South Korea may be one of the world's more expensive places to shop, dine, and enjoy family vacations, but when it comes to South Korea accommodation, there are excellent hotels, motels, and traditional lodging options available for all budgets. Whether you're looking for a backpackers' hostel or a luxurious hotel in Seoul, you should have little trouble finding the perfect place to stay for your trip to South Korea.
Some of the finest South Korea hotels boast a combination of Western-style accommodation and special Korean-style rooms. The specialty of traditional Korean rooms is an under-floor heating system known as ondol, which consists of steam-heated stone slabs underneath a layer of oiled paper and clay. There are no beds, but instead traditional tatami mattresses are used for sleeping. These rooms are especially popular during the winter months in South Korea, when the temperature is often below freezing. Some hotels also have rooms with modern ondol systems that use electricity to heat the floors.
Travelers with an interest in the traditional Korean rooms can consider staying at the Young Dong Hotel in South Korea. Located in the center of the Kang-nam area in Seoul, this luxury hotel boasts Korean-style double rooms with traditional room heating systems and twin beds. Those who prefer Western-style rooms can opt for suites or double rooms equipped with sophisticated amenities. The hotel also boasts entertainment facilities including a sky lounge, business center, dance club, karaoke, and an excellent Western restaurant. The traditional-modern combination and superb facilities provided by the hotel are sure to please the entire family.
Seoul has some of the best amusement parks for kids and adults, including the Disneyland-styled Everland and the Lotte World Adventure Park, and there are a few excellent South Korea lodging choices within walking distance of the parks. The Lotte Hotel in South Korea provides some of the finest accommodation options when it comes to luxury guestrooms, and it overlooks the enchanting Han River from its location very near the Lotte Amusement Park. There are more than 500 luxury rooms with enticing views of the Seochong Lake, and they all are equipped with standard amenities such as mini-bars, voicemail, air conditioning, and television. Travelers will also find a variety of food at the restaurants found near the Lotte Hotel World Seoul. Additional facilities include a concierge, business center, fitness room, and swimming pool, but the biggest draw of this hotel in South Korea is usually its location near the world's most famous indoor theme park.
Besides amusement parks, there are several other attractions that provide entertainment for travelers of all ages, such as the Busan Aquarium. The aquarium is situated on the pristine Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, and there are also lodging options that are conveniently nearby. For instance, the Novotel Ambassador (pictured) is one of the finest high-end South Korea hotels close to the Busan Aquarium. Perfect for families, the hotel boasts a welcoming family room for kids and adults, as well as spacious Executive and Superior rooms and suites with top-quality facilities, though only the rooms offer panoramic views of the Haeundae Beach. Families looking for a good hotel located near the beach and Busan Aquarium will do well to consider booking accommodations at the Novotel Ambassador.
South Korea also has an assortment of good value hotels and motels for the budget traveler. Travelers looking for the cheapest South Korea accommodation will likely be attracted to the low prices and simplicity of various motels, though these are generally targeted toward young couples or backpackers. Travelers looking for nicer lodging can opt for inexpensive two-star hotels against motels, and South Korea has a good number of budget hotels located right in the heart of the capital city.
For instance, the Dongdaemon hotel is one of the most economical hotels located in the Seoul city center. It is considered as an explorer's gateway because of its proximity to the best traditional Korean bazaars and attractions such as the Biwon, the National Theater, Jang-Chong Park, and the Changgyeong-gung Palace, one of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseng Dynasty. Hotel Dongdaemon's elegance and charm can be seen through its services and amenities. All rooms are equipped with satellite television, a refrigerator, hairdryers, and free local calls. The Grill Restaurant located on its premises offers delicious Western and Korean cuisine as well as tasty snacks. With nearby attractions and good facilities, Dongdaemon is one of the most popular options for travelers seeking budget South Korea accommodation that still promises a comfortable stay.