A little birdie told me you’re planning an epic trip to the capital of South Korea. How wonderful that you’ve stumbled across the 3 best hostels in Seoul, just in time!

This is our ultimate insider guide to the coolest hostels to stay in Seoul, Korea. We’ve also hand-picked the best hostel in Hongdae – our chosen party hostel Seoul has to offer.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul  – great for couples, male and female solo-travellers
  2. 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge – top pick for groups and families
  3. Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun – coolest hostel for solo-travellers

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Seoul.

Did you know? Dorm rooms are hard to come by in Seoul.

We’ve worked hard to find you the best hostel in the city with shared room options. In this guide we will walk you through the whole thing, no worries.

You can thank us later!

The huge modern metropolis sparkled with Buddhist temples and tasty food is waiting for you. It’s a shame we don’t have a 5 Star Hostel in this city.

Yet that doesn’t mean we bring you anything less than comfortable, memorable accommodation.

We cover in this article:

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A quick introduction to the 3 Best Hostels in Seoul

Grab a big mug of coffee and prepare to get lost in a beautiful array of hostels.

Perhaps you are new to hostels? Take a moment to read more about them and what to expect.

Scroll down to find all of the hostel locations on a map.

You’ll also find our generous Airbnb Seoul discount further down.

The 3 best hostels in Seoul are…

  1. Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul  – great for couples, male and female solo-travellers
  2. 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge – top pick for groups, couples and families
  3. Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun – coolest hostel for solo-travellers and groups

1. Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul (shared rooms + chill vibe)

Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul first grabs you with the trendy paintings and trick art.

Found all around the hostel and created by the owner himself! The hostel name tells you this is the place to wind down and relax.

This is relatively easy when you find all the books on offer in the common area.

WARNING: bookworms may never leave.

What’s wonderful is that shared rooms are available here. Not something to take for granted in Seoul.

It’s one of the reasons we deem this is the best guest house in Seoul!

Choose between 4 and 8-bed mixed dorms. Single, double, twin and triple-bed rooms are also available.

The rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom.

Every Friday the staff host a BBQ evening at a local restaurant. This is a great way to socialise with the other guests.

We just love to cosy, bright layout of the common area and rooms.

There is also a lush garden out the back for that added chillax vibe.

Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse is certainly the best hostel in Hongdae area. You can check it out at out Hongdae area map below.

It’s just a short walk to the trendy Sinchon neighbourhood and 5-minutes from the subway station.

Time Traveler Relax is the best hostel in Seoul for:

  • Female Solo travellers
  • Male Solo travellers
  • Couples
Book Time Traveler Relax here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge (cool rooftop lounge)

This chic style hostel has an intimate vibe that we love. Welcome to 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge.

As we mentioned, it isn’t always easy to find dorm rooms in Seoul.

So instead, this hostel offers double, twin, triple and family rooms. That’s why we recommend 96 BUN’Z to friends, couples and families.

A familiar hotel touch is present, with tea/coffee and hair dryers in all the rooms. And a TV!

Read: the ultimate hostel packing list.

That all-important air-conditioning is also included, phew!

There is also…

  • A rooftop lounge with a ‘time-machine feel’
  • A comfy lobby area for all to use
  • An open kitchen available 24-hours
  • Private bathrooms for each room

Projec.D is an attached modern pub serving up delicious grub, drinks and music.

You’ll be pleased to know that the reception is 24-hours. That’s always somewhat settling, isn’t it? 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge is less than 500 yards from Dongdaemun market.

Other nearby points of interest include Shilla Duty-Free Shop, Bangsan Market and Gwangjang Market.

96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge is the best hostel in Seoul for:

  • friends
  • couples
  • families
Book 96 BUN’Z here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com

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3. Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun (cosy, minimalist accommodation)

Sometimes the most basic accommodation offers the best stay. This is certainly the case for Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun.

This cosy and affordable hostel has everything you need tucked away in a small, convenient space.

Note: there are no dorm rooms at this hostel.

Instead, make use of a single, twin, basic double or deluxe double room. Each comes with a private bathroom.

Expect luxuries such as air-con, hair dryer, a personal safe and free toiletries – fancy!

Also; treat your feet with the complimentary slippers.

For the keen cooks in the house, there is a communal kitchen in this hostel. This includes a coffee machine to get the morning started well.

Be sure to rise and shine in time for the FREE breakfast, too!

Vanilla is surrounded by restaurants and cafes to suit all taste buds. It’s located in the business area not far from N Seoul Tower. The nearest subway station is a 5-minute walk.

Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun is a top pick for:

  • Solo travelers
  • Friends
Book Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com

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What are the best hostels in Seoul for solo travellers?

As a solo traveler you are probably looking for a safe, clean and social atmosphere in hostels.

It should be easy to meet and the hostel should have the proper setup for that special hostel vibe we all love.

As mentioned before, as a Solo Traveller we highly recommend Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul.

You will definitely meet a bunch of solo-travelers and experience fun times as it should be.

Bookworms! You are gonna like this place because it has what you need. It is like a small paradise.

This Seoul Korea hostel is worth a try if you are a solo traveller looking to meet new friends in your journey.

Indeed, the best hostel Seoul Korea has to offer.

Book Time Traveler Relax here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

What about the Best PARTY Hostel in Seoul?

So, you’re looking to spice things up in Seoul with new friends and a party or two. Who can blame you!

We invite you to stay at the best party hostel in Seoul: Time Travelers Party Hostel in Hongdae.

Whether you’re travelling alone or in a group – the basement bar is a wonderful daily gathering place.

This is where you’ll find a generous stock of Soju and beer.

It’s just a 7-minute walk from the bustling area of Hongdae known for its hip bars, yummy food and numerous clubs.

Every Friday the staff hosts a Korean BBQ night with unlimited Soju.

Book Time Travelers Party Hostel here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Time Travelers Hongdae is the best party hostel in Seoul, South Korea

Cheapest Hostels in Seoul

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And there is certainly cheaper hostels than the 3 top hostels in Seoul we shared above.

Yet, it is important to remember: We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference in price is usually only a few dollars/ Euros – and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or bed linen. Also, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport and time.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Seoul.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Seoul
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

More Seoul hostels worth a mention

We hope that by now you already have a hostel in mind and a pretty good idea where to stay in Madrid. Hostels in Seoul South Korea are quite unique and very different from hotels.

We know that you will find the perfect and the best area to stay in Seoul. So, here are more hostels in Korea for your convenience. Have a look!

  • Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel
  • Bunk Guest House
  • Dustin Guest House
  • Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae
  • Backpackers Inside
  • G Guest House Itaewon

Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel

The staff is really approachable and outgoing to people visiting Seoul for the first time. They will introduce you to the city and also point out great sightseeing locations.

The atmosphere is also great. You can meet lots of people from around the world and get to share travelling stories and experiences.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • WiFi available in all areas
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • Book Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel here

    Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

    Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel

    Bunk Guest House

    Bunk Guest House is in a vibrant area with lots of cute shops and food and the hostel itself has a lot of charm!

    The patio and rooftop really make it a relaxing experience. There are weekly BBQs you can participate. The whole place is very welcoming and comfortable so ideal if you’re travelling solo.

    This is also a recommended guesthouse in Seoul.

    Hostel Highlights:

    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Airport shuttle
    • WiFi available in all areas
    • Free WiFi
    • Family rooms
    • Book Bunk Guest House here

      Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

      Bunk Guest House

      Dustin Guest House

      Dustin Guest House is simple place to stay in Seoul. Nothing fancy in there but it has all that you need. It is comfortable and ideal place to spend the night.

      The host is very accommodating, and you can really feel the fun atmosphere with all of the guests.

      Hostel Highlights:

      • Non-smoking rooms
      • Airport shuttle
      • WiFi available in all areas
      • Free WiFi
      • Parking
      • Breakfast

      Location: Located within 700 m of Hongik University and 3.2 km of Ewha Womans University. Namdaemun Market is 6 km from the accommodation, while Dongwha Duty Free Shop is 6 km away.

      Book Dustin Guest House here

      Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

      Dustin Guest House

      Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae

      Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae – a youth hostel Seoul has to offer. It has private rooms and dormitory rooms so this can cater solo backpackers and couples.

      Fantastic atmosphere with a great area to eat and comfortable couches to sit and socialize with other travellers.

      They also have laundry facilities for your convenience.

      Hostel Highlights:

      • Free WiFi
      • Family rooms
      • Laundry
      • Terrace
      • Heating
      • Book Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae here

        Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

        Zzzip Guesthouse in Hongdae

        Backpackers Inside

        Backpackers Inside is a good place to stay. The staff is really helpful, nice and help guests.

        In the hostel you can find a map where the staff marked good restaurants in the area. The breakfast is simple, toast butter and jam but good. 

        The hostel gets cleaned every day. The area is not crowded but since it is close to a university, there are a lot of cafes and restaurants.

        Hostel Highlights:

        • Non-smoking rooms
        • Family rooms
        • Laundry
        • Heating
        • Luggage storage
        • Air conditioning
        • Book Backpackers Inside here

          Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

          Backpackers Inside

          G Guest House Itaewon

          G Guest House Itaewon is a good value for money. Itaewon is a crazy hood and this hostel provides a decent enough place to crash after too much barbecue and soju.

          It’s clean, comfortable and the people that work here are fantastic! Staffs are friendly and accommodating but they do not have 24 hours reception.

          Hostel Highlights:

          • Non-smoking rooms
          • WiFi available in all areas
          • Free WiFi
          • Family rooms
          • Laundry
          • Guest House Itaewon is only a 1-minute walk from Itaewon Subway Station (Line 6) and a 15-minute drive from Seoul Station. The famous Islam mosque in Korea is located a 3 minute walk away from the guesthouse. Gimpo Airport is a 35 minute drive and Incheon Airport is a 1 hour drive away. Various international dining and local Korean dining options are available within a 1-minute walk away from the property.

            Book G Guest House Itaewon here

            Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

            G Guesthouse Itaewon

            How to book?

            For Seoul we recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

            Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.

            Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

            On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

            Read: our guide how to properly book with Hostelworld (and how not to book!)

            We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

            We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! You don’t want to miss Hostelworld best hostels in Seoul.

            To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

            Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

            Now, that is a pity, because currently we have no special hostel discounts or promo codes for hostels in Seoul. All promotional codes or vouchers are no longer valid. We wouldn’t give you an invalid voucher, obviously.

            We are always working on getting promo codes for the coolest hostels in Seoul and other destinations.

            You can subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date about discount codes. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Seoul and other destinations first.

            Airbnb in Seoul

            Another popular option for many travellers is staying at an Airbnb.

            On this site, you can rent a local apartment of find a room and stay at a local’s house. For some destinations in the world, Airbnb is an amazing way to book your accommodation.

            Get a solid 30€ off your first Airbnb experience with our link here. Here’s our guide how to use Airbnb.

            Handy Map of Hostel Locations + Sights

            As always we’ve prepared a map to make your Seoul trip planning easier. This map will help you to get a better understanding of the South-Korean capital.

            As for the city – it’s huge!

            With that in mind, here are a few of our recommendations:

            1. Venture to the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Choose between a half day and full day tour.
            2. Go to see Korea’s longest running show – the Nanta comedy show.
            3. Join the full-day top attractions of Seoul tour.

            FAQ

            Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

            What are the best hostels in Seoul for solo travellers?

            Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul is the best place to stay in Seoul for solo traveller.

            So, go on and plan your Korea backpacking and buy the famous tee, Seoul Keep Youth Expect.

            Are hostels in Seoul safe?

            Not all Seoul Korea hostels are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

            So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostel in Seoul Korea. We are an expert when it comes to the hostel world. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

            If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

            What are the best hostels in Seoul?

            You can find the best Seoul hostels in this article!

            1. Time Travelers Relax Guesthouse Seoul  – great for couples, male and female solo-travellers
            2. 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge – top pick for groups, couples and families
            3. Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun – coolest hostel Korea has to offer for solo-travellers and groups

            What is Seoul best known for?

            Seoul is one of the travel destination of backpackers nowadays. Here are some of the best of Seoul, South Korea.

            • Gyeongbokgung
            • Gwanghwamun Square
            • Changdeokgung
            • Bukcheon Hanok Village
            • Cheonggyecheon Stream
            • N Seoul Tower
            • Namdaemun Market
            • Myeongdong
            • Lotte World
            • National Museum of Korea
            • Jogyesa Temple
            • Jongmyo Shrine
            • Bukhansan National Park
            • Banpo Bridge
            • Gangnam
            • COEX Mall
            • War Memorial of Korea
            • Demilitarized Zone
            • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
            • Heunginjimun

            How much are hostels in Seoul?

            According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Seoul costs $20 per night. Prices may vary depending on season.

            What are the best sites for finding hostels?

            Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

            We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

            You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

            Flights to Seoul?

            We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Asia including Seoul, Tokyo and more.

            This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.

            Here is our review of Kiwi.

            Cheap Flights in Asia

            More guides

            Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Seoul.

            We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

            Also, watch out for our next guides about best hostels in Gangnam, best hostels in Jeju Island and hostels in Seoul Myeongdong.

            You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

            We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

            Over to you

            We hope you’re just as excited as us about the coolest hostels in Seoul!

            As always, we want to make this hostel guide to Seoul as powerful and useful for you as possible!

            Do you have any questions?

            Please please please leave your question in the comment below.

            We are thrilled to help you. Also, your question helps us to improve this guide on where to stay in Seoul on a budget. So you help yourself, you help us and many more fellow backpackers.

            Last note: Our commitment

            This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

            We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

            Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

            Safe travels,
            The Hostelgeeks

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Your Smart Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List