Sometimes life gets to be too much. Whether it’s work or social circles or just the day-to-day grind that is slowly making you mad, once in awhile you simply need to get away from it all. But maybe you don’t want to go far, maybe you just need a mini break in the city where you call home. I was in need of one of those, majorly, I had just quit my job here in Seoul, and my mind was going beserk trying ot think of everything I needed to do; I needed somewhere quiet and cozy to just cancel out the world.
So when I was invited to spend a few days at Hotel Maui, I lept at the chance. It was exactly what I needed.
Located in the quiet blue collared working neighborhood of Dongdaemun, Hotel Maui is a surprising budget oasis if you need to get away from the crowds of one of the busiest cities on earth. It’s nestled between Dongmyo and Sinseol-dong subway stations not far from the lovely Cheonggyecheon Stream, a perfect place to be if you want to be towards the center of the city but also away from the madness.
Hotel Maui has only just had its grand opening, and it’s clear that the owner and staff want to make the place as welcoming as possible. I was greeted by the owner herself when I came in, a bit wet from the rain and looking more or less bedraggled. She immediately let me know where everything was, what was in the area, and invited me to a pajeon and makgeolli party the hotel was having that evening.
The hotel has five floors of rooms, with single, double, and family occupancy available. The facilities are nice and everything has been redone for the grand open so you know it’s nice, clean, and fresh! From a personal taste, I quite liked the color scheme and it definintely added to my wanting to chill and unwind. Turns out this was intentional as the colors and decor were inspired by Maui itself. Way to follow through!
The bed was nice and firm, which I personally love, and I slept amazingly well on it.
As I don’t have cable at home, it was nice ot be able to tune in to some Korea telly while on my staycation. I have to say, Korea has a variety of cooking shows and they’re all excellent, haha. The bathroom was very nice, spacious, and had plentiful body wash and shampoo for your stay. It smelled particularly nice as well!
There’s an E-Mart and plenty of convenience stores around, so you can definintely make use of the mini fridge that is provided. I spent nearly every night watching television and snacking away. The staff downstairs was happy to help as well as I fumbled with some directions on a noodle cup I bought. You’re free to use the microwave and other facilities in the lobby 24/7, though breakfast is served every morning as well (I always overslept, oops).
The pajeon and makgeolli party was just one of many the hotel threw the first few weeks it was open, showcasing Korean food and drink and inviting its guests to partake. I definitely had my fill of delicious jeon, which is sort of a Korean potato pancake… without the potatoes. Kimchi, green onions, flour, and all sorts of things can be added to it. The fact was though, it was pretty darn tasty.
I spent my first evening stuffing my face and chatting with the staff, one of which was a student from Taiwan who was studying here in Korea while learning German. I mean, what are the odds of that?! We talked about places we’d both traveled to and Korean food and what we liked about Seoul and missed from home. It was really pleasant and just added to the entire atmosphere of being quite chill and lovely.
Hotel Maui is one of the few budget hotels that has a rooftop space as well. It has lovely views of Dongdaemun, including a few hanoks so you can get that wonderful blend of traditional meets modernity that Seoul has. I was a big fan.
In short, if you’re looking for a quiet, restful place to take a staycation, definitely check it out. Also, if you’re heading to Seoul and want a private room with good amenities and a great price point, I definitely recommend it ! You’ll not be far from the action, you’ll get a great night’s rest, and it won’t break the bank.
Location: (201-15 Sungin-dong)14 Jong-ro 66ga-gil,Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-825
Phone: +82 (0)10-5738-8010
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