Choose where to stay in Gangnam: the best hotels in Gangnam

The best hotels in Gangnam : where to stay in Gangnam

Gangnam is one of the trendiest and coolest neighborhoods in Seoul, offering plenty of things to do. That’s one of the reasons why you might be trying to choose where to stay in Gangnam.

Since this part of the city has modern architecture, with wide boulevards and high-rise buildings, you will find also plenty of modern hotels to choose from.

Many of the important international chains, but also local ones, have hotels in this cool part of town, thus you won’t find it hard to choose one of the best hotels in Gangnam.

Read also: Getting around Seoul – your complete guide

This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. Read more about it on our disclosure page here.

How to get to Gangnam

Since Seoul is such a huge metropolis, getting around town might be intimidating. However, its public transportation system is well developed and will allow you to easily get around town.

If you are traveling from Incheon Airport, the subway will be your cheapest option for getting to Gangnam (and in some cases, also the fastest).

Click on the picture to open it

Of course, Gangnam is a big neighborhood and it depends a lot on the area you choose to stay in, but if you want to get to Gangnam Station, the travel time will be of around 100 minutes, with one change at Hongik University to the Green line.

However, you can also choose to stay close to Lotte Tower, and will need to get off at Jamsil Station or Apgujeong Station. In both cases, the travel time is similar and you will only need to change the lines once.

Of course, the other option would be to get a taxi or book a transfer.

The advantage is that you will have all the information you need before you go: booking, place of pick-up, car details etc. Moreover, you will pay online so you won’t have to worry about that as well.

Traveling by taxi is more comfortable, especially when you have bulky luggage or you simply don’t want to carry it around.

Also, the car will leave you right in front of your hotel in Hongdae, so you won’t have to worry about finding your final destination on the map.

Moreover, taxis travel throughout the night, so you won’t have to worry if your flight arrives close to midnight or after this hour.

Another option is to take the KAL Limousine.

Bus number 6703 will take you from Incheon to Gangnam/COEX, with various stops along the way (some, in front of major hotels such as Josun Palace Seoul, Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas, or Intercontinental Seoul).

Why choose to stay in Gangnam

Things to do in Gangnam

Pros: Staying in Gangnam will put you in the heart of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul – one that has become worldwide famous thanks to PSY’s song “Gangnam Style”. The skyline looks totally different than in most other areas in town, and you’ll have a mix of skyscrapers, traditional temples, and luxury shopping malls and department stores.

Come here for the nightlife, lush bars, sky restaurants, and 5* hotels. You will also be close to one of the nicest parks in town (the Olympic Park), the tallest building in South Korea (the Lotte World Tower Observatory), and the fun Lotte World Adventure Park.

Additionally, here is where you will find more international food, trendy cafes, flagship stores, and crazy nightlife.

Cons: Gangnam is the most expensive area in Seoul, thus you can expect also hotel prices to be towards the higher end.

On top of that, you will be a bit far from Seoul’s most important tourist attractions, especially when visiting for the first time. While the city’s public transportation system is amazing, getting from Gangnam to the old town area will still take between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Where to stay in Gangnam: Best hotels in Gangnam

If you have made your decision, and this area is for you, it is worth knowing that here you will find plenty of cool and modern hotels.

However, if you are looking for budget accommodation, this area might not be your first choice.

Luxury Hotels in Gangnam

InterContinental Seoul COEX 

Set right next to the COEX Mall famous for its impressive library, you will also be steps away from a subway stop, and one of the most beautiful temples in town: Bongeunsa Temple.

You will have access to an internal swimming pool, and rooms with breathtaking city views.

Signiel Seoul

Set in Songpa-gu, inside the Lotte Tower (located between floors 76 and 101) it is easy to understand why this places offers a breathtaking view over the Han River and the city.

By staying here, you will have access to a swimming pool, and a Michelin-star restaurant, and you will be a few steps away from the subway.

Josun Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Set on Teheran-ro, by staying at this hotel, you will be in the middle of the action. Especially if you are traveling to Seoul for skincare and cosmetic treatments because that’s where you will find the largest concentration of salons in town.

The hotel offers 5-star accommodation with an indoor pool, and you will be close to some of the most important attractions in the area.

Park Hyatt Seoul

When I first traveled to Seoul as a tourist and started researching the best places to stay in the city, I stumbled upon this hotel on one of my favorite Instagrammers’ page. What really impressed me was the cool infinity inside the pool, the view it offered, and also the cool bathtub with a city view you can have in some of the rooms.

The hotel is also set on Teheran-ro, thus close to many important attractions in Gangnam.

Mid-range hotels in Gangnam

L7 Gangnam by Lotte 

A 4* fancy hotel, set in the business area, with rooms boasting incredible city views. You will be close to subway line 2 which will take you anywhere in town, the interior design is luxurious, and on the 10th floor, you’ll find an Italian restaurant and bar.

Aloft Seoul Gangnam 

A bit further away from the subway, but close to bus stops, at this hotel, you’ll find rooms with views over the Han River.

The interior design is colorful and joyful, and close by you’ll find convenience stores, and they could even allow you to bring your pet!

Budget-friendly hotels in Gangnam

Princess Hotel 

While this hotel is set in the most expensive area – Apgujeong – it is yet a budget hotel without much of an interior design or facilities. However, it is close to many restaurants and stores, rooms are clean and comfortable.

Gold Hill GH House

This is the place to stay when you are traveling on a budget, but still want to find a clean and cool place when you get back from exploring the city.

Sure, you will have to share the bathroom, but the location and value for money are excellent.

Other useful Travel Resources

General Travel Information for South Korea

Driving in South Korea – a complete guide

Stay close to Seoul Station, or choose the best hotel in Hongdae

Best day trips from Seoul

See Seoul off the beaten path

Plan your Seoul Itinerary: 2 days3 days4 days in Seoul

By Ingrid & Alex

Ingrid A former financial professional, I have been passionate about photography since an early age. My fascination with Korean culture was one of the reasons Alex accepted a business role in Seoul. Alex A former corporate business executive, I am a historical fiction writer. My business career allowed us to live in Seoul and explore South Korea for one year. We fell in love with the country, its culture, food, and people, and we strongly believe you will love it too! Because we know how difficult planning a trip can be, especially to South Korea, we are here to help you out and ensure you have an awesome time there.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *