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Where to Stay in Seoul: Best Neighbourhoods & Hotels

Seoul is a modern metropolis, but its heart remains firmly in its historic traditions and stories, showcased throughout its Heritage-listed sites, classic timber homes and quiet cobbled alleys. Surrounded by the four guardian mountains, South Korea’s capital city perfectly complements its history with contemporary entertainment, futuristic buildings and mega shopping malls.

Seoul offers a wide range of cultural experiences, with its diverse neighbourhoods revealing unique sightseeing opportunities. With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found the six best neighbourhoods for travellers. We’ve even highlighted the most popular hotels in each neighbourhood so you know exactly where to stay.

Hongdae

Why You Should Stay in Hongdae

Surrounded by four universities, Hongdae boasts a youthful ambience with its urban artists, live music venues and late-night clubs. You’ll also find a range of independent and vintage clothing stores and hip pet-friendly cafes. Time your visit for one of Hongdae’s many festivals and events, such as the yearly Street Art Exhibition, weekly Free Market and Hope Market and three-day-long Zandari Festa. 

Must-Do Hongdae Experiences 

  • Browse the handmade arts and crafts at the Free Market in the Hongdae Children’s Playground on Saturday.
  • Hang out with college students and visit budget-friendly boutiques along Hongik University Street.
  • Pair beers with games at the hip RetroGameBar. 

Top Hotels in Hongdae

Amanti Hotel Seoul

Amanti Hotel Seoul bedroomAmanti Hotel Seoul features you a wealth of modern comforts and luxuries, with even its Standard rooms featuring city vistas and heavenly bedding. The suites, meanwhile, offer extra opulence with a spacious living area, luxe bath and in-room slippers found in the Amanti Suite. You can also stay in the Royal Suite for an extra-large bathroom and wall-length windows overlooking Seoul.

This urban paradise is blessed with resort-style facilities, including a sun-drenched swimming pool with food and beverage service, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a rooftop running track. Don’t miss out on dining at Kitchen Amanti, which offers all-day Italian-inspired menus. 

Why Travellers Stay Here

  • Under one kilometre from Hongdae Children’s Playground.
  • Surrounded by French-style eateries, such as Paris Baguette.
  • Epic views from the rooftop running track.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 53 – USD 368
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 31, World Cup Buk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

L7 Hongdae by LOTTE

L7 Hongdae by LOTTE barTaking advantage of its central location, L7 Hongdae by LOTTE treats you to an inviting rooftop pool with cosy loungers, an adjoining bar and sweeping city vistas. The pool even hosts lively DJ parties, while the on-site Floating restaurant offers a diverse menu of homemade pizza, pasta and burgers. The hotel also boasts a gym, hi-tech business centre and the Blue Roof Lounge with pool table, LP player and art exhibits.

The Standard Rooms cater to groups, families, solo travellers and couples and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, L7 signature drip coffee and work desks. Upgrade to the Studio Suite for a separate living space or the Loasis Suite for a private terrace, deep-soaking bath and spacious lounge and dining room.

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Incredible rooftop pool parties.
  • Impressive space within the suites.
  • The pool table and comfortable lounges in the Blue Roof Lounge.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 86 – USD 248
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Gangnam

Why You Should Stay in Gangnam

Made famous by the K-Pop song, Gangnam Style, Gangnam is an affluent district where stylish nightclubs and upmarket restaurants sit alongside designer stores and a prominent design museum. Sitting on the Han River, Gangnam is also home to Asia’s largest underground shopping centre and an annual fashion festival. 

Must-Do Gangnam Experiences 

  • Visit Starfield COEX Mall, the largest of its kind in Asia, to browse international fashion brands.
  • Coincide your visit for the International Peace Marathon Festival or Gangnam Fashion Festival in October.
  • Discover Seonjeongneung, the burial grounds of two Joseon-dynasty kings and one queen.

Top Hotels in Gangnam

Park Hyatt Seoul

Park Hyatt Seoul bedroomNestled in the centre of Gangnam near the Starfield COEX Mall, Park Hyatt Seoul complements its convenient location with a wealth of luxurious offerings. You’ll be forgiven for not wanting to leave the infinity-edge pool, which overlooks the city and has an adjoining sauna. You can also indulge in a pampering massage at the on-site spa or enjoy signature cocktails and vinyl music at The Timber House.

The rooms and suites offer a contemporary touch with floor-to-ceiling windows, stone deep-soaking baths and luxe Aesop bathroom amenities. The 1 King Bed Deluxe offers space and affordability, while the Presidential Suite features a fireplace, wet bar, guest bathroom, full kitchen and city vistas.  

Why Travellers Stay Here

  • The deluxe granite bathrooms in all rooms and suites.
  • Home-style Italian dishes and wine at Cornerstone restaurant.
  • A short walk from the Hyundai Department Store and Bongeun Temple.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 241 – USD 709
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 606, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas bedroomAre you travelling to Seoul for a shopping holiday? The 5-star Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is located near five huge department stores, including KWTC, COEX and CALT. This hotel also features more than 500 spacious rooms and suites, including the cosy Executive Rooms with access to the Club Lounge’s complimentary drinks. The suites also feature business desks, large living rooms and plush sofas.

You can dine on site at the Lobby Lounge and Bar, which sits beneath a soaring ceiling and ornate chandeliers and combines premium beer, wine and cocktails with live music and chef-created meals. You also have access to a variety of services, including shoe shining, a private limousine and a staffed business centre. 

Why Travellers Stay Here

  • Five on-site restaurants, including the new Grand Ballroom.
  • Executive-style suites with ample work space.
  • Close proximity to Gangnam’s top attractions.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 170 – USD 554
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 521, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Itaewon street scenery in Seoul

Why You Should Stay in Itaewon

Itaewon is one of Seoul’s best neighbourhoods for a stroll, thanks to its interweaving streets and alleys leading to atmospheric bars, open-air cafes and family-run restaurants. It’s also a great spot for antique shopping, with one street, in particular, boasting more than 100 shops. Itaewon also boasts an international flavour, from its global restaurants to its thriving Muslim community. 

Must-Do Itaewon Experiences

  • Visit Seoul Central Mosque, the only one in Korea.
  • Browse the fascinating antique shops along Antique Furniture Street.
  • Check out the rare and unique vinyls at Hyundai Card Music Library.

Top Hotels in Itaewon

Grand Hyatt Seoul

Grand Hyatt Seoul restaurantExpect the high level of service and facilities that have made Grand Hyatt a household name at Grand Hyatt Seoul. This extravagant hotel offers a range of on-site activities, including family-friendly “camping” adventures in the gardens and blissful massages and treatments at The Spa at Grand Hyatt Seoul.

The luxurious 615 guest rooms and suites feature soft bedding, floor-to-ceiling windows, complimentary Wi-Fi and convenient access to the on-site fitness centre and pool. Save money in the Standard room with king-size bed or splurge on the Presidential Suite for a private dining room, uninterrupted views of Seoul and complimentary breakfast in the Grand Club. 

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Delectable sushi at Kauri and market-fresh ingredients at Teppan.
  • The poolside barbecue buffet with views of Mount Namsan.
  • The three-hour Golden Ritual package in The Spa at Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 90 – USD 824
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel Itaewon

Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel ItaewonHotelsCombined travellers rave about the incredible dining at Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel Itaewon, which features the gourmet Hibarin Restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of rice and noodle dishes. You also have access to the fully-equipped IP Gym, a multipurpose conference room and the indulgent Godiva sweet shop, which sells Belgian chocolates and biscuits.

Along with heavenly bedding and sunlit windows, the rooms also feature pop art murals and impressive floor space. Keep your holiday budget in check with the Superior Room or splurge on the Suite Room, which boasts a separate living room, newly-renovated bathrooms and a seating area. 

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and bathtubs in all rooms.
  • Late-night parties with live DJs at the on-site Club Made.
  • Close proximity to some of Seoul’s most popular neighbourhoods.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 66 – USD 449
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 221, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Jamsil

Why You Should Stay in Jamsil

Are you a fan of sports? Jamsil is the home of two of Korea’s national baseball teams and the enormous Lotte World entertainment complex. Within Jamsil you can also admire views of Seoul from an observation deck, witness the picturesque cherry blossoms by a lake and stroll waterside trails. The neighbourhood also boasts contemporary dining within its malls and streets. 

Must-Do Jamsil Experiences 

  • Treat the family to Lotte World, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
  • Catch a Doosan Bears or LG Twins baseball game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Seoul from the top of Seoul Sky.

Top Hotels in Jamsil

Lotte Hotel World

LOTTE HOTEL WORLD bedroomLotte Hotel World places you in the heart of the themed fun and entertainment of Lotte World, granting you exclusive access to character-run events and one-of-a-kind adventures. The on-site facilities range from a golf driving range and indoor pool to a sauna, gym and jogging track. You can also dine on traditional Chinese cuisine at Toh Lim or international fare at Le Seine.

Book the Club Floor Room for complimentary buffet breakfast and afternoon tea in the Club Lounge. Club Lounge access is also part of the Superior Suite or Presidential Suite with Seokchon Lake views and unique He:on Bedding System. Families will love the Character Rooms with vibrant kids rooms with plush toys.

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Special room packages with access to Lotte World or Lotte World Aquarium.
  • Freshly-baked bread and cakes at Delica-Hans.
  • Inviting 20-metre swimming pool with a glass ceiling.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 129 – USD 1,762
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 240, Olympic-Ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Signiel Seoul

Signiel Seoul bedroomOperated by Korea’s biggest hotel group, LOTTE Hotels & Resorts, Signiel Seoul offers the signature LOTTE standard of service and opulence. The Deluxe and Premier rooms feature executive work desks, large city-facing windows and comfortable couches. Alternatively, upgrade to the 92nd-floor Korean Suite for personalised pillows and a traditional tea room.

On-site dining includes sumptuous Korean specialties at BICENA and upscale champagne and magnificent city vistas at Bar 81. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment at evian SPA, chill out in the sauna or dive into the indoor pool, which also has poolside beds and a bubble jet massage. 

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Delicious French cuisine at STAY, Modern Restaurant.
  • The Jacuzzi and meeting room in the Royal Suite.
  • The steam room and sauna in evian SPA.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 319 – USD 1,444
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 76F-101F, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-Gu, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Dongnimmun, Independence gate at Seodaemun Independence park in Seoul, Korea

Why You Should Stay in Seodaemun

Venture into Seoul’s rich history at Seodaemun, which was once the western gate of Hanyang during the Joseon dynasty. This is one of the best neighbourhoods in Seoul for history and culture, from the sombre Seodaemun Prison and traditional houses to the Seoul Museum of History and Seoul Museum of Art. There are also two popular shopping streets lined with local shops and restaurants. 

Must-Do Seodaemun Experiences 

  • Stroll past the unique fashion retailers and cafes along Walking Street or Fashion Street.
  • Learn about Seoul’s history at the Seodaemun Prison History Hall.
  • Admire the works of Korean and international artists at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Top Hotels in Seodaemun

Grand Hilton Seoul

Grand Hilton Seoul bedroomWith its complimentary shuttle service, flexible meeting rooms and fully-equipped business centre, the 5-star Grand Hilton Seoul offers impressive convenience. It also boasts a wealth of leisure facilities, including a 25-metre pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and an Executive Floor Lounge with complimentary breakfast and drinks. Don’t forget about the delectable Western and Korean dishes in the on-site Atrium Café.

Unwind in one of the spacious and comfortable guest rooms, which all feature complimentary Wi-Fi, LED TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms. The suites add an extra layer of opulence with separate sitting areas, private studies and living rooms.

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Scenic mountain vistas and heavenly king-size beds in the Hilton Deluxe Suite.
  • Delectable sushi and sashimi bar at Mitsumomo.
  • The on-site driving range, solarium, basketball court and playground.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 88 – USD 410
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 353, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Shilla Stay Seodaemun

Shilla Stay Seodaemun bedroomExperience affordability without sacrificing on location at Shilla Stay Seodaemun, where you can choose from Standard or Deluxe rooms. These cosy holiday abodes come with comfortable slippers, modern TVs, air conditioning, work desks and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Active travellers will appreciate the on-site fitness centre’s range of machines, while business travellers have access to a hi-tech Business Corner and flexible meeting room. Enjoy the inviting atmosphere and diverse lunch and dinner buffets at the on-site restaurant or relax with a beer in the lounge bar. 

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • A short walk from surrounding parks.
  • Exclusive room and breakfast packages.
  • Excellent facilities for business travellers.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 17 – USD 258
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 76, Chungjeong-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Myeongdong district of Seoul, South Korea

Why You Should Stay in Myeongdong

One of Seoul’s main shopping district Myeongdong is a retail haven with jam-packed streets of international and national brands, Korean street-food stalls and upmarket restaurants. You can also immerse yourself in rich Korean culture with folk and drama shows at a popular theatre or discover fascinating history at a 19th-century cathedral. 

Must-Do Myeongdong Experiences

  • Admire the Gothic-style bell tower at the 19th-century Myeong-dong Cathedral.
  • Browse the international stores and local delicacies at street-food stalls around Myeongdong Seocobulhanjeungmag.
  • Catch a folk music or drama performance at the Myeongdong Nanta Theatre.

Top Hotels in Myeongdong

Sejong Hotel

Sejong Hotel bedroomLocated in the heart of one of Seoul’s shopping, dining and entertainment hubs, Sejong Hotel is ideal for travellers looking for retail therapy. It also boasts fantastic views of Mount Namsan and Seoul’s downtown districts. Most of the rooms capture these city vistas while also providing complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, mini bars and bathrobes. Book the Sejong Suite for extra luxuries, including a private sauna and vintage furnishings.

The on-site Eun Ha Su restaurant serves a delicious Korean buffet, while Verdi is known for its classical music and Italian cuisine. Don’t miss visiting the Sky Garden, which boasts sculptures, plants and downtown views. You can also take advantage of the on-site gym and sauna for relaxation.

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Stunning paintings and sculptures in the on-site Sejong Gallery.
  • Glamorous suites with mountain and city views.
  • Freshly-baked bread and cookies at Cuore.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 44 – USD 383
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 145, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong

Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong bedroomTreat yourself to spacious and modern rooms and suites at Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong. The Standard rooms boast flat-screen TVs, inviting beds and large windows, while the 18th-level Executive Floor rooms grant access to the Executive Floor Lounge’s complimentary breakfast and happy hour. Splurge on the Tmark Suite or Executive Suite for extra space.

You can swim in the indoor pool, work out in the fitness centre or grab treats at the 24-hour convenience store. Foodies will enjoy a meal at the European-inspired dessert cafe Tour de Cafe or premium Korean cuisine at Youlam the Grill.  

Why Travellers Stay Here 

  • Sumptuous Korean meat at Youlam the Grill.
  • Inviting indoor swimming pool.
  • The range of rooms and suites for all budgets.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 49 – USD 883
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Seoul Uncovered: Discover the Best of this Charming City

Seoul offers a range of experiences in its vibrant neighbourhoods, from upmarket shopping and fine dining to exploring South Korea’s rich history and culture. Experience the best Seoul has to offer by staying in one of these popular neighbourhoods, where top hotels boast multiple room and suite options, on-site dining, leisure facilities and excellent locations.

Where will you stay in Seoul? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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