May 15, 2024

Seoul, a city brimming with history, culture, and innovation, offers a plethora of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s taste. Whether you’re a savvy explorer or a luxury seeker, there’s a perfect abode waiting for you in this vibrant metropolis. To make your Seoul adventure even more memorable, I’ve curated a list of the top ten hotels across various districts, endorsed by both: my dedicated travelers’ community @nextstopkorea and myself.

Best Areas in Seoul

Before actually looking for Hotels its good to understand, where to Seoul its good to stay! It clearly depends on your preferences and what exactly you’re looking for. So here a short introduction to the Areas I structured the following Hotel List in:

Myeongdong

for Sightseeing & Convenience

My personal recommendation for first time visitors that want to focus on seeing as many sights as possible in a short time! It’s the most central place for most Seoul-Sights like the Palaces, Namsan Tower, Gwangjang Market and many more.

Hongdae

for Nightlife & Shopping

Hongdae, located near and named after Hongik University, is a creative and artistic hub in Seoul. Due to it’s location close to some of Seoul’s biggest universities, this area is famous for its youthful energy, dynamic street performances, many bars and clubs. It’s a hotspot for indie art, fashion, and diverse culinary experiences!

Gangnam

for Luxury & Shopping

This district became famous through Psy’s Gangnam Style and if you understand the meaning of the song, you will see, what this area is all about: Shopping, Luxury and Skyscrapers. It’s definitely on the pricier and more modern side.

Itaewon

for English Service & Nightlife

An area that got influenced by Seoul’s foreign population a lot! In between its alleys you’ll find great bars, endless foreign restaurants, hip cafes and so on. It offers similar vibes to Hongdae focussing on a youthful atmosphere and partying. That’s also one reason why you can find endless hostels here. But be warned: it’s a very hilly area!

Seoul Station

for Convenience & Sightseeing

The area around Seoul Station is very convenient for travelers, that plan to go on trips to other cities in Korea. It is also conveniently located close to many sights – similar to Myeongdong.

Others

for Explorers & Special Experiences

In the last category of my detailed >Hotel-Guide with over 100 places you’ll find other districts and areas with great Hotels and also special stays like Hanok or Temple Stays.

10 Hotel Recommendations

So here now 10 of my favorite Accommodations in Seoul – from Hostels and Low Budget to Luxury and 5 Star Hotels in different areas of the city. Don’t forget to check the whole List of over 100 handpicked Places in my FREE >Seoul Hotel Guide!

Seoul Cube Jongro

via booking.com, Myeongdong

Experience innovative urban living at Seoul Cube Jongro, where sleek design meets affordability in the heart of the historic Jongro district, offering compact yet comfortable accommodations for modern travelers.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Moxy Myeongdong

via booking.com, Myeongdong

Embrace the vibrant energy of Myeongdong at Moxy, where bold design, playful vibes, and convenient location collide, promising a lively stay with easy access to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Seogye Mansion

via airbnb.com, Seoul Station

Discover tranquility in the heart of Seoul at Seogye Mansion, a hidden gem offering a spacious place for a family or group of friends with two separate rooms, just moments away from the bustling city center.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Four Points by Sheraton Josun

via booking.com, Seoul Station

Indulge in timeless elegance and modern comfort at Four Points by Sheraton Josun, where impeccable service, spacious rooms, and a central location near historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods await discerning travelers.

You can find more info and book it >here.

RYSE Autograph Collection

via booking.com, Hongdae

Immerse yourself in contemporary art and culture at RYSE Autograph Collection, a design-forward hotel in Hongdae, where every detail reflects the neighborhood’s creative spirit, from stylish rooms to vibrant social spaces.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Classic Lee You

via booking.com, Hapjeong

Experience the charm of a bygone era at Classic Lee You, a boutique hotel close to Hongdae offering a very kind and personalized service, classic and modern interiors, and a tranquil escape from the bustling streets, yet close to eclectic dining and nightlife.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Hotel Cappuccino

via booking.com, Gangnam

Savor the essence of Seoul at Hotel Cappuccino, where modern design, eco-friendly initiatives, and warm hospitality converge to create a unique urban oasis in Gangnam, perfect for eco-conscious travelers and coffee aficionados alike.

You can find more info and book it >here.

L7 Gangnam

via booking.com, Gangnam

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Gangnam at L7, where chic design, dynamic social spaces, and panoramic views of the city skyline await, offering a stylish retreat in one of Seoul’s most upscale neighborhoods.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Four Seasons Hotel

via booking.com, Gwanghwamun Square

Elevate your stay in Seoul at Four Seasons Hotel, where luxury knows no bounds, from exquisite accommodations and impeccable service to world-class dining and unparalleled amenities, all nestled in the heart of the bustling city.

You can find more info and book it >here.

Signiel Seoul (Lotte Tower)

via booking.com, Jamsil

Experience luxury at new heights at Signiel Seoul, perched atop the iconic Lotte World Tower, offering breathtaking views, lavish accommodations, and unparalleled service for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Jamsil.

You can find more info and book it >here.

But wait.. There is more!

For those eager to explore beyond these 10 recommendations you can find the whole list of over 100 handpicked accommodations across various districts, including Myeongdong, Hongdae, Gangnam in my Travel Shop on Thatch.com:

So, whether you’re seeking the height of luxury, a taste of tradition, or a unique cultural experience, Seoul has it all. Embark on your journey and discover the magic of this dynamic city, one unforgettable hotel stay at a time.

May 15, 2024

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