Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: An In-depth Look into Global and Korean Guest Reviews and Price Analysis – A Korean Perspective on Luxury or Overrated?

Last Updated on December 10, 2023 by HB

Welcome, travelers to Korea! Are you considering a stay at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’ (★★★★★ 5 Star), situated in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea? Or perhaps you’ve already secured your reservation? Then you’ve landed at the right place on my blog!!

I, HB (Hotel Boy 😎), am committed to providing you with the most comprehensive reviews of Korea’s finest hotels, unrivaled by anyone worldwide!

In this post, I have compiled the following information about ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas‘:

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

This luxury hotel is no stranger to my blog. In fact, I’ve previously featured it in my post titled ‘Traveling to Seoul: Top 10 Five-Star Hotels Loved by Koreans’.

As a hotel guide residing in Korea, I’ve prepared an objective and insightful analysis based on numerous reviews from both local and global guests, all through a uniquely Korean lens. This aims to engage all your senses and assist in making an informed decision for your unforgettable stay in Korea.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

1. About “Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Before we delve into the detailed analysis, allow me to present a quick overview of ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas
Source: Agoda

Set among the shops of Gangnam District, this high-end, modern hotel is part of the COEX Mall. It’s 1.5 km from the Han River.

The warm, contemporary rooms have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and music systems, as well as coffeemakers, minibars and 24-hour room service; some have city views. Suites add separate living rooms, dining areas and whirlpool tubs. Club rooms and suites include breakfast, snacks and drinks in the club lounge.

The 5 dining options include chic Chinese and Japanese restaurants. There’s also a fitness center, an indoor pool and a sauna, as well as business facilities and meeting space.

Source: Google Maps

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

  • Grade : ★★★★★ 5 Star Hotel
  • Address : 521 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Official Website: https://www.ihg.com
  • Telephone : 82-02-555-5656
  • Check-in time : 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time : 11:00 AM
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: highlights
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: facilities


2. In-depth Analysis of Global Guest Reviews

Let’s dive into a thorough analysis based on real guest experiences at ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’.

Remember, these reviews encompass perspectives not just from Korean guests, but also those hailing from various corners of the globe. Our forthcoming review draws heavily upon data gathered across platforms like ‘Agoda’, ‘Booking.com’, and ‘Google Maps’.”

2.1. Comprehensive Reviews from ‘Agoda

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: ratings on Agoda

Here’s how users who booked through ‘Agoda’ rated Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas. The hotel has earned an exceptional score of 9.0 out of a possible 10, shining particularly in areas such as ‘Cleanliness’, ‘Location’, and ‘Service’.

What follows is an exhaustive analysis of guest reviews, with our main focus on recent comments to maintain both relevance and freshness.

LocationGrand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is rated for its convenient access to shopping malls, restaurants and subway stations etc.
Room Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’s rooms are spacious and clean but some guests pointed out that the facilities such as room or bathroom look a bit old.
BreakfastThe breakfast buffet received high praise, especially for the variety and quality of food.
FriendlinessThe friendliness and helpful service of the staff were highly rated. However, some guests pointed out that the check-in and check-out process takes too long.
FacilitiesNo specific facilities were particularly mentioned.
PriceSatisfaction with value for money was rated high.
OthersAdditional mentions included connection to shopping mall, view etc.
Overall
Opinion
Pros include connectivity to COEX and subway stations, spacious and clean rooms, attentive staff service etc., while cons include reported old facilities in some places and complexity in check-in/check-out process.

2.2. Comprehensive Reviews from ‘Booking.com

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: ratings on booking.com

Let’s take a look at how users who booked through ‘Booking.com’ rated ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’. The hotel bagged a fabulous score of 8.9 out of a possible 10, excelling notably in areas such as ‘Cleanliness’, ‘Location’, and ‘Comfort’.

Next up is an exhaustive analysis of guest reviews. Just like with Agoda, we’ve concentrated on recent comments to ensure that our insights stay timely and relevant.”

LocationGrand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is highly praised for its excellent location, with direct connections to COEX mall and Hyundai mall, as well as its proximity to various renowned shopping centers in Seoul.
Room The rooms are generally comfortable and spacious, although some guests noted that they were smaller than expected based on the photos. There were a few complaints about cleanliness, including some hairs found in a bathroom and a dirty cleaning towel left by housekeeping.
BreakfastGuests consistently enjoyed the breakfast at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, praising it as “great” and “excellent.” However, there was one complaint about long queues for breakfast on Sundays.
FriendlinessThe staff’s friendliness received mixed reviews. While many guests appreciated their helpfulness—especially those at concierge—there were also criticisms about certain staff members who seemed less friendly or seemed annoyed in certain situations.
FacilitiesReviews highlighted facilities such as fitness center and pool; however, there were complaints about restrictions like children not being allowed in the pool and gym facilities not being up to par.
PriceSome guests felt that while comfortable, room sizes did not justify their high cost – indicating that value for money might be perceived as low by some customers.
OthersOne guest mentioned strict adherence to schedule by hotel staff which impacted their experience negatively; another pointed out issues with housekeeping service timing which caused inconvenience.
Overall
Opinion
Despite minor issues raised by several guests—like strict schedules or minor cleaning oversights—the overall opinion of most reviewers was positive with many expressing intentions of returning due to factors like excellent location, good food options (especially breakfast), comfortable rooms & generally helpful staff.

2.3. Comprehensive Reviews from ‘Google

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: ratings on google maps

Next up, we have ratings summarized from reviewers on ‘Google Maps’. From a possible score of 5, ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’ secured an impressive 4.5 points. Interestingly enough, unlike other platforms that provide category-specific scores, Google Maps rates hotels based on guest types – with families, couples and solo guests bestowing Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas with the highest ratings at 4.6.

Following this, we present you an exhaustive analysis of guest reviews. – just as with Agoda and Booking.com cases – we’ve prioritized recent comments to keep our insights relevant and timely.

LocationGrand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’s location is consistently praised for its strategic placement in Gangnam, directly connected to COEX mall and Hyundai department store, making it highly accessible and convenient for shopping and dining.
Room Guests generally found the rooms spacious, comfortable, and clean with modern interiors. Some guests particularly appreciated specific amenities like Japanese style bidets.
BreakfastOpinions about breakfast were mixed – while some guests lauded it as incredible or top-notch, others found it lacking in memorable options despite its high quality.
FriendlinessThe staff received high praise for their friendly service and attentiveness. However, a few reviews indicated that staff responsiveness could be improved when dealing with issues or complaints.
FacilitiesSeveral guests mentioned their satisfaction with various facilities like restaurants within the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas premises and meeting spaces; however there were complaints about restrictions such as children not being allowed in the pool.
PriceReviews suggest that while some guests find the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas pricing reasonable given its luxury status and excellent services offered, others expressed dissatisfaction over additional charges (e.g., bedding for children).
OthersSome reviewers noted minor inconveniences such as traffic congestion around the area or early check-in times not being available.
Overall
Opinion
Despite minor issues raised by several guests—like strict rules regarding pool access or extra charges—the overall opinion of most reviewers was positive due to factors like excellent location, good food options (especially breakfast), comfortable rooms & generally helpful staff.

3. Showcasing Top-tier Reviews from Korean Guests

Being situated in South Korea, it’s no surprise that ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’ plays host to a significant number of Korean guests. In my quest for understanding guest experiences, I’ve come across a plethora of reviews penned by Koreans. Allow me to share some of these standout reviews with you.”

3.1. Best Review: “A Comprehensive Review of the Junior Suite Room, Lounge, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, and Breakfast at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas – A Top Recommendation for a Staycation in Seoul”

Summary of the Blog Post

For this year’s Chuseok holiday period, I decided to have a staycation at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas with my husband instead of traveling abroad as we usually do.

We checked into the Junior Suite King room and enjoyed various amenities from afternoon tea to happy hour and breakfast at the Club Lounge.

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is conveniently located just a minute walk from Exit 5 of Samseong Station. The check-in time is at 3 PM and check-out is at 11 AM. We visited during the Chuseok holiday period and I would personally rate the experience as a definite revisit.

The Club Lounge offers afternoon tea and happy hour where you can also use business computers and printers. If you book a club room or higher, you can check in on the 34th floor.

The Junior Suite room was spacious with separate living room and bedroom, which made it an ideal space for relaxation. The bathroom was also large, but what stood out the most was the excellent condition of the bedding that provided us with a great night’s sleep.

During happy hour at the lounge, they offered a variety of alcohol and snacks. The desserts and fruits were delicious as well.

In addition to these amenities, we were able to use the sauna facilities and had a satisfying breakfast experience. Overall, Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas was not crowded so it was perfect for relaxing staycation.

Source: https://blog.naver.com/qkrwjddms105/223224683420
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: afternoon tea

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: afternoon tea

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: afternoon tea

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: afternoon tea

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room amenities

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: bathroom

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: bathroom

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: room

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: restaurant

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: restaurant

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: restaurant

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: restaurant

Source: https://blog.naver.com/qkrwjddms105/223224683420

(* For a detailed review, I recommend visiting the original article.)

4. Quick Overview of Hotel Information

4.1. Amenities and Facilities

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Chinese [Cantonese]
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Japanese
  • Korean


Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible


Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • A la carte breakfast
  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Breakfast [buffet]
  • Breakfast [continental]
  • Breakfast service
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]


For the kids
  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Kids meal


Access
  • Buzzer/wireless intercom
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Service animals are welcome
  • Smoke alarms
  • Soundproof rooms

Getting around
  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Car power charging station
  • Rental car
  • Valet parking

Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet
  • Internet [LAN]
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


Things to do, ways to relax
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Tours


Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Concierge
  • Convenience store
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Grooming service
  • Heating in public area
  • Infirmary
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area


Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Breakfast in room
  • Breakfast takeaway service
  • Cashless payment service
  • Covid-19 testing service
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Air purifier
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Clothes rack
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Seating area
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Sofa
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wake-up service

4.2. Location

Adress : 521 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Airports
  • Gimpo Airport (GMP) 23.8 km
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) 54.3 km
Public transportation
  • Samseong Subway Station 150 m
Hospital or clinic
  • Gangnam Severance Hospital 1.3 km
Shopping
  • Myeong-Dong Walking Street 9.2 km
Convenience store
  • On-site
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM on-site

4.3. Nearby Attractions

Popular landmarks
  • Lotte World 3.3 km
  • National Museum of Korea 7.3 km
  • The War Memorial of Korea 8.0 km
  • N Seoul Tower 8.0 km
  • Myeong-Dong Walking Street 9.2 km
  • Namdaemun Market 9.3 km
  • Insadong 9.9 km
  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex 9.9 km
  • Bukchon Hanok Village 10.2 km
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace 10.8 km
Nearby landmarks
  • Aso Gallery 40 m
  • SM Town Studio 110 m
  • SM Town Coex Artium 120 m
  • Starfield Library 130 m
  • Samseong Subway Station 150 m
  • WTC Trade Tower 180 m
  • Seven Luck Casino Gangnam 190 m
  • Korea Cultural House 240 m
  • Gallery Focus 270 m
  • Coex Mall Megabox 280 m

5. Diving into Price Analysis

Finally, let’s delve into arguably one of the most critical categories in hotel reviews – pricing.

To pinpoint where you can get your money’s worth, I’ll be comparing rates from renowned hotel comparison platforms like ‘HotelsCombined,’ ‘SkyScanner,’ and ‘Trivago.’

Our criteria for this low-price hunt? A one-night stay from Wednesday to Thursday for two guests in a single room—breakfast excluded (as it often significantly bumps up costs).

5.1. Price Comparison via ‘HotelsCombined’

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: lowest price on HotelsCombined

After searching through ‘HotelsCombined’, the best deal I found was $223 when booking through ‘Prestigia’

5.2. Price Comparison via ‘Sky Scanner’

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: lowest price on Sky Scanner

The lowest price on ‘Sky Scanner’ is $326 for a 1-night stay when booking through ‘Trip.com’ and ‘Vio.com’.

5.3. Price Comparison via ‘Trivago’

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: lowest price on Trivago

The lowest price on ‘Trivago’ is $328 when booked through ‘Prestigia’.

5.4. Official Website of ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: price from the official website

I also explored prices directly from the ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’ official website. The lowest rate I found from the official website was USD 276.

Our analysis reveals that out of all four sites considered, ‘HotelsCombined’ offers the best deal at USD 265 for a stay at the ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’. You might want to keep this information handy while booking.

★ Do bear in mind, these rock-bottom prices are subject to change based on your stay dates and when you’re conducting your search.

★ Also crucial to remember – today’s best deal doesn’t necessarily promise future savings.

★ Consider this ‘Lowest Price Analysis’ as a guiding light rather than an absolute rule.

★ For savvy hotel booking, I’d recommend revisiting these comparison sites during your accommodation planning phase – you never know when you might stumble upon an even better deal!”


And with that, we wrap up our review of the ‘Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas’, seen through a distinctly Korean lens.

Yours truly, HB(Hotel Boy) – your trusted guide to best hotels in Korea. Stay tuned for more insightful reviews on Korea’s hospitality gems!