Coming back from Busan, we found ourselves staying in the Dongdaenum area because we initially wanted to visit the nearby malls which opens until past normal business hours. Though we failed to visit those, we didn’t regret choosing to stay at this location. Let me state a few things first that made us like our stay here. 🙂
Upon arrival, we were assigned to stay in a twin room on the second floor. Basing on the room we had, I can say that CMS Inn’s rooms were on the compact side. As a petite girl, I didn’t mind about it much but I guess bigger or taller guests would find it harder to move inside the room. As most of the floor space has already been taken up by the beds, we just had enough space when we opened our luggages on the floor. My friend and I had to navigate carefully around each other. But if you are a single traveler, our room’s size will be just right.
However, even though the room was small, it was packed and almost complete with the comforts a tired traveler would look for after a long day of exploration. We had our own toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, a mid-sized refrigerator, complimentary toiletries and bottled water. There was also a hair dryer which were really put to good use when we were running out of time in the mornings. Face towels were available and you can ask for new ones downstairs at the reception without additional charges.
Our last weekend in Korea proved to be a battle for us as we were used to tropical weather. The temperature dropped below 5 degrees at night and we were eager to come home to a warm room and rest after a long day of exploring. We weren’t sure if the heating system was not working at times or the weather was just truly cold but we found ourselves unable to sleep right away because it was cold inside the room. However, our thick comforters helped us sleep more comfortably. 🙂
Breakfast is sure fun here at @cms_inn as you can choose whichever you woud like to have. It’s also a DIY kind of breakfast wherein you can cook with your friends or with the other guests! Fruits, cereals, eggs are among the choices. Good morning! 🙂 #cmsinn #cmsinnseoul #breakfast #themermaidtravels
The Kitchen and Free Breakfast
Just like in my other trips, I prefer to stay in a guesthouse which offers complimentary breakfast. Not only it it helps us save more but it is also practical in our part as we don’t have to rise early in the morning just to look for something to eat. CMS Inn Seoul was offering free breakfast served starting at 8:30 AM to 11 in the morning. But unlike in other properties, you are to cook your own food. But I liked this idea as you can freely decide which one to prepare. The food choices are the basics most budget travelers will expect in a property like CMS Inn Seoul. Cooking utensils are provided. Our favorite breakfast were fried eggs, toasted bread and instant noodles. We also had a variety of options for our drinks. There were milk, fresh fruit juices and the usual tea and coffee. Fresh fruits are also available! And you can help yourself until you feel you’re full.
Reception and Common Areas
The reception, lounge and kitchen are located on the second floor of the building. If you are not out exploring, you can spend your free time in this area to watch TV, read books from the inn’s humble collection or have a photo session wearing a Hanbok free of charge. Reception is open until 11 PM. The building the inn is housed goes up to the 7th floor. Going up to the higher floors will not be a worry as the building has an elevator. There’s also a patio on the roof top but we were unable to visit it due to lack of time.
The property’s proximity to Heogi station made me miss exploring Seoul more. It saved me precious sleep time since the subway’s really near – just a two minute walk from the station. There were lots of restaurants near the property and some were open 24 hours. Security was not a concern for us since instead of room key cards, we were provided number codes to input in our room room keypad.
CMS Inn is a commendable choice of lodging when staying in Seoul. It is a family-run inn so expect an extra touch of warmth and hospitality when you arrive. I wish we were able to meet Ms. Lia Kim (one of the inn’s manager) who was very patient to me when she was answering all my inquiries about Korea! So I guess than means a second visit to Seoul. I hope there will be seat sale soon. <3
CMS Inn Seoul