The Best Hotels to Book in Myeongdong

Stroll the streets of Myeongdong to get a taste of Seoul life
Stroll the streets of Myeongdong to get a taste of Seoul life | © DB Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Myeongdong is a popular area of central Seoul, known for shopping, cosmetics and street food. Always busy, its brightly lit streets are a great introduction to South Korea’s capital city. Here’s a guide to the best hotels in Myeongdong – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. L7 Myeongdong

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The Myeongdong area has a number of hotels run by Korean conglomerate Lotte, not least the swanky Lotte Hotel Seoul. All of these are part of the iconic Lotte brand and will give you a taste of contemporary Korea. L7’s stylish interior gives guests modern, well-designed rooms to rest in after a hard day of shopping, at a slightly more affordable price tag than Lotte Hotel. It’s still a four-star hotel, however – don’t expect budget digs. There’s a free foot spa next to the rooftop bar, and the Myeongdong shopping area starts just behind the hotel.

2. Floral Hotel Shinshin

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Floral Hotel Shinshin is a modern four-star hotel, 10 minutes’ walk from the Myeongdong shopping area and across the street from Namdaemun Market. It’s a tall building, with graffiti-style yellow origami boats painted on the walls. Inside, the rooms are clean, cool and contemporary. Some of the rooms have Korean-style beds (floor mattresses on raised platforms) that provide a nice counterpoint between old and new. Internet-connected smartphones are provided in all the rooms for guests to use.

3. Crown Park Hotel

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The Crown Park Hotel’s location is perfect for avid shoppers – it’s right next to the main branch of Lotte Department Store, across the street from Myeondong’s main shopping area, and a five-minute walk from Shinsegae Duty-Free. Rooms are decorated in an elegant, minimalist-meets-classic style. The hotel also offers connected rooms and is popular with families.

4. L’Escape Hotel

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L’Escape is an opulent five-star hotel with an 18th-century European feel. Although entering its interior feels a little bit like stepping back in time, it was opened in 2018, so all the fixtures, fittings and amenities (spa, bar, fitness suite) are brand new. The rooms are beautifully decorated, with lots of attention to detail. Dim, soft lighting throughout gives the hotel a romantic atmosphere.

5. Sejong Hotel

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Sejong Hotel is located five minutes’ walk from the Myeongdong shopping area, and right next to the subway entrance. Its interior is classic and a little old-fashioned, although sparklingly clean. Some of the rooms have balconies and views of Namsan Tower. There’s a small European-style garden that provides a peaceful respite to Myeongdong’s noisy streets, as well as a small on-site art gallery.

6. Fraser Place Namdaemun

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Fraser Place offers studio and apartment hotel accommodation in the centre of Seoul, seven minutes’ walk from City Hall station and within walking distance (approximately 15-25 minutes, depending on your speed) of Myeongdong main shopping area. The apartments have a stylish, homely feel, and all come with a washing machine and kitchenette. The downstairs spa includes a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Seoul and book now with Culture Trip.

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