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6 Best Seoul Boutique Hotels in Great Neighborhoods

Seoul is the heart of South Korea. Korea’s capital expresses everything that makes the country successful and enduringly interesting. So you can definitely bump it to the top of your list of places to visit when vacationing in South Korea.

Seoul’s blend of modernity with history and culture makes it so fascinating. As the capital of South Korea, this city has huge sky-scrapers, high-tech subways, and a huge, thriving technology industry.

But Seoul South Korea also has historic Buddhist temples, palaces, and bustling street markets that haven’t changed much in decades. Add to that the world-renowned pop-culture, K-beauty, and drool-worthy shopping, and you get Seoul. It’s a city like no other.

This list features Seoul boutique hotels with panoramic views of Seoul, in-house bars, indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, top-floor gym, spacious rooms and dining options, and other five-star hotel features. Each of these boutique hotels in Seoul is striving to create a great space for their guests to recharge and relax.

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Whether you stay in vibrant Myeongdong or exciting Gangnam, you’re sure to have an incredible time if you’re staying at one of the Seoul hotels on this list.

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Best Seoul Boutique Hotels

Seoul’s boutique hotels reflect the modernity and style of this fast-paced city. The living spaces are clean, comfortable, and convenient.

Convenience is a big deal in South Korea, and they have endless gadgets and tools to make life as smooth as possible. There are convenience stores on almost every corner in Seoul, with everything you could need. From boiled eggs to socks and alcohol, there’s very little you cannot find at your nearest store.


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Hotel28 Myeongdong
✔️ Great Location
✔️ Cinematic Theme
✔️ Member Small Luxury Hotels


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Shilla Seoul
✔️ Forbes Nominated 5 star
✔️ 6 Dining Options
✔️ Exceptional Service


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Walkerhill Douglas House
✔️Forest Location but still central
✔️ Kid Free Zone
✔️ Beautiful Retreat Design

The same spirit is reflected at Seoul hotels. So you’re sure to find all that you need for a seamless stay at your accommodation. Everything from shampoo to bottled water is stocked in most Seoul South Korea hotels.

But these are the things that you can find at any run-of-the-mill hotel in Seoul. Boutique hotels go above and beyond. The excellent amenities are part of what makes them a fantastic choice if you want to make the most of your Seoul trip.

Keep reading to find out what else makes each of these Seoul boutique hotels right for you. You’ll be spoilt for choice, but you can’t go wrong with any of these options.

1. L7 Hotel Myeongdong

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L7 Hotel Myeongdong is warm, comfortable and attractive. The wooden paneling and pops of color make this industrial design hotel look chic, while still inviting and dynamic.

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This trendy Seoul hotel is the perfect place to stay if Myeongdong is part of your Seoul itinerary. You can step outside and head to Seoul’s most iconic shopping street in a short walk.

This is useful for when you return to the hotel, laden with the Korean cosmetic and skincare products that have taken the world by storm.

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The location is definitely the highlight of this Seoul hotel. From the rooftop bar, you can enjoy a view of the mountains with Namsan Tower. Conversely, you’ll have Myeongdong city stretching out before you. And with a cocktail in hand, the view looks even better.

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2. Walkerhill Douglas House

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If you’re looking for celebrity treatment and a super luxurious stay, book into Walkerhill Douglas House. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel, set amongst nature, which is very rare for a Seoul hotel.

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This no kids-zone is designed to create a relaxing, recharging experience for every guest at this Seoul South Korea hotel. It features a garden, an indoor pool, a restaurant, bar, and shared lounge. 

There’s even a casino at Walkerhill Douglas hotel in Seoul. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to kick back and relax, in whichever way you prefer.

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This hotel also has a fitness centre if endorphins are what make you your happiest self. And with a complimentary continental breakfast, the fitness centre might come in handy.

The rooms at the Walkerhill Douglas hotel themselves are warm and attractive. And with a library where you can settle into one of the couches with a book, you’re sure to be comfortable.

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3. Shilla Seoul 

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If you’re looking for a prime sightseeing location in the heart of Seoul, Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is perfect. The hotel has a bare-bones feel and focuses mainly on comfort and excellent amenities. However, the view of the Jogyesa temple really compliments its simplicity.

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There are a number of popular tourist attractions within a 1 km radius, including Gyeongbokgyung palace and Lotte Duty-Free Centre (a hugely popular shopping mall). There are also 3 metro station options near the Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun, so it’s only a 5-minute walk to get everywhere.

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At this hotel in Seoul, there is a fitness centre and buffet restaurant, two fun opposites. So if you’re wanting to fit a lot of sightseeing into your South Korea vacation, and come home to comfort and good food, Shilla Stay Seoul is a great option.

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4. Boutique Hotel Loft

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If you’re a fan of industrial design and style, check out Boutique Hotel Loft. The exposed brick walls, muted blues and reds, and wood finishings make it lively and interesting. And while you’ll generally find a clean aesthetic in Seoul, this one’s a bit different.

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The en-suite bathrooms at the Boutique Hotel Loft Seoul feature a round tub. Some room options have hot tubs in their private bathroom if you want to kick it up a notch. The bathrooms also have a dappled glass wall, so the play of light is very interesting.

The location of the Boutique Hotel Loft in Seoul is excellent, at just 5 minutes walk from Dangsan Subway Station, which gives you easy access to anywhere in the city. The vibrant scene around Hongik University (Hongik University subway station) is just 3 km away.

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So, while the area around this hotel is quiet and non-touristy, you can travel easily to the more bustling areas in Seoul. And if you don’t feel like leaving the hotel, there is an on-site Italian restaurant.

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5. JW Marriott Dongdaemun

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This Seoul boutique hotel is wonderfully luxurious and beautiful. Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows which give guests sweeping views of the city. And with Dongdaemun Gate right outside JW Marriott Dongdaemun, there’s certainly a lot to appreciate.

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The en-suite bathrooms at the JW Marriott Seoul have marble floors and top-quality fixtures. And with room service available from the two fantastic in-house restaurants, you never have to leave the comfortable hotel bed.

But if you do want to leave your cosy room, consider doing so to head to the fantastic rooftop bar, where you’ll have unparalleled views of the city. Or you could visit the indoor pool and fitness center. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

When you want to do some sightseeing, the subway station is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel. And this neighbourhood is a great place to walk around, with numerous markets and historical landmarks in the area. 

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Dongdaemun Market is just minutes away, and it’s a very immersive Korean experience to stroll down those streets.

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6. Hotel28 Myeongdong

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Let’s end this list with a bang. Designed with a cinematic theme, Hotel28 Myeongdong is a fun, trendy boutique hotel. The location at the heart of the popular Myeongdong Seoul district adds to its charms.

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The rooms at Hotel 28 Seoul are spacious and light-filled. They have a free mini-bar, flat-screen tv and great toiletries, so you have all you need for some pampering. There’s also a free-standing tub to soak in after a day’s adventures. And, since Seoul gets very cold in the winter, this is a real joy.

This Seoul boutique hotel has a rooftop garden where you can relax with a book, while you take in the view. There is also a gallery, where you can see the work of emerging local artists in Seoul.

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The in-house restaurant at Hotel28 Myeongdong makes wonderful meals, and there is an espresso machine in your room to fulfil all your coffee needs. There is also a fitness centre and a library, for those with a little extra time on your hands.

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Luxury Hotels in Seoul

Looking for a stay in a luxurious 5-star property in Seoul? Check out these options with 5-star facilities if you’re looking for the best luxury hotel in Seoul.

How to get to Seoul

Seoul is the capital of Korea and Incheon International Airport has many options for international flights both in and out of the country. There are also quite a few things to do in Incheon near the airport.

Seoul also has a second international airport Gimpo which is smaller than Incheon Airport Korea and mostly offers flights to and from japan, China and Taiwan as well as domestic flights.

⇒ Flights to Seoul

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Incheon Airport is 49km from Seoul. Traffic in Seoul can be bad so depending on the time of day ataxi can be an expensive lengthy journey (expect it to take at least one hour).

The other options for getting from the airport to Seoul are the Limousine City Bus which takes 70 minutes or the Express Train (45 mins) or All Stop Train (60 mins). Personally, I took the Express train from Incheon Airport to Seoul and this was an excellent option. 

Gimpo Airport is only 16kms from Seoul and a taxi will generally take about 25 minutes. The All Stop Train also goes to Gimpo Airport from Seoul Station and only takes 22 minutes. The final option is to take a bus to Gimpo Airport Seoul which takes about 45 minutes. 

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Do you need a Visa for your Korea Trip?

It can be a real pain trying to figure out if you need a visa for a country and then all the hassle of figuring out how to apply, how long you can go without your passport, when the embassy is open etc. 

iVisa has completely revolutionised this process and put it all online and make it super simple and paper and hassle-free! Using iVisa is one of my top travel tips!

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NB: Citizens of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada do not need a Visa for Korea if they are staying less than 90 days. Do double check that this still holds when you book your airfares.

⇒ Check if you need a Visa for Korea

Getting around Seoul

 Seoul is one of the biggest cities in the world and can be quite intimidating.  The Seoul subway station system is great but it is not the easiest to understand as I have never seen so many stops on an underground! And the Seoul subway stations are huge!

It is critical to check which is the best station exit for you to use for where you are going or you could get very confused. And very sore feet! But the subway is one of the best ways to discover Seoul.

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There are 2 excellent options for tourists wishing to get around Seoul via subway. The first is to purchase an MPass card. This card is exclusively for tourists and offers 20 rides a day for whichever pass duration you choose (passes cover 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days).

Both of these Seoul transport cards can be purchased at subway stations or convenience stores.

Of course, it is possible to take taxis around Seoul. However, if you are planning to do this do make sure you have the name of your destination in Korean and/or an image if possible. 

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Or even better have your hotel or a Korean person who speaks English let your driver know where you would like to go.

Do note some taxi drivers in Korea don’t read the Korean language and this can make communication in taxis very tricky. 

Where to Eat in Seoul

When visiting Korea, eating amazing food is always a highlight! Here are some of my favourite places to eat in this city.

Tosokchon Samgyetang

Located near Gyeongbokgung Palace, this gem of a restaurants serves up top-notch local food. The soups at Tosokchon Samgyetang are amazing, as is the ginseng chicken stuffed with rice. You can expect hearty, traditional fare at Tosokchon Samgyetang Seoul in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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This casual spot is absolutely perfect for winding down after a busy day with a cold beer and some Korean fried chicken – a must eat when in Seoul.

 The food at Hanchu is simple and delicious, while the restaurant is always busy. The soju, stuffed fried peppers, and spicy soondubu are all major highlights at Hanchu Seoul.

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Omiga Sinsa

This hidden gem located in Gangnam-Gu has so much to offer. The interesting menu at Omiga Sinsa is well varied, with meals for all kinds of palates. The food is made with love by the friendly, warm staff. 

The restaurant is modern, comfortable and homely. You will love every bite at Omiga Sinsa Seoul and will definitely want to return.

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If you are looking for some of the best, authentic Koren food in Seoul, then Gaehwaok is the place to go! This restaurant serves amazing bibimbap and Korean BBQ, with some delicious kimchi on offer as well. Located on Sinsa-Dong, Gaehwaok Seoul is the perfect place to end your busy day in the city.

Little Taiwan

Located in Yeonnam-dong, Little Taiwan is an absolute favourite. This restaurant serves up some stellar Taiwanese fried chicken, soups, and noodle dishes. The bubble tea is great too! Little Taiwan is a fun and trendy spot for the great taste of Seoul.


When to Visit Seoul

Seoul summers are long, hot and muggy and Seoul in winter is dry and freezing. Annoyingly summers tend to be cloudy and winters clear so it can be frustrating for photographers!

The ideal times to visit Seoul for comfortable weather are late May to early July and from late August to early October.

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Last Words on Seoul’s Best Boutique Hotels  

Seoul has so much to see and do. A comfortable, stylish space to head home to enables you to embrace it to the fullest. After all, there’s nothing like a good rest to make you feel like exploring.

These boutique hotels in the heart of the city of Seoul aim to create an easy and pleasurable experience for their guests. You’ll be out all day trying new Korean foods, discovering the temples, and shopping until you’re near dropping point. So it’s wonderful to come home to one of these trendy hotels with modern interiors and fabulous service and cosy beds.

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The restaurants serve mainly recognizable Western foods, alongside some classic Korean dishes. This can be a great break from the exciting but pretty unrecognizable cuisines that Korea is known for. 

The fitness centres, libraries and lounges at these hotels in Seoul add to the feeling of a homey escape. All in all, these spaces create an oasis that recharges guests. So that you can make the most of your Seoul vacation.

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