3 Best Hostels in Seoul – Parties and Palaces, an Insider Guide
If you’re planning an epic trip to the capital of South Korea, we have you covered with the best hostels in Seoul.
This is our ultimate insider guide to the coolest hostels to stay in Seoul, Korea (I’ve personally stayed there for 6 months myself!). We’ve hand-picked the best hostels in Hongdae, our favorite Seoul party hostel, as well as other hostels in Myeongdong Seoul, Dongdaemun, Insadong, and Gangnam.
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.
These are our favorite hostels in Seoul. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
This hostel’s host and owners are a couple (Jina and Brian), and they will make you feel like you’re their long-lost missing family member who finally came back to Seoul for a visit.
The environment is extremely friendly, warm, comfortable, and familiar, and you will immediately feel at home.
A great feature we love is that they will add you to a WhatsApp group where you can interact with other guests in the hostel and plan hangouts together – or ask for help and recommendations.
The only negative thing we can say about this hostel is the fact that some of the dorms are small, so they can get cramped when travelers have big suitcases or when it’s winter and everyone is wearing huge jackets.
Location: Seoul hostel is centrally located in the Hongdae neighborhood. It’s a 10-minute walk from Hongdae’s main nightlife area and a 15-minute walk to Hongik University Subway Station. This is a great spot to explore the rest of Seoul as it is very well connected to various transportation options – Hapjeong Subway Station is also a 4-minute walk away.
This is a super social hostel in Seoul with activities you can partake in weekly. They’re known for their ‘Bunk Tour (touring the DMZ and other places depending on the season) and their Thursday Bunk parties, including Korean BBQ, drinks, and music.
Although the atmosphere is very social, this isn’t a party hostel in Seoul since most of their events and noise end around 10:00 pm to respect travelers’ sleep and comfort.
If you’re traveling solo in Seoul, this is another good hostel option, as they provide many convenient add-ons: you can rent bikes and buy a sim card and EGG (pocket Wi-Fi) with them.
Location: Seoul hostel in a quieter street near all of Hongdae’s main activities. Hongik University station and the Airport Railway are 4 minutes from this hostel. Clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, and many dancing and singing performing spots surround the area.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Seoul.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Seoul
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Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
More Seoul hostels worth a mention
We hope that by now, you already have a hostel in mind and a pretty good idea of where to stay in Seoul. 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 that are in different areas of the city:
This is a great pick if you’re traveling with family and friends or if you’re a couple because there is a wide selection of rooms, both private and dorm-style, that should fit most budgets.
Whether it be famous historical landmarks of Seoul or shopping havens such as Dongdaemun, we are within walking distance or have easy and quick access via the subway.
Location: Seoul hostel in Dongdaemun, a 10-minute walk from the Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung Palaces. Jongno-5-ga station is a 3-minute walk away from the hostel.
Nearby popular points of interest that are within a short walk distance include Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jongmyo Royal Shrine KwangJang Market, and DDP. Restaurants, karaoke clubs, and pubs surround the area.
Insadong Hostel, as the name suggests, is a Seoul hostel located in Insadong, near Insadong culture street.
On-site, you’ll find:
A shared living room
A common dining area
A computer room
Laundry and ironing services
FREE towels and toiletries
This is one of the best hostels in Seoul to stay in if you like history and culture, as it is well-connected to most of the city’s main historical sights and attractions. It’s also an excellent pick for backpackers in Seoul.
Location: Seoul hostel in the heart of Insadong, a minute away from the main Korean culture street, where you’ll find traditional Korean houses and the Bukchon Hanok Village. Art galleries, cafes, tea houses, Korean restaurants, and craft shops surround the area. Anguk subway station is a 2-minute walk away from the hostel, and a 15-minute walk will land you near the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces and the Myeongdong shopping area.
This is a great affordable Seoul hostel pick in the middle of the Gangnam area. The overall atmosphere is very cozy, and you can easily meet people in the lounge area and be social here as well.
The hostel is cleaned on a daily basis, and the entrance has a shoe rack cabinet to avoid messiness.
Location: Seoul hostel in the center of Gangnam near various restaurants, cafes, art galleries, parks, and shops. Seolleung and Seonjeongneung subway stations are a short walk away, and various bus stops surround the hostel.
If you’re looking for Seoul hostels in Meyongdong, then The Cube Hotel should be your top pick! Don’t let their name fool you; this hostel has great dorms.
This Seoul hostel has the following properties:
A shared kitchen
A tour desk
A shared lounge
Private rooms come with balcony and mountain views, the staff is incredibly friendly, and the overall facilities and dorms are very clean.
The atmosphere is mostly quiet and laid-back.
Location: One of our best Seoul hostels in Meyongdong. It’s a 2-minute walk from Myeong-dong station exit no.2. Nearby points of interest include Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong Cathedral, and Seoul Station.
G Guest House Itaewon is a good value for money. Itaewon is a crazy neighborhood, and this hostel provides a decent enough place to crash after too much barbecue and soju.
It’s clean and comfortable, and the people that work here are fantastic! Staffs are friendly and accommodating, but they do not have 24 hours reception. This hostel also provides halal options in Seoul and Hostel Highlights:
WiFi available in all areas
Very good breakfast
Location: G 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 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.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Seoul best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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 email us and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Seoul?
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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
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Update: Closed Hostels
96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge (Closed permanently)
This chic-style hostel has an intimate vibe that we love. Welcome to 96 BUN’Z Travelers Lodge.
As we mentioned, finding dorm rooms in Seoul isn’t always easy.
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!
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 is available 24 hours
Private bathrooms for each room
Project.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:
Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun (Closed permanently)
Sometimes the most basic accommodation offers the best stay. This is certainly the case for Hostel Vanilla 1 Dongdaemun.
This cozy 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, a hair dryer, a personal safe, and free toiletries – fancy!
Also, treat your feet with complimentary slippers.
There is a communal kitchen in this hostel for the keen cooks in the house. 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:
Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel (Closed permanently)
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 many people from around the world and share travel stories and experiences.
WiFi available in all areas
Location: Hongdae Lazy Fox Hostel in Seoul is located a 5-minute walk from Hapjeong Subway Station. From the hostel, the bustling Hongdae Street is just a 10-minute walk east. The historic City Hall and Deoksugung Palace are a 20-minute subway ride away on Line 2, and the lively Itaewon area is a 20-minute subway ride away on Line 6.
Backpackers Inside (Closed permanently)
Backpackers Inside is a good place to stay. The staff is really helpful, nice and helps 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.
Location: Backpackers Hostel Inside is a 10-minute walk from Hyehwa Subway Station. It is a 4-minute drive from Daehakno University Street, famous for its street performances. Shopping at Namdaemun and Myeongdong is a 10-minute drive away.
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