Top Seoul accommodations as recommended by travelers
Still looking where to stay in Seoul up to now? Can’t find an accommodation that suit your budget and comfort level? Can’t make up your mind whether to choose a Hotel or Hostel? We’re here to help!
We’ve compiled some of the top recommended accommodations in Seoul Korea by travelers who actually stayed there (not just by research) and gave their unbiased opinions and review of their stay. These travelers are not all bloggers but they are indeed well traveled and I personally know some of them so I highly trust their opinion. Read and maybe you can now finalize your place to stay in Seoul!
Note: List below is not ordered by rank
For travel guides to South Korea, Check out our 2015 6D5N S. Korea Itinerary and Expenses here! and our 2016 7D6N Winter trip here!
The Travel Debugger’s recommendation
We went to Seoul twice already and stayed in two different accommodations. On our first trip, we stayed at Zaza Backpacker’s Hostel near Myeongdong and on our recent second trip, we stayed at Hotel Maui in Dongdaemun area. See short summary of the review and the links to my full length review below:
1) Hotel Maui
Location: Hotel Maui is located in Dongdaemun area situated between Dongmyo and Sinseol-dong station, just around 3-5 minutes walk from either of the two stations. A convenient bus stop is also very near the hotel with just around 2-3 minutes walk. Very near Dongmyo Flea Market and Dongdaemun market for budget shopping.
Cleanliness: The Hotel is fairly new (opened September 2016) so you can expect that the room and the amenities are in top condition. Their rooms are clean, sheets are nice with no stains and they have heated flooring. The toilet’s wonderful and as I’ve said, everything is new! As far as I recall you can have your room cleaned on your 3rd night.
Affordability: For its location, cleanliness and service, it’s cheap! Our double bedroom cost us only 42k won, cheaper than most hotels/hostels that offers a similar type of room.
Check my full review here.
2) Zaza backpacker’s hostel
Location: Very good. Just a 3 minutes walk to Myeongdong station and around 7 minutes walk to Myeongdong shopping center. If you’re the IT-girl shopaholic one, you’ll definitely like its close proximity to the most popular shopping area in Seoul. It’s also near Namsan park.
Cleanliness: The room and the toilet is clean and very well kept. No foul odor whatsoever. The only thing that irked us was the water drip from the air-con when turned on. We just put tissues to stop the drip. I assume it’s fixed now since we went there last 2015.
Affordability: We booked an air-conditioned double room for 60K won per night. That’s pretty much ok for Korea standards. Not that cheap but not that expensive.
Check my full review here.
3) Namsan Guesthouse 2
A recommended place to stay because of the following reasons:
Good location: It is located in the heart of Myeongdong, known for being the shopping heaven and most of the ‘must try’ food can be found there. It is very accessible since it is just 5mins away from the Myeongdong station. It is also near most of the tourist spots like the Myeongdong church and the N Seoul Tower.
Room: Simple, clean and has its own bathroom. They also have WIFI and a TV.
Food: Free breakfast (bread, jam, coffee and noodles). There is also a kitchen wherein you can cook your own food
Service: Staff is very friendly and accommodating. They can speak English, so it’s not hard to communicate with them.
Joni’s (littlewhims.com) recommendation
4) Namsan Guesthouse 3
During our second trip to Seoul, my husband and I opted to stay at Namsan Guesthouse located in the heart Myeongdong.
Three reasons why I’d recommend this guesthouse:
1) The location is convenient, just a 3-min walk to the subway station and it is very near the Myeongdong shopping area and N Seoul Tower;
2) It is very affordable, perfect for budget travellers like us;
3) The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The room we stayed in though is kind of small, but we only needed a place to crash because we were always out so we really didn’t mind. You may contact them via their official website, responses via email is really fast! 🙂
Follow Joni on her blog www.littlewhims.com.
Ruffee Cola’s (ruffeecola.blogspot.com) recommendation
5) K Pop Residence II Myeongdong
Location: On the back alley in Myeong-dong shopping area. It is centrally located, with quick accessibility to Namsan Tower by Bus 05 (Myeong-dong Station Exit 1) and to the palaces coming to Euljiro-3 (sam) ga as a transfer station to Line 3 for Anguk (Changdeokgung) and Gyeongbokgung.
Room: Clean and bright. Booked for a queen bed, but good thing we got an extra pull-out bed. The same as other reviews it is small but breathable. The bathroom has good hot-water.
Con: Since the location is where most of the back-door of the restaurants or stores can be found, there is always a pile of trash or boxes across the street. However, for the room itself I still do consider as a decent choice in Myeong-dong.
Check Ruffee Cola’s full review of K Pop Residence here
J Lo’s (jlofied.com) recommendation
6) 24 Guesthouse Myeongdong Avenue
- English speaking, courteous and helpful Staff
Communication is indeed a challenge in Seoul especially if you are asking for directions. When we found out that the staff speaks English, we knew right away that he is the one…. our “Go-to-Guy”
- Good Location
Just 8 to 10 minute walk to Myeongdong Shopping area and near the Subway station which makes your travel easier. You can go back and forth to the shopping area for your beauty haul.
- Value for Money
The lounge/common area has a cute and nice theme and serve free breakfast which includes breads, jams, noodles, eggs, oatmeal, coffee/chocolate drink. The free breakfast were simple but filling.
- Fast wifi connection
No need for explanation, it is Seoul.
- Heated Flooring
The guesthouse have heated flooring which I really love. It was nicely warm inside when weather temperature was really low.
The room may be small, but considering the price tag and the reasons I mentioned above, I think staying at this 24 Guesthouse Myeongdong is a good deal.
Follow J Lo in her blog at www.jlofied.com
7) Yellow Submarine Guesthouse
Dormstyle but we were able to occupy the entire room since there were 7 of us. It had a washing machine and kitchen so were also able to do some washing and cooking. The location then was very convenient very near the Universities so there were also a lot of shops nearby which prices were catered to students. A few streets away I was able to purchase a pair of stylish booties.
Stayed there last 2012 and their address has changed since then.
Check our travelers interview with Light here.
8) Holiday Inn Express
I highly recommend Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro because of the following reasons:
It’s just a 10-minute walk from Myeongdong. There is a subway station (Euljiro 3-ga) almost just outside the hotel, about 1-minute away. Going to the airport, there is also a deluxe airport bus stop just across the street from the subway station.
- FREE Breakfast!
As a Holiday Inn Express, free breakfast is offered – not the usual breakfast as you would find in a full-scale Holiday Inn, but the breads are filling and delicious. Being in an Asian country, rice is also offered as well as some meats. There are also fruits, fruit juices, coffee and tea. If you don’t have time to sit down for your breakfast, you can ask for a to-go breakfast and the very friendly staff will take care of it for you (coffee, fruit, and bread).
- Comfy beds
One of the things I look for are comfortable beds and pillows, and though Holiday Inn Express is kind of like the “budget” version of a full-scale Holiday Inn, it certainly doesn’t feel that way.
- Complimentary self-parking
If you happen to have a car with you, even if it’s in the center of Seoul, there is a high-tech (for me!) parking available – the elevator-type parking wherein you drive your car in an elevator, get out, and never see it again! Haha! If this is also high-tech for you, don’t worry, as there’s someone to assist.
Holiday Inn Express website: www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/seoul/seoex/hoteldetail
Check our travelers interview with Van and Jepoy here.
Charmaine’s (chillandtravel.com) recommendation
9) BK’s Nest – Airbnb room
I stayed here last Dec 2016 and I must say that it’s the BEST Airbnb I’ve ever had so far. The host, the amenities, the view and the location are just perfect. Your eyes will feast on the spectacular view of the Han River and Seoul City at night. Plus, it’s connected to Noryangjin Station, so everything is practically within your reach — food, shopping and major attractions in Seoul. I guarantee you’ll enjoy your Seoul trip even more when you stay here.
Read her full Korea winter experience here.
Airbnb listing: www.airbnb.com/rooms/9080849
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Follow Charmaine on her blog at www.chillandtravel.com
Carmi’s (carmiscaprice.blogspot.com) recommendations
10) Hotel SkyPark III
Highly recommended for first-time Seoul visitors. Location is excellent! We’ve all heard of the horrors of not being able to locate your hotel especially in the wee hours of night. Take note that it is the 3rd Hotel Skypark because I & II’s are located in the midst of Myeongdong.
The nearness to the Hop-on Hop-off Seoul Tour bus stop makes it even more equally compelling not to mention the underground subway is just right outside the hotel entrance! It even has a 711 convenience store and Tous Les Jours adjacent. At the lobby is a mini Etude House manicure area to pass time idly and each hotel room’s toiletries are from Etude House as well. I can just go on and on and won’t stop raving praises for this serendipitous hotel!
11) Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse
It’s a beautifully lighted, chic, very clean capsule guest house with amiable amenities. Think free simple breakfast, sensor locked rooms, lockers, laundromats and soft plush comforters. 1 bed in 4-beds female dormitory is a steal at Php 1,308 when booked via Agoda. Location is not as near as Hotel Skypark III but just roughly a few steps away from the bus stop as well. There is an elevator lift which is normally missing on most guest houses.
Follow Carmi in her blog at carmiscaprice.blogspot.com.
Review from her Myeongdong experience here
There you go! Hope the list helped you in your accommodation hunting in Seoul! I might update the list from time to time to add more recommendations so please visit this post again!
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