The Best Hotels in Seoul, South Korea: Cheap to Luxury Picks

The Best Hotels in Seoul, South Korea: Cheap to Luxury Picks

Seoul in South Korea is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world — but much like Japan, it tends to have a higher price point when it comes to accommodation (which is unlike the rest of the countries in Asia).  Rest assured, with the help of this list, I will be giving you the best value-for-money hotels in Seoul starting from cheap hostel picks up to the luxurious choices in order to make the most of your budget and time!

Seoul has 25 districts (gu) that are further subdivided into 522 sub-districts (dong); however, it helps to note that there is NO clear city centre. Nevertheless, below are the top 5 districts to choose from and I will be delegating my hotel picks on these districts per category for your convenience.

Myeong-dong: In Jung-gu, an area best for those interested in food and shopping
Insa-dong: In Jongno-gu, an area best for those interested in culture and historical sites
Hongdae: In Mapo-gu, an area best for those interested in a hip and more youthful scene
Gangnam: In Gangnam-gu, an area best for those interested in ‘hallyu‘ (Korean wave), nightlife and shopping
Itaewon: In Yongsan-gu, an area best for those interested in food and nightlife

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Activities to do in Seoul?

Come read my travel guides below:
Itinerary & Things to do in Seoul
Other Seoul travel tips

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Best Hotels in Seoul

» Best Budget Hotels in Seoul «


+ (Myeong-dong) Seoul Dalbit DDP Guesthouse
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

In Korean, ‘dal‘ means moon and ‘bit‘ means shine, hence the hostel is designed with the colors of the night. Free breakfast is served here and every room even has a private bathroom.

What to love: The prime location
Address: 2, Toegye-ro 56ga-gil, Jung-gu
Closest landmark: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station
Price starts from: $15~
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+ (Insa-dong) Insa Hostel Insadong
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Located in the traditional Insadong Culture Street, you will find that the hostel is surrounded by a plethora of shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and historical landmarks — perfect for filling up your days.

What to love: In a prime traditional location in Seoul
Address: 48, Insadong 14-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu
Closest landmark: Gyeongbokgung Palace
Price starts from: $18~
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+ (Hongdae) Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

The hostel offers both dormitory rooms and private rooms, complete with air conditioning facilities. Picking this place is great if you’re interested in shopping and indie cafes.

What to love: The affordable shopping opportunities nearby
Address: 32-16, Seongji 1-gil, Mapo-gu
Closest landmark: Hongik University
Price starts from: $20~
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+ (Gangnam) Kimchee Gangnam Guesthouse
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

A 6-story hostel with elevator where you can easily access the lively streets of Gangnam’s famed Garosu-gil and Apgujeong-dong spots. (Coming from the airport, the airport limousine bus stop is also not far away).

What to love: The location and ambience
Address: 23, Seolleung-ro 133-gil, Gangnam-gu
Closest landmark: Apgujeong Rodeo Street
Price starts from: $20~
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+ (Itaewon) Itaewon N Guesthouse
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Featuring a balcony and terrace, each room at N Guest House has air-conditioning and heating facilities. All rooms are fitted with clothes racks and personal lockers too for convenience.

What to love: The nearby nightlife
Address: 24-4, Noksapyeong-daero 26ga-gil, Yongsan-gu
Closest landmark: Han River Rainbow Bridge
Price starts from: $15~
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» Best Mid-Range Hotels in Seoul «


+ (Myeong-dong) Tmark Hotel Myeongdong
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Just a 7-minute walk from the lively Namdaemun Market, Tmark Hotel  has modern and stylish rooms of various types as well as buffet restaurants ready to serve any palate.

What to love: The prime central location
Address: 15, Chungmu-ro, Jung-gu
Closest landmark: Namsangol Hanok Village
Price starts from: $70~
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+ (Insa-dong) ibis Ambassador Insadong
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Decorated in warm earthy tones, the hotel offers amazing rooms and amenities at a reasonable price, not to mention that given its close proximity to the subway, you can reach any city highlights within minutes.

What to love: The sauna and public bath (jjimjilbang)
Address: 31, Samil-daero 30-gil, Jongno-gu
Closest landmark: Alive Museum Insa-dong
Price starts from: $80~
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+ (Hongdae) L7 Hongdae
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

As a part of the Lotte group of hotels, L7 Hongdae is a delightful cultural station filled with surrounding underground culture and urban spots. Moreover, the hotel also provides amazing panoramic views over Han River.

What to love: The rooftop pool
Address: 141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu
Closest landmark: Hongik University
Price starts from: $100~
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+ (Gangnam) Stay Hotel Gangnam
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

One of the newly-opened hotels in Seoul, this modern lush hotel offers spacious rooms at competitive prices. With the proximity of the Yeoksam Subway Station, places like Gangnam are just a few minutes away.

What to love: Great value
Address: 15-4, Nonhyeon-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu
Closest landmark: Yeoksam Station
Price starts from: $90~
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+ (Itaewon) Hamilton Hotel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

In addition to guestrooms, the Hamilton Hotel has many dining and convenience facilities including a shopping center. Its rooftop swimming pool is particularly popular on weekends during the summer.

What to love: The rooftop pool
Address: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu
Closest landmark: N Seoul Tower
Price starts from: $100~
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» Best Luxury Hotels in Seoul «


+ (Myeong-dong) Lotte Hotel Seoul
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is one of the best 5-star hotels in Seoul and it is conveniently-lcoated in the heart of the Myeongdong business district. Boasting unparalleled amenities and rooms, you’ll experience the utmost luxury with Lotte Hotel!

What to love: The amenities and ambience
Address: 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu
Closest landmark: Lotte Duty Free Shop
Price starts from: $200~
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+ (Insa-dong) Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Boasting commanding views over Seoul’s cityscape, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel brings forth a staycation that is as luxurious and as stylish as it can be given its state-of-the-art facilities and rooms.

What to love: The location and amenities
Address: 97, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
Closest landmark: Deoksugung Palace
Price starts from: $300~
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+ (Hongdae) Best Western Premier Seoul Garden Hotel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Centrally located in Mapo district, this Best Western hotel in Seoul is arguably one of the best value-for-money luxury hotels you will find in the city that does not skip out on the elegance and comfort that you deserve.

What to love: The great value
Address: 58, Mapo-daero, Mapo-gu
Closest landmark: Ewha Womans University Station
Price starts from: $120~
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+ (Gangnam) InterContinental Seoul COEX
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

InterContinental Seoul Coex is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in the World Trade Centre. With a grand collection of guestrooms, restaurants, and bars, you’re sure to have an incredible staycation.

What to love: The Sky Lounge bar
Address: 524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu
Closest landmark: COEX Aquarium
Price starts from: $300~
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+ (Itaewon) Grand Hyatt Seoul
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Surrounding this 5-star is the nature preserve of Mount Namsan. Apart from the usual amenities that you’ll find in luxury hotels, Grand Hyatt even has a shopping arcade, indoor + outdoor pools and ice skating rink!

What to love: Location and FREE scheduled shuttle bus to the city
Address: 322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu
Closest landmark: N Seoul Tower
Price starts from: $300~
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Hotels in Seoul

With a bustling city like Seoul, it’s a given that it will be packed with tons of amazing accommodation choices — HOWEVER, there are only a select few that can bring you the best value for your money and time.

So hopefully with this list, I can help you make an informed decision for your upcoming staycation. Enjoy!

How about you?

  • What other hostels or hotels in Seoul can you recommend?
  • Have you stayed in one of these accommodations, how was your experience?

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21 comments

  1. Very useful information. All kinds of prices and seem very recommended hotels. Thanks for the info!

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  2. Awesome

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  3. Man, all of these look AMAZING! I wish I could go to Seoul, it'd be such an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing with me.

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    1. Here's to wishing you could go in the future! :D

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  4. This is great info...thanks

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  5. Ohh Wow! It's so amazing! The hotels' ambiance is well organized and it seems like a paradise for me by just glancing it all from your blog. I'm looking forward to be on one of that hotels you're suggesting. I have cousins who are singers of one of the hotels at Korea, I guess the people serving at that hotels are also pleasant to be with. Waiting for more of your blogs Ms. Aileen. God Bless.

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    1. Oh, I bet they are! Hope you could visit soon! And thank you <3

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