I gave this a high rating based on what I needed in Seoul: just a night of sleep in a clean, cheap room, close to the metro. And for the $30 I paid, this place did exactly that. Location is stellar, a few mins walk from City Hall station (which is serviced by 2 lines), steps away from several restaurants and cafes, and just down the street from Namdaemun. Staff were really friendly and efficient, maybe the fastest check-in and check-out ever, which was great because I was in a rush both times. My room was small but I really wasn't expecting much, I like that it was quiet since I just wanted a good night's sleep. Above all, I felt this was tremendous value for the money.
Was really surprised at the amenities of this hotel. Great location, only a few minutes walk to the subway. The room was spacious, clean and well equipped with a mini bar, tv and free wifi. The floors are heated too which a big plus especially after a long day of sight seeing. We'd definitely stay here again. Breakfast was included and delicious. A good range to choose from with Korean and western style food to suit everyone.
I was very disappointed with the quality of this hotel given the amount of money we paid. The shower had no door which got the bathroom all wet anytime taking a bath. Toiletries were not good and soap was unpacked upon arrival, along with used toothpaste, giving me the idea the soap was being reused. This could all be a cultural thing I could have overlooked had it not been for the rolled eyes at the front desk when we checked in, being that we were two guys in a room. The breakfast lady and the housekeeper were nice and made us feel welcomed, however, after noticing how nice Korean people were all over Seoul, it made me feel this hotel doesn't care about being hospitable to a global clientele. Booking.com advertised that the room would have an electric kettle, which was not true. Hotel did not allow taking a coffee cup up to the room which I thought was weird. Location was great but the street where it is located smelled like sewage. Bed is the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on. Take a second look before you book this one.
The location is its biggest plus, very convenient, close to Exit 7 of City Hall Stn., but it can be hard to find, on a side street off another side street. Otherwise expect no frills. Room was clean, well heated, but quite cramped. The window is purely for psychological comfort, serves no function. Bathroom was spacious, shower was hot, but very dimly lit with a timer that would switch off the light after some time (about 10 mins). Beds were wide enough and comfortable. A TV, a small wardrobe with three hangers, and a minibar with nothing in it. No tea bags or anything. There is a water dispenser in the lobby. Breakfast in the basement was adequate - Korean and Western option (bread, butter, jam, cereal, juice, no eggs, coffee/tea). OK for 1 night, perhaps.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Daewoo Inn. It has a great location, and is close to the subway. The room I had was compact, but was clean and comfortable, with everything I needed. I endorse others' comments on the breakfast which was excellent, and much more varied and tasty than breakfasts I had in 3 and 4 star hotels. The owner, Kim, was immensely helpful, and took trouble to give me very helpful information on sights to see, and good restaurants. Overall, a great choice for budget-conscious travellers, who want good value.