I always knew I would be traveling around Seoul after my contract finished. I wanted to try staying in different parts of the city since Elissa, with whom I normally stayed, had already left for the States. One of the areas I wanted to try was Dongdaemun. Hotel Maui DDM is located just a fifteen-minute walk from the Design Plaza (one of my favorite areas last year). With a fun design and the promise of a cheerful design, I thought they would be fun to work together while I was traveling. Read below for the full review.



I was in a room with twin singles. The bed was perfectly comfortable and came with two pillows and a blanket. It stays pretty dark in the room too for those who don’t like being woken up by the sun.

Shot of the shower supplies in Hotel Maui DDM.
Also: I appreciate when guesthouses take time to customize their shower supplies. It just looks so nice!


The bathroom is separated from the bedroom. It’s actually really nice considering Korean bathrooms are usually the whole shower, so when you open up your door, your room is typically hot as well. It’s quite spacious for a bathroom as well. You can hang your towels in there without them getting wet and the shower head points away from the toilet.

Other Amenities

The bathroom comes with typical Korean arrangements– shampoo, conditioner, body wash, towels, and a hairdryer. In the room, there’s also AC, a TV, a mini-fridge, a place to hang clothes, and a little vanity table. In the morning there’s a simple breakfast of cereal, toast, hard-boiled eggs, and coffee.



The hosts were incredibly friendly. There was a woman I interacted with during the day and two younger men during the evenings, and they were all incredibly accommodating. They speak English, Korean, and Chinese fluently as well, which is a feat in and of itself. One of the guys even helped me order take-out when the Jajangmyun lady couldn’t understand my Korean.


The location is the only thing that can be tricky. It wasn’t very easy to find, especially lugging around a suitcase. It’s between two stations (Dongmyo and Sinseoldong), and in the middle of a giant flea market. I ran into a woman who was kind of enough to walk me there, but it took a few tries to figure out. Once you do, though, it’s easy and both stops are on major subway lines.



Twin Room: 70-80,000 KRW ($70-80)
Double Room: 80,000-90,000 ($80-90)
Triple Room: 90,000-100,000 KRW ($90-100)


You can book directly here.



Disclosure: I was a guest of Hotel Maui DDM for two nights while in Seoul. However, all opinions are my own.



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