Places to Stay in Seoul

Guide to Best Places to Stay in Seoul

Seoul is a very large city with several downtown areas, so it can be hard to decide where to stay in Seoul. Use our area guide to book the place that has exactly what you want to get from your trip.

Click on the areas on the left menu and find out which area you should stay. Don't forget to click the pictures for more detailed information.

Once you find the perfect area for you, pick from our list of favorite hotels in each area. Check the map to see if their locations.

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Myeongdong



Probably the best location in Seoul to see tourist attractions like palaces, traditional markets, excellent shopping as well as easy access to other popular areas. Storied restaurants and street food are found everywhere.

Why should you stay in Myeongdong?
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Accommodation



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Step Inn

$47
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Hotel Skypark Central

$82
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Hotel the Designers Jongno

$65
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Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel

$120
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K-Guesthouse Myeongdong

$39
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Tmark Grand Hotel

$88
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Itaewon



The hottest place in Seoul for both foreigners and Koreans alike, Itaewon is the epicenter of Korea’s international food scene and awesome nightlife (perfect for bar crawling and club hopping).

Why should you stay in Itaewon?
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Grand Hyatt Seoul

$193
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IP Boutique

$86
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Hamilton Hotel

$101
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24 Guesthouse Itaewon

$12
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Hotel ITW

$78
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Hotel Philstay Itaewon

$37
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Hongdae / Sinchon



Energetic college town hub famous for cheap food and drinks, trendy cafes, unique boutique shops, art and design, cool sub-culture, street performers and tireless nightlife. Parties go on till the morning.

Why should you stay in Hongdae?
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The Haemil Guesthouse

$43
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Hongdae B Guesthouse

$51
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Gateway Korea Guesthouse

$49
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Hotel the Designers Hongdae

$56
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Amanti Hotel

$87
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Hostel The Style

$11
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Insadong / Bukchon



Situated between two royal palaces, a quaint, relaxing and unique area stuck in time, preserving traditional Korean architecture (hanok), tea houses, and old streets. Central location with easy access to all major attractions.

Why should you stay in Insadong?
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Bukchon Maru Guesthouse

$74
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Ohbok Hanok Guesthouse

$36
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Woo Guesthouse Jongno

$43
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Fraser Suites Insadong

$151
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Haemil Hanok Guesthouse

$81
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Bibimbap Hanok Guesthouse

$95
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Gangnam / Yeoksam



This area is Seoul’s largest transportation hub with easy access to every corner of Seoul (via bus, subway). It’s known for well-designed cafes, quality restaurants (both Korean and international), and bars and clubs open till the morning. It’s a busy area with tons going on for that true Gangnam Style experience.

Why should you stay in Gangnam?
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OCloud Hotel

$96
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K-Guesthouse Premium

$36
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Ritz-Carlton Seoul

$211
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Shilla Stay Yeoksam

$111
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Mercure Seoul Ambassador

$119
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Richwell Hotel

$129
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Yeouido



Central location with access to both Gangnam and Gangbuk, a business and media hub in central Seoul with clean and organized streets with some of Seoul’s best parks, great shopping at one of Seoul’s newest malls (IFC Mall) and close to the famous Noryangjin Fish Market.

Why should you stay in Yeouido?
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Conrad Seoul Hotel

$248
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Kobos Hotel

$59
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Kensington Hotel Yoido

$78
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M Hotel

$69
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Hotel the Designers Samseong

$69
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Glad Hotel

$109
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COEX / Seolleung



Home to Korea’s largest international and domestic companies and COEX (Seoul’s main convention venue) has easy access shopping (underground mall, department store), high-end dining and bars servicing business professionals.

Why should you stay in Seolleung / COEX?
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Grand InterContinental Parnas

$223
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Oakwood Premiere Coex Center

$215
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Hotel Peyto Samseong

$107
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Hotel Cullinan DaeChi

$61
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Samseong Boutique Hotel XYM

$79
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Park Hyatt Seoul

$281
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Garosugil / Apgujeong



Stylish neighborhood catered for Seoul’s most fashionable, with awesome shopping (brandname and boutique), well-designed cafes, casual lounge bars, trendy restaurants and fun side streets to explore.

Why should you stay in Garosugil?
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Hotel La Casa Seoul

$117
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Sunshine Hotel

$60
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Jenna Suite Gangnam Guesthouse

$21
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Hotel Foreheal

$78
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Dormy Inn Premiere

$129
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Gangnam Suncity Guesthouse

$41
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Cheongdam



The quintessential example of “Gangnam Style” and playground for Korea’s elite, home to upscale cafes, high-end dining, hidden away cigar bars and popular mega clubs, many of which are strictly for those “in the know.”

Why should you stay in Cheongdam?
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Cheongdam Ladies Guesthouse

$35
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Ellui Hotel

$82
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Aloft Seoul Gangnam

$124
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K-Star Road Guesthouse

$26
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Riviera Hotel

$92
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Prima Hotel

$88
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Dongdaemun



Mecca of Korean fashion, the perfect place for shoppers that want a bargain and even late-night shopping. Also, situated in an old neighborhood with many old side streets to wander and discover. Close to many of Seoul’s major attractions.

Why should you stay in Dongdaemun?
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KY Heritage Hotel

$126
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Hotel Skypark Kingston

$83
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Charim Guesthouse

$14
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IBC Hotel

$68
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Hotel the Designers Dongdaemun

$79
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JW Marriott Dongdaemun

$216