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Seoul - South Korea
From corporate executives to budget-conscious backpackers, travelers to Seoul are sure to find accommodations with services, facilities and prices suited to their needs. What's more, you can be certain that the hotel management will provide not only a clean, comfortable room with plenty of hot running water, but also a high level of service, because to Koreans, guests are considered one of the family and treated as such. This emphasis on traditional hospitality makes being a visitor to Seoul a unique experience.
Jongno-gu & Jung-gu
The city's luxury hotels are really just that—luxurious—featuring all the comforts expected of world-class lodgings. The largest concentration of deluxe hotels is around City Hall Square, conveniently located within walking distance or a short bus ride from Seoul's many sights and tourist attractions. Lavish accommodations include Hotel Shilla and the Seoul Plaza Hotel. With the business traveler in mind, these first class hotels provide business facilities second to none, including special business centers, Internet access, interpreter and translation services, secretarial services and much more. The hotel staff members will make every effort to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one, and most of them speak English. Other hotels located in this district include the Lotte Hotel, esteemed as one of the best hotels in Seoul, as the hotel prides itself on being a stellar example of Korean hospitality. Yet if you seek quality rooms at cheaper prices, try the Jeonpoong Tourist Hotel which also offers an comfortable stay at an affordable price, great for families or travelers on a budget. Also quite popular among budget travelers and students are the city's youth hostels. Rooms are inexpensive, and offer travelers the chance to meet others who are far from home. A great place to visit is Youth Traveller's A, where the rooms are homey and clean. They offer 26 dormitory beds in rooms for two to six persons.
If you are looking for a moderately-priced hotel convenient to nightlife, the Itaewon district may be the place for you. Dozens of local nightspots are located near Itaewon's noticeable landmark, the Hamilton Shopping Center and Hamilton Hotel. The area's large foreign population ensures that many exciting events are happening throughout the day as well. After a night of singing and dancing at Timeout Live Music Club you may end up stumbling upon Wow! Guest House, another affordable accommodation. For something more luxurious try the Capital Hotel.
Great stays around the Gangnam district include the Renaissance Seoul, and Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Ritz Deli, located inside the hotel, is a great place to grab a cup of coffee or tea to jump start your morning. These first class hotels will leave you well rested and dazzled by the staff and amenities. Another beautiful five star hotel that will amaze you with its lounge, bar, and friendly staff is Hotel Ellelui. Not far from Gangnam-gu, you can stay at the Hotel Olympic Parktel, located at Olympic Park. For a more business minded stay, the Young-dong Hotel has great meeting and business room facilities. Lastly, the Intercontinental Hotel will offer the international traveler a stay of a life time, from the fine dining and fitness services, to the beautiful decor.
Mapo-gu & Gangseo-gu
For great service at an affordable price, consider staying at the Best Western Premier Seoul, highly recommended for its quality. Many of the hotel staff speak English, so you should find it easy to have your questions answered or problems solved. Another fabulously featured hotel includes Hotel Seokyo, a fine choice for travelers on business as a coffee and bar are conveniently located inside. This hotel is also located near prominent universities, such as Yeonsei, and popular shopping centers.
Across the Han River, the River Park Tourist Hotel offers clean and cozy rooms. They come equipped with a TV, radio, telephone and private bathroom. Although the facilities may not be as great as those found at higher priced hotels, the staff's warm smiles and kind hearts will make your stay an unforgettable one. At the Best Western Niagara Hotel enjoy the beautiful views of the Han River. This is a central location to the Incheon International Airport and Mount Bukhansan, as well as downtown Seoul.