menu items we shared:

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Fries

The fries came with the dish below, we really didn’t eat any simply because we didn’t want to.

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Club Sandwich

Ideally, we would’ve eaten some Korean dish, but just in case we didn’t like the street food, we went for a safe option in case we could easily eat so we wouldn’t remain hungry during the day.

Spoiler: The street food was awesome and we enjoyed almost everything we had.

The Room: Deluxe King Bed with City view

Here’s what you see as soon as you enter the room.

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room

 

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bathroom

Immediately to the right, you’ll see the bathroom which has a set of towels and washcloths. And trust me, It didn’t look like that when we came in. We used it a bit before I remembered to take any pictures.

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Bathroom

The room also had one of those fancy seat warming toilets.

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conditioner and lotion

Here were the two amenities provided at the shower.

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hair dryer

This was something that was available, though neither of us had any use for it.

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shower

The shower also wasn’t too hard to use after a couple minutes of fidgeting. The top knob controls the water power and the bottom knob controls the temperature.

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shower amenities

These were the amenities provided for showering. There was soap, shampoo, and body wash. I almost never use a hotel provided soap bar as almost all are not the best quality and leave soap residue on the skin even after the shower is done. This dries your skin super fast, and for a hot and somewhat humid day in Seoul that was to come, I definitely didn’t want that on my skin.

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closet

To the left upon entering, there was a closet where you could hang your clothes.

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contents

There was a safe and hangars for our use along with a couple of extra counters.

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necessities drawer

As is with a lot of hotels, there were a lot of chargeable items that you could use. Though none of these ever represent a good value as I find these items to be consistently insanely overpriced. Even as a Hilton gold member, none of this is free.

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drinks

Nope, not even the drinks.

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bench

In the room, there was a sort of bench that you could use to open a bag or rest a bag on, as I did with my check in bag.

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bed

The bed was nice and big, and comfortable.

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free water

Every brand under Marriott or Hilton always have different policies for what amenities are provided. So whether I got these two free water bottles because that’s what this hotel does to all guests, or it’s a treat for my Hilton Gold status, I don’t know.

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table

At the far end of the room was a desk with the usual binder of the typical stuff like room service menu, important numbers, and the like. The table and seat could be used for lounging. Or you could be like me and use it as a standing stool to cool my head from the AC up high before walking out into piercing hot weather.

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views

This was my view, which was pretty hindered, though not bad. However, if the sun is out, I highly recommend keeping your curtains closed. That sun was hot even through the window and made us close our curtain within minutes to keep the room cool.

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desk

Here’s another look at the working desk, which has a pretty nice swivel chair.

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seats

Here’s another look at the seat and table.

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power port

The power ports in this room were international standard, which sometimes big companies can’t even get right. There was one right at floor level by the desk, and another 110V one inside the bathroom and those were the only pbest I could tell.

The Executive Lounge

With my gold status, I also had access to the executive club lounge which was on the 21st floor. Your card grants you the ability to even select floor 21 in the elevator so there’s no checking of room keys when you reach floor 21 since the only way to get up there is having an eligible card.

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seating
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seating

This photo angle pretty much sums up the entire seating area of the lounge.

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views

There were wonderful views of the mountain from here.

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views

You could also get views of the North Seoul Tower which was spectacular (more photos from up top under the trip photos tab).

Now let’s check out the buffer selection. I was here for dinner and breakfast so we’ll look at what they had for both.

Dinner

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buffet



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snacks

There were some snack items.

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dessert
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Kimchi Rice

 

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Scallop roll

The scallop rolls were great and I went back for more a couple times.

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Korean Fried Chicken
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Smoked Salmon

The smoked salmon was also really good that I went back for more. Even though it’s really bad for you, I only ever have smoked salmon during travel, so I indulged.

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Street noodles

The street noodles were chilled but tasty. It would’ve easily been the best thing if it were served warm, but they served it chilled.

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Bread
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Drinks

There was also a setup with all kinds of drinks.

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sauce
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Hard Drinks
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beer, water, and soft drinks
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teas and cups
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coffee and hot water machine

The dinner selection was nice across the board. Of course there were only 5 main courses or so, but I wasn’t expecting a grand selection. After all, it’s a hotel lounge.

Breakfast

Now let’s have a look at what was available for breakfast.

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eggs and fried rice
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bacon and sausages
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potatoes and french toast
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eggplant and mushrooms

 

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miso soup
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condiments
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fruits
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muesli and fruit cocktail
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cheese and crackers with grape
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smoked salmon



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side salad
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breads
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cereal
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juices

Conclusion

So what do I think of this hotel? It’s a nice, modern, clean, well staffed, and well-placed hotel. Being just a short* distance from Seoul station, this is a great hotel to stay in and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Seoul.

 

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