15 Recommended Seoul Hotels

Myeong-dong is the center of Seoul. It’s the most popular tourist and shopping district in Seoul. Many tourists like to stay in the hotels located in Myeong-dong. Here, I have sort out 15 recommended best Seoul hotels located in Myeong-dong. If you are planning your trip in Seoul and looking for Seoul hotel, these information maybe helpful for you. In addition, the last part of this post also include information on transportation between Incheon Airport and Myeong-dong.

 

Recommended Seoul Hotels

 

Myeong-dong is the preferred location for many tourists to stay in Seoul. I personally prefer to stay in the hotels in Myeong-dong. The Myeongdong shopping district is mainly consist of the area surrounded by Toegye-ro (south), Samil-daero (east), Euliji-ro (north) and Sogong-ro (west).

Geographically, Myeong-dong is located in the middle of Namsan, Namdaemun Market, Seoul City Hall, Insadong and Dongdaemun, and not far from tourist attractions such as Namsan Cable Car, Namdaemun Market, Deoksugung Palace, Insadong, etc.. There are two subway stations in Myeong-dong, one is the Myeongdong Station (station number 424) which is the station of Seoul Subway Line No. 4. The another one is the Euljiro 1-ga Station (station number 202) which is the station of Seoul Subway Line No. 2. So the transportation of Myeong-dong is very convenient.

 

15 Best Hotels Recommended in Seoul Myeong-dong

 

The hotels in Myeong-dong are mainly located in two areas, one is the area near Myeong-dong subway station in the south of Myeong-dong shopping district and the another one is the area near the Euljiro 1-ga station in the north. Compared with hotels in other areas of Seoul, hotels in Myeongdong are generally more expensive, but with the increase in the supply of hotels in this area, the room rate tend to decline recently. In recent years, many business hotels have opened in Myeongdong, the room rate are mostly under US$130. The design and decoration of the newly opened hotels are relatively new and comfortable, but due to limit of land, the size of the hotel room is relatively small. In addition, many economy hotels have also emerged in Myeong-dong in recent years, and some older hotels, such as Sejong Hotel, have also been renovated.

The following are the 15 hotels in Myeongdong Seoul with best location, quality and reasonalble rate. They are the best Seoul hotels that recommended. If you are looking for Seoul hotels for your trip in Seoul, you can use them as a reference.

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1. Solaria Nishitetsu Seoul

Location and access: 2 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 312

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$140~$155

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Solaria Nishitetsu Seoul: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Solaria Nishitetsu Seoul@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 9.2 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://nnr-h.com/solaria/seoul/

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2. Lotte Hotel L7 Myeongdong

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 1 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 245

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$140~$155

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Lotte Hotel L7 Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Lotte Hotel L7 Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.8 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.lottehotel.com/l7/myeongdong/

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3. Hotel 28 Myeongdong

Location and access: 3 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 1-ga station exit No. 5; 6 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 3 minutes walk from airport bus Uljiro 1-ga station.

Total number of rooms: 83

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$140~$155

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Hotel 28 Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Hotel 28 Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.9 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5分) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.hotel28.co.kr/

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4. Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 1 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 144

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$100~$115

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.3 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.0 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.ninetreehotel.com/

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5. The Grand Hotel Myeongdong

Location and access: 2 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 9; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 50

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$130~$140

Major booking sites provide the room booking for The Grand Hotel Myeongdong: AgodaHotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: The Grand Hotel Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.8 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.thegrandhotel.co.kr/

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6. Metro Hotel Seoul

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 1-ga station exit No. 5; 7 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Uljiro 1-ga station.

Total number of rooms: 78

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$115~$130

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Metro Hotel Seoul: AgodaHotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Metro Hotel Seoul@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.8 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: https://www.metrohotel.co.kr/

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7. Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong

Location and access: 3 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 1-ga station exit No. 5; 6 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 8; 3 minutes walk from airport bus Uljiro 1-ga station; the hotel provide free shuttle bus to Seoul Station.

Total number of rooms: 312

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$115~$130

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.4 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.0 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.skyparkhotel.com/

 

Besides of Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong, there are another three Hotel Skypark branches in Myeong-dong:

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8. Pacific Hotel Seoul

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 1; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 181

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$90~$100

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Pacific Hotel Seoul: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Pacific Hotel Seoul@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.5 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.0 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.thepacifichotel.co.kr/

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9. Prince Hotel Seoul

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 1; 1 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 100

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$100~$115

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Prince Hotel Seoul: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Prince Hotel Seoul@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.5 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.hotelprinceseoul.co.kr/

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10. Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 5; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 619

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$90~$100

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 7.4 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 3.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.loisir-md.com

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11. Days Hotel Myeongdong

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 5; 3 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 64

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$115~$130

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Days Hotel Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Days Hotel Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.0 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.0 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.dayshotelmyeongdong.com/

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12. Hotel New Oriental Myeongdong

Location and access: 2 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Myeong-dong station exit No. 4; 4 minutes walk from airport bus Myeong-dong station.

Total number of rooms: 65

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$100~$115

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Hotel New Oriental Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Hotel New Oriental Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.5 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: https://orientalmyeongdong.com

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13. Ibis Ambassador Myeong-Dong Hotel

Location and access: 2 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 1-ga station exit No. 6; the hotel is located beside the airport bus Ibis Hotel station.

Total number of rooms: 280

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$115~$130

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Ibis Ambassador Myeong-Dong: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.2 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.0 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.ibis.com/

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14. Lotte Seoul Hotel

Location and access: 1 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 1-ga station exit No. 7 & 8; 3 minutes walk from airport bus Ibis Hotel station.

Total number of rooms: 1,120

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$190~$210

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Lotte Seoul Hotel: Agoda | Hotels.com | Trip.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Lotte Seoul Hotel@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.9 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: https://www.lottehotel.com/

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15. Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

Location and access: 3 minutes walk from Seoul Subway Uljiro 3-ga station exit No. 1; 2 minutes walk from airport bus Uljiro 2-ga station; the hotel provide free shuttle bus to Seoul Station.

Total number of rooms: 430

Free WiFi: Yes, free WiFi in all rooms

Normal room rate: around US$115~$130

Major booking sites provide the room booking for Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong: Agoda | Hotels.com

[Tips for money saving] Compare room rate in various booking sites before booking: Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong@HotelsCombined

Guest rating: 8.8 (out of 10) @HotelsCombined | 4.5 (out of 5) @TripAdvisor  Check the detail guest rating and comments

Official website: http://www.lottehotel.com/city/myeongdong/

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Economy Hotels in Myeong-dong (Hostel and Guesthouse)

 

If you want to save some money on accommodation, you may also consider staying at the economy hotels, that’s called hostel or guesthouse. Hostel and guesthouse are generally located in relatively remote locations where rents are less expensive, and transportation may be slightly inconvenient. However, in recent years, a number of hostel and guesthouse have been opened in Myeongdong, some of which are located in the old buildings in the Myeongdong shopping district, while others are located in residential areas between Myeongdong station and Namsan. The location of these hostel and guesthouse are also very convenient.

The following are some of the hostel and guesthouse in Myeongdong that are highly rated, are of good quality and are not far from subway stations.

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Transportation between Incheon Airport and Myeongdong

 

1. AREX Airport Express

 

There are two methods of transportation you can use when you come from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong. The first one is to take the AREX Airport Express (Railway) to Seoul Station and then take a taxi or subway to Myeongdong. However, the distance from AREX station to the subway station at Seoul Station is a bit far and inconvenient.

However, some hotels have partnerships with AREX, such as Skypark Hotel Myeongdong, Lotte City Hotels Myeongdong, Royal Hotel Seoul, etc. If you stay in these hotels, you can take the free shuttle bus from Seoul Station to the hotel.

The schedule of AREX is approximately every half an hour. The journey from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station is approximately 45 minutes. So it will take about 1.5 hours to arrive in Myeong-dong.

The regular ticket price of AREX is 14,800 KRW, but it was sold at a discounted fare of 9,000 KRW, which is approximately 40% cheaper than the current fare of the airport bus. Moreover, AREX has introduced a number of different discounted fares, such as group discounts of 3 or more people, discounts on Korail Pass or KTX ticket holders, cooperative airline ticket holders. The cheapest AREX’s ticket can be bought in two travel website called KKday and Klook, the fare for adult is only 6,600 KRW.

If you purchase the AREX ticket at KKday or Klook, you will receive a voucher. You must exchange the AREX ticket in the Traveler Center in Incheon Airport (if you take AREX from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station) or Seoul Station (if you take AREX from Seoul Station to Incheon Airport).

In addition to exchange the ticket in the Traveler Center, you can also issue the ticket by yourself in the self-service ticket machine outside the station gate. When purchase or exchange the AREX ticket, you will receive a paper ticket with the train number and seat number. In addition to the paper ticket, you also need a magnetic card to enter the station gate. You need to pay 500 KRW deposit for this magnetic card and the deposit can be returned after you leave the AREX station in destination.

The procedure of issuing ticket and the magnetic card in the self-service ticket machine is not complicated. Simply select the language first, then click on “Exchange Ticket”, enter the voucher number, select the destination station (Seoul Station or Incheon Airport Station), choose the time of train and finally put the 500 KRW deposit into the machine. Then you will receive the paper ticket and the magnetic card to enter the gate.

Concerning the exchange of AREX ticket, the following points need to be noticed:

  1. You can only exchange the AREX ticket for the current day, so it’s generally exchanged before ride.
  2. The seat number is automatically assigned by the system and cannot be selected by yourself.

The deposit refund machine is just located outside the gate. You only need to insert the magnetic card and then you will be refunded the 500 KRW deposit.

AREX station gate in Incheon Airport

AREX self-service ticket machine outside AREX station gate of Incheon Airport

AREX station gate in Seoul Station

AREX self-service ticket machine outside AREX station gate of Seoul Station

 

Tips: Elevator location in Myeongdong subway station

 

If you are taking AREX to Seoul Station and then take the subway to Myeongdong station, you should pay attention to the elevator location in Myeongdong subway station. There is a lift in exit No. 1 of Myeongdong station and there are escalators in exit No. 3 and No. 7 and there are only stairs in other exits. So if you have large luggage, you should use exit No. 1, No. 3 or No. 7.

Exit No. 1 and No. 3 of Myeongdong subway station are located on the south side of Toegye-ro, so if you are staying at a hotel on this side, such as Seoul Prince Hotel, Seoul Pacific Hotel, you can use these two exit. In addition, there is a zebra crossing just beside exit No. 1, so even if you are staying in a hotel on the north side of Toegye-ro, you can also use exit No. 1.

 

If you don’t want to cross the road, you can use the exit No. 7.

Since exit No. 1 and No. 7 are located on different sides of Myeongdong subway station and they are not connected each other within the subway station, so after getting off the train, please stop and look at the signs to find the correct exit direction. In addition, from the subway platform to the subway station lobby there is one floor that only equiped with stairs, no elevator or escalator, so from the platform to the ground, you must go stairs in this floor. If your luggage is heavy, it will be harder.

 


 

2. Airport Limousine

 

The second means of transportation from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong is to take the Airport Limousine. This is the most convenient and direct way to transport between Incheon Airport and Myeong-dong.

The current adult fare of Airport Limousine from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong is 15,000 won. If you purchase a ticket in advance at the counter in the airport building before boarding, it will be 14,000 won. If you do not purchase a ticket in advance, you can use this 1,000 won coupon to get 1,000 won discount. When you use this coupon, pass the coupon together with the 14,000 won cash to the driver when you boarding the bus. In addition, if you use the T-Money card to pay the fare, you will also get a 1,000 won discount.

There are several Airport Limousine routes connect Incheon Airport and Seoul downtown. The Airport Limousine to Myeong-dong is route No. 6015. In addition, the Airport Limousine route No. 6001 that go to Dongdaemun will also stop at Myeong-dong station. The journey from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong is approximately 80 minutes. The schedule of Airport Limousine is quite frequent. Generally, it takes up to 10-15 minutes to get on the bus.

The following graph shows the route of the Airport Limousine route No. 6015. It’s terminal station in Seoul downtown is Myeongdong station, and will stop at Namdaemun Market, ibis Myeongdong hotel, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 2-ga station.

If you are stay at Ibis Ambassador Myeong-Dong Hotel or Lotte Hotel Seoul, you should get off in ibis Myeongdong station; if you are stay in Hotel 28 Myeongdong, Metro Hotel Seoul Hotel or Skypark Central Myeongdong, you should get off in Euljiro 1-ga station; if you are stay in Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong, you should get off in Euljiro 2-ga station; if you are stay in Solaria Nishitetsu Seoul, Lotte Hotel L7 Myeongdong, Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong, The Grand Hotel Myeongdong, Pacific Hotel Seoul, Prince Hotel Seoul, Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong, Days Hotel Myeongdong or Hotel New Oriental Myeongdong, you should get off in Myeongdong station.

The Airport Limousine Myeongdong station was formerly located outside the Sejong Hotel, but it has now been moved to the new location beside Myeongdong subway station exit No. 8. There is a big signboard in the bus stop which should be easily recognizable.

This is the Airport Limousine Euljiro 1-ga station

The following graph shows the route of the Airport Limousine route No. 6001. It’s terminal station in Seoul downtown is Baiton Hotel in Dongdaemun and will stop at Myeongdong station, but not at the ibis Myeongdong and Euljiro 1-ga station.

The Airport Limousine

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