17 BEST HOTELS in Seoul [September 2020]

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A perfect mix of jaw-dropping futurism and traditional Korean culture, Seoul is a city where the past meets the present.

But you are visiting the Korean capital, finding somewhere to stay can be overwhelming – which is exactly why we wrote this article of the 17 best Airbnb’s and best hotels in Seoul!

Written by our hotel-experts, we rank the best accommodation this city has to offer for every type of budget. So no matter if you are looking for something affordable or something luxurious – our guide has got you covered!

Let’s jump right into it…

Note – Here at Hotel Jules we LOVE Airbnb’s, and we have included some in our list. Airbnb’s are affordable, safe, and we believe they are the best way to experience a new city. If you haven’t stayed in an Airbnb before, Seoul has some AMAZING options 🙂

Quick Answers – Best Hotels in Seoul

At A Glance: Best Hotels in SEOUL

BEST HOTELS IN SEOUL
htjltbl-table__image Best overall Airbnb in SeoulBest overall Airbnb in SeoulGreat view of Seoul citySEOUL STN 3min/Free gym
  • Essentials
  • Free gym on the 29th floor
  • Modern and cozy interior!
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htjltbl-table__image Best Airbnb for family/larger groupBest Airbnb for family/larger groupAmazing view! Center of Gangnam! 10sec subway
  • Wifi
  • Gym
  • Near 3 Subway stations, Bus Stations, Cafe, Hospitals, Department Stores
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htjltbl-table__image Overall best hotel in SeoulOverall best hotel in SeoulNine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong
  • On-site bar
  • On-site restaurant
  • Airport shuttle
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htjltbl-table__image Best budget hotel in SeoulBest budget hotel in SeoulShine Hotel
  • On-site bar
  • In-room coffee maker
  • 7 km from Changgyeonggung Palace
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htjltbl-table__image Best budget Airbnb in SeoulBest budget Airbnb in SeoulCozy flat nearby Metro and E-Mart(4 People Room)
  • Wifi
  • Airbnb Superhost
  • 5 minutes on foot to two metro stations of Domgmyo and Sindang and an airport limousine bus stop of Dongmyo
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htjltbl-table__image Best hotel for adultsBest hotel for adultsWalkerhill Douglas House(No Kids Zone)
  • On-site casino
  • Adults only!
  • Outdoor swimming pool
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#1 – Great view of Seoul citySEOUL STN 3min/Free gym

Best overall Airbnb in Seoul

Great view of Seoul citySEOUL STN 3min/Free gym

Great view of Seoul citySEOUL STN 3min/Free gym is our pick for the best overall Airbnb in Seoul

– $$$$

– 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom

– Sleeps up to 4 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

Boasting over 20 perfect 5-star reviews and what is literally a PERFECT view is our place to stay in all of Seoul! Perfect for a solo traveler, couple, or small group/family, this Airbnb is luxurious, well-located, and did we mention has an amazing view???

Bright, spacious, and boasting a modern design, relax in your comfy bed, cook a meal in your clean kitchen, or head upstairs to relax on the outdoor terrace. There is also a free gym and a ping pong table!

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#2 – Amazing view! Center of Gangnam! 10sec subway

Best Airbnb for family/larger group

Amazing view! Center of Gangnam! 10sec subway

Amazing view! Center of Gangnam! 10sec subway is our pick for the best Airbnb for family/larger group

– $$$$$

– 3 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms

– Sleeps up to 10 people

– Airbnb Superhost

Located on the 15th floor, this gorgeous apartment is well-located, well-reviewed, and is the perfect base for a larger group or family traveling in Seoul! We love the modern design, hip decor, hand-made Italian furniture, and how perfectly clean the entire place is.

The living room is equipped with stylish/cozy couches and a huge 56-inch LED TV – perfect for a family movie night! The kitchen is large and has state of the art facilities, and guests love how cozy the beds and pillows are.

 

#3 – Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong

Overall best hotel in Seoul

Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong

Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong is the overall best hotel in Seoul

– $$$$

– On-site bar

– On-site restaurant

– Airport shuttle

One of the highest-rated hotels in all of Seoul, the brand new Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong is the perfect blend of value and luxury! Located just a few-minute walk from Jogyesa Temple, guests love the delicious on-site restaurant and the trendy on-site bar.

The design is modern and minimalist – Japanese-style wood decorations can be found everywhere, giving the hotel a very calming and cozy feel. The laundry facilities, fitness center, and 24-hour room service all provide you with next-level convenience.

 

#4 – Shine Hotel

Best budget hotel in Seoul

Shine Hotel

Shine Hotel is our pick for the best budget hotel in Seoul

– $$

– Free wifi

– On-site bar

– In-room coffee maker

If you are heading to Seoul and are on a bit of a budget, then Shine Hotel is going to be perfect for you. The hotel is fun and boutique, boasting quirky furniture and hip decor, and the hotel offers a ton of value.

Relax in your large room, sleep in your cozy bed, or just chill and watch cable on your flatscreen TV. The rooms and bathrooms are impeccably clean, and some of the rooms/suites come equipped with kitchenettes. If you need any help or recommendations, be sure to ask the helpful staff.

 

#5 – Cozy flat nearby Metro and E-Mart(4 People Room)

Best budget Airbnb in Seoul

Cozy flat nearby Metro and E-Mart(4 People Room)

Cozy flat nearby Metro and E-Mart(4 People Room) is our pick for the best budget Airbnb in Seoul

– $$

– 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom

– Sleeps up to 4 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

Cozy and clean, this small private room is perfect for anyone on a budget in need of somewhere to crash. Featuring two comfortable beds and a private bathroom, this apartment is a 5-minute walk to the subway and is a great option for all types of travelers.

We also love that this apartment has a small kitchen, meaning you can save some money on food costs by cooking a light breakfast before exploring the city! Extra points for the washing machine, hairdryer, and other amenities.

 

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#6 – Walkerhill Douglas House(No Kids Zone)

Best hotel for adults

Walkerhill Douglas House(No Kids Zone)

Walkerhill Douglas House(No Kids Zone) is our pick for the best hotel for adults

– $$$$$

– On-site casino

– Adults only!

– Outdoor swimming pool

Surrounded by nature and boasting an on-site casino, Walkerhill Douglas House is an adults-only hotel and is easily one of the coolest hotels in all of Seoul! But this hotel is more than just a casino – it also features a beautiful swimming pool, on-site bar and restaurant, and a spa and wellness center – perfect for anyone looking for a bit of pampering!

And when you are tired of the outdoor activities, you can head back to your beautiful room, watch some cable on your flatscreen TV, and catch some zzz’s in your cozy bed. Highly recommended!

 

#7 – GLAD Mapo

GLAD Mapo

– $$$

– Fast wifi

– On-site bar and restaurant

– Fitness facilities

A luxurious 4-star hotel, as of writing the GLAD Mapo has some really affordable rooms! Centrally located, you will love the quick access to the subway, as well as the unlimited dining-options – all within walking distance!

And the hotel itself offers a ton of value. Guests love the on-site dining and drinking options, and the on-site gym is clean and well-reviewed. All rooms are equipped with flatscreen TVs, workstations, and large, cozy beds. Extra points for the super fast wifi!

 

#8 – [Azit2] Rooftop house Mapo Hongdae/Sinchon/Itaewon

[Azit2] Rooftop house Mapo Hongdae/Sinchon/Itaewon

– $$

– 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom

– Sleeps up to 4 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

Perfect for a couple or solo traveler, this Airbnb is one of the coolest in all of Seoul! Although it’s small and basic, guests love how cozy the place feels and how comfortable the bed and pillows are. The kitchen is also a nice size and a great way to save some extra money by cooking a few of your own meals.

But the two best parts of this Airbnb have to be 1) the private rooftop with amazing views and 2) the in-room projector screen for a movie night!

 

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#9 – Hanok(Whole rent)/Gyeongbokgung/Tongin market

Hanok(Whole rent)/Gyeongbokgung/Tongin market

 

– $$$$

– 2 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms

– Sleeps up to 6 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

Big enough for the whole family, this cozy Korean home boasts an amazing location and some stellar reviews. The kitchen is large and fully stocked, the bedrooms are spacious and feature cozy beds, and the bathrooms are bright and impeccably cleaned.

Guests love the wood-decor and the traditional style. The house is also within walking distance to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Tongin Market, and Gyeongbokgung Station. Music lovers will appreciate the record player and acoustic guitar!

 

#10 – ● Nature house ● #Lotte tower / world, Lake view

● Nature house ● #Lotte tower / world, Lake view

– $$$

– 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom

– Sleeps up to 4 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

Let’s just get this out of the way – the view of Seoul’s world-famous Lotte Tower from this Airbnb is absolutely jaw-dropping. OK. Now that that is out of our system – there’s so much more to this cozy little Airbnb!

The apartment is sparkling clean, features a comfy bed and sofa, and is well-located next to the beautiful Seokchon Lake. We love the fully-equipped kitchen, the fast wifi, and the projector screen. Oh also, did we mention the view…?

 

#11 – Makers Hotel

Makers Hotel

– $$$

– Free wifi

– Free toiletries

Another one of the coolest hotels in Seoul, we love the hip brick interior, cozy leather couches, and bright/clean bedrooms and bathrooms of the Makers Hotel. Beds and pillows are comfy, and guests love how helpful and friendly the staff is.

While everyone appreciates the great value of the hotel, business travelers especially love this hotel for the spacious work stations and the fast wifi. The area is quite interesting too – very old and local!

 

#12 – Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul

Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul

– $$$$$

– On-site spa

– 3 swimming pools

– Free breakfast

One of Seoul’s most luxurious hotels, the Banyan Tree Club & Spa is ideal for anyone who wants to get out of the city and experience some next-level relaxation. Guests love the on-site restaurant and bar, and the state of the art fitness facility.

But the best part of this hotel has to be the 3 swimming pools (1 indoor!) and the on-site wellness center – the perfect place to get pampered or get a relaxing massage. Free breakfast is served daily!

 

#13 – Park Hyatt Seoul

Park Hyatt Seoul

– $$$$$

– On-site pool

– On-site spa

– Free breakfast

Another one of Seoul’s most luxurious hotels, the Park Hyatt is more ideal for someone who wants a 5-star hotel that will give them a dose of city life! Located downtown, you are close to many of Seoul’s best sights and attractions, and some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

But as great as the location is, this hotel is all about the ambiance. Designed with oak and stone, the hotel boasts gorgeous rooms, sparkling clean bathrooms, and heavenly beds. Also, be sure to check out Cornerstone Restaurant – they serve up some delicious Korean cuisine.

 

#14 – Hotel Atrium Jongno

Hotel Atrium Jongno

– $$$

– In-room coffee maker

– On-site restaurant

– Free breakfast

Seoul has no shortage of great value-hotels and the Hotel Atrium Jongno is a sterling example! The hotel is well-located near tons of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shopping options, and there is a metro station just a few-minute walk away.

Guests love the clean and cozy rooms, as well as the free daily breakfast. If you are looking for any recommendations, be sure to ask the staff – they are available 24 hours a day, and are always super friendly and helpful!

 

#15 – 1942 SEOUL, 5sec Hapjeong ST, @Hongdae

1942 SEOUL, 5sec Hapjeong ST, @Hongdae

– $$$

– Studio apartment

– Sleeps up to 2 guests

– Airbnb Superhost

This apartment is extremely homey, and we love the fun lights and other decor! Enjoy a loft-style bedroom, a small kitchen, a laundry machine, and beautiful views overlooking the Seoul skyline.

Located in the Seogyo-dong neighborhood, this Airbnb has a bunch of smaller touches that guests love, including free towels, a hairdryer, fast wifi, and a fully stocked kitchen. Superhost Se-Eung is also well-reviewed for his kindness and quick-responsiveness.

 

#16 – Upflo Hostel

Upflo Hostel

-$$

– Private rooms available

– Dorms available

Our favorite hostel in Seoul, Upflo Hostel is super clean, has modern facilities, and is a great way to save some money and meet other like-minded travelers. We especially love the common areas – great for mingling!

Rooms are equipped with comfy beds, air conditioning, and sparkling clean bathrooms. Be sure to check out the ground-floor cafe below – they serve some delicious pastries!

 

#17 – Insadong Hostel

Insadong Hostel

– $$

– Free breakfast

– Free wifi

– Privates and dorms available

The final slot on our list goes to another great youth hostel in Seoul – Insadong Hostel! Guests love the clean rooms, comfy beds, and the well-trained staff, and the air-con is always appreciated in the hot summer months.

The hostel boasts a stellar location as it is close to everything but also tucked away in a quiet little corner. Also, if you are looking to save some money, be sure to grab the free breakfast served every morning!

 

Final thoughts on the 17 best hotels in Seoul

Boom! There you have it! Our list of the 17 best hotels (well… and Airbnb’s and a few hostels) in all of Seoul!

We know that this list will help you find the perfect place to stay – no matter your budget.

Which hotel or Airbnb are you going to book? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.