Between the Sheets: Hotel Maui Dongdaemun

By in Asia, hotel, hotel review, Seoul, South Korea on November 18, 2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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


Social: Facebook | Kakao: hotelmauiddm | Line: hotelmaui

Kristina is an ardent traveler and has been to over 48 countries and has no plans to stop. She taught English in a small fishing city in Japan for a year, volunteered on an archaeological dig on an Iron Age site in Israel, drove 10,000 miles in a 1994 Corsa from London to Ulaanbataar for charity, and accidentally fell in love with K-pop in Seoul. It’s been a wild ride.
  1. Reply

    Good on you for imposing a writers retreat for yourself, I really feel like I could do with one or two of those myself. But having lived in Seoul myself, I can totally recognise what you mean about needing a break every once in a while, the city can get too much. That being said, I really really miss the makgeolli! You’ve made me very nostalgic!

    • Luca
    • November 19, 2016

    The look is the one of a clean, essential and relaxed place. I’ve never been to Seoul but I know how the society is “demanding” and how can you feel living there. I lived in Tokyo so I have an Idea. A little nest to escape into, imagining yourself maybe somewhere else too, it’s always appreciated! If it’s on a budget, even better! 😀

  2. I’m visiting Seoul next year, and most likely need a place to stay, thanks for your review it looks like a really great place to stay! Again, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    The hotel looks like a comfortable place to relax after a hard day’s travel. It is also elegant and neat without being overpowering and retains a homely kind of atmosphere. A good place to dig in for the night.

  4. Reply

    This hotel sounds very hospitable and welcoming. Glad you were able to enjoy a nice getaway and relax in a comfortable hotel. The korean pancake looked amazing by the way! Yum!

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    Looks like really clean and a place to relax in. I’ve never been in Seoul, maybe I will be soon there and after your post will be easy to sleep and relax in a good place.
    Thanks for sharing it,

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    Not sure I’ll make it that way as I prefer slower paced small towns, but I’ll keep in mind if I do. The rooftop terrace is very appealing. The hallways look a little stark tho, almost like an apartment building. Why did they decide on that name? I associate it with Hawaii, doest it mean something there?

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    Stuffing your face, chatting with interesting people and relaxing in a comfortable hotel room seems like the perfect way to take a break from the world. The roof top looks awesome too 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  8. Reply

    Looks like a warm and comfortable hotel. Did their restaurant serve vegetarian food too? How easy is it to get to the public transport system?

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      No restaurant, just a breakfast bar in the morning. And yes, it was vegetarian :). And it’s between two subway stops, so very easy to get to public transport.

    • November 21, 2016

    sometimes escaping from a day to day duties and treating ourselves is the best think to do. hope you enjoyed your stay! 🙂 IG picture from a restaurant looks lovely!

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    Oooh, I love that paint colour on that room wall! Staycations are the best thing especially when you need a break from “life”. Thanks for the lovely write up about Hotel Maui too, I’ll pass it along to my cousins who are big time K-pop fans and make their pilgrimage to Seoul 3 times a year!

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    I can imagine what a break here must have been like! Absolutely comfortable!
    The interior colors are sober and soothing. Worth a night’s halt there.

  11. Reply

    This hotel is so lovely. I love the way you have used the Insta pictures. Do tell us something about the food too.

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    Sounds like the hotel had lots of activities. We like watching TV when we get a hotel as well since we never have cable either. This makes us want to check out this hotel for sure. We’ll keep it in mind for the future since we’d like to go to Seoul at some point.

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    Good for you. I hope you got a lot done and enjoyed the peace and quiet.

    • travellingslacker
    • November 23, 2016

    Nice hotel… and there is no better feeling than leaving a job 😉
    Of ocurse there can be practical difficulties at times but nothng lke reganng yoru freedom!
    Maui looks awesome, hoping to see more sights from it.

    • Jure
    • November 24, 2016

    When I visited Seoul I made a pretty bad accomodation decision 😀 This place looks like a much more pleasant budget option to stay at. How much does it usually cost per night?

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    Sometimes all you need for inspiration is a change in scenery! Great little hotel! Looks extremely clean too which is always a plus! x

    • Soraya @ Hello Raya
    • November 25, 2016

    Sounds like the perfect budget stay in Seoul. It’s modern, it’s clean, and has all the comforts you need. I’m also loving that there is a rooftop space to chill out. Will definitely consider this spot when I am in Seoul.

  15. Reply

    Hotel Maui looks very functional. Glad you had a great staycation 😀

    • Nadine Smith
    • December 7, 2016

    While I love 5-star hotels, I also enjoy staying at boutique hotels. They’re intimate AND practical! Hotel Maui looks like a great place for a staycation. Glad you got a nice break ☺

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