Figuring out where to stay in Seoul and are now deciding between hotels in Gangnam? Here are all the top rated ones as well as some budget picks below!
I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend someone book a hotel in Gangnam, just because it’s not the most central to what a traveler would want to see. You’re better off looking at Insadong or Myeongdong. The real appeal to it, besides the song, is that it’s considered the “ritzier” side to the city where all the rich Koreans live, so you’ll find trendier restaurants and cafes. Apgujeong is also in this area, which is known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. Other than that, though, it’s like an hour by subway up to the main things to do in Seoul, so not exactly a convenient location!
The big things to do in Gangnam are visiting the temples Jogyesa and Bongeunsa, seeing Seongjeongneung’s royal burial tombs, shopping in COEX, seeing its famous bookstore, and checking out the restaurants in Sinsa. You can also look at some smaller museums and parks in the area too, though I haven’t done too much! I went to COEX Aquarium back in college which was cool, but I’m not sure what it’s like today now that’s been over a decade.
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10 Best-Rated Hotels in Gangnam
Anyway, if you do decide you want to base yourself in Gangnam, here are the ten best hotels I found in my search!
1. Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas $$$
- Address: 521 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu (located in Parnas Tower)
- Korean Name: 그랜드 인터컨티넨탈 서울 파르나스
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is across the street from either Samseong Station Exit 4 or 1 and near Coex Mall. It has five onsite restaurants, views of Seoul, and more. While you can use its airport shuttle, it does also have free parking for those of you brave enough to drive in the city!
2. voco Seoul Gangnam $$
- Address: 144 Dosan-daero, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 보코 서울 강남
Part of IHG Hotels, voco Seoul Gangnam is fun little spot right in the heart of Gangnam. It’s mere-steps from trendy Garosu-gil and there are a ton of restaurants nearby. The rooms are spacious with fun touches of color, and you can even request a room with views of the skyline. To get there, use Sinsa Station Exits 1 or 2.
3. Park Hyatt Seoul $$$
- Address: 606, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 파크 하얏트 서울
Park Hyatt Seoul is, of course, another luxury, 5-star name. It sits between Samseong Station, Exits 1 and 2, and has such an amazing view of the city. The design looks so cozy, and the hotel has 3 onsite dining options.
4. Andaz Seoul Gangnam $$$
- Address: 854 Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 안다즈 서울 강남
Andaz Seoul Gangnam is a luxury Hyatt concept hotel. It’s connected directly to Apgujeong Station, Exit 3 and has a trendy, fashionable feel. Rooms are inspired by bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping, and spacious with little pops of mustard yellow weaved throughout. There’s also a really gorgeous pool and fitness center as well as an onsite restaurant, Jogakbo, with three different dining zones.
5. Dormy Inn Seoul Gangnam $$
- Address: 134, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 도미인 서울 강남
Dormy Inn is pretty much the midpoint between Sinnonyeon Station, Exit 4 and Eonju Station, Exit 7. It has an onsite restaurant, Hatago, and the sauna area looks especially nice. There’s also a Garusogil location that’s a bit more expensive but puts you right near Sinsa Station, Exit 7.
6. Josun Palace $$$$
- Address: Teheran-ro, 231 Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 조선 팰리스
A luxury collection hotel with Marriott, Josun Palace has been in Seoul for over a century. With art deco-inspired interiors and calming colors, rooms feel like an oasis in the middle of the bustling district. Be sure to enjoy the incredible skyline views, indoor pool, and various onsite restaurants. Nearby are Seolleung and Jeongneung (선릉과 정릉), Starfield COEX Mall, Emart Yeoksan, and Lottle Department Store. To get there, use either Yeoksam Station, Exit 8 or Seoulleung Station, Exit 5.
7. InterContinental Seoul COEX $$
- Address: 524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 인터컨티넨탈 서울 코엑스
If you really want some luxury, InterContinental Seoul COEX is a 5-star hotel. It has 5 onsite dining options, an outdoor spa pool, an indoor pool, and more. It’s pretty much at the entrance of COEX Mall, which puts it right across the street from Bongeunsa. The easiest way to get there is Bongeunsa Station, Exit 7, but they also offer an airport shuttle.
8. Hotel NewV $
- Address: 6, Seolleung-ro 85-gil, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 호텔 뉴브
Hotel NewV is right near Seolleung Station, Exit 4 and diagonally across the way from Seongjeongneung. It’s a fairly new hotel, offers a buffet breakfast, has an onsite bar, and just looks pretty luxurious for a lower to mid-range budget.
9. L7 Gangnam $
- Address: 415, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: L7 강남
L7 Gangnam is in the same area as Hotel NewV, except it’s near Seolleung Station, Exit 9. It’s so close to Seongjeongneung, you can probably see parts of the park if you have a high enough room. Plus, rooms have really fun pops of purple and pink!
10. Ananti at Gangnam $$$
- Address: 74-6 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu
- Korean Name: 아난티 앳 강남
If I had to pick one hotel in Gangnam with the best design, it’d have to be Ananti at Gangnam. This hotel is beautiful with the kind of interiors that feel like pieces of art themselves. It seems like a fairly new hotel because I couldn’t even find decent reviews in English to tell me more about the designers and architects! The pool alone with the brick arches – what a nice way to unwind in the city. Instead of rooms, they have “cabins” with plenty of space. Beds are on a “second floor” and bathrooms have a clean, minimalistic design. Definitely take advantage of their fitness center (which has pilates equipment) and onsite dining. This is the kind of hotel you spend time enjoying! If I, forever whatever reason, need to stay in Gangnam in the future, I can’t wait to try out this hotel.
Budget Stays in Gangnam
And there you have it – some of the best hotels in Gangnam. Have you ever stayed here? What did you think?
For more Seoul trip planning, check out the following guides:
- 23 of the Most Brewtiful Cafes in Seoul & Nearby
- One Day in Seoul: 5 Layover-Approved Itinerary Ideas
- The Five Grand Palaces of Seoul: A Comprehensive Guide
- Seoul Travel Guide
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Article originally published in 2019, updated in 2023
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