The hotel rooms are more like serviced apartments including a cooking areas, microwave, washing machine etc. The view for the rooms heading Han river and Dangsan is nice!
Actually it is a typical room size for a Korean.
The hotel itself is a business hotel and not a motel! The hotel is not bad neither a nightmare.
From Dangsan station take exit 3, when you come done the stairs turn slightly right (you could go straight or rightmost, just enter the street on the right) and then after 30 sec walk you see the hotel on the left. First comes a cafeteria, then the hotel entrance.
You will have to pass a door and then press 2 buttons to call the reception. Please keep in mind they usually leave latest by 23:00
There is no need to complain about things that are common in Korea, just like size and bathroom. For around 80-110 $ you get what you pay for and it is far better than anything else in the area.
Beds are a bit hard (cheap mattress) but overall it is a good catch for an overnight stay.
One issues I had during my stay was the bathroom door that I could not open in the morning anymore due to a technical issue. The receptionist did not really care about it but it shows typical Korean laziness and mentality.
If I would have been inside without a phone they might have found me the day later!
The hotel is located in a proximity to the major railway station. The location is however, quite aside from the live roads and it is a challenge to find the hotel. There are no directing signs, although the building is high it is successfully "hiding" in the mass of other buildings.
The hotel itself looks like brand new. The reception is rather inconveniently located on the second floor and is accessible via elevator with intercom communication with the reception desk. The communication must be made prior to entering the elevator.
The room is tiny. 80% of the room is the bed, which I found OK. All the rest came from the microworld: tiny workplace, small basin, absent shower - there is a hole in the floor. The room is all white with all glossy coverage which makes it rather impractical. The host asks to take off the shoes by entering the room. In fact, it is not a room, but the small flat with kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave which is also hiding and really gigantic two-section refrigerator. Looks, like it was planned to serve large families for months...
The breakfast is in the neighboring part of the building, the entrance is from outside. The breakfast is really nothing: there is no choice, micro table is filled with the very basic food. I did not have a courage to test the breakfast in full since some of the products seem did not see the fridge in the past two hours. Nevertheless, I managed to get the stomach pain even without regular breakfast.
Services and Personnel
The personnel is rather helpful. All standard procedures, like printing the boarding pass and keeping the bag were fullfilled. However, these bright spots are definitely not enough to justify the better evaluation of the hotel.
I've got a room for 100 USD per night which I feel is a quite expensive for such a tiny room even in the center of Seoul.
In fact, I was feeling myself as a complete stranger in non-comfortable environment of the room. I was counting hours in order to get out of it as early as it could be possible. I would definitely not recommend this hotel and I will try to avoid it in future.
This is not a hotel, this is 1-star motel... Breakfast - just eggs and something else, room like kitchen in my flat, no laundry service and cleaning at Saturday and Sunday... Views is like nightmare... The price for this room unbelievably high... This hotel is worst nightmare. One good point - it is near from underground and nothing more.
Many other reviews for DSBC make note of the small room size, and I suppose it's all about what you need. For one person, it's perfect, maybe even more than adequate. You could easily still be comfortable traveling with a significant other. That being said, this isn't the place to book a family stay. The location might be a bit hard to find for taxi drivers because it's on a unassuming, fairly quiet street. I don't know about you, but when I get back to where I'm staying, I want it to be quiet so I can relax! Along with that, the location is actually quite good because it's less than a 2 minute walk to Dangsan station (lines 2 and 9), so starting your day and hitting the subway is super convenient. There are also two convenient stores, GS25 and CU, (within equal distance, in opposite directions of the hotel), so you can get a quick snack upon leaving or returning. DSBC management (at least the gentleman I dealt with) spoke perfect English (for all you weary of there being a language issue), was very friendly and accommodating to my request of checking out later than I had originally scheduled. One thing in particular that I really liked about DSBC is the level of privacy. The lobby is located on the 2nd floor so I didn't have hotel staff watching my comings and goings and each floor is only 4 units, so the level of noise is really at a minimum.
The rooms have complimentary wireless internet, however it has no password security so use at your discretion. Also, keep in mind that this is more of a serviced residence than a hotel. I prefer these types of stays because I like the feeling of "coming home" at the end of my day and DSBC fits the bill perfectly. The room had a spacious closet, built in refrigerator and freezer, as well as some basic dinnerware. They make the most of the space by having a built-in table that you can roll out. There are counter-top burners if you do any cooking while there, as well as a microwave. There is a desk corner with plenty of shelf space, so I was able to sit and use my laptop comfortably. The mattress is firm, but I had no problem sleeping. Temperature settings are easy to navigate and my room was quite toasty during my stay (love those heated floors). The bathroom has a simple shower with a nice bidet/electric toilet.
So if I had any gripes about the DSBC, it would be minor. I stayed during the winter, so while my room was toasty, this created major condensation build-up in the windowsill. The water pools up quite a bit and it can be alarming as it's near the electrical outlets. The curtains can get wet in it if you're not careful The housekeeping is obviously aware of it and dried it up each day, but yeah, try not to be freak out too much as I've heard it's a common issue in officetels in Korea. Also, the hotel is pretty bare-bones in terms of toiletries (they have body wash but no sponge for example), so bringing your own is a safer play. Lastly, the exit sign posted above your room's door (on the inside), is quite bright, so when you go to bed and shut the lights off, it's like having a bright night-light on. Sensitive sleepers might find this a bit annoying. I'd prefer the room to be a bit darker myself, but what can you do.
I would definitely stay at DSBC again and quite honestly, I'll be looking for vacancies here first when I travel to Seoul again.
when we booked, the hotel responded almost immediately to make sure we understood how small the space was--I guess americans have been shocked / upset. If you expect and require a US queen bed and a US size hotel room, this is not the place. However, it worked great for the two of us. Also, the mattress is almost as hard as you'd expect from a Korean or Japanese futon on the floor. If you are OK with that, you will love the view, the convenience, the helpful front desk. It's a couple of blocks from the circle-line subway, a couple of blocks from the riverfront bike path, and there are several dozen food options (soups, hot pots, table-grill, shabu-shabu-like, sushi, etc) within a block or two in several directions. Includes fridge, freezer, microwave, 2 burner stove, electric kettle, a few pots and dishes. Decent closet space and cubbies, small desk, decent internet.