I will be going on a tour to South Korea this december and will be extending my stay there so I can spend christmas there. Need to find a hotel for the duration of my extension but am quite clueless about the hotels in Seoul.
My tour agent recommeded the following:
1) Brown Hotel
2) Biwon Hotel
3) New Boolim
4) Hydundai Residence
of the list, which do you guys think is recommdeded? If there are better options, can you all kindly give me your advice too?
Really Really thankful for the help..
Thanks in advance!
Well, if I were you, I wouldn't stay in a hotel unless you really want to pay a lot of money. It's easy to find a "motel" in Seoul, called a yeo-gwan in Korean. They're usually around $35 per night and if you explain that you're going to stay for a longer time, you can bargain for a good price.
Yeo-gwans are all over the place and you don't need a reservation to stay in one. You need to find someone who can write yeo-gwan in Korean, so that you can recognize the sign. Be sure to ask to look at the room before, because some offer Western style beds and others offer Korean style - sleep on the floor.
In order to make you feel a little more confident, it might be worth it to reserve a hotel for a few nights, so that you can take some time to look around for a comfortable yeo-gwan. Don't forget to bargain!!!! Koreans understand the word "discount" and if you draw a little picture of a calendar and show them how long you will be staying, they could lower their price. It's not unusual for people to ask for this.
If you need more advice, feel free to ask.
199-33 Eulgiro 2-ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul
1 Songong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
19-3 Banpo-dong Seocho-gu, Seoul
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