524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Intercontinental Seoul COEX, located in the center of Gangnam where Korean trends begin, is a modern and stylish business hotel. Views of the beautiful Hangang River and Bongeunsa Temple can be seen from the hotel. Also, COEX Mall, casino, and duty free shops are connected to the hotel, allowing guests to enjoy shopping, culture and relaxation in this one-stop entertainment destination. Sky Lounge, having a great view of Seoul; Asian Live, serving Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Arabic cuisine; Lobby Lounge with trendy interior; and Brasserie, a buffet restaurant with a variety food selections are available at the hotel. The renovated banquet hall gives a refined atmosphere with LED lighting to create varied concepts and moods perfect for multiple purposes such as convention, contemporary wedding, special family gathering, and other events. Also, a simultaneous interpretation device is available with support in eight languages and video conference facilities are installed for more convenient events.
217, Jemullyang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
Located within 40 minutes of the Incheon International Airport in downtown Incheon, Harbor Park Hotel is a themed hotel with a panoramic view of Incheon’s Chinatown to the west and the beautiful ocean to the east.
The hotel caters largely to business guests and is equipped with a grand ballroom that seats 500, a meeting room with state-of-the-art facilities, and an international business lounge.
All of the 213 guestrooms have free, high-speed internet connections and wide closets. Not merely a standard business hotel, Harbor Park also offers king-size beds with luxury bedding, flat screen TVs with satellite channels, and a fitness center with modern equipment, personal trainers, and an ocean view.
The hotel’s buffet-style restaurant serves dishes demonstrating the refined sensibilities of its world-class cooks and each dish is as artistic as it is delicious. At the Sky Lounge, guests can further enjoy the good life by listening to live music and gazing out over the ocean.
151, Technopark-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
The Best Western Premier Songdo Park Hotel, is located in Incheon and just 3 minutes from Songdo Convensia and Northeast Asia Trade Tower, has great views Songdo Central Park that make you feel like you are in Manhattan. It has great access to nationwide transportation networks and is just 15 minutes away from Incheon International Airport thanks to the newly opened Incheon Bridge and just 40 minutes from Seoul.
You can be assured the best quality service, as Best Western Premier Songdo Park Hotel is owned by the Incheon Tourism Organization and managed on consignment by BgH Korea Co. Ltd.
353, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Located 7km northwest of Seoul City Hall, Swiss Grand Hotel is situated beside Baekryoensan Mountain, offering fresh mountain air and a beautiful natural view.
The hotel is located 40 minutes away from Incheon International Airport, 15 minutes from Seoul City Hall and 10 minutes from World Cup Stadium.
19, Yeongjong-daero 196 beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
GL City Hotel is a premium business hotel located on Yeongjongdo Island in Incheon. Situated 10 min away from Incheon International Airport and a 5 min walk from the Incheon Airport Railroad Express (AREX) Unseo Station, the hotel offers highly accessible accommodations for global business travelers. Tourist sites, such as Eurwangni and Masian Beaches, can also be reached in a 10 min drive. There are a total of 144 rooms that come in four types, namely the Deluxe Double, Deluxe Double Terrace, Family Twin, and Family Twin Terrace. Furnished with a trendy and calm monotone interior and comfortable pocket spring beds, all rooms are equipped with environmentally friendly linen bedding and cosmetics supplies made with natural ingredients. Family guests can also place requests for baby safety guards and toilet seats, air purifiers, and humidifiers in advance. All rooms are also equipped with drum washing machines, drying racks, and an induction stove (payment required, rental upon request), making the hotel an ideal place for travelers to stay long-term. The hotel also includes a business center equipped with shared PCs and printers and a convenience store (all hotel facilities are under construction as of March 2020). Free airport drop-off services are available upon reservation.
29, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Gangnam Artnouveau City is a luxury residence hotel located 10 min away by foot from Seoul Subway Line 2 and Shinbundang Line Gangnam Station. Yangjaecheon Cafe Street, Banpo Hangang Park, and Apgujeong Rodeo Street are reachable in 20 min using public transportation, making the hotel an ideal base camp for tourism and shopping. All rooms are equipped with a kitchen sink, refrigerator, drum washing machine, and work desk. Microwave, electric rice cooker, premium kitchen utensils, and cooking utensils allow both short-term tourist guests and long-term business guests to prepare their food in the room. There are 192 rooms in total, with 4 types of Crystal Double, Crystal Twin, Sapphire Double, and Sapphire Family. The hotel eschews the modern interior of typical hotels in lieu of an elegant, old-fashioned interior reminiscent of Victorian Britain. Polished wooden floors, dark-brown furniture, patterned bedding and wallpaper, and chandelier help create a rustic atmosphere. In-hotel amenities include a restaurant serving homemade Italian cuisine, meeting room, fitness center, and the sky garden. The business center, which is open 24 hr, offers basic electronic services like copying, printing, scanning, and fax. There is a dedicated rest area for Arabian guests, and the hotel offers tourist information in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Other services include currency exchange, mail and package sending, and washing.
10, Gangbinmaeul-gil, Jukgok-myeon, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Gokseong Gangbit Town Pension’s charm lies in its exotic scenery. A mountain ridge with a dense pine forest screens the back of the pension complex, while a tranquil sight of a river flowing leisurely can be seen at the front. The interiors of the pension’s two-story European-style buildings are styled in wooden “hanok,” bringing the best of both worlds. There are 84 rooms in total, ranging from studio types optimal for 2 people to 5–6 two-room units for families, and 100 m2 detached pension houses. The rooms are divided into two areas, namely cooking and noncooking, with the former supplied with an induction stove, pots, bowls, and cooking utensils for simple cuisines. On-site facilities include an outdoor barbeque site, a convenience store, ping pong table, coffee shop, culture hall with sound systems, and a training hall with a capacity of 200 people. An inflatable children’s pool opens every summer for family travelers. Guests can make a reservation at least two days in advance for a homemade Korean breakfast table prepared by the people of the village. The pension is also close to Gokseong’s major tourist sites. Amnok Recreation Area, Taeansa Temple, and Seomjingang Observatory are all located about a 10–20 min drive away, while Seomjingang Train Village is 25 min from the pension by car. The pension offers a free pickup service to the Jukgok-myeon area that is about a kilometer away from the pension. Moreover, National Road No. 17, which the guests traverse on their way to the pension, is famous for its great scenery.
02-4, Ttukseom-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
River-Side Guest House is a guesthouse run by an Airbnb Superhost, offering a comfortable service and atmosphere just like home. Friendly greetings and clean facilities have drawn many traveling families, business travelers, and other guests to the guesthouse. Long-term stay discounts and English and Japanese services make it popular for exchange students as well. Above all, the guesthouse enjoys great accessibility with Guui Station and Gangbyeon Station of Seoul Subway Line 2 located 15 min away by foot. The guesthouse is located in a walkable distance to Seoul Children’s Grand Park, Hangang Riverside, and Ttukseom Recreation Area; a 10 min by foot access to subway, and a 10 min subway ride to Jamsil’s Lotte World, Seoul Forest, Seokchon Lake, and Samsung-dong’s Starfield COEX Mall, making it a great base camp for the exploration of Seoul city center.
A one-person room with a super single bed, two- and three-person rooms with queen and single beds are furnished comfortably, just like home. Each room is furnished with minimalist furniture, like stand wardrobes and dressing tables. There is a communal living room, equipped with tourist maps and printers for travelers. Other communal amenities include a kitchen, bathroom, and washing machine. Free breakfast is served each morning with a rotating menu, and programs like origami, pottery, kimchi-making, and traditional tea ceremonies are available with reservation.
247-21, Wolmi-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
Located in Wolmido Island in Incheon, Hotel Wolmi Inn is a “brand new” hotel that recently opened in October 2019. The hotel’s interior is inspired by the “hanok” and Japanese architecture during Korea’s modernity, making it an especially memorable hotel for guests looking for something different in their hotels. Its uniqueness is evident from its very entrance, where guests are required to remove their shoes and proceed barefoot, with a tatami mat flooring that gives the interior a clean finish. The hotel provides shoe bags with the inscription, “Let your precious feet rest for a moment.” Because it is new, Hotel Wolmi Inn remains true to the latest trends and sensibilities. There are a total of 29 rooms, all draped in traditional Korean-style flooring and tatami mats. The interior designs make heavy use of antique-style furniture, hardwood tea table and seat cushions, gowns with cherry blossom patterns, and designer lighting. With a modern and polished feel, the bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer, hair roller, and other amenities. The rooms feel spacious, and plushy cotton toppers create a serene space for all, ranging from solo travelers to families with children. Free breakfast is offered every morning, with a simple menu of breakfast cereal, toast, boiled egg, juice, and milk.
The hotel is also notable for being extremely accessible, with only a 10 min walk from Incheon Station. Incheon’s main destination, Wolmi Park, lies only a 5 min walk away from the hotel, while a 15–20 min bus ride takes one to Incheon Chinatown, Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village, and Sinpo International Market.
50, Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Saehwa Hostel’s central location in Jongno, Seoul, gives it unparalleled convenience and accessibility for tourists. Many restaurants, markets, shopping streets, and tourist sites like the Tteok Museum, Jongmyo Shrine, and Changdeokgung Palace are located within walkable distances. Airport limousine bus service brings one from Incheon International Airport to Jongno 3-ga Station nearby, and Seoul Station is located a 15-min subway ride away. The hostel has various room types catering to solo travelers to groups of two to three, affordable prices, free international phone calls (Canada, Japan, United States, China, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand), and a quadrilingual reception desk offering services in English, Japanese, and Chinese, making it ideal for international visitors.
There are 16 rooms in total, including the Single Ondol, Double, Twin, and Triple bedrooms. Each room is equipped with a bathtub to help the guests recover from their fatigue. The front desk has a shared PC and offers free massage chair, microwave, washing machine, and dryer services. There is a free breakfast every morning, consisting of breakfast cereals, porridge, cookies, soybean paste soup, milk, fruit juice, and toast.
45, Waon 1-gil, Haeryong-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Sunset (Ilmol) Hanok is located in Waon Village in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province. Its proximity to Waon Beach, a famous site for sunset watching, and the unspoiled tidelands of Suncheonman Bay make the pension a great healing place. An hour-long mountain trail winds through the hills surrounding Waon Village, and a four kilometer-paved road network offers opportunities for jogging or biking.
The Sunset Hanok takes the form of a ㄷ-shaped “hanok” with a grass lawn at the center. Stepping into the courtyard brings one to a view of the expansive tideland beyond the tiled clay fence and the mountains surrounding the village. There are three Korean-style floor bedding rooms and a bedroom in the house. Nangman and Haengbok, with traditional “gudeul” floor heating, offer a great view of the scenery and the sunset from the comforts of the rooms. The Sarang and Hwamok rooms use wood-fired heating, which offers great warmth during the winter season. Hwamok, in particular, is spread out between the main building and the “anchae” (inner chamber), combining a bedroom and a wide floor-heated Korean-style room suitable for large groups. All rooms in Sunset Hanok are equipped with a kitchen sink, induction stove, refrigerator, and cooking utensils, and there is also an outdoor barbeque area for guests. These features make the pension highly popular for family travelers.
138, Baegan3ri-gil, Yangpyeong-eup, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-772-7702, +82-10-4032-9984, +82-10-5351-9678
Located in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Blue Hill Pension is surrounded by nature. Yongmunsan Mountain winds around the back of the complex like a screen, and to its front flows Namhangang River. There are eight rooms in total, furnished in studio rooms, two-story rooms, and detached rooms. The main draw of Blue Hill Pension is the beautiful scenery, and that all rooms have individual indoor barbeque areas and spa facilities. It is a perfect place for couples and family visitors. In particular, going for a dip in the hinoki-scented spa with a view of the Namhangang River is sure to be a prime opportunity for healing from the busy city life. Studio and two-story rooms are fitted with window walls for the guests to enjoy the scenery. Moreover, detached rooms with individual gardens are furnished as spacious Korean rooms, ideal for group visitors. The outdoor areas have wide grassy fields and a heated swimming pool that can be used across four seasons, and cater to the needs of visitors with children. Both the interior and the outdoor areas of the pension are fitted with a complimentary Wi-Fi network, and the pension offers free pickup services from Yangpyeong Station and Bus Terminal as well. Guests in the studio and two-story rooms are offered with complimentary breakfast, which includes bread, breakfast cereals, fruit juice, coffee, and milk.