Behind the Anti-View: Metro Hotel Myungdong Redeems Itself
Have you heard about Seoul's hotness? South Korea's hipper-than-thou capital is gaining street cred due to a recent opening of a 10 Corso Como, a Fashion Week growing quickly in international regard, and not to mention the popularity of Korean TV dramas around the world.
The development of Seoul as a sort of new Tokyo (albeit slightly more affordable) is creating a distinctive thirst among tourists and locals alike: for luxury and high design.
This is why, in a city where women wear high heels everywhere, the Metro Hotel Myungdong looks and feels so good. So it doesn't have the best views, but then what is a great view in a city planned without much regard to green spaces and well...city planning?
Addresses in Seoul are notoriously useless, but get yourself to the Myungdong neighborhood and you're only a few frantically-gestured directions away from this hotel.
On a recent visit we loved the blackout blinds, rates starting at $70, and rooms which are relaxing and modern without trying too hard; think refined designer furniture in chocolate brown and tan with a hint of West Elm style. It is really a stretch to believe that this hotel has been around for 47+ years, and is not part of a chain.
Perhaps most important of all is that the Metro Hotel Myungdong is the perfect spot to collapse into a food coma induced by the fried and irresistible Korean street food just outside, in the awesomely hectic urbanity of Myungdong.