Top 3 value hotels in Seoul

Top 3 value hotels in Seoul

These quality mid-range hotels represent best deal for money in the city

In luxury-obsessed Seoul, searching for a quality hotel that won't leave you gasping over the final bill can be a daunting experience. These three hotels offer a lovely stay that doesn't break the bank. 

ibis Myeong-dong

Seoul hotelsibis Myeong-dong is located right next to Seoul's fashion district.Located in the heart of Myeong-dong, the ibis Myeong-dong is ideal for those wanting to stay in the midst of busy, central Seoul. The hotel is just minutes from the Namdaemun market and not too far from the Namsan Tower. Visitors should request a room with a view of Namsan.

Although rooms are compact, they’re built to optimize space so you won’t feel claustrophobic. Come prepared though –- amenities are limited.

The hotel leans toward the "less is more" philosophy, so all it offers is an all-in-one soap that’s supposed to take the place of shampoo, conditioner and … soap. You can purchase necessities such as toothbrushes and toothpaste at the vending machines located on each floor.  

Essentially, the folks at ibis are hoping you’ll be comfortable, but are expecting you to be outside most of the time.

The hotel offers a complimentary one-way shuttle to various tourist locations as well as a 10-percent discount on certain shows, when tickets are reserved through the front desk. There's free wired Internet and LCD televisions in all rooms, as well as a restaurant, sauna, gym and business center. Rates start from 140,000.

59-5 Myeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu (명동 중구 명동 1가 59-5); +82 2 6361 8888

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam

Seoul hotelsNovotel is a great choice for families. Traveling with family? Hit up the Novotel Gangnam

In addition to the fact that under-16s can stay with their parents for free, the recently renovated hotel covers all the bases. Parents can relax in any one of the seven restaurants/bars, which include The Square, an international buffet-style restaurant, and Gran *A, an entertainment bar featuring live music.

Kids can hang out in the indoor playground or videogame area. 

The only major drawback here is the steep cost of Internet, a rarity in such a wired city. On the other hand, the fitness club is one of the best in the area.

The all-encompassing gym includes an indoor and outdoor heated pool, a golf range, weight room, outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna. Once you’re done sweating it out, stop by the Splash Bar, which sells fresh juices and a healthy selection of soups, sandwiches and salads. 

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The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the nearest subway station, Gangnam. Rates start from ₩270,000.

603 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 역삼동 603번지); +82 2 567 1101

Lotte City Hotel Mapo

Seoul hotelsThe rooms are as modern as the lobby. Located directly above the Gongdeok subway station, the Lotte City Hotel Mapo is all about convenience. It’s not quite in the center of activity, but you will be able to pop downstairs to a shopping center, which has a variety of cafés, restaurants, bakeries and a supermarket. 

In fact, take your meals downstairs, rather than in the hotel’s restaurant. It’s a better deal for better food, and you’ll be able to hop directly on the subway to your next destination. 

When you do return to your fairly spacious room, there's free Internet. The best part  of the room may be the bathroom. Lotte City offers complimentary towels, slippers, bathrobes and toiletries, plus fancy high-tech toilets, a rain shower and a jet tub. Rates start from 160,000.

467 Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu (마포구 공덕동 467) ; +82 2 6009 1000 ‎

Los Angeles-born Elizabeth Eun is a journalist who currently works at CJ E&M.  She lives on the Internet and in cafés.

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