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Where To Stay In Hongdae: Seoul's New Trendy Area! - Updated 2020

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Hongdae is Seoul’s new cool and artsy area smack bang in the middle of Mapu Gu and surrounded by multiple universities. Hongdae is still affordable even though it is becoming pricier by the day! People are catching on to its vibe, so before they all get booked up, we have for you a mixture of best value prices for bunks/singles and double beds. Our favorite places are UWA Guesthouse, Gateway Korea Guesthouse, Urbanwood Guesthouse, Hongdae Stayin, and Hi Jun the Style. And we’ve now updated our list with Hotel The Designers Hongdae, Twins Guesthouse, and Able Guesthouse Hongdae - all excellent places to stay in Hongdae (and close to Hongik University Station) and popular with travelers too! Read on for more details.

1. UWA Guesthouse (from 20 USD)

UWA Guesthouse is one of my personal favorites in all of Seoul to stay for weekends in town. This property is located in Hongdae, a short 6 minute walk to Hongik University metro station. This is really a great area to stay in as it is quiet, but still well connected to anything and everything you want to see in Hongdae. Across the street you have 52nd Street Bar, a cool beer bar playing 80’s and 90’s music on large screens. Nearby you have the popular Han River to walk along, at only 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) away.

As soon as we walked in here I felt at home, the common areas were well equipped with TV’s and bean bag chairs, and the place was spotless. Included with your rate is a free simple breakfast of toast, coffee and tea is served in the mornings. Double rooms here go from a mere 30 USD, and for that price we had everything we needed and more. You will have a shared bathroom in this property but it was also spotless, which included hot-water showers and hairdryers. Individual lockers are provided as well. If you have an extended stay here at UWA Guesthouse, you will find barbeque facilities and a shared kitchen where hot meals and snacks can be prepared. Other facilities offered include a tour desk, luggage storage space and laundry facilities. This affordable self-catering accommodation provides clean and comfortable rooms with air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this guesthouse.

This area is best for travelers interested in cafés, gourmet food and shopping for clothes. It is only an 8-minute walk from the vibrant streets of Hong Dae. Incheon International Airport is 50 minutes away by car.

Address: 197-16 Donggyo-Dong, Mapo-Gu, Mapo-Gu, 121-898 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 20 USD

Contact: +82 01032621761

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2. Gateway Korea Guesthouse (from 35 USD)

This property caters to solo travelers and offers a dorm setup, or double rooms for couples or two friends. The property is located in a quiet residential neighborhood 500 meters (1,640 feet) from Hapjeong Subway Station (Lines 2 and 6). Gateway Korea Guesthouse offers both free WiFi and a free continental breakfast for guests. Their simple rooms have air-conditioning in the summer and heating systems for the winter months. Bathrooms at this guesthouse are shared and towels, shampoo, and conditioner are provided. There is a shared kitchen just in case you want to cook and lounge areas to relax in throughout the guesthouse. If you are heading out early and need to store anything they do provide a luggage storage service upon request.

If you want to head to the popular Hongdae area, you can either walk 15 minutes or so right down the street or take a quick five minute subway ride from the property on Line 2. Incheon International Airport is a 45-minute drive from Gateway Korea Guesthouse or about an hour and 10 minutes on the subway from Hapjeong station.

Address: 2F, 50, Dongmak-ro 3-gil, Seoul, SO (see map)

Price: from 35 USD

Contact: +82 01068183103

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3. Urbanwood Guesthouse (from 60 USD)

Traveling with some friends to Seoul? This is a great pick for you. They offer double and triple rooms to accommodate 4-6 people in this guesthouse. Situated inside the artsy scene of Hongdae, Urbanwood Guesthouse is just a 2 minute walk from Hongik University station. Their rooms are bright, colorful and are equipped with air conditioning and heating systems. Offering complimentary WiFi access, it will keep you connected throughout your trip to Seoul! They also include an en suite bathroom with shower facilities and toiletries for all room types.

Staff at their 24 hour front desk can help you out if you need to do laundry or store your stuff while you explore. Guests have complete access to the really clean and nice shared kitchen (just in case you want to cook), a barbecue and a lounge, which also has a desktop computer for your use. A simple but filling daily breakfast of bagels with cream cheese, with a side of fruits, coffee and juices are served.

If you love shopping, this guesthouse is only an 18 minute drive or cab ride from the best shopping options at Myeongdong’s malls, local markets and the underground shopping. If you are flying out from Seoul, Gimpo International Airport is a 25-minute drive away, while Incheon International Airport is a 50-minute drive away. You can also easily jump on the subway from Hongik University to both of these international airports.

Address: 5 Wausan-ro 29ma-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (see map)

Price: from 60 USD

Contact: +82 01083200833

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4. Time Traveler Relax Hongdae (from 18 USD)

This brand new guesthouse has only been open for two months and is already one of the top rated cheap places to stay in the Hongdae area. Situated closer to the East side of Hongdae, and our farthest pick from the subway (at about a 10 minute walk) lies Time Traveler Relax Hongdae Guesthouse. This is a great pick for solo travelers, couples or friends as it has dorms or twin/double rooms only. All rooms have shared bathrooms here, as well as a shared kitchen if you wish to cook. With prices starting as low as 18 USD per night for a dorm room or 42 USD per night for a double room, how could you say no?

Here you will still be close enough to the Hongdae area bars, restaurants and shopping, but far enough away for some peace and quiet at night. If shopping is your thing, you will be only 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Namdaemun Market and Dongwha Duty Free Shop is also only 4.2 km (2.6 mi) away. If you are flying out of Gimpo International Airport, this property is the closest to it on our list at only 12 km (7.4 mi) away.

Address: 90-13, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seodaemun-Gu, 03783 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 18 USD

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5. Hi Jun The Style Guest House (from 40 USD)

Sometimes when people travel they want a homey feel. We get that- that is why at number five we have included a place that guests love because the owner is just an awesome guy! Hi Jun The Style is located only 2 minutes away from Hongik University metro stop, giving it an unbeatable location and they only offer private rooms. They have singles, doubles, triples and family rooms on offer starting as low as 42 USD! Most rooms will have their own bathroom (if you pay a little more) but others will all have shared bathrooms. If you book a bigger room, they will even include a seating area to relax in after a busy day!

Of course they offer free WiFi, access to a kitchen and they are the closest property to Gimpo International Airport, which is only 11 km (6.8 mi) away.

Address: 5, Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03992 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 40 USD

Contact: +82 01068472949

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6. Hotel The Designers Hongdae (from 72 USD)

One more for you to pick that has an awesome location. Hotel The Designers Hongdae is not only within 3 minutes of walking distance to Hapjeong Subway Station (Line 2), it offers slick, stylish rooms that are spacious and feature all modern amenities, including free WiFi and an electric kettle (morning cuppa sorted for late risers!). Walk in to their in-house Italian restaurant for all-day a-la-carte menu as well as the sumptuous breakfast spread.

The neighborhood is perfect for travellers interested in combing the streets for quaint cafes and local shops. The hipster area around Hongik University is a mere 10-minute walk away, while Myeongdong is a 25-minute ride away. Other attractions you can easily explore are National Museum of Korea (6.4 km or 4 miles) and Jongmyo Shrine (7.2 km or 4.4 miles) as well as I'Park Mall and Namdaemun Market that are around 5 km (3.1 miles) away.

Address: 86, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 04043 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 72 USD

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7. Twins Guesthouse (from 75 USD)

Come home to Joy and Jessie’s warm hospitality as the hosts, who are easily reachable by messages, are more than willing to direct you to some local gems. The air-conditioned rooms, though basic, are done tastefully and make you feel right at home. With free WiFi, American breakfast, and strategic location, this guesthouse is a glorious find! They’ve also thrown in a seating area - to entertain company, if you will - and a working desk should you need to pen your travel thoughts.

The Exit 2 of Hongik University Station is just steps away, connecting you to rest of Seoul. You’re also close to popular landmarks like I'Park Mall, Dongwha Duty Free Shop and Namdaemun Market (all around 5 km/3 miles away). But don’t forget to explore your neighborhood as it’s well-known for artsy coffee shops and shopping pockets.

Address: 5, Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03992 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 75 USD

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8. Able Guesthouse Hongdae (from 58 USD)

It’s hard not to like this cosy guesthouse with heated floors and warm people. Exuding a hipster vibe, the accommodation doles out free breakfast, but you may need to fix your own while chatting up with fellow travelers. The no-frills rooms are all equipped with air-conditioning and heating and come with private baths, cable TV and free WiFi. What else can you ask for! There are both private and dorm rooms - just take your pick. All of them have great Internet coverage. The rooftop space and shared lounge area are perfect for mingling, while the on-site free parking takes care of rented cars for the road trippers.

Located only a 5-minute walk from Hongik University Subway Station (Airport Rail Line and Line 2), you’re surrounded by popular pubs, cafes, and shops. Venture a little further and you’ll find yourself near attractions and marketplaces like Namdaemun Market, Dongwha Duty Free Shop, Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, and National Museum of Korea - to name a few.

Address: 2F, 7-8, Wausan-ro 29ma-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 04053 Seoul, South Korea (see map)

Price: from 58 USD

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A trendy place to call home

We hope you found your new place to call home in Seoul from our budget and value list, even if it is just for a few days. These properties have been tried and tested by real people, who thought they stood out and deserved recognition, so we hope you do too!

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