Korea is a shopping heaven, especially if you are into cosmetics. Last week, I talked about where to stay in Seoul Myeongdong, the most famous district in the entire Seoul. Apart from Myeongdong, there are other parts of Seoul that is equally fun and shopping friendly. Hongdae is definitely one of them. Located next to the Hongik University, Hongdae is a hot spot for youngsters. This area never sleeps and is known for it’s late night partying and food at all hours. If you want to join the fun, it’s best to choose cosy places to stay in Hongdae Seoul.
Best Places to Stay in Hongdae Seoul- DW Design Residence
When it comes to a cosy and affordable place to stay near Hongdae, DW Design Residence is on top of my choice. Located just 5-minute walk from Hongdae Subway Station (Line 2) and a 15-minute walk from the indie art scene at Hongdae Main Street, this guest house makes the perfect spot to start/end your day.
Under $60 a night, you can stay in the studio room and the room has everything you need. It’s spacious, clean and even has a mini kitchen for those who want to save money and prepare food by themselves.
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DW Design Residence also provides very awesome breakfast in the morning. The best part? You can cook your own breakfast!
Want some omelette or sunny-side up? Go for it! Want to make your own sand-witch? You can! The hands on experience makes the morning so so fun!
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The lounge is another place I like to chill in DW Design Residence. All the little decorations just add colours to the room. During winter time, Koreans will switch on their floor heating system, so your feet won’t feel cold at all.
If you want to wash your dirty clothes, the reception is there to help. They provide washing, drying and ironing services at a very minimal cost. Complimentary parking spaces are also available.
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Best Places to Stay in Hongdae Seoul- Issue Seoul
Another place that I recommend to stay is Issue Seoul. Located just one subway station next to Hongdea, the nearest station is Hapjeong. Issue Seoul is ideal if you are traveling in big groups.
It has rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people at a cost of only around $130 per night. It means your group is spending around $20 per person per night only!
You’ll be amazed how clean this guest house is. The design is modern and simplistic, making you feel really cosy inside.
The bathroom is shared but they separate by gender. So girls don’t have to worry about men coming into the toilet at all. 🙂 You can see a lot of ladies left positive notes to the owner of the guest house.
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The breakfast is also a plus point! The hand-made breakfast is really yummy and you can get to taste traditional Korean dish delivered fresh from oven!
Issue Seoul also provides washing services at a minimal cost and complimentary parking space. In contrast with the sweet interior design, the exterior of this terrace guest house is really funky. I just can’t help taking a picture with the artistic wall. ;p
Above are my two Favourite Places to Stay in Hongdae Seoul. Staying in guest houses can help to save a lot of money compared to hotel, without compromising the comfort. 🙂 On the other hand, if you still prefer to stay in hotel and are looking for where to stay in Seoul Myeongdong, check out Nine Tree Premier Hotel. It’s one of my favourite top-end hotels in Seoul. Happy traveling!