Seoul Itaewon Hotel ‘Imperial Palace Boutique’ Honest Review

Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by HB

Hello!! Today, I’m going to share my experience of a recent hotel stay in Itaewon where I enjoyed a staycation with my friends.



The place I visited is the Imperial Palace Boutique, a hotel in Itaewon. You can easily find it by walking a short distance from Exit 2 of Itaewon Station. The building itself is unique, so it can be seen from a distance.


Imperial Palace Boutique : exterior

On the first floor of the Imperial Palace Boutique, there is a restaurant called Eggslut.


Imperial Palace Boutique : exterior

Considering its central location among Itaewon hotels, the accommodation cost was not expensive.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

Just before entering, there was a Gundam? riding a horse outside like this. Among the accommodations in Hannam-dong, this place is known for its unique design and has a very strong personality.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

There is a phrase like this on the upper part of the entrance. The yellow color is refreshing.

Imperial Palace Boutique : interior
Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

Compared to other places, the lobby seems to be the most decorated with various artworks. The concept is unique.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

There was also a huge sofa that seemed like it would make you a huge attention seeker if you sat on it and took pictures. But there were quite a few people taking pictures here.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

I’m not sure if you can actually ride it, but there’s a swing like this in the lobby. I was curious if it could be ridden, but I didn’t see a single person riding it during my stay at the Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

It is said that the rabbit statue in the lobby of the Imperial Palace Boutique is especially famous. It’s definitely very unique.


Imperial Palace Boutique : interior

On the wall that the rabbit looked at while aiming the gun, there were these porcelain pieces displayed.


Imperial Palace Boutique : notice

You can register one vehicle per room for parking. From the second vehicle, it’s free for up to 3 hours, but after that, you have to pay 1,000 won per 10 minutes. Since there is a public parking lot across from the hotel, it seems like you should compare the prices and make a decision for the second vehicle onwards.



Imperial Palace Boutique : notice

Earlier, I mentioned that there was Eggslut on the first floor, right? There’s no separate restaurant here, but you can have breakfast at Eggslut for 15,000 won with a main menu, drink, and cookie.


Imperial Palace Boutique

There are bottled water and candies at the front desk, and you can take them if you need.


Imperial Palace Boutique

But I’m not sure if they are short of staff here, as there was no staff appearing when checking in, so I waited a long time, and there were no staff when checking out, so I waited for a while again.

Imperial Palace Boutique : elevator

Anyway, I checked in and got on the elevator, and the elevator seemed like a huge safe and also like a suitcase.

Imperial Palace Boutique ; elevator

The Imperial Palace Boutique has a total of 12 floors. All rooms are located from the 4th to the 12th floor. The gym and meeting rooms are on the 3rd floor.

Imperial Palace Boutique : room

Since there were three of us staying, we chose a Deluxe Quadruple room. There are a total of 3 beds. Sometimes when I read reviews, they say the room with the lips drawing is the worst, and I got that room. I was shocked and felt uncomfortable seeing that lips drawing, but when lying on the bed, the drawing was not visible, so I didn’t think much about it.

Imperial Palace Boutique : room

On the side of the bed, there is a safe, a phone, and some notepads. Just to let you know, that round thing is a clock, and it was a bit annoying because the clock was too bright when trying to sleep.

Imperial Palace Boutique : room

At first, I searched for the refrigerator for a while wondering where it was, but it turned out that the refrigerator was inside that safe-like structure when opened.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

It looks like the elevator we took earlier.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

On the top, there were capsule coffee, cups, and water. Please note that the capsule coffee shown here is an amenity, so it can be used without any additional charges. But why there were only two cups provided when there were three of us staying…?

Imperial Palace Boutique : room

When you open that safe from earlier, there’s a small refrigerator and various items inside. However, everything here is part of the minibar that needs to be paid for, so if you handle them carelessly, you’ll have to pay additional charges later.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

When you open the curtain by the window, you can see a chair and a city view.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

The atmosphere itself is nice, but the windows here don’t open wide, only a part of it opens with some difficulty, making it seem hard to ventilate or do anything similar.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

For your information, the bathroom is transparent. Since we went with friends, we decided not to draw the curtains next to the bed.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

This is what the bathroom sink looks like.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

All the necessary amenities are provided. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and disposable toothpaste and toothbrushes were available. In that black box, there were separate items such as hair vinyl, cotton swabs, and hair ties.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

There is a bathtub like this.

Imperial Palace Boutique : room

The hotel’s logo is clearly marked on the towels. The towel laundry condition was good.


Imperial Palace Boutique : room

There is a scale under the sink, but I didn’t try it because I didn’t want to find out if I had gained weight. Nonetheless, I had a great time with my friends at the Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel, enjoying a staycation and eating a lot of delicious food 😀


This concludes my review of the Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel. Overall, the hotel was in a good location and provided decent services. I am totally satisfied!