Better known as the Land of the Morning Calm, Seoul has been a hotspot for tourists in recent years. This 24-hour city is so dynamic and technologically sharp that you will never get bored exploring it. Grab some wholesome Korean street food as you stroll down the streets of Myeongdong, watch some local street buskers belt out melodies at Hongdae, and get transported back to the Korean dynasty as you dress in the traditional hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
If you’ve already covered these places, then why not check out Gangnam as well? It’s supposedly the Korean version of Beverly Hills, California and one of the most happening places to be now; be swept away by these top hotels that Gangnam has to offer you!
This boutique hotel is very clean and cosy, equipped with essentials such as air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Buffet breakfast is provided for guests every morning at their own in-house restaurant where Italian dishes are served during breakfast and lunch. You can expect great hospitality and service as well at this hotel where the staff is friendly and pleasant, and they feature a 24-hour front desk service catered specially for guests. Furthermore, Hotel Soulhada is highly-rated by guests for its location; it is only a five-minute walk from the Gangnam and Yeoksam subway stations (Line 2) which makes it very convenient to move around Seoul. Take a stroll around the neighbourhood near the hotel where there is an array of shopping malls and restaurants around the corner as well, such as the famous Shilla Duty-Free Shop and Garak Market. Customers at Shilla Duty-Free Shop will be spoilt with the selection of over 550 globally famous brands at discounted prices. It also features other facilities and services to make sure that you will leave with a pleasant shopping experience.
Address: 5, Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu
Price: from 66 USD
If you are looking to immerse yourself in the full Korean experience, this might be the hotel for you. Situated in Cheongdam-dong, the host is a local there and provides a traditional Korean breakfast for guests. He is very friendly and accommodating and will be more than happy to give you tips on where to go around during your trip in Seoul. What could be a better way to experience Seoul than getting advice on where to go from the locals themselves? For K-pop enthusiasts, you would be thrilled to know that Refee House is just a stone’s throw away from the famous SM Entertainment which is renowned globally for producing top Korean idol groups. Fans can also look forward to the SMTOWN café nearby where it is decorated with pictures of SM artists. The café offers a selection of coffee and cakes and you can pop by there for a break if you are feeling tired and hungry after a long day exploring around Cheongdam-dong.
Address: 15-5, Dosan-daero 100-gil, Gangnam-gu
Price: from 52 USD
Cashless payment available Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Soundproof rooms Laundry WiFi Concierge service Internet services CCTV in common areas
Be pampered with the celebrity treatment at the InterContinental Seoul COEX where it is a luxurious five-star hotel with world class facilities situated in the World Trade Centre itself. It certainly lives up to its reputation of being one of the best as the hotel itself features four restaurants and bars and even includes a “Sky Lounge” where you’ll be able to have the entire skyline view of Seoul. As you might note from its name, it is close to the COEX Centre, a popular destination amongst tourists as it features a line of facilities and amenities such as shopping malls and landmarks. The famous COEX Aquarium resides near to the hotel where it is located in the basement of the COEX mall. The aquarium is known for having exhibitions on the Amazon, the Seven Seas and even a marine touch zone for tourists to experience the marine life first hand.
Located in the heart of Gangnam, this hotel is just opposite the beautiful Bongeunsa Temple where the rooftop terrace is just overlooking it. At night, it looks stunning with the huge standing Buddha at the temple, sitting perfectly with the lights and the mountains in the backdrop. You can lounge on the rooftop terrace too and gaze at the picturesque view of the temple and the mountains. It is also especially great for fitness junkies because it has an on-site fitness centre and various dining options. Guests residing here also have the privilege to use the hotel’s sauna facilities for free of charge as well; there is even a 24-hour laundrette at the hotel catered for guests too. If you are feeling bored with all the shopping, you can head down to the Seven Luck Casino Seoul Gangnam Branch which is a Korean-style casino just next door where it features impressive facilities as well.
If you are coming to Seoul for business purposes, Hotel Entra Gangnam might fulfill your needs. This hotel has everything catered specially for someone who is here for work; they provide a 24-hour front desk that offers a tour desk, concierge services, luggage storage, and even currency exchange. There is even a business centre inside the hotel and a restaurant that offers both a la carte and buffet options. This hotel is also near to Cheongchang-dom as well where it is stone’s throw away from the hotel itself. A little further down the neighbourhood and you will be able to see luxury brand stores such as Burberry, Gucci and Prada, and many more at the Cheongdam-dong Fashion Geori (Street). It is a well-known fact that many celebrities often frequent there too. Who knows you might be lucky enough to spot your favourite Korean celebrity shopping right there!
This is yet another world-class hotel to look forward to when you arrive in Seoul. You can expect to be wowed away by this place as it offers state-of-the-art facilities such as an indoor heated pool and even golf practice facilities. The hotel is also quite considerate of guests’ needs; there is a well-equipped gym, aerobics room, a jogging track in the fitness club, and you can even engage a personal trainer here as well to track your fitness progress too. One of the main attractions nearby would be the Kakao Friends Shop where it created much of a sensation when it first opened. The adorable characters of Kakao Friends are an icon of the messaging app KakaoTalk where Koreans use this to communicate with one another. If you enjoyed Kakao Friends, you might also want to visit the LINE Friends Store which is also along the way where the flagship store itself has their own themed café.
This hotel will certainly charm you as it features a designer boutique concept that looks extremely fresh and trendy. Just a mere 10-minute walk away, this hotel provides the comfort of your own home with the addition of a modern fitness centre, Wi-Fi, and two dining options, wrapped up in a sleek design. In addition, this hotel overlooks the beautiful Han River which is very serene and peaceful. If you are into the café-hopping culture, there is a couple of nice cafes along the corner letting you enjoy your afternoons with some people watching while appreciating Gangnam’s cafe culture. Be sure to check out these cafes: Bad Farmers, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Seoul and Mansion 89 (it is highly recommended by other tourists). It is also an ideal spot to even take those Instagram-worthy photos that would certainly impress your followers.
Just right in the centre of the Gangnam business district, Best Western Premier Gangnam is popular for its convenience and locality because it is situated nearby to both Gangnam and Yeoksam Subway Station (Line 2). If you walk past the Gangnam station, be sure to visit the Yeongdong Traditional Market where it an old-school market situated within the busy streets of Gangnam itself. It has a variety of good market food that should be worth the trip! In addition, if you want to experience the nightlife here in Seoul, be sure to check out Club Octagon Seoul which is a popular club amongst foreigners and locals. It is only a short distance away from the hotel so you don’t worry about getting home safely if you had too much of a wild night. The hotel also extends its services where there is also a free shuttle service provided specially for guests who want to travel to COEX.
Nearby to COEX Complex is the Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Gangnam which is right in the centre of the business hub of Gangnam. Guests can expect to enter this spacious and modern hotel where it is fully equipped with a fitness centre, sauna facilities and free WiFi as well. There are also famous shopping malls and restaurants near the hotel where you can easily patronise when strolling down the streets. The Hyundai Department Store, which is less than a two-minute away from the hotel, is a huge mall that features an array of luxury goods; one can spend hours at this mall because it has an endless line-up of luxury brands for you to choose from. If you feel like you’re wanting to unwind for a bit after all that walking and shopping, perhaps you might want to catch a performance at the LG Arts Center which is in the vicinity. It is eminent in Seoul for their multi-arts performances and acts and fans of the performing arts should certainly check out this place.
A vibrant and sophisticated four-star hotel, Glad Live Gangnam is only 200 meters away from the Eonju Subway Station (Line 9). It also lies in the main strip, Gangnam, and therefore near the famous malls and shops in Cheongdam-dong. The amenities here in this hotel are top notch as well where it features a variety of restaurants, cafés and banquet rooms for guests. One of the more famous clubs in Seoul is called the After Club – DSTAR is in the basement of the hotel itself. It is convenient for those who are looking to have a fun night without having to travel too far. Glad Live Gangnam is also a 10-minute drive away from the modern and funky Garosu-gil district. For makeup-lovers, the popular 3CE makeup brand has a flagship store called 3CE Cinema at Garosu-gil itself; its pastel-themed store stands out from other stores and it has a unique concept where it is movie-themed. The shop is also equipped with multiple makeup booths with pretty lighting that would probably help to enhance your looks when you’ve tried out their makeup there.
Seoul Beautiful Gangnam!
Gangnam more than meets the eye, despite the fact it is often overshadowed by its more well-known districts in Seoul such as Hongdae and Myeongdong. There is an abundance of tourists who often visit the latter districts and more often can be crowded at times. So, if you’re looking to escape from all that hustle and bustle for a while, Gangnam would be an excellent district to start off first during your trip to Seoul. One of the most prominent places in Gangnam (that is a must-visit) would be Garosu-gil; its name comes from the beautiful gingko trees which adorn the streets. If you hadn’t been to Garosu-gil, you can’t say that you have been to Gangnam at all. If you don’t want to miss out, make sure that you book your hotel early so you will have the chance to experience the best of Gangnam!
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