Despite a recent recession, the 2002 World Cup has caused
many hoteliers to hike up their prices. The result is that
Seoul is not such a cheap place to visit - in fact it's been
hailed as the world's 10th most expensive city - so for most
visitors a cheap option for accommodation might be to find
out one of the many 'love hotels' that exist in the
city. With house prices at an all time high, many children
cannot afford to leave home at a young age like they do in
the west. As such, there is a booming trade in short-stay
hotels where courting couples can enjoy time together, by
the night or more cheaply by the hour! Many of these love
motels can be found in the budget area of Seoul, just to the
north-east of the Shinch'on subway station and sell many.
This sort of motel is locally known as a 'yogwan' and in Seoul's
a maze of alleys you often find these incorporating a public
bath house as well.
If you can afford it, though, the best place to stay in
Seoul is the Grand Hyatt, a luxury hotel to beat them all.
Tel: +82 2 797 1234
Fax: +82 2 798 6953,
Like the capital, Geongju has a whole range of accommodation
on offer but if you want to splash out check into the Hotel
Hyundai and enjoy an overview of the lake to die for.
This is a bustling international city with a host of hotels
and guestrooms to look out for. If you want to enjoy the beach-life,
though, the Busan Marriott Hotel has a prime position on the
city's coast line. Check it out!
Oriental Hotel - + 82 64 752 8222
Lagonda Hotel - + 82 64 758 2500