Kensington Hotel Seorak

998, Seoraksan-ro,Sokcho,Korea South

  • Experience World-class Service at Kensington Hotel Seorak

    Seorak Kensington Stars Hotel is located in Sokcho, less than 200 metres from Seorak National Park. A household name with Korean celebrities, it features free parking and free WiFi. Rooms at Stars Seorak Kensington feature both air conditioning and heating. Each is tastefully furnished with a cable TV and minibar. Most rooms overlook the scenic Seorak Mountains. Afternoons can be spent reading at the Book Café. The hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk. Authentic Korean dishes are served at Gayatgo Restaurant, while European grill and seafood can be sampled at The Queen Restaurant. Drinks are available at Feelings Lobby Lounge and Abbey Road Sky Lounge. Daepo Harbour is 13 km away. For relaxation, Osaek Oncheon (hot spring) is an hour’s drive away.

    Amenities

    • Internet
    • Parking
    • Pets Allowed
    • Restaurant
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Business Center
    • Breakfast
  • reviews

    • Uncaring and uncared for

      2.0
      Reviewed 22 September 2019

      Staying here is for one reason, the location by the entrance to the national park. Good views from the hotel. Otherwise There is little reason to commend this hotel, which is a shame as potentially it could be excellent. The quirky english styling is probably not to everyones taste, but Some upkeep is needed. Behond the superficial frilliness There are so many examples of poor quality maintenance. The beds are soft and mattresses need replacing, the rooms are dusty and the carpets stained. The breakfast buffet is quite good though for some reason set out on the first floor foyer as if someone has forgotten to find room for it. The restaurants seem to be open according to some random scheme and certainly not one to be shared in advance. The restaurant on the top floor could be great with amazing views. Ate there once when they also offered a Korean menu, the food was good. The restaurants that are about one km away close early. The hotel seems indifferent to having customers and forgotten that they should be providing a service instead of tolerating having people there. Location is great and unfortunately if you want to stay by the park there is little choice, but this is a poor hotel which with a bit of effort could be good.

      nandgNL
    • luxury at the edge of the national park

      5.0
      Reviewed 11 July 2019

      This is a luxurious stay; the nearest accommodation to Soerak National Park. The national park is definitely worth a visit. It is spectacular in places and has beautiful forests and numerous waterfalls. The infrastructure for walkers is very good. The hotel has some quaint affectations and decor; some of the British paraphernalia seems a bit incongruent in Korea (including the London bus!). The staff are very good and bilingual where necessary. Breakfasts are a bit expensive but the range is enormous (including Fruit Loops!). The single beds pushed together is a strange one.

      Greg R
    • Experience luxury before visiting National park

      5.0
      Reviewed 30 June 2019

      Luxurious hotel if you like high-end English hotel style. Maybe too much attention to memorabilia, but otherwise engaging and not boring. Service is great and engaging, but sometimes feels lack of experience. Breakfast is a feast - nevermind overeating and skipping your lunch - everything is so delicious and in such a variety. Beds are super comfortable which is great if you dare to seriously explore National Park.

      Darius_atm
    • Good location, not so good everything else

      2.0
      Reviewed 27 June 2019

      I stayed at this hotel for two nights while visiting Seorak National Park. The main reason I selected the hotel was for its proximity to the National Park. Regrettably, after my experience with the hotel I can't really see any other reason to stay at Kensington and I would advise against a prolonged stay. Pros: - Location. If you plan to spend a lot of time in Seorak National Park this hotel has an unbeatable location. - Staff. I found most of the staff friendly and helpful. In particular the front desk staff. Cons: - Rooms/common areas. The hotel is very worn and in dire need of upgrades and renovation. For example, window shutters in my room did not close completely, some power outlets did not work, the walls were not properly painted, little to no sound isolation from corridor and adjacent rooms, lack of functional furniture like table and chairs, etc - Beds. I was given a room with a rock hard Korean style futon bed. Staff did its best to provide sheets/covers to alleviate but essentially it was like sleeping on the floor. Manageable for one or two nights but very uncomfortable. - Restaurants/food, since this is a fairly isolated location you are left with three choices: hotel restaurant, the nearby 7-11 or traveling to Sokcho for every meal. The hotel restaurants were terrible. They serve bad and overpriced Western style food. In the evenings (after 8) one of the restaurants close so they can funnel you to the even more expensive bar restaurant on the top floor. During my stay in Korea this was by far my worst culinary experience and reason enough for me to never go back to this hotel. Overall, a hotel that suffers badly from the neglect and greed of owners/management. Should I return to Seorak National Park I will choose to stay in the nearby city of Sokcho and take a taxi to the park instead. You'll save what money you spend on taxi by avoiding eating at this hotel's restaurant.

      1travellingperson2
    • The nearest hotel to the Seoraksan National Park

      4.0
      Reviewed 12 June 2019

      Just 20 mins from Sokcho by taxi, and 5 mins walk to the National Park entrance, this hotel has an unrivalled location for those wanting to enjoy all there is to offer in the park. Cable Car, the waterfalls, the Rock, Valley and Temples. The hotel itself is probably the best in the area, albeit slightly quirky as a first impression, with a strong London/UK/Beatles/Royal Family/Korea movie and sporting legends (not K pop!) theme - Rooms are good size and fairly well appointed, with mountain views to the front and back (the front being the better side). Heavy decoration, but OK and beds very comfortable! Wifi fast. Breakfast is in the Queens restaurant. Good selection. Some may moan about the price but its caters to all tastes. It serves as the western restaurant in the evening. The Abbey Road TOP floor restaurant serves a good BBQ, and the pizzas were great. The Korean restaurant was closed whilst we were there. There is a kids zone with baby sitters apparently available. Service was generally very good. Not sure why they converted a decent looking adjacent building from a fitness centre to a 7-11, as would be an ideal facility to maintain, albeit plenty of steps to do in the mountains. All in all, apparently the best place to stay, but there is scope for this hotel to be one of the best in Korea given its location.

      R3642FBandyh

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