I’ve been doing a bunch of random research into my upcoming trip back to Korea, and a lot of it has included accommodation. I thought I’d looked into rounding up some of the best places to stay in different neighborhoods, towns, and cities to make it easier when you go to book your own. To start, here are the best hotels in Gangnam according to various ratings and locations.
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. The real appeal to it, besides the song, is that it’s considered the “ritzier” side to Seoul where all the rich Koreans live, so you’ll find trendier restaurants and cafes. Apgujeong is also in this area, which is known as plastic surgery capital. Other than that, though, it’s like an hour by subway up to the main places to see in Seoul.
The big things to do in Gangnam are visiting the temples Jogyesa and Bongeunsa, seeing Seongjeongneung’s royal burial tombs, shopping in COEX, 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.
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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 searches! I put some hostel and Airbnb recommendations at the bottom if you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly!
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Hotel NewV is right near Seolleung Station, Exit 4 and diagonally across the way from Seongjeongneung. It’s a fairly new hotel (looks like it only opened in 2018), offers a buffet breakfast, has an onsite bar, and just looks pretty luxurious for a mid-range budget.
Address: 6, Seolleung-ro 85-gil, Gangnam-gu,
2. Dormy Inn SEOUL Gangnam $$ (also has a Garusogil location)
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.
Address: 134, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06124
GLAD Gangnam is right at Samseong Station, Exit 1, putting it right across from COEX mall and near Bongeunsa. Also, I had a giggle over the English quotes in the decor! Otherwise, though, it has a nice, clean design in the rooms and a little onsite cafe.
Address: 610, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06174
L7 is in the same area as HotelNewV, 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. They might have one of my favorite room design with the touches of pink! Additionally, there’s an onsite Italian restaurant and bar.
Address: 415, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06160
If you really want some luxury, InterContinental 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.
Address: 524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06164
Park Hyatt 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.
Address: 606, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06174
Grand InterContinental 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!
Best Western Premier sits right in the middle of Eonju Station Exit 1 and Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 4 and has one onsite restaurant. It’s got the Best Western name, so you know you’re getting a lovely, luxury experience for a decent price.
I love the designs of Soulhada’s rooms! It sits about halfway between Gangnam Station, Exit 1 and Yeoksam Station, Exit 3.
One big unique thing about Hotel Cappuccino is that it’s pet-friendly! The decor inside looks very cute and vintage too, and I love the design from the photos I’ve seen. There’s even a rooftop bar with views of the city in addition to a restaurant and cafe. It’s closest to Eonju Station, Exit 9.
Where Else to Stay in Gangnam
There are actually a lot of cute Airbnb apartments in Gangnam, and I even stayed in one when I visited. Try to find ones that tell you they’re within a few minutes of one of the subway stations, as you’ll probably use it to get around and see the sights. Some I found:
- This apartment near Sinnonhyeon Station
- A super spacious one near Gangnam Station
- This cutely decorated apartment, also near Gangnam Station
If it’s your first time using Airbnb, use this link to get $55 off your first stay!