best place to stay in seoul

Seoul is the heart and soul of South Korea with many attractions and activities to offer – from classic and antique temples, vibrant nightlife, to a mix of sweet and savory street food waiting for you to discover! And to help you start building your itinerary, I will share some of the best hotels in Seoul, South Korea that are absolutely perfect for your stay!

Seoul has a diversity of urbanized, modern and classic areas all worth a visit, but I would definitely recommend staying in one and visiting the rest during your daily walks!

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If you need some details for the best activities and attractions in the city, check out my article on Things to do in Seoul, there are so many amazing things, you will have no doubt this is your next destination!

If you are curious on which are the ideal places to stay in Seoul, see my neighborhood recommendations below that only include hotels with amazing reviews, sorted by price range (budget, middle-priced and luxury) for your convenience!

PRO TIP: As any popular destination good hotels sell out very fast in Seoul, so I recommend you book your stay as soon as possible!

Here are the 6 best Seoul neighborhoods I recommend for a great stay in the city:

1. Hongdae

Hongdae neighborhood Seoul South Korea

This neighborhood started very calm and filled with artistic houses, and it now homes not only four universities and some art studios, but also lots of shops, small clubs, and bars! The artistic and creative vibe of the area is still found in every corner, through the indie music culture and urban arts.

Stop by the Hongik Children’s Park on Saturdays to find the Hongdae Free Market open from March to November, you will find a great diversity of handmade products worth the “window shopping” and perfect souvenirs!

If you are wondering where should I stay in Hongdae I am here to give you the best-handpicked selection of accommodations to choose from!

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • RYSE, Autograph Collection Marriott – This luxury hotel has an on-site fitness center, a business center, a library, and even a meeting room that can be used. Every room has a private bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, a flat-screen TV, and even Bluetooth speakers! What more can you wish for?
  • Hanso Presidential Suite Hanok Hotel – This condo-hotel offers accommodation with traditional Korean aesthetics, with wooden flooring and furniture. All rooms have air-conditioning, and a seating area that includes a flat-screen TV. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, there are barbecue facilities in the garden, and laundry services as well!

Middle-priced (from US$80 to US$160)

  • 9 Brick Hotel – This hotel has a warm, elegant and cozy décor in the rooms. There is a flat-screen TV, desk, sofa, and air-conditioning in each room. You can also find free Wi-Fi, a bathrobe, slippers, and free toiletries to complete your comfortable stay!
  • Hotel H7 Hongdae by LOTTE – This amazing Seoul accommodation has an outdoor rooftop pool that can be enjoyed for an additional cost, worth for the city view! Their amenities also include a fitness center, a bar, and all the rooms that have air-conditioning, a kettle, a fridge, and a flat-screen satellite TV.

Budget (up to US$80)

  • Amanti Seoul Hotel – This accommodation is one of the best options for cheap hotels in Seoul because of the high quality of service, but clearly low prices. There is a seasonal outdoor pool on the premises, a fitness center free of cost, and the guests can go along the rooftop garden to enjoy the skyline view.
  • Hotel The-Ore – At this hotel, you can feel comfortable and at home with reception speaking English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese so there are no language limitations! The installations are very modern and spacious rooms have great lighting, air-conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a fridge, and an electric teapot.

2. Myeongdong

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If you like shopping, don’t think it through, Myeongdong is your neighborhood! This is a main stop for shopping for both locals and tourists; you can find an impressive mix of Korean and North American brands, even local skincare and beauty shops.

Some other things to do in the area include heading over to the Korean street food booths, perfect for all taste buds. As for your tourist attractions, here you can find the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Korea and the Nanta Theatre, just walking distance away from the main malls.

Now let me share my recommendations on where to stay in Myeongdong:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • The Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul – This boutique hotel in Seoul will have you think you are staying in a modern museum while being treated like royalty. All the smoke-free rooms have air-conditioning, a tea/coffee maker, and a private bathroom. There is also an indoor pool, spa, or a sauna room where you can relax!
  • Lotte Hotel Seoul – This 5-star hotel awaits you with a fitness center, a spa, an indoor swimming pool, and even a sauna. Their modern and spacious rooms have amazing city views, carpeted flooring, a small desk, a minibar, and a private bathroom that includes a shower and slippers.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Loisir Hotel Seoul in Myeongdong – This hotel awaits you with business facilities, on-site dining options, and all rooms have impressive views of Seoul city center. Each of the rooms has a wardrobe, a work desk, minibar, and a flat-screen TV!
  • Royal Hotel Seoul – This hotel has a warm and rustic decor that will make you forget you are staying in the city. They have 310 rooms, including 19 suites, and all have a city view, air-conditioning, and a flat-screen TV. Upscale your visit to a suite for an AI speaker that also controls the room lighting and TV.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Calistar Hotel – At this modern and cozy budget hotel you can choose between private rooms or go for a dormitory room, all in the same location and with awesome service, you won’t even notice you are in a hotel/hostel accommodation. All rooms have a desk and some even have a small kitchen with a fridge!
  • Seoul City Hotel – This hotels’ rooms are spacious and comfy, perfect to spread out all your shopping bags and suitcases! It is a great Seoul hotel near the subway that includes a flat-screen cable TV, a fridge, a private bathroom, and an electric kettle in each room.

3. Gangnam

Gangnam neighborhood Seoul South Korea

You probably know the name because of the viral song and video “Gangnam Style” by PSY a few years back, but you most likely knew nothing else about this neighborhood! 

This is also one of the busiest areas with exclusive and expensive shops, restaurants, and cafes! Just imagine how many shops are there, considering that some refer to the area as being “the Beverly Hills of South Korea”!

This district is an economic hub for companies such as Google and IBM, but it is also a status symbol just to live in it – you can find many Korean actors in their local homes or at the fancy nightclubs here!

Oh! And if you want to know how far is Gangnam from Myeongdong for you to go around and visit both top areas, it is about 7km, so it’s best to take the subway!

These are the best places to stay in Gangnam:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Imperial Palace Seoul – Be ready to feel like a celebrity at this hotel, with their spa facilities, fitness center with yoga rooms, indoor pool, squash court, and seasonal outdoor pool available for an extra charge. Additionally, the rooms have a European-style décor, a minibar, a cable TV, and some even have an on-site sauna.
  • Hotel Le Meridien Seoul – You can get world-class service at this accommodation; choose between heading to the indoor pool with sundeck, the gym, sauna, or the aerobics studio. Feel the luxury treatment at this high-class hotel with modern décor and furniture, and enjoy the rooms with lovely city views and free Wi-Fi!

Middle-priced (from US$75 to US$160)

  • Hotel NewV – This non-smoking property has a complimentary smartphone, a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge, a kettle, and free toiletries in every room. You can use their business center to work or ask for an organized sightseeing trip. Other great facilities are the fitness center, sauna, and the yoga classes available at the hotel.
  • Best Western Premier Gangnam Hotel – This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a business center with free wired internet, and a fully-equipped fitness center. All rooms are soundproofed and spacious, with warm colors. The also have air-conditioning, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a minibar, and free bathrobes and slippers!

Budget (up to US$75)

  • Stay Hotel Gangnam – This modern hotel offers spacious rooms with air-conditioning, a 48-inch flat-screen TV, a work desk and a fridge. As part of their facilities, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, a currency exchange service at the front desk, and a laundry service at a surcharge.
  • Capace Hotel Gangnam – This is a budget accommodation with amazing amenities like extra-large double beds with goose-down duvets, an individual heating, and air-conditioning systems, even a laptop on the work desk! All the areas are soundproofed and smoking-free!

4. Itaewon

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This is one of the most popular areas for residents among locals, tourists, expats, and U.S. military personnel.

Itaewon area also has great cuisine that is not seen in all Korea, such as traditional dishes from India, Pakistan, Turkey, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, and some more! Because of its variety, some people call it the “Western Town”.

The streets and alleys are full of bars, cafes, street art, and many restaurants, each with their own colorful personality and cultural vibe.

Here are the best hotels I recommend in the area:

5 star hotels in seoul

Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Grand Hyatt Seoul – This is part of the top options of 5-star hotels in Seoul that I can recommend, perfect if you want to be pampered just like a celebrity. Their amenities include a free shuttle bus around the city, an ice skating rink, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and also have tennis and squash courts.
  • Hamilton Hotel – This awesome Seoul hotel is right in front of the subway station and has for their guests modern decorated and furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi, a seasonal rooftop pool, and a sauna. All rooms are air-conditioned and they have satellite TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom with hot shower facilities.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel – The entire hotel décor is very simple but with a personality of its own in each room, keeping its elegant but homey vibe. All rooms have mirrors to give the area a futuristic edge to the modern style, as well as a flat-screen TV, and a glass bathroom.
  • Seoul Cube Itaewon – This accommodation is great for flexible travelers that want a private room, or you could go for the dormitory room instead. As for the shared amenities, there is a terrace, a kitchen, and a luggage storage space available for all the guests.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • That House Itaewon – This lovely guesthouse works with a hotel/hostel concept having rooms with city views and free Wi-Fi. On the property you can also find many shared amenities like a terrace, a kitchen, a lounge, and a luggage storage space. All the rooms have air-conditioning, a seating area, a fridge and a desk!
  • Good Stay Itaewon – This guest house in Seoul runs just like a hostel, having clean and comfortable rooms to share with other travelers while having your privacy in closed bunk beds. The rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV, and some come with a kitchenette, a microwave, a fridge, and a toaster.

5. Insadong

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Insadong is an ideal area to find local souvenirs to take from your trip! 

Just head over to the main street to see the variety of traditional Korean clothing, paper, pottery, and crafts. But the main attractions of the neighborhood are the lovely teahouses, an amazing number of local restaurants, and the best galleries of traditional Korean fine art worth visiting.

You can see many traditional buildings here that were built for government officials but are now used by merchants as restaurants or shops.

FUN FACT: About 40% of the nation’s antique shops and art galleries are found in this neighborhood!

If you want to stay in Insadong, here are the best hotels I can recommend:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Mini Hotel Insa – This hotel has non-smoking and soundproofed rooms, all with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, extra-long beds, and a private bathroom with a shower. Their amenities include a 24-front desk, a garden, luggage storage space, and business facilities such as fax and photocopying.
  • GS Hotel Jongno – This modern and cozy hotel will have you feel at your home away from home with its classic décor and furniture. The rooms are soundproof and smoking-free and come with air-conditioning and a heating system, a flat-screen TV, and a tea/coffee making machine.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Centermark Hotel Myeondong Seoul – This hotel overlooks the city giving each room a great city view! The rooms also include air-conditioning and heating systems, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and a private bathroom with a bathtub. As part of the hotel amenities you have free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and meeting rooms.
  • Makers Hotel – This property offers air-conditioning and heating systems in each room, as well as a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Every room also includes free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, and an electric tea pot. Plus, the decor in the shared areas is very special!

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Grid Inn Hotel – This small but modern hotel has an on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. All rooms are soundproof, non-smoking, and include a TV, a private bathroom, and an electric kettle. If needed, you can make use of the washer and dryer machines for free, and they have umbrellas at your disposal in case it rains!
  • Hotel Kuretakeso Insadong – This hotel offers hypoallergenic rooms with air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge, a desk, and an electric tea pot. The amenities here also include free Wi-Fi in all the property, and a small fitness center with a sauna as well.

6. Seocho

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This district is part of the Greater Gangnam Area and homes sights such as the Supreme Court, the National Library of Korea, Seoul Art Center, Heonin Tomb, and the Citizen Park!

The area also has many fancy and greatly business zones and a variety of European-style restaurants, desserts cafes, and amazing wineries on the main street.

Below you can find the best hotels in Seocho for your stay:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • JW Marriott Hotel Seoul – This luxury hotel in Seoul has 7 on-site restaurants, an indoor pool, a basketball court, a scuba diving pool, indoor golf facilities, a squash court, and an amazing 24-hour room service. All rooms have modern décor that gracefully combines with the impressive city and river views!
  • Ocloud Hotel Gangnam – This is a great option for hotels in Seoul city center worth staying at for their location in the popular Gangnam area and for their hotel services. The rooms are soundproofed with impressive floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the city views, and wooden flooring to highlight the elegant aspects.

Middle-priced (from US$75 to US$160)

  • Hotel Peyto Gangnam – This hotel’s décor is inspired by Canada’s Lake Peyto, which means all the rooms and areas have vivid colors with a lot of natural light! The property rooms are soundproofed and they have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and heating systems.
  • Shilla Stay Seocho – This is a nice accommodation with an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as an on-site fully equipped fitness center for free to all the guests. Each room comes with a work desk, a fridge, and a 40-inch flat-screen TV, as well as private bathroom with a bath and a shower!

Budget (up to US$75)

  • Upflo Hostel – This hostel in Seoul does not follow the classic concepts of a hostel and only has private rooms, most of them having a shared bathroom. Among the amenities there is a ping pong table, a small area known as the couple cinema, a shared kitchen, and a shared terrace!
  • Toyoko Inn Seoul Gangnam – This hotel has non-smoking units, all equipped with a fridge, a small desk, a flat-screen cable TV, and a private bathroom with a bath and free toiletries. The guests can also use the business center with current newspapers on site!

Best apartments in Seoul

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If you are looking for accommodation that is more spacious and perfect for your luggage and shopping bags, where you can freely move around, then going for an apartment is your best choice!

These are my recommendations for the best apartments in Seoul that you will love:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Seoul Station Joey House – This is a convenient and comfortable studio apartment that can fit up to six people in its two bedrooms. The studio has air-conditioning, a kitchenette that includes a microwave and a toaster, a fridge, and a kettle. Part of the amenities include a satellite flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi in the entire property.
  • Sarangchae 7 – This 3-bedroom apartment can house seven people comfortably and there is even a dining area where everyone can enjoy a meal together. The unit has 1 bathroom with free toiletries, a seating area, and a complete kitchen with a microwave, stovetop, and a fridge.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Jeong Stay Hongdae – This property offers apartments that are perfect for three or five people. The units have free Wi-Fi on the property, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer if needed. As for the kitchen, it includes a fridge and an electric teapot, and there is a dining area as well!
  • Seoul Pr. Modern Studio – This small and elegant apartment for four people awaits you with a fitness center, a bar, a shared lounge, and even access to a ping pong table! The unit has one air-conditioned bedroom, one bathroom, and a kitchen with a microwave, fridge, and a stovetop.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Family loft-B  – This is a great and colorful option if you are looking for cheap apartments in Seoul! The loft size is a perfect fit for up to six people and has free Wi-Fi, as well as private on-site parking. The property includes air-conditioning, 2 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and a flat-screen TV.
  • House Sarah in Gangnam – This is a comfortable and cozy three-bedroom apartment in Gangnam, great for a traveling party of up to 7 people! It includes air-conditioning, 3 bathrooms, a seating area, and a fully equipped kitchen. The amenities also include a seating area with a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and free Wi-Fi on the property.

Best hotels for families in Seoul

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Seoul can be quite a colorful and diverse city filled with many days and nightlife activities, but it is also a family-friendly city with different neighborhoods and hotels that have the peace and relaxation required to fully relax and enjoy your family trip.

If you are asking yourself where to stay in Seoul with family, here are my recommendations grouped by budget:

Luxury (US$220 and up)

  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – The Four Seasons in Seoul will have you impressed starting with their latest update of fitness facilities that include a personal trainer, and traditional Korean saunas that include dry and wet sauna rooms and baths! As for the rooms, they all have a modern décor and floor-to-ceiling windows that even have remote-controlled drapes.
  • The Shilla Seoul – The Shilla Hotel in Seoul is a 5-star accommodation that offers 6 dining options, a full-service spa, a free shuttle to the Duty-Free shop, a gym, an indoor golf range, yoga classes, and a path through a sculptured garden. It is a beautiful and elegant hotel furnished with warm colors where you will feel at home!

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Middle-priced (from US$140 to US$220)

  • ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun – All the hotel suites have air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge, an electric teapot, a closet, and a private bathroom with free toiletries. On the property you can also find a restaurant, a fully-equipped fitness center, private parking, and even currency exchange service for the guests!
  • G2 Hotel Myeongdong – This hotel is in the popular area of Myeongdong, and as part of the facilities, it offers its guests air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms, an on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. It also has a rooftop bar, if you and your travel crew want to head up high for some great city views!

Budget (up to US$140)

  • Seoul N Hotel Dongdaemun – Every room at this accommodation has air-conditioning. The most convenient option for families is the triple room which has a private bathroom and two beds. As part of the amenities, there is also a fridge and an electric kettle at your disposal and, if needed, there is a coin-operated washing machine as well!
  • Pacific Hotel – Pacific Hotel in Seoul has been recently renovated with a more modern vibe in all the rooms! They have a heating system, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a private bathroom even includes slippers. In short, it has all the facilities you might need for a great stay!

Best hotels near Seoul Airport

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For all travelers that are going to be in Seoul for a short stay or just like to stay close to Seoul Incheon Airport, I suggest booking a stay at a hotel near the airport!

Here are my suggestions for hotels close to the airport area (one per each type of budget):

  • Howard Johnson by Wyndham Incheon Airport – This luxury-style accommodation near the airport has an indoor swimming pool, conference rooms, fitness center, sauna, and a terrace. All the hotel rooms are carpeted and have a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and in the private bathroom, there are bathrobes, free toiletries, and slippers.
  • Incheon Airport Hotel Queen – This is a great option for a middle-priced hotel that includes free in-room Wi-Fi, and a classy free shuttle to terminals 1 and 2. Every room has a high ceiling and is equipped with a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and a steam sauna booth in the bathroom.
  • Incheon Airport Capsule Hotel Fly me to the moon – This budget accommodation has unique decor, each one with a different personality and furniture to match your preferences. The rooms are small but have all the amenities needed, from air-conditioning, an electric teapot, a desk, and a private bathroom with a shower!



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Conclusion

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That was my list of top 6 neighborhood recommendations for Seoul, with carefully selected awesome hotels, all sorted by price. I also suggested some great hotels for families and even some great airport accommodations if you need to go on an early flight!

Seoul has a diversity of activities for all types of tourists, from delicious street food to local temples, and beautiful parks. I hope this list of Seoul hotels for all tastes will help you choose the best area and hotel in the city that really suits your travel style and personal preferences!

Maybe you need more inspiration and information for your Seoul holiday? No problem, you can go over to my article on Things to do in Seoul that will definitely help!

If you have any questions, please type those below in the comments section, I am always curious to hear from my readers!

Yulia

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