AccorHotels boosts budget portfolio in Korea

The new ibis Seoul Dongdaemun
The new ibis Seoul Dongdaemun

AccorHotels has expanded its budget portfolio in South Korea with the launch of two new ibis hotels in Seoul and Busan.

Under its Korean joint venture, Accor Ambassador Korea, the European hotelier has now opened the 242-room ibis Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun and 237-room ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae.

These properties form part of a major expansion plan for the company, which will raise its portfolio from 19 to 27 hotels in Korea by the end of 2019.

“The two openings reflect the successful partnership between AccorHotels and Ambassador Hotel Group. The ibis brand was first introduced to South Korea 10 years ago, the dual openings of ibis Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun and ibis Busan Haeundae will give corporate and leisure guests added hotel choices when they travel to the country,” said Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ chief operating officer for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia.

ibis Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun is located in the centre of the Korean capital, close to Jung-Gu and Gwangjang markets and next door to the Euljiro 4-ga subway station. All 242 rooms feature mini-fridges, rain showers and free Wi-Fi, and hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and two function rooms capable of accommodating up to 70 people.

ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae meanwhile, is positioned close to the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center and features a Mexican restaurant, bar, spa and gym, plus two meeting that can hold up to 80 people.

AccorHotels now operates 19 across six South Korean cities.

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