Updated: Feb 4
I've traveled to Seoul a number of times and stayed at AirBnB's, apartments and hotels in various areas. The best place to stay is at the Tmark Grand Hotel due it's superb facilities and central location.
Location, location, location
Those key words in real estate really do apply worldwide. So when you're sitting at home planning your trip to Seoul and Googling, "where is the best place to stay in seoul" hopefully this blog post came up on your search results. The Tmark Grand Hotel in Myeondong is my favorite place to stay in Seoul. By the way, I love using Hotels.com to rack up free nights.
This luxurious hotel sits right across the street from Namdaemun Market and is a 15 minute walk to the main transportation hub, Seoul Station which will connect you to the entire country. There's also a bus stop right in front of the hotel steps and it's very easy to wave down taxis.
The central location of the hotel will get you anywhere in Seoul very fast. Check out Google Maps to see real quick by clicking here. Want to go partying in Hongdae? No problem, just a cheap (10,000 won) and a quick 15 minute taxi ride and you're there. What about Gangnam? Same thing. Itaewon? You'll get there in 10 minutes. Everything else is pretty much walkable and that's a good thing because your knock out your steps for a great workout!
Amenities and service
The hotel has a gym and swimming pool. I checked out the swimming pool, which was pretty small and you have to pay an extra 15,000 won to get in. If you miss having a good burger, there's a Burger King downstairs. If you need some snacks or drinks you can check out the 7-11 downstairs too. If you love getting Korean body scrubs and especially cheap ones, head 100 meters down across the street towards Seoul Station (click here for the location). You'll find a no-frills jjimjilbang where you can relax and leave feeling as smooth as you did when you were a baby all for about $25.
The hotel staff are also very fluent in English and they can help you research things or translate things for you. Just ask them and they'd be happy to help. If you don't speak or read Korean, it's always very helpful to have the address of where you want to go translated into Korean so that you can show the taxi driver.
I plan on staying at the Tmark Grand Hotel in Myeongdong in the future due to it's excellent location, big rooms and excellent service.
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