Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Seoul

We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Seoul as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
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  • 4.4 Park Hyatt Seoul

    Hotel Park Hyatt, Seoul

    New York Times

    “The 185-room Park Hyatt Seoul occupies a 24 -story glass-and-steel building in the central Gangnam district. Floor-to-ceiling windows, warm wood finishes and granite baths outfit its spacious, modern rooms.”

    Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Seoul.

  • 4.0 IP Boutique Hotel Seoul

    Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel, Seoul

    New York Times

    “The IP Boutique Hotel is conveniently situated in Itaewon. It has a colorful facade that matches the 132 comfortable rooms within: think lots of white with splashes of Pop color.”

    Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Seoul.

  • 4.4 G Guesthouse Seoul

    G Guesthouse Itaewon, Seoul

    Lonely Planet

    “Owned by the ultra-friendly couple – Shrek and Fiona – this hostel stands above others for its attention to thought and detail. Set in a renovated industrial-chic apartment building, its private rooms and dorms are clean, spacious and have quality thick mattresses.”

  • 4.6 Hide & Seek Guesthouse Seoul

    Hide & Seek Guesthouse, Seoul

    Lonely Planet

    “Stylish design marks out this appealing five-room guesthouse, tucked away in Tongui-dong, beside the remains of an ancient pine tree, and occupying a modern, two-storey house with a broad outdoor terrace.”

  • 4.4 Amass Hotel Seoul

    AMASS Hotel Insadong, Seoul

    New York Times

    “Also relatively new, the 30-room Amass Hotel boasts an open-air rooftop bar with glowing LED seating and views of Changdeokgung Palace across the street. The rooms have a spare, black-and-white theme, and in the basement is a gallery showing local artists’ works.”

    Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Seoul.

  • 4.4 Glad Hotel Seoul

    GLAD Hotel Yeouido, Seoul

    New York Times

    “Opened in late 2014, the 319-room GLAD Hotel may be in the Yeouido financial center, but this is no staid business hotel. Built by designer Suyong Joh’s Seoul-based firm, the hotel has a textural brick façade reminiscent of a traditional Korean home, park-like benches in the halls and quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt above the beds.”

    Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Seoul.

  • 4.5 Shilla Hotel Seoul

    Hotel The Shilla, Seoul

    CNN

    “One of the fanciest, if not the fanciest hotel in South Korea, The Shilla has the prices and luxurious details to prove it. The luxury hotel is now one of the few in Seoul that actually houses a high-end Korean restaurant, La Yeon.”

  • 4.4 Westin Chosun Seoul

    The Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul

    CNN

    “The recently renovated Westin Chosun has Seoul’s best location for the business traveler or first-time visitor. The Lotte Department Store and Myeong-dong shopping district are a few steps away, as is the Euljiro-1-ga subway station.”

  • 4.1 Ibis Ambassador Seoul

    Hotel Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong, Seoul

    CNN

    “Among budget hotels, the Ibis Myeongdong’s selling point is location. The hotel itself is basic, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s nothing lacking; the 280 rooms are clean and have free Wi-Fi.”

  • 4.4 Small House Big Door Seoul

    Hotel Small House Big Door, Seoul

    Lonely Planet

    “Down a narrow street in downtown Seoul, this suave little art hotel is quite the find. Its white-toned rooms all feature locally designed, handmade furniture and beds, and maximise the use of space with ingenious slide-out desks and TVs.”

  • 4.2 Le Meridien Seoul

    Hotel Le Meridien, Seoul

    CN Traveler

    “With its unbeatable location, understated luxury aesthetic, art collection, spa complex, and knockout breakfast, this is a cultured alternative to the area’s business hotels, and a great place to indulge for vacationers.”

    Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List

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Hotel Park Hyatt, Seoul

Reccomended by:

New York Times, CNN, Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.4
255 euro 227 gbp 316 usd 33496 jpy 246 cad 246 aud 2474 hkd 417 sgd 297 chf 2006 cny 2607 sek 1908 dkk 2461 nok

Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel, Seoul

Reccomended by:

New York Times, CNN

4.0
86 euro 77 gbp 107 usd 11342 jpy 83 cad 83 aud 837 hkd 141 sgd 100 chf 679 cny 882 sek 646 dkk 833 nok

G Guesthouse Itaewon, Seoul

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.4
7 euro 6 gbp 9 usd 954 jpy 7 cad 7 aud 70 hkd 11 sgd 8 chf 57 cny 74 sek 54 dkk 70 nok

Hide & Seek Guesthouse, Seoul

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.6
52 euro 46 gbp 65 usd 6890 jpy 50 cad 50 aud 508 hkd 85 sgd 61 chf 412 cny 536 sek 392 dkk 506 nok

AMASS Hotel Insadong, Seoul

Reccomended by:

New York Times

4.4
49 euro 43 gbp 61 usd 6466 jpy 47 cad 47 aud 477 hkd 80 sgd 57 chf 387 cny 503 sek 368 dkk 475 nok

GLAD Hotel Yeouido, Seoul

Reccomended by:

New York Times

4.4
82 euro 73 gbp 102 usd 10812 jpy 79 cad 79 aud 798 hkd 134 sgd 95 chf 647 cny 841 sek 616 dkk 794 nok

Hotel The Shilla, Seoul

Reccomended by:

CNN

4.5
211 euro 187 gbp 261 usd 27666 jpy 203 cad 203 aud 2043 hkd 344 sgd 245 chf 1657 cny 2153 sek 1576 dkk 2033 nok

The Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul

Reccomended by:

CNN

4.4
191 euro 169 gbp 236 usd 25016 jpy 184 cad 184 aud 1847 hkd 311 sgd 221 chf 1498 cny 1947 sek 1425 dkk 1838 nok

Hotel Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong, Seoul

Reccomended by:

CNN

4.1
77 euro 69 gbp 96 usd 10176 jpy 74 cad 74 aud 751 hkd 126 sgd 90 chf 609 cny 792 sek 579 dkk 747 nok

Hotel Small House Big Door, Seoul

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.4
67 euro 59 gbp 83 usd 8798 jpy 64 cad 64 aud 649 hkd 109 sgd 78 chf 527 cny 684 sek 501 dkk 646 nok

Hotel Le Meridien, Seoul

Reccomended by:

CN Traveler

4.2
177 euro 157 gbp 219 usd 23214 jpy 170 cad 170 aud 1714 hkd 289 sgd 205 chf 1390 cny 1806 sek 1322 dkk 1706 nok

FAQ

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Seoul?

The capital of South Korea is a perfect example of a place where traditionalism meets modernity. From modern technologically aided structures and pop culture, to Buddhist temple and palaces, it provides visitors with a wholesome experience.

Gangnam
It is one of the high-end neighbourhoods of Seoul, with designer store-fronts, fine dining options, and nightclubs hosting world-renowned DJs. The underground mall - COEX mall is a haven for shoppers.

Myeongdong
Myeongdong is a bustling area packed with shoppers, which cater to those seeking everything starting from luxury brands to locally grown brands selling cosmetics and other materials. Casual eateries providing local fare as well as Japanese and Thai options satiate the hungry shoppers. Music and theatre shows are held at the Nanta Theatre.

Itaewondong
It has a very western vibe which is evident in the internationally influenced dining options and the pulsating nightlife to cool gay bars. The options range from local Korean style barbeque restaurants to chic bistros and roadside stall stalls selling delicious kebabs. Antique furniture to indie stores, you will find everything here. Top hotels are found here catering to expats.

Hongdae
The area is filled with young hipsters from the nearby university. Thus the food scene is extremely laid back with a number of theme cafes. There are a plethora of options for clubs and casual dining options.

Apgujeong
Luxury brand store-fronts dot this area, and you might often spot a celeb of K-pop culture. The food options are varied and are upscale with various options of cuisines from around the world available. Boutique hotels and star resorts are situated in this area.

Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Seoul.

What is the best budget hotel in Seoul?

If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Seoul, then book AMASS Hotel Insadong. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.

What is the best boutique hotel in Seoul?

Not a fan of big chain hotels? No problem. If you want to stay in a boutique hotel in Seoul, then you should book Imperial Palace Boutique Hotel. The hotel has been rated highly by previous guests for its boutique style. It has also been recommended by influential travel journalists.

What is the best luxury hotel in Seoul?

If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Seoul, then go for Hotel Park Hyatt Seoul. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.

How much does it cost to stay in a Seoul hotel?

For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $90 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $120 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Seoul hotel then you can expect to pay around $280 per night.

Which Seoul hotel serves great breakfast?

Try Hotel Park Hyatt or AMASS Hotel Insadong if you're looking for a delicious breakfast at a hotel in Seoul. Both hotels have excellent customer review ratings for breakfast.

What are the best things to do in Seoul?

Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) lies on the border between North and South Korea, and visiting outside of a guided tour is not allowed. On this tour, explore the DMZ with your guide and gain insight into Korean War history. Price: $45.

Everland 1-Day Fast Entry E-Ticket. Visit the largest and the most exciting theme park in Korea, Everland. With this e-ticket, you can explore all 5 zones of Everland: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure. Price: $39.

Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour. Visit Jogye Temple, The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bugak Skyway, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeongdong. Your tour is limited to just 15 people for a personalized experience. Price: $97

More things to do in Seoul

About Seoul

Seoul, or officially the Seoul Special Metropolitan City, is the capital of South Korea and the largest metropolis of South Korea. Together with some surrounding metropolis and province, Seoul holds almost half the population of the country, making it the most important city in the country.
Seoul is a city with a rich history which is why its city center has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Changdeok Palace, the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, Hwaseong Fortress, Namhansanseong and the Jongmyo Shrine.

In modern times, Seoul has become a city more associated with major modern landmarks and architecture that includes the N Seoul Tower, the famous 63 Building, the Lotte World Tower, Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, Parc1 Tower and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Futuristic designs like the aforementioned structures are the reason why Seoul was named the 2010 World Design Capital.

Seoul is also popular for being the birthplace of K-pop, a genre of music that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and the Korean Wave. Seoul is one of the top tourist destinations in the world; it is among the top ten most visited cities in the world and among the largest earners in tourism.

We recommend that you read our guide about where to stay in Seoul. It gives you an excellent overview of the most popular areas, highlighting the main attractions and hotel recommendations for each area. If you like our list of best hotels in Seoul, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Shanghai or the best hotels in Hong Kong.