Seorak Kensington Stars Hotel

998, Seoraksan-ro,Sokcho,Korea South

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    Experience World-class Service at Seorak Kensington Stars Hotel

    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
    • Restaurant
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Business Center
    • Breakfast
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    reviews

    • 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
    • Perfect location, strange settings, overpriced restaurants

      4.0
      Reviewed 09 June 2019

      LOCATION & ATTRACTIONS NEARBY *** Kensington Star Hotel cannot have any better location. This place is literally at the gate of amazing Seoraksan National Parks gates with the cable car, Buddha statue and all temples. Fantastic location, even if youre there for one night. Busy, but very pleasant location and youd enjoy evening walk in the forest. Theres large car parking in front of the hotel and our Land Rover fitted well to the Britishness of the place (incl. red Routemaster, haha. HOTEL OVERVIEW *** Very strange mix of different British memorabilia placed together in a hotel space. But, that actually worked quite well and can be admired by some. Hotel is comfortable and well designed. Location is a key, but youre getting nice hotel for a fair price. PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP *** Leisure RESERVATION *** Via ebookers.ie as they offered the best price and options with breakfast included (do it in advance as its quite pricey over there). LENGTH OF MY STAY *** 1 night May 2018 CHECK-IN *** Quick, professional, hassle-free. We had two rooms booked and theyre allocated next to each other. LOBBY & RECEPTION *** Mix of old style, heavy British furniture and some sculptures and other items. Looks cool and Id treat it this way. Not necessarily my style, but it was actually fun to walk around and see what they gathered. ROOM *** #619 - Ambassador Level Room clean & fresh, old-style, but comfortable. They only thing I didnt really like was, that the room was quite dark. We had a forest view, which probably contributed to this darkness. We had a very comfortable King bed and great sleep. Theres safety deposit box in the room, coffee/tea making kit and complimentary bottles of water. Vouchers f0r 15% discount for restaurants and 10% discount for shopping were also given. BATHROOM *** Also colonial, old-style. It was fine, but some pieces should be screwed better together (towel rack and water taps). It was spotless clean and also good quality toiletries were provided. Few cracked and chipped tiles were a downsize. BREAKFAST *** Breakfast was awesome! It was included in our rate and it was definitely worth it. Food was delicious. It was served in the Queen Restaurant and we had a mountain view seat overlooking amazing Seoraksan NP. Buffet was stunning and simply delicious. Absolutely loved it! RESTAURANTS *** Hm... We didnt actually use restaurants in the hotel for dinner as prices looked extremely overpriced. Im sure its good quality (as we witness during breakfast next day), but prices were crazy high. We used some local restaurant down the road (1 km, but not too late as they finish early) and it was fantastic choice for price of the hotel (also very high quality). INTERNET ACCESS *** It was complimentary and easy to use. Connection good and stable. CHECK-OUT EXPERIENCE *** We were able to check out, pack our bags and leave our car at the parking for few hours when we did the cable car and all temples. This was very helpful and allowed us to see the sights without any hassle or rush. Thank you. STAFF *** Professional and very polite. OVERVIEW *** Nice hotel in a perfect location. A little bit overpriced for food (actually many guests went for local restaurants), but if youre not too fussy with that, this is your perfect location to see amazing Seoraksan NP. See the sight in the afternoon and in the morning as this may look completely different.

      marqoos_pl

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