South Korea Accommodation Types
Where is it best to stay depending on my travel purpose? (Hanok, Rental Cottage, Guest House and more)
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When visiting Korea you will be surprised at the various types of accommodation available! Due to the large variety the price as well has a huge variance~ I prepared this post today to act as a guide for those of you who are visiting Korea for the first time and don't know which type of accommodation to stay at. 

I will introduce what kind of accommodations are available, how much they are, what type of accommodation to use depending on if you are coming with your family, loved one, or friends and more information!


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1. Summary of Accommodation Types

1) Hotel
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  • Price for 1 Night ‎₩100,000~‎₩400,000
  • It it popular in Korea to enjoy a vacation in a top hotel abroad with a pool, bar and various facilities.
  • Because it is expensive it is good to make use of all the facilities they provide to you.
  • If you have a special event for your loved one I recommend you spend time at the hotel enjoying fine dining and enjoy a romantic time.
2) Hanok Accommodation
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  • Price for 1 Night  ₩50,000~₩200,000
  • It is a renovated Hanok (Korean Traditional House) to accommodate several people where you can feel the warmth and coziness of the Hanok.
  • Hanok Villages located in Bukchon, Jeonju, and Gyeongju are famous to be full of Korean tradition. It is easy to experience various traditional Korean culture experiences as they are all located nearby.
  • There are guesthouses in the form of a Hanok to Hanok that matches facilities of a hotel allowing Hanok accommodations to be available at various prices and quality.
  • If you came to experience Korean traditional culture with your family, I recommend you stay at some kind of Hanok accommodation.
3) Guest House, Hostel
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  • Price for 1 Night  ₩10,000~₩30,000
  • Like any other country, Guesthouse's are set at a low price so that any traveller can stay without feeling burdened by the price.
  • You can also experience sharing rooms with people you don't know. It will be an exciting experience meeting new people at a new place right?
  • There are a lot of guesthouses near Hongdae or Myeongdong so you can choose the accommodation that will make it the easiest for you to travel comfortably at a cheap price.
  • I recommend this type of accommodation for those of you who are traveling alone or with friends.
4) Rental Cottage
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  • Price for 1 Night  ₩100,000~₩170,000
  • Korea's Rental Cottage refers to accommodation that lies in a great natural scenery.
  • There aren't a lot of accommodations located nearby so there is no problem for you to be loud. There are a lot of Rental Cottage's where they have sports equipment for you to play basketball or soccer.
  • A lot of people in Korea use rental cottages for huge family gatherings or university retreats. It is great cooking on the grill with friends outside when you come to the rental cottage.
  • I recommend you get a rental cottage when going to the countryside or Jeju island with your family.
5) Airbnb
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  • Price for 1 Night ₩75,000
  • Airbnb is a new concept of accommodation that is available to travelers allowing them to rent a home.
  • You can see the reviews and ratings of past people who stayed at the given house so you can choose wisely after viewing them.
  • If you choose well, you can stay at a nice accommodation for a cheap price.
  • You can choose the house you want to stay at through various categories depending on the amount of people you are traveling with and the purpose of your travel.




2. Hotel

Price: ₩100,000~₩400,000
Transportation : Convenient as it is normally located in the city or the center of attractions
Facilities : Swimming Pool, Fine-dining Restaurant, Luxury Bar and other facilities 

Price RangeRecommended Hotels
₩100,000~₩200,000Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan
Grand Ambassador Seoul Associate Pullman Myeongdong
L7 Hongdae
₩200,000~₩300,000Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel Yongsan 
JW Marriott Seoul Gangnam
Westin Chosun Seoul Myeongdong
₩300,000~Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Jongno
Signiel Seoul Jamsil
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Namsan

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The above is the distribution and prices of major hotels in Seoul. There are a variety of prices available and you can see that a lot of hotels are located near the center of Seoul near Myeongdong and Dongdaemun. Business Hotels will be located near offices right?

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Novotel Ambassador Yongsan: Has an indoor swimming pool in the price range of the mid 100,000KRW per nightExplore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?

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Gwanghwamun Four Seasons Hotel : A luxury hotel with a luxury design interior at a price of around 400,000KRW per night

Hotel is the most luxurious accommodation making the price per night start from 100,000KRW and rise to very expensive prices.

But if you look carefully you will be able to find good hotels that you can stay at for a cheap price.

If you don't have a limit on how much money you can spend you can spend a night at a luxury special hotel.

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Incheon 'Cimer' 

The term Hotel Vacance is popular in Korea.

It is enjoying the facilities of a luxury hotel like you are at overseas popular resort.

Incheon Activity | Paradise City(CIMER, Wonderbox)


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Haeundae Paradise Hotel

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The Hotel Vacance in which you can swim in the indoors swimming pool looking out at the ocean is especially popular.

You will be able to find various instagram photos from the hotel pool posted online.


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Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Aiden by BEST WESTERN Cheongdam

It is great to spend a romantic time with your loved ones in a bar or restaurant with a great atmosphere.

Koreans also come stay at a hotel for a night when they it is a special occasion with their loved ones.

I recommend you choose Hotel as your accommodation if you want to enjoy a luxurious day with your loved one!



3. Hanok Accommodation

Price: ₩50,000~₩200,000

Transportation : It is convenient to go to Hanok villages (Bukchon, Jeonju, Gyeongju)

Facilities : You can rest comfortably in a Hanok accommodation that has on-dol (Korean traditional heating system)

In the case of some Hanok accommodation's, they provide luxury Korean food as well


PriceRecommended Accommodations
₩50,000~₩100,000Bukchon Maru Guesthouse (Seoul Bukchon) 
Laon Hanok Gguljam (Jeonju)

Gyeongju Guesthouse Huewon (Gyeongju)

₩100,000~₩150,000Hanok B&B Mon Oncle à Séoul (Seoul Bukchon)
Ginkgo Tree Guesthouse (Jeonju)
Soi Hanok (Gyeongju)
₩150,000~Cheong Yeon Jae (Seoul Bukchon)
Bonum 1957 Hanok Stay and Hotel (Seoul Bukchon)

Hanok has a more friendly and cozy feeling compared to other accommodations as it is constructed with nature materials!

If you visited a Hanok village you would have felt the beauty from the traditional Korean Hanok, staying in the Hanok that you thought was beautiful will be a unique special experience.

The traditional Hanok and the modern renovation make a great combination and makes the Hanok comfortable Hanok accommodation so consider it as well when choosing an accommodation~


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Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Bukchon Maru

Hanok is not in the form of an accommodation so there are various accommodation types that match accommodation ranging from a guesthouse to a 3 star hotel.

This is why there are differences in the quality of the accommodation and service as the price also has a wide variety.

Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Korea Palace Traditional Hanok Hotel

Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Rakkojae Seoul

The similarities are that they are all located near Hanok villages, offer Korean food, and have traditional interiors.

They also prepare Korean food in a luxury manner so you can experience proper Korean food.

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Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Cheongyeongjae Instagram

The good thing about Hanok is that you can physically experience Korean traditional culture, and because of this there are a lot of places that also offer Hanbok experiences and other traditional culture experiences.

It would be a great photo taking a picture of you wearing a Hanbok with the Hanok as the background right?

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I feel like it will be a perfect cultural experience coming here with your family~

To properly experience Korea, I hope you stay at the Hanok accommodation!



4. Guesthouse

Price: ₩10,000~₩30,000

Transportation: It is located in popular attraction sites making it easy to use public transportation

Facilities: The facilities provided are kept to a minimum but is good enough to have a good nights rest.

*The dormitory option, you have to share the room with other people.

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The Guesthouse provides its service aimed at free travelers at a cheap price. Due to its cheap price, there are not a lot of services available but the Guesthouse has its own charm to it!

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Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Kimchi Sinchon Guesthouse

Guesthouse has a con of not having your own personal space but you can also turn that into a pro and make new friends with other fellow travelers. There are people that make friends at the guesthouse and enjoy the rest of their travels together.

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Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Road House Myeongdong

If you want to use your own room or share just a double you have to request to use the room at the very end. It is more expensive than the room in the form of a dorm but you can enjoy it at a cheaper price than other accommodation types~

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The guesthouse has its pros and cons so I recommend you carefully take into account the location and attractions nearby when choosing which guesthouse to stay at.

Also there are not a lot private rooms that can accommodate a huge group so I recommend you use the guesthouse when traveling alone or with just a few friends.



5. Rental Cottage

Price:  ₩100,000~₩170,000 
*Based on 2 people and the cost may vary vastly depending on the size

Transportation: Located in places with good scenery such as Gangwondo, Jeollado, Gyeongsangdo making it hard to easily use public transportation. 

Facilities: They have bbq facilities, sports facillites making it good for large scale recreational activities.

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Most Rental Cottages in Korea are located near the river or ocean making them have a great view of the scenery. It is located in a quiet place being opposite to the city and the accommodation is big making it good for a lot of people to hang around and be loud! It is used a lot as an accommodation for families or university retreats.

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The Rental Cottages are aimed at large groups of people so they have many good facilities for large groups such as a bbq, soccer field, or basketball field. In the case of the barbeque, they provide the grill and fire but most places do not provide food. I recommend you shop the food you want to eat prior to your arrival as it may be difficult to use transportation to get out and also the local price may be more expensive.

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Yeosu Nangman 153 Rental Cottage

Explore South Korea Accommodation Types | How are they different?Gangwondo Ferien Rental Cottage

These days there are a lot of luxury rental cottages that have their own swimming pool or spa. It is perfect for people who want to enjoy their own space in the water.

*There may be a separate swimming pool entrance fee so beware of that

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It will be good coming to a rental cottage with many friends or extended family members.

Enjoy the barbeque and various outdoor activities!



6. Airbnb

Price: Not Set 
*May differ greatly depending on the accommodation you select

Transportation: May differ per accommodation you select, and the better the transportation and location, the more expensive it may be

Facilities: Normally you can use the facilities in your accommodation and it may differ by your Airbnb host.

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Airbnb is the world's largest accommodation sharing service. The host will provide you with their home to you with the price and details of their home. The guests can then choose whether or not they want to stay at that given accommodation.

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Airbnb provides the reviews and ratings of the people who have stayed in the given accommodation in the past making the host try to maintain a good accommodation to maintain the good ratings and reviews. Also, because the host also rates the guest, the guest tries their best to be the best guest they can! It is a service in which both the host and the guest try their best to be as respectful as they can to one another. 

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They upload photos of the accommodation so you can see how the accommodation looks like. Also if you feel a little suspicious about some photos make sure to check the reviews and ratings in detail. Also the more comments and higher ratings you can trust more to be a good accommodation right?

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Some super hosts provide great accommodations that match those of a hotel. If you do your research well you will be able to enjoy a great accommodation at a cheap price right?


This post looked at various accommodation types available in Korea and their main characteristics. Because this was a quick overview I recommend you check out other posts done by Creatrip about accommodation in Korea.

Seoul Accommodation by Location Complete Summary! 

Seoul Hongdae Accommodation Recommendations! 48.5USD Cheapest Price! 

Complete Busan Travel Guide 

I hope this post helps in your trip to Korea, and see you next time with a new post~!

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