Here are my picks among the top-rated guesthouses and hotels in Hongdae! Whenever I think of where to stay in Seoul, I always choose in Hongdae. Of all the neighborhoods I’ve discussed — Insadong, Gangnam, and Myeongdong, I’ve stayed the most personally in Hongdae. Don’t worry, I’ve also added even more budget and Airbnb options down below!
Hongdae is just a fun area to be in, and the surrounding neighborhoods, like Yeonnam, home to a bunch of trendy cafes in Seoul, and Mangwon are even cooler. I’ve gotten both my tattoos in Hongdae and recently had the best hair cut at the Juno Hair near Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 2.
A big thing for me, too, is that Hongdae is on the subway line and only an hour from the airport, so it makes a really good first and last stop on your trip. Just make sure your accommodation is actually conveniently located!
10 Top-Rated Hotels in Hongdae
And now for my picks for the best guesthouses and hotels in Hongdae!
1. RYSE, Autograph Collection Marriott
Address: 130, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 04038
One of the two Autograph Collection hotels in Seoul! I forget where I said it, but as far as franchise hotels go, Autograph is my favorite. They generally allow their hotels feel like uniquely designed boutique hotels and each one is still quite individual. RYSE is close to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 9. As you’d expect from a luxury hotel, there are some elevated aspects to RYSE, like Bluetooth speakers, valet parking, a rain shower, bathrooms, a fitness center, business center, and even a library. There are three onsite eateries — Long Chim, where you can get breakfast in the mornings and then Thai food for lunch an dinner, Tartine Bakery, and Le Chamber. There’s also Side Note Club onsite.
2. Chuls Lodge
Address: 48-10 Wausan-ro 29-gil Mapo-gu 3rd floor, Mapo-Gu, 04052
Closest to Hongik Uni. Station, Exits 6 and 7, Chuls Lodge is a nice, budget-friendly spot. The shared bathroom has a hairdryer, toothpaste, and shower things, and you can expect a homemade breakfast.
3. Heima Guesthouse Hongdae
Address:15-7, Wausan-ro 29ma-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 04053
A tiny bit tucked away, Heima is closest to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 7 or 6 but still a bit farther than Chuls Lodge. You can still expect a private bathroom for most rooms and a continental breakfast. Apparently the beds are quite comfy!
4. TwoTwo House
Address: 242-9, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03982
TwoTwo House has a very cool design, and it reminds of a place I stayed in Jeju with the concrete walls. It’s about 5-minutes from Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 3. You can also expect towels and slippers as well as a shared kitchen.
5. Hongdae Style Guesthouse
Address: 23-3, World Cup buk-ro 4-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03992
Super close to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 2, Hongdae Style Guesthouse is a cutely decorated place! It only has private room options (and a Holiday Home option), with their own private bathrooms. They also offer a European-style breakfast and a shared lounge, kitchen, and dining area.
6. L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
Address: 141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03995
For a little luxury, try the L7 Hongdae by LOTTE! It’s closest to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 8, you just have to cross the street and make a left. Onsite there’s a restaurant, bar, and a fitness center. You an expect a bidet in your bathroom and a buffer breakfast. For an extra charge, you can even access a rooftop pool in-season (pretty rare for a Seoul hotel).
7. Naru Guesthouse
Address: 8-12, Yanghwa-ro 12-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 04043
Naru Guesthouse just looks like a cute, cozy place. It’s closest to either Hapjeong Station, Exit 2 or 4. It looks almost tucked away a bit, with lots of greenery surrounding the outside.
8. Apelbaum2 Hongdae
Address: 11, Donggyo-ro 38an-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03982 Seoul
Located in the fun Yeonnam-dong area, Apelbaum2 is closed to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 3. I love how cheerfully decorated it is! It’s all private rooms, with some apartment options, and everything was recently renovated in 2017. There’s also a nice, common lounge and dining area, and they can help with an airport shuttle.
Address: 212-22, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 121-816
Hotel Baroato is closest to Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 3. Beyond the spaciously designed rooms, it offers a sun terrace, a shared kitchen, a vegetarian breakfast, and more!
10. Brownie Guesthouse
Address: 3F, 24, Yanghwa-ro 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Mapo-Gu, 03985
And to finish this list is a nice, budget option! While you can book a twin room, the other options for Brownie Guesthouse are a female 4-bed dorm and a mixed 8-bed dorm. These beds have a privacy curtain and individual lights, though. I love the clean, homey design of the guesthouse, and it’s near Hongik Uni. Station, Exit 3. It also features a cozy shared lounge.
Where Else to Stay in Hongdae
Hostels in Hongdae
For other super budget hostels, try Liz’s House Hongdae, Twin Rabbit Guesthouse, or Kimchee Sinchon Guesthouse. I’ve personally stayed at Cocoa Guesthouse (when it was definitely called another name…). It was nice, but I remember it being a bit hard to find at first, and there’s a set of stairs to climb to get to the actual guesthouse! On my recent trip, I stayed at Woonji Stay which was wound up being nice but was initially quite the mess checking in. It looks like its rating on Booking has gone down a lot and it’s no longer available anyway.
Have you ever stayed in Hongdae? Anywhere you’d recommend?
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