Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dragon Hill Lodge

Whether you are PCSing in/out or just visiting Seoul, The Dragon Hill Lodge on USAG Yongsan is a great place to stay. It is located on Yongsan’s South Post, convenient to Gate 1 for going off-post, and central to pretty much everything on-post. Not to mention, it’s a gorgeous hotel. Many times during our stay, folks were just sitting and reading in the lobby’s seating area or working on their laptops at the tables downstairs by the windows.


Cost: Nightly rates vary based on rank, leave status, PCS/TDY, number of guests. For those on leave, rates for a double occupancy room range from $72-$93. This is probably the best rate you are going to find for a hotel in this area of Seoul. For those who are PCSing in or out and are receiving TLA for reimbursement, rates are higher. $230 for double occupancy and if you are a family of four, you will be paying  $290. The PCS rates are even higher for those with a family of 5 or more because you will have two rooms.  More rate information can be found here: Guestroom Rates. If you are traveling for leisure, the Dragon Hill Lodge (or DHL to many of the locals) often has tons of specials that can get you more bang for your buck. You can find them on their website here: Special Offers

Reservations: Reservations can be made online on the Dragon Hill’s website by clicking Reservations (first option at the top of the page). If you are making reservations for 5 or more people, they ask that you email them instead at reservations@dragonhilllodge.com. If you are PCSing inbound, it’s recommended that you make your reservation in advance (we made ours as soon as we had our flight date). It is also recommended that you reserve your room for 60 days. You aren’t charged anything until after you check-in, there is no penalty for an early check-out, and you never know how long you will have to stay there waiting for housing. You don’t want to have to change hotels with all your luggage in tow! If you need to cancel, you must call and do so before 6pm local time on the day you are to check in, or you will be charged for one night’s stay.

Room: Our personal experience PCSing with a family of 4 was a room with two double beds. We had a small kitchenette that included refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster, a sink, and a very small coffee maker. Dishes and eating utensils were also provided; free wi-fi and cable TV as well. All outlets were American 110v. Housekeepers cleaned our room every day and brought us fresh towels and more coffee pods. No laundry services but there are FREE washers/dryers on every floor.

Naturally, with two little boys, these are the only photos I took of the room. We were there for a month so they came up with new games to play everyday.





Places to Eat: One really nice thing about this place is that there are many choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without even leaving the building! For quick options, they have Subway and Pizza Hut. They also have an ice cream place called Sundaes and a place called The Deli which serves a variety of baked goods including donuts, croissants, breakfast burritos, lunch sandwiches, cakes, pies, etc. We got breakfast from here a lot. For a nicer restaurant, there are Greenstreet (American food), Oasis (Mexican), and Sables (more upscale). We tried Greenstreet and Oasis during our stay and both were good. Greenstreet has a different cuisine buffet every night and children 4 & under eat at the buffet for free with the purchase of an adult buffet or entrĂ©e. We didn’t try Sables only because we had two small children in tow and it seemed to be more for adults only, but I’ve heard it’s good as well. There’s also a Pub located inside the hotel, and Burger King & Popeyes are only a short walk away.

Shoppette: There is an AAFES shoppette inside the Dragon Hill Lodge, but be advised that you will need a rations card to buy anything from here (this does not apply to the sponsor). If you don’t have your rations card yet, have your sponsor go to 1st Replacement and get a stamp on his/her PCS orders. Dependents can use these stamped orders for the first 30 days in country until they get their rations card.

Pets: Pets are unfortunately not allowed in guest rooms. If you are just arriving in-bound, your pet may stay on the loading dock (in kennel) for one night. The next day you must take them to the Yongsan Pet Care Center (or make other arrangements) to stay there for the duration of your stay at the Dragon Hill.  The Pet Care Center is located at Building 5256 on South Post and their contact number is DSN 736-6426.

Pool/Gym: The Point is the Dragon Hill Lodge’s Gym and Pool and it is free for guests. Be sure to bring your room key with you to the gym, as you will need it to get on the elevator back into the guest rooms area of the building. We did not use the pool during our stay, but both my husband and I thought the gym was very nice. They have many cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes) and also plenty of weight-lifting machines and equipment.

Other Amenities: Inside the Dragon Hill, you also find many little shops including:
Destinations - travel agency
Blossoms - flower shop
Clippers - beauty salon
Community Bank – full-service bank & ATMs that distribute USD and KRW (Korean won)
Creases - 24hr dry-cleaning
Bagman - bag and purse shop
Dongbu Rent-A-Car
The Discover Seoul desk - for tours, travel, and local event information and tickets
Dynasty - reproduction antique furniture
Needle & Thread - custom dress maker
Sports Massage
Gallery Gift Shop
Tweeds - custom suits
And more than I’m sure I’m forgetting!


Dragon Hill Lodge
Address:
Unit 15355
APO AP 96205

Phone Number:
DSN 738-2222
from Korean Cell Phone 050-3338-2222
International 82-2-790-0016

Website:

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