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Where to Stay in Seoul
Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world, claiming more than 10 million residents. This eclectic city of historic palaces, contemporary architecture, world-renowned cuisine and abundant shopping outlets provides visitors with a wide selection of hotel options. Those looking to see Seoul on a budget can book reservations at one of the many backpacker hostels and hotels in the Jongno and Hongdae districts. Both are home to many discount dormitory-style lodgings, and Jongno puts travelers within close distance of markets and popular landmarks, such as the Changdeokgung Palace. If you want to be near Seoul's main shopping district, search for luxury hotels near the Myeongdong district. This is the city's most vibrant shopping district and features dozens of national and international brands. Family vacationers can search for mid-range hotels near the city's largest theme park, Lotte World, in the Sincheon district. This sprawling recreational destination is home to the largest indoor amusement park in the world as well as an outdoor park, a man-made island, a folk museum and shopping malls. Business travelers have no shortage of professional-minded hotels to choose from. Many luxury and mid-range accommodations throughout the city offer 24-hour business services and Internet access. You can compare room rates at the many corporate-oriented hotels in the centrally located Daechi districts.
Seoul Hotel Tips
Travelers looking to save on expenses can find the best Seoul flight deals and hotel rates during the months of December and January. These periods tend to experience a dip in tourism, so hotels tend to offer discount hotel rates as an incentive to out-of-towners. Weather can get a little chilly, but temperatures rarely drop much below 20 degrees.
Those looking to enjoy the beautiful South Korean foliage should consider a visit during the autumn. Popular fall months to travel are October and November. The latter part of this season is usually more affordable, as temperatures begin to dip. Seoul experiences a monsoon season during the summer. The height of this season occurs in July and August, both of which see an average of more than a foot of rain. Because of this inclement weather, visitors can frequently find summertime hotel deals.
Seoul Hotel Recommendations
Stay in one of the most luxurious accommodations in Seoul with a reservation at the Shilla Seoul hotel. The world-class establishment blends genuine charm with modern amenities and state-of-the-art technology. Guests can choose to book a variety of guestroom and suite styles. Guestroom options included the standard superior room, the deluxe and the spacious grand deluxe. Suite styles include the Asian-inspired Korean Suite, the Studio Suite and elegant Premier Suite. Business travelers can enjoy the conveniences of the executive-floor rooms, such as a high-tech business center, a private secretary and a multi-lingual floor manager. The hotel also features an on-site fitness center, swimming pools, retail outlets, a full-service spa and several dining options.
Or consider staying near Seoul's main fashion district at Han Suites. Located just a short distance from the dozens of stores of the Myeongdong neighborhood, this luxury boutique features a unique blend of Korean charm and modern aesthetic.
It offers guests a choice of 120 elegantly appointed suites. Studios, one-bedroom and two bedroom apartments are available. All rooms come equipped with fully furnished kitchens and laundry facilities. The hotel also boasts a business center with meeting facilities, a gourmet coffee shop and a restaurant. Optional room conversion packages are available to convert an extra bedroom into a playroom, family room, study or office.
Business travelers looking for accommodations in the Gangnam business district can book reservations at the Hotel Ibis Seoul Ambassador. This upscale boutique 317 richly appointed rooms and is conveniently close to the Seoul Convention and Exhibition Center. All rooms feature contemporary and inviting interiors. Guests can workout in the hotel's fitness center and then relax in the dry sauna. Meanwhile, corporate guests can take advantage of the hotel's business center and two meeting rooms. The hotel also offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet that includes such staples as ham, bacon, eggs and an assortment of pastries. There is also a hotel bar and an on-site restaurant that specializes in international fare.
Seoul boasts one of the most advanced transportation infrastructures in the world. Visitors can travel from district to district using the city's expansive network of subways. The Seoul Metropolitan Subways consists of 12 lines, which serve Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi and Chungnam. There is an equally robust system of busses as well. Seoul sports four types of buses, some of which operate solely in express lanes. Those looking to explore downtown can hop on a yellow Circulation Bus, which circle central Seoul and stop at major tourist and shopping destinations. There are also commuter trains that provide service from Seoul to other parts of South Korea. These trains normally operate at speeds of more than 180 miles per hour. Taxi service is also available.