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20 Best Hotels In Seoul South Korea

20 Best Hotels In Seoul South Korea

Are you looking for the best hotels in Seoul South Korea? Perfect! We are going to show you the 20 top rated hotel options available for your visit to Seoul including cheap, mid range and luxury hotel options located throughout the most popular tourist neighborhoods.

Instead of trawling through randomly listed hotel search engine results, use our research and data driven guide to find the best hotels in Seoul for your visit based on location, value, previous guest ratings and our own personal experiences in the city.

Here’s how we will break down the best hotels in Seoul, South Korea to help you find the perfect place to stay:

  • Our experience in Seoul
  • Popular Seoul neighborhoods
  • Seoul hotels map
  • 20 best Seoul hotels

Let’s find you the perfect Seoul hotel for your trip to South Korea!

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Our Experience In Seoul

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks exploring Seoul, South Korea in late March 2023 near the end of a 6 month trip through South East Asia and the Far East. Stunning cherry blossoms were blooming and the city was beginning to warm up after winter.

It was our first visit to Seoul, so we had to research neighborhoods and figure out what we wanted to do in order to create the perfect itinerary.

We decided to stay for one week in Hongdae and one week in Myeongdong. However, we spent most of our time exploring far and wide throughout Seoul ticking off palaces, museums, shopping streets, cafes and attractions.

At the end of our 2 weeks, we both agreed that Seoul was one of our favorite cities to date and we have been traveling the world for 6 years.

Next time, we would like to visit Seoul either in late summer for warmer weather or in peak fall season to enjoy the vibrant foliage.

Hiker stood at the top of Inwangsan Peak in Seoul
Mark at the summit of Inwangsan Peak in Seoul

Popular Seoul Neighborhoods

Seoul is a gigantic sprawling city with tourist attractions spread across several districts both above and below the Han River.

Here are the 5 most popular places to stay in Seoul:

  • 1. Myeongdong
  • 2. Hongdae
  • 3. Gangnam-gu
  • 4. Itaewon
  • 5. Insa-dong

Gangnam is south of the river and the other 4 districts are all located on the north side of the river.

We either stayed in or extensively visited each of the 5 neighborhoods to get a good feel for the areas of Seoul.

Remember, you do not have to stay in one of the touristy neighborhoods. You can also find excellent hotels in Dongdaemun, Jongno and Mapo.

Let’s take a quick look at each of the most popular Seoul districts.

Myeongdong in Seoul at sunset from the namsan cable car
Looking back at Myeongdong from the cable car to N Seoul Tower

1. Myeongdong

Myeongdong is the most popular and heavily trafficked tourist area in Seoul.

We really liked the narrow streets filled with people and restaurants, the atmosphere and its central location within the city. It is easy to access top Seoul attractions from Myeongdong.

Pros:

  • Excellent transport links
  • Fantastic to explore by day and by night
  • Walking distance to several popular attractions
  • Endless places to eat and drink
  • Huge selection of hotels spanning the budget range

Cons:

  • The most touristy part of Seoul by far
  • Restaurants are busy
  • Less authentic
Shopping and dining area in Hongdae Seoul with colorful facades on buildings
Hongdae’s famous shopping and dining area

2. Hongdae

Hongdae is the up-and-coming, trendy and student heavy area to the west of Seoul.

We loved the relaxed vibe and countless cool places to eat out. However, Hongdae is quite isolated which meant we spent a lot of time riding subways to reach attractions.

Pros:

  • Fun to explore by day and by night
  • Cafe culture and younger crowd
  • Diverse range of great places to eat and drink
  • Lots of animal themed cafes

Cons:

  • Transport links aren’t great
  • Not a huge selection of hotels to choose between
  • Few attractions in the area
Tourist doing the Gangnam style wrist cross in front of the scultpure
Kristen doing the Gangnam Style pose at the sculpture

3. Gangnam

Gangnam-gu is the wealthy and glamorous district known as “the Beverly Hills of Seoul”.

We had so much fun exploring the various micro-neighborhoods around Gangnam. There are so many things to do in the area, but getting there required long subway rides each time.

Pros:

  • Excellent transport links
  • Fantastic to explore by day and especially by night
  • Easy access to attractions in Gangnam and Olympic Park
  • So many places to eat and drink
  • Vast selection of hotels spanning the budget range

Cons:

  • A long way from top attractions in the north of Seoul
  • Huge district with separated points of interest
Itaewon popular dining and drinking street in Seoul
Itaewon’s popular dining and drinking area

4. Itaewon

Itaewon is the most international area in Seoul with few Koreans but a lot of expats.

We enjoyed exploring the cafes, bars and shops in Itaewon but we did not manage to make it back for a night out, which is when this area shines.

Pros:

  • Diverse and international crowd
  • Bustling nightlife scene
  • Varied dining options

Cons:

  • Few attractions and hotels
  • Very hilly and hard to get around
  • Transport links are not as good
  • Not authentic for South Korea
Tourist in Insadong Seoul shopping for local crafts at stalls with lights
Kristen shopping for crafts in Insadong Seoul

5. Insadong

Insa-dong is one of the most authentic and traditional places to see in Seoul.

We thought the major shopping street through Insadong was lovely. It is filled with teahouses, Korean dining and shops selling craft goods. Insadong also has a superb location within Seoul.

Pros:

  • Excellent transport links
  • Safe and family friendly
  • Walking distance to several popular attractions
  • Very authentic and quaint

Cons:

  • Fewer hotels and places to eat
  • Not a lot going on in the immediate area
Shoppers, locals and tourists enjoying Insadong shopping street in Seoul
Insadong’s traditional and authentic shopping area

What Is The Best Place To Stay In Seoul?

Any of the 5 neighborhoods we have covered would be great for a first time visit to Seoul, but the best place to stay is heavily dependent on your travel style and goals.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • How many days do you have in Seoul?
  • Do you want to tick off attractions or eat and drink your way through neighborhoods?
  • Is nightlife important to you?
  • Do you want authentic or touristy?

Personally, we think Myeongdong is the overall best place to stay in Seoul. Despite being the most touristy and obvious choice, Myeongdong does have an unbeatable location, easy transport links and plenty of dining options.

But if you prefer nightlife or socializing, you might want to stay in Itaewon or Gangnam. If you want a quieter and less attraction heavy itinerary, stay in Hongdae.

Insadong is the hidden gem place to stay in Seoul because it is quiet, calm and very close to several of the most famous attractions in the city.

Tourist standing in front of the Olympic Park Sculpture in Gangnam Seoul
Kristen at Seoul Olympic Park with Lotte World Tower in the background

What Are The Best Hotels In Seoul?

The term best can be interpreted in several ways and it has a different meaning for everyone.

Does best simply mean the highest rated? The highest quality? What about price and location?

In this guide we strive for inclusivity when we show you our version of the best hotels. Our list is based on the highest guest ratings and our own experiences but crucially we include every budget category so that every type of traveler can find the best hotel available.

Are you curious about the best hotels in Seoul based purely on ratings?

Here are the top 3 places to stay in Seoul South Korea according to thousands of reviews from several popular online sources (with at least 100 authentic guest reviews – correct as of July 2023 but subject to frequent changes):

Booking

Hotels (Expedia)

Google

Tripadvisor

You can see that Signiel Seoul appears in three of the four sources as a top rated hotel so you can rest assured it will be a great place to stay. But let us warn you it is not cheap!

Ratings are good to use as a guide but they are subjective and will fluctuate over time. Look for hotels with high scores and a high number of ratings. That is the sign of a quality hotel.

One thing to note is that hotels with the best ratings often translate to hotels with the highest nightly cost. And that is why we do not simply list hotels with the highest ratings in our guides.

Tourist checking into G2 Hotel in Myeongdong Seoul
Kristen checking us into G2 Hotel in Myeongdong

Where Did We Stay In Seoul?

During our 2 week visit to Seoul we spent 7 nights at a hotel near Hongdae and 7 nights at a hotel in Myeongdong.

We were booking last minute as we traveled through several countries in Asia, which didn’t cause too many issues, except when booking a hotel in Hongdae.

Due to the last minute nature of our trip, there were no hotel rooms available at reasonable prices in Hongdae.

So instead we stayed at Lotte City Hotel in Mapo, which is just 2 subway stops from Hongdae. It turned out to be a great stay and the instant access to Gongdeok subway station was incredibly convenient.

In Myeongdong, we stayed at G2 Hotel which was fantastic. The beds were some of the best we have ever slept in and it has a nice quiet location on the east edge of the touristy neighborhood.

Google Map showing star locations of attractions in Seoul
Screenshot of our Google Maps showing locations of our hotels and attractions we saw in Seoul

Where Would We Stay Next Time?

With hindsight and the knowledge we now have of Seoul, we would choose to stay in Gangnam for 3 or 4 nights and then Myeongdong or Insadong for 7 nights.

Here are the hotels we would pick within each budget category:

Cheap

Mid Range

Luxury

Tourist at the DMZ sign in Korea on a sunny day
Kristen at the famous sign on our tour of the DMZ in Korea

Are Hotels In Seoul Expensive?

Hotel prices in Seoul are slightly cheaper than we imagined, especially when compared to other popular cities in Asia such as Tokyo and Singapore.

There is a good blend of cheap and luxury hotels to choose between in most areas of Seoul.

If you are traveling on a budget you will have plenty of cheaper options available and if you are looking for a splurge you will find a range of top class 5 star hotels.

Our favorite aspect is that hotel prices do not fluctuate heavily throughout the year, unlike most tourist destinations which can have huge spikes in peak season.

Hotel Tax In Seoul, South Korea

Bear in mind when booking your hotel in Seoul that you will typically pay 10% hotel tax on top of your base rate.

So let’s say the basic nightly room cost at a cheap Seoul hotel is $120.00 for one night, your actual total cost is going to be $132.00.

  • When booking your hotel using Booking.com look under the price for includes taxes and fees. This means the price you see is final and will not be subject to further add ons.
  • Conversely, if you see text reading something like +$30 for taxes and fees, that means you will pay the hotel room cost + the additional 10% tax.

Seoul Hotels Map

Let’s take a quick look at an interactive Google Map showing the locations of our 20 best Seoul hotels featured in this guide.

Map key:

  • Green stars – Cheap hotels in Seoul
  • Red stars – Mid range budget hotels in Seoul
  • Blue stars – Luxury hotels in Seoul

Click or touch the map to activate, then zoom in and out, move around Seoul and see exactly where each lodging option is located.

Look for the colored outlines showing roughly where some of the most popular tourist neighborhoods are within Seoul.

Tourist walking down a narrow old street in Seoul
Mark walking down the popular Bukchon Hanok Village street

20 Best Hotels In Seoul

OK, let’s take a look at each of the best Seoul hotels available for your visit to South Korea.

We have hand picked the top 20 Seoul hotels by compiling and comparing previous guest ratings, location, value for money and our own experiences in the popular neighborhoods.

Our featured hotels are listed in order of average nightly cost within three price range categories; cheap, mid range and luxury. The further down the list you go, the more expensive the hotels cost.

Within each budget category, look out for the location because the best Seoul hotels are scattered across the city.

We selected three future dates in different seasons and collated nightly prices at each hotel in order to list with a degree of budgeting accuracy.

You will find 6 x cheap hotels, 9 x mid range hotels and 5 x luxury hotels. Each represents a top rated hotel within its price category.

Let’s kick things off with the best cheap hotels in Seoul!

1. Nine Tree Hotel Dongdaemun

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.7 / 10
  • Google – 4.6 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom at a hotel with bed and view out of the window
Photo courtesy of Nine Tree Hotel
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available
  • Location: Dongdaemun

Nine Tree Hotel in Dongdaemun is one of the best cheap hotels in Seoul with stellar ratings and extremely affordable nightly prices. It is located close to popular attractions and markets in the east of Seoul.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and value for money the highest at Nine Tree Dongdaemun. If you enjoy markets and street food, this is the perfect hotel for you.

>> Book Hotel: Nine Tree Hotel Dongdaemun

2. Dormy Inn Gangnam

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.7 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Entrance to Dormy Inn hotel in Seoul at night
Photo courtesy of Dormy Inn
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, on site onsen and sauna, laundry, breakfast available
  • Location: Gangnam

Dormy Inn is one of the top rated cheap hotels in Seoul. It has everything a budget traveler needs starting with good value and quality, great reviews and an excellent Gangnam location.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and facilities the highest at Dormy Inn Gangnam. Rooms are smaller than average but there is a traditional public bath and the hotel is incredibly affordable.

>> Book Hotel: Dormy Inn Gangnam

3. GLAD Mapo

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.7 / 10
  • Google – 4.4 / 5
Upscale fitness center with treadmills and weights in a hotel
Photo courtesy of GLAD Hotels
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, on site restaurant and bar, breakfast available
  • Location: Mapo

GLAD Mapo is a superb Seoul hotel located two subway stops from Hongdae. This affordable 4 star hotel has instant access to Gongdeok station which has direct links to top Seoul attractions.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at GLAD Mapo. We stayed at the Lotte City Hotel in Mapo opposite GLAD. Eating out is more challenging in this area but the hotel options are cheap and high quality.

>> Book Hotel: GLAD Mapo

4. Nine Tree Premier Insadong

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.6 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Twin beds in a Seoul hotel room with a view
Photo courtesy of Nine Tree Hotel
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, fitness center, on site restaurant and bar
  • Location: Insadong

Nine Tree Premier in Insadong is a fantastic cheap hotel in Seoul. This affordable hotel has the complete package for a budget traveler, including low prices and a truly top notch location.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at Nine Tree Premier Insadong. It is a great spot for couples and families who want a quieter location in authentic and traditional surroundings.

>> Book Hotel: Nine Tree Premier Insadong

5. Four Points Myeongdong

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.3 / 10
  • Google – 4.2 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with bed and ottoman leading to window with view
Photo courtesy of Marriott
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, on site restaurant and bar, laundry, breakfast available, free bikes
  • Location: Myeongdong

Four Points by Sheraton is a quality cheap hotel in Seoul with surprisingly affordable rates for its great Myeongdong location, located steps from Euljiro 3 subway station. The 4 star hotel has a good balance between location, cost and quality.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Four Points. Hongdae is easily accessible via the nearby subway, and Insadong, Cheonggyecheon and some of the famous palaces are all within walking distance.

>> Book Hotel: Four Points Myeongdong

6. G2 Hotel Myeongdong

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.9 / 10
  • Google – 4.3 / 5
Twin beds in a room with curtains half closed
Our room at G2 Hotel in Myeongdong with huge comfy twin beds
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, laundry, breakfast available
  • Location: Myeongdong

G2 Hotel is a popular cheap hotel in Seoul thanks to excellent ratings and a lovely quiet location in Myeongdong. We had a fantastic experience staying at G2 for 7 nights, most notably because the beds were among the most comfortable we have ever slept on.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, facilities, value for money, cleanliness and location the highest at G2 Hotel. If you want to stay in Myeongdong on a low budget, this is a great place to start looking.

>> Book Hotel: G2 Hotel Myeongdong

7. Holiday Inn Express Hongdae

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.6 / 10
  • Google – 4.4 / 5
Exterior photo of the Holiday Inn Express in Seoul at night
Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, on site restaurant, city views, coin laundry, breakfast included
  • Location: Hongdae

Holiday Inn Express is a hugely popular hotel in Seoul thanks to its location above the main subway line in Hongdae called Hongik University. Also of note, this hotel provides a free and highly regarded buffet breakfast which can be hard to get in Seoul.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at Holiday Inn Express. If you can find low rates here, this Hongdae hotel is definitely worth considering.

>> Book Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Hongdae

8. L’Escape Myeongdong

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.8 / 10
  • Google – 4.4 / 5
Entrance to L'Escape hotel in Myeongdong at night
Photo courtesy of L’Escape Hotel
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, on site restaurant and bar, fitness center, breakfast available, free parking, pet friendly
  • Location: Myeongdong

L’Escape is an elegant Parisian style boutique hotel in Seoul. This bougie upscale hotel is located close to Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong and the cable car to visit the popular N Seoul Tower.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at L’Escape Hotel. This quirky and unique hotel is a fantastic place to stay in a quieter area near Myeongdong.

>> Book Hotel: L’Escape Hotel Myeongdong

9. Mercure Ambassador Hongdae

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.0 / 10
  • Google – 4.6 / 5
Exterior photo of a hotel in Hongdae Seoul at night
Photo courtesy of Accor Hotels
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, garden, terrace, on site restaurant and bar, breakfast available, coin laundry
  • Location: Hongdae

Mercure Ambassador is one of the best hotels in Seoul. This luxury 4 star hotel in Hongdae has a superb location, exceptional guest reviews and surprisingly affordable nightly rates.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Mercure Ambassador. If you want to stay in Hongdae, we can’t recommend this hotel highly enough.

>> Book Hotel: Mercure Ambassador Hongdae

10. Voco Gangnam

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.0 / 10
  • Google – 4.3 / 5
Inside a guest room with bed sofa and carpet in South Korea
Photo courtesy of IHG
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, fitness center, on site restaurant and bar, shared kitchen, laundry
  • Location: Gangnam

Voco Gangnam is a brand new hotel in Seoul with a superb north Gangnam location, excellent ratings, modern facilities and surprisingly affordable rates.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Voco Gangnam. You will benefit from a highly rated breakfast buffet (which is rare!) and being in the heart of a trendy micro-neighborhood.

>> Book Hotel: Voco Gangnam

11. RYSE, Autograph Collection Hongdae

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.9 / 10
  • Google – 4.6 / 5
Inside a guest room with bed and desk leading to huge windows and view
Photo courtesy of Marriott
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, fitness center, on site restaurant and bar, breakfast available
  • Location: Hongdae

RYSE is the most luxurious Seoul hotel in the Hongdae neighborhood. The boutique hotel features a movie theme throughout and it is about as bougie as it gets in Hongdae.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, facilities, cleanliness and location the highest at RYSE. This is a classy place to stay with a top location and excellent ratings, but it will cost you a touch more.

>> Book Hotel: RYSE, Autograph Collection Hongdae

12. Hotel 28 Myeongdong

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.2 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with sink leading to bed and window on wooden floor
Photo courtesy of Hotel 28
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, rooftop garden, on site restaurant and bar, fitness center, breakfast available
  • Location: Myeongdong

Hotel 28 is the top rated Seoul hotel in the Myeongdong neighborhood. This luxury boutique hotel has near perfect reviews, an unbeatable location and affordable rates for what you get.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities, value for money and location the highest at Hotel 28. It takes a clean sweep across the board, which makes this one of the very best hotels in Seoul.

>> Book Hotel: Hotel 28 Myeongdong

13. The Plaza Seoul

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.6 / 10
  • Google – 4.4 / 5
Inside a unique guest room with pink colored walls and bedding at a hotel in Seoul
Photo courtesy of Marriott
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, laundry, on site restaurants and bar
  • Location: Jongno

The Plaza Autograph Collection is a fantastic mid range budget hotel in Seoul with an outstanding location close to Deoksugung Palace. This luxury boutique hotel is also surprisingly affordable.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at The Plaza. If you can find prices here in the low $200’s per night, this hotel should be on your shortlist.

>> Book Hotel: The Plaza Seoul

14. Lotte Hotel World

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.5 / 10
  • Google – 4.3 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with two large beds and wooden floors at night
Photo courtesy of Lotte Hotel
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, multiple on site restaurants and bars, breakfast available, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, onsen
  • Location: Songpa

Lotte Hotel World is a luxury resort style Seoul hotel located between Gangnam and the Olympic Park. The hotel provides instant access to Lotte World Mall, Lotte World Adventure theme park and a subway line. This is a great Seoul hotel for families who are traveling on a comfortable budget.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Lotte Hotel World. The facilities, rooms and hotel in general offer an upscale experience at rates you can afford. There are better 5 star hotels in Seoul but they are far more expensive.

>> Book Hotel: Lotte Hotel World

15. Westin Josun Seoul Hotel

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.6 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Exterior photo of a popular Seoul hotel lit up at night with sunset colors in the sky
Photo courtesy of Marriott
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, sauna, laundry, on site restaurants and bar
  • Location: Jongno

The Westin Josun is one of the best affordable luxury hotels in Seoul. It has a sensational location in between Myeongdong and City Hall, thousands of positive reviews and excellent accommodations.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Westin Josun. This is another fantastic Seoul hotel option for those traveling on a comfortable mid range budget.

>> Book Hotel: Westin Josun Seoul Hotel

16. Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.9 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Seoul hotel lit up at night with sunset colors in the sky silhouetting buildings
Photo courtesy of IHG
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, multiple on site restaurants and bars, breakfast available
  • Location: Gangnam

Grand InterContinental is a luxury hotel in Seoul with a superb Gangnam location next to the popular COEX Mall. This hotel works for any type of visitor to Seoul thanks to excellent transport links and nearby attractions.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas. This is the top hotel in the most touristy part of Gangnam.

>> Book Hotel: Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

17. Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.0 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Inside a plush upscale guest bedroom with bed sofa table and view
Photo courtesy of Lotte Hotel
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, on site 3 star Michelin restaurant, bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, spa, breakfast available
  • Location: Myeongdong

Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower is a true 5 star hotel in Seoul with a magnificent location. This classy and upscale hotel is the most luxurious place to stay in Myeongdong.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, facilities, cleanliness and location the highest at Lotte Hotel Executive Tower. You simply won’t find a better luxury hotel in Myeongdong!

>> Book Hotel: Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower

18. The Shilla Seoul

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.0 / 10
  • Google – 4.6 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with comfy bed desk and armchair at night with view
Photo courtesy of The Shilla
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, 6 dining options and bars, 2 swimming pools, full service spa, fitness center, indoor golf range, yoga and aerobics classes, breakfast available
  • Location: Jung-gu

The Shilla is one of the best luxury hotels in Seoul. Perched atop a hill with stunning views over the city and traditional surroundings, this 5 star hotel has exceptional reviews and top class service.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and facilities the highest at The Shilla. It isn’t the most expensive luxury hotel in Seoul but it isn’t far off!

>> Book Hotel: The Shilla Seoul

19. Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.2 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Exterior photo of the Four Seasons in Seoul with traditional wooden building structure
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, 5 dining options, bars, fitness center, Korean sauna, indoor golf, indoor swimming pool
  • Location: Jongno

Four Seasons is another of the very best luxury hotels in Seoul. This 5 star hotel has incredible reviews, impeccable service and a near perfect location between Deoksugung and Gyeongbokgung Palaces.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Four Seasons. If you are looking for true luxury at a globally recognized hotel brand, this is where to stay in Seoul.

>> Book Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

20. Signiel Seoul

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.2 / 10
  • Google – 4.6 / 5
Looking up at Signiel Seoul in the Lotte World Tower from ground level
Signiel Seoul occupies high floors in the Lotte World Tower
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, panoramic views, champagne bar, on site Michelin starred restaurant, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, breakfast available, spa
  • Location: Songpa

Signiel is the best 5 star luxury hotel in Seoul. The hotel occupies floors 76 to 101 of the Lotte World Tower (below Seoul Sky observation deck) in the 6th tallest building in the world.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, facilities, cleanliness and location the highest at Signiel. This incredible luxury hotel scores impeccably across the board and is the place to stay on your honeymoon in Seoul!

>> Book Hotel: Signiel Seoul

Best Hotels In Seoul FAQ’s

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most frequently asked questions about where to stay in Seoul South Korea.

What is the best cheap hotel in Seoul?

There are several truly fantastic cheap hotels scattered across the popular districts of Seoul. The Nine Tree hotel chain is a great place to start for low budget hotels in Seoul but we think Dormy Inn in Gangnam and G2 in Myeongdong are both excellent cheap hotel options in the most popular neighborhoods.

What is the best luxury hotel in Seoul?

Seoul is home to a range of exceptional 5 star luxury hotels, including recognizable hotel brands such as Four Seasons. However, we think Signiel is the best luxury hotel in Seoul thanks to near perfect reviews and unbeatable views from high up in one of the world’s tallest buildings.

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We hope this guide to the best hotels in Seoul helps you book the perfect hotel for your visit to South Korea!

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the hotels in our list of best places to stay in Seoul by commenting below.

Happy Booking,

Mark and Kristen
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