One of the best areas to stay in Seoul is in Jongno-gu. Here are the best hotels in Insadong to help you plan!
I’ve stayed in the area a few times, and it’s the best for seeing palaces and experience Korea’s more traditional culture vs the trendier or more popular. I highly recommend basing yourself here for at least a few nights to put you in the center of Seoul’s traditional side.
Insadong is by far the one area I’d recommend for anyone who’s visiting Seoul because of how central it is. Of all the popular neighborhoods, it’s probably the best suited for tourists in terms of airport transportation, getting around to the big landmarks, and getting a taste of Korea’s history.
This area is near some of the major landmarks — Gyeongbokgung, Chandeokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwanghwamun, Changgyeonggung, and much, much more. In fact, if you can, stay in Bukchon!
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10 Best-Rated Hotels in Insadong
If you choose to stay here, here are the best-rated hotels in Insadong! Many are actually quite affordable and still highly-rated. I did also put more hostel and Airbnb recommendations below for more variety.
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Hostel Haru offers everything from a 6-bed female dorm to family rooms, all very prettily decorated in a soft, minimalist way. It’s right by the river, and the closest subway exit is Jonggak Station, Exit 4 or 5. You can also expect a continental breakfast and a kettle per room.
Address: 10F, 61, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu,
Located near Jongno-3ga Staton, Exit 15, Grid Inn offers single rooms through family studios. A nice touch, along with breakfast, is that all the rooms are soundproofed, so it might be a good place for lighter sleepers.
Address: 9-6, Jong-ro 18-gil, Jongno-gu
The closest station is Anguk Station, Exit 5, however it’s a bit of a walk to get there. It is, however, fairly close to Changdeokgung and Jongmyo Shrine. All rooms, from double to family, share bathrooms. Because it’s a hanok stay, most beds are floor beds, so just a heads up if you have a bad back!
Address: 49-5, Samil-daero 32-gil, Jongno-gu
The closest stations to Mini Hostel Insa are Anguk Station, Exits 5 or 6, and it’s about 10-minutes on foot from Jogyesa. Each room is cleanly decorate, most have a private bathroom, and you can have an American-style breakfast in the morning. Some rooms even have a terrace, and there’s laundry service available.
Address: 26, Insadong 14-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03146
Makers Hotel is right outside Jongno-3ga Station, Exit 4 and less than 10 minutes from Jongmyo Shrine. It’s easily the coolest hotel in terms of design on this list, from the vintage-inspired interiors, cement halls, and minimalistic rooms.
Address: 33, Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03139
Sunbee is closest to Jonggak Station, Exit 1. Its neutral design is calming, and you can also expect free parking and breakfast. Nearby, you can easily walk to Cheonggyecheon, Namdaemun Market, Jongmyo Shrine, and more.
Address: 26, Insadong 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03149
Closest to Anguk Station, Exit 6, Yehadoye is near what looks like a traditional souvenir shop. The rooms have a more traditional, cozy decor, and there’s a rooftop terrace with pretty views of the neighborhood.
Address: 10, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 110-300
Closest to Jongno-3ga Station, Exit 6, Star Hostel is an affordable option on the list. It’s not the prettiest of designs, but the rooms are still clean and comfortable.
Address: 19, Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03133
Near Euljiro 3ga Station, Exit 1, Sunny Guesthouse is a super cutely decorated hotel. From the blue touches in the rooms to the charming kitchen area, it’s a nice little place to stay. It’s actually a bit farther from the normal Insadong area in Donui-dong, Jung-gu, but it’s still quite close to the area and also Myeongdong.
Address: 19, Donui-dong, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 03133
Orakai Suites are actually luxury, serviced apartments, so there’s a bit of a homey feeling instead of a hotel with them. It’s nearest to Jongno 3ga Station, Exits 4 or 5. The building also has a swimming pool, fitness center, and a sauna.
Address: 18, Insadong 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03163
Where Else to Stay in Insadong
There are actually a lot of cute Airbnb apartments in Insadong and nearby. Just make sure you can see where they’ll be relative to the major sights and subway stations. I made the mistake of booking this one last time I stayed in the area, and while it was nice, it was not very conveniently located!
I actually stayed at this hanok on Airbnb, and it was right near Anguk Station, Exit 2, and SO cute and charming. My host was so nice, there was a washer I could use, and she made me a traditional Korean breakfast each morning.
Some I found:
- A cute hanok stay near Changgyeonggung and Anguk Station
- This studio in Ikseondong and only 5-minutes from Gwanghwamun
- This apartment near Jongno-3ga Station
If it’s your first time using Airbnb, use this link to get $55 off your first stay!
And there you have it, some Airbnbs, hostels, and hotels in Inssadong to help you get started planning! Have you ever stayed in Insadong? Anywhere you’d recommend?
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