Are you visiting Seoul and want to experience its famous onsen culture? Similar to hot springs, they are commonly known as Jjimjilbangs or saunas. If you’re not sure where to stay, don’t worry. We’ve done the research and compiled the best hotels with luxurious bathhouses just for you. But before we get to those, here are our top recommendations.

Hotels with Private Onsen

  • Signiel Seoul – For a private onsen experience, guests recommend the Korea Suite Room. This traditional Korean-style room features a wooden onsen bath and bathing area. Visitors also loved the room’s magnificent view of the Han River.
  • voco Seoul Gangnam, an IHG HotelIf you’re looking to indulge in a private onsen, choose the Premier King Room with Shower and Tub. The bath is designed in the traditional style, with cypress walls and a hinoki tub.

Most Luxurious Onsen Hotels

  • The Shilla Seoul – One of Seoul’s top onsen hotels, Shilla Seoul is known for its luxurious rooms and suites. There’s a lot of positive feedback about the hotel’s pool and onsen areas. Guests love indulging in the pool’s cabanas and jacuzzies, while the onsen’s baths and saunas always draw a crowd.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – This is a popular destination for guests seeking an extravagant getaway. We recommend the Executive Suites as you’ll get Executive Club access. The Korean Sauna is an exclusive retreat with different baths and saunas.

Most Affordable Onsen Hotels

  • Dormy Inn Seoul GangnamDormy Inn offers reasonable rates for access to its Onsen Spa facilities. The Standard Rooms are a great value and offer guests a relaxing retreat. Plan your stay from March to May and enjoy rates starting at $136 USD per night.
  • Orakai Daehakro HotelOrakai Daehakro Hotel is one of Seoul’s most affordable onsen hotels. Guests noted that the Residence Suite was an incredible value compared to other hotels. At time, you may find rates drop to $190 USD per night.

1. Signiel Seoul

Located between the 76th and 101st floors of the famous Lotte World Tower, the facilities of Signiel Seoul are luxuriously furnished.  Operated by the biggest hotel group in Korea, the hotel boasts 235 rooms each offering scenic views of the city. Pamper yourself at the Evian Spa with onsen and treatment rooms or simply relax in the sauna. Treat yourself to a panoramic view of the city as you work out at the gym or swimming pool. Enjoy French cuisine prepared by 3-star Michelin chef Yannick Alleno at STAY or Korean cuisine at Bicena.  Finally, end your day right with drinks whilst admiring the night scenery at Bar 81.

  • Guest Review: Perfect stay. Breathtaking views! The spa, restaurants, and bar were amazing.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Presidential Suite Room
  • Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Songpa-Gu, 05551 Seoul, South Korea

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2. Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is surrounded by historic palaces and tourist attractions. Book a club room to have exclusive access to the Executive Lounge which comes with breakfast, canapes, and evening cocktails. They also have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide you with amazing views of the city. Spoil yourself at the spa that’s minimalist in design and filled with natural light. There are a lot of positive reviews about the saunas and onsen. If you have time, it’s worth trying the Korean scrub too.

  • Guest Review: Very luxurious gym, but the sauna was not included. It’s extra charge.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Executive Suites
  • Address: 97, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03183 Seoul, South Korea

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3. Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower

Located close to tourist spots like Myeongdong and Cheongyecheon is the Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower. Four world-famous interior designers came together to design these trendy and unique rooms. Pursue harmony and balance at the Sulhwasoo spa or recharge yourself at the hotel’s sauna and bubbling onsen. For those looking to keep fit, enjoy a swim at the hotel’s indoor swimming pool.  Alternatively, you could also practice your swing at the hotel’s indoor golf range. At night, enjoy international delicacies from the hotel’s on-site restaurants.

  • Guest Review: Light, airy, and very spacious…very welcoming atmosphere. The staff always greeted us and smiled at us.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Executive Tower Charlotte Suite
  • Address: 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04533 Seoul, South Korea

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4. The Shilla Seoul

This prestigious lifestyle hotel was nominated as one of the best 5-star hotels by Forbes in 2019. They have a luxurious heated swimming pool, fitted with spa baths and even cabanas and sunbeds – the perfect urban escape. The hotel’s onsen is one of their best features. Inside you’ll find different-sized baths, saunas, personal shower booths, and scrubbing rooms. For dining, there’s a variety of cuisine options including Korean and Chinese.

  • Guest Rating: The Shilla was excellent. Service was outstanding. I used the pool, jacuzzis, sauna, and gym.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Superior Suite Double Rooms
  • Address: 249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04605 Seoul, South Korea

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5. Grand Mercure Ambassador Hotel and Residences Seoul Yongsan

This hotel is located in the Seoul Dragon City Complex, right in the heart of Seoul. Their 202 rooms come fitted with large windows offering city views and full kitchens. It’s great for families and groups since they have two to three-bedroom suites. The onsen here is also world-class. You’ll have beautiful views of Seoul from the bathing areas. The hotel also has an indoor golf course, a yoga center, and a swimming pool. With direct access to some of the best entertainment in Seoul, you’re sure to have a lovely stay.

  • Guest Review: A 10-minute walk to Yong-san station, impeccable from all the staff, and delicious breakfast.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Three Bedroom Penthouse
  • Address: 95, Cheongpa-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 04372 Seoul, South Korea

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6. Andaz Seoul Gangnam

Sitting in an affluent neighborhood and offering direct access to the Apgujeong metro station is the Andaz Seoul Gangnam. Rooms overlook the Gangnam district, with selected suites offering private balconies. These rooms are also inspired by traditional Korean cloth art and the Balcony Suite even comes with a deep-soaking tub. But the Summer House is where you want to be to relax. In the spa, they have hot and cold pools, sauna, and steam rooms, along with spa treatment rooms.

  • Guest Review: We loved the design of our room – modern, simple, and very practical. It is conveniently located right next to the subway station.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: King Suite
  • Address: 854 Nonhyun-ro, Gangnam,gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06022 Seoul, South Korea

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7. Dormy Inn SEOUL Gangnam

The Dormy Inn SEOUL Gangnam sits just 500m away from the Gangnam district. Rooms at this hotel come with modern designs and are fitted with gorgeous wood furnishings. But most guests stay here for the hotel’s on-site spa. Take a dip in the Japanese-style hot spring or sweat it out in the sauna. The hotel also houses an in-house restaurant called Hatago that serves over 100 international dishes that are sure to satisfy every palate.

  • Guest Review: Onsen was the highlight of this hotel! It was very clean and well-kept.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Family Twin Rooms
  • Address: 134, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06124 Seoul, South Korea

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8. Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

The Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan is located on levels 27 to 40 of the Dragon City Complex. They feature the world’s first 4-floor structure suspended between two towers. Rooms are spacious and come with a separate lounge area and bathroom. Onsite, there are a range of restaurants from the premium all-day buffet restaurant Food Exchange, to the Premier Lounge on the 40th floor. More importantly, the hotel provides guests with exclusive access to their onsen spas, fitness center, and pool – perfect to unwind and relax after a long day.

  • Guest Review: We utilized the gym and sauna. it was relaxing and the staff was so friendly.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Deluxe Suites
  • Address: 95, Cheongpa-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 04372 Seoul, South Korea

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9. Fraser Place Namdaemun

Fraser Place Namdaemun is close to the famous Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong district. The 252 fully-furnished, chic, and modern rooms feature panoramic views of Seoul’s skyline. And they’re quite affordable too. Most guests have positive reviews for their facilities, particularly the gym and the onsen spas. At night, you can enjoy a drink at the Panorama Bar on the 16th floor or dine at the First Floor Restaurant.

  • Guest Review: Nice hotel with great facilities including a gym, sauna, and onsens. There’s also a little rooftop smoking area.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Premier Rooms
  • Address: 58, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04526 Seoul, South Korea

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10. Vista Walkerhill Seoul

Formerly known as W Seoul, the Vista Walkerhill Seoul is an enchanting urban resort. Peppered with art installations, the hotel is a quaint mix of nature and futurism. Most rooms feature a panoramic view of the Han River, mountains, or city. Most guests enjoy the premium Korean beef at Myeongwolgwan and modern Italian cuisine at Del Vino. For a unique bathing experience, head to the pool where they have open-air hot tubs overlooking Hangang River.

  • Guest Review: I have mixed feelings cause the views were amazing but the bar prices were ridiculous.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Studio Suites
  • Address: 177 Walkerhill-Ro Gwangjang-Dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Gwangjin-Gu, 04963 Seoul, South Korea

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11. Orakai Daehakro Hotel

A combination of modern sense and comfort, the hotel derives its name from Daehakro, a cultural and artistic street in Korea. It has 189 rooms designed for both couples and families with kids. For a unique experience, stay in the Ondol Suite – a traditional Korean-style room that comes with a floor heating system. On the 4th floor, you’ll find the gym and bathhouse. At night, visit the Level 3 Restaurant where there’s an extensive range of buffet menus.

  • Guest Review: From the minute we walked in the door, the staff were wonderful! The gym facilities were excellent.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Suites
  • Address: 180 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-Gu, 03127 Seoul, South Korea

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12. Four Points by Sheraton Seoul Gangnam

Four Points by Sheraton is a contemporary hotel in the heart of Seoul. Their most popular rooms are the Penthouses, one of which has a whirlpool on the balcony. If you’re looking to head to the sauna and heated spa baths, remember to make a reservation as it’s only open from Fridays to Sundays. The Lounge & Bar is also a popular hangout spot offering signature drinks and city views.

  • Guest Review: Buffet breakfast had a good selection, but the Western dishes are flavored to a more Korean palate.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Penthouses
  • Address: 203, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, 06026 Seoul, South Korea

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Best Rooms

Seoul HotelsBest Rooms
Signiel SeoulPresidential Suite Room
Four Seasons Hotel SeoulExecutive Suites
Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive TowerExecutive Tower Charlotte Suite
The Shilla SeoulSuperior Suite Double Rooms
Grand Mercure Ambassador Hotel and Residences Seoul YongsanThree Bedroom Penthouse
Andaz Seoul GangnamKing Suite
Dormy Inn SEOUL GangnamFamily Twin Rooms
Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul YongsanDeluxe Suites
Fraser Place NamdaemunPremier Rooms
Vista Walkerhill SeoulStudio Suites
Orakai Daehakro HotelSuites
Four Points by Sheraton Seoul GangnamPenthouses
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