Asia Hotel Korea Reviews

Weekend Getaway in Seoul: Hotel Maui DDM

Although I live in a big city, it’s always fun venturing to another big(ger) city! The new year was approaching and my two gal pals and I wanted to welcome 2017 by celebrating it in the capital of Korea!

Since I’m an expat living on a teacher’s budget, I opt for finding reasonable accommodation in a busy area. Luckily, I found the perfect place to lay my head: Hotel Maui Dongdaemun.

Hotel Maui DDM (Photo: Hotel DDM Facebook page)

First Impressions

Since my train came into Seoul early in the morning, we arrived at the hotel before the usual check-in time. We were greeted with a friendly smile from the receptionist who I apologized to for being a few hours early. Fortunately our room was ready and we were able to get settled in. If your room isn’t ready before the usual 3pm check-in time and you want to explore the city, you can leave your luggage in the front area of the hotel.

Hotel Maui DDM – reception area

The reception area is bright and welcoming with exposed brick (a decor fave of mine). There’s a common area where you can congregate to have breakfast or a cup of coffee, which is provided by the hotel for free. There’s also a microwave, water cooler and some snacks that you can use at your disposal.

The Room

Hotel Maui DDM Triple Room

Our triple room was located on the top floor (Note: in the elevator, there is no 4th floor – as the number 4 is considered bad luck – similar to the 13th floor superstition in North America. So we had to hit the 6th floor button to get to our 5th floor room).

Once you walk into the room, there’s a little front area where you can remove your shoes. The hotel provides comfy slippers that you can wear to keep your feet warm on the hardwood floors.

I really enjoyed the simplicity of the room. It felt like I was in someone’s home rather than a typical hotel suite. The walls are painted with a calm yellow hue and there are some cute paintings hanging from the wall.

I must applaud the perfect temperature throughout my entire stay. We couldn’t control the heat in the room, which sometimes worries me in case it’s too hot. Should you need some relief, you can open the door connecting the front foyer and the bedroom.

If you are staying at Hotel DDM during the summer, there is a remote controlled air conditioner ready to cool things down for ya.

Fridge, tv and blow dyer available in all rooms.

The triple room consists of a double and a twin bed. The room is also complete with a television set, refrigerator, blow dryer and towels. Note that towels in Korea are usually hand sized, even ones you use for showering. If you want a larger sized towel to drape yourself in as you finish your daily routine, you’ll have to bring one from home.

Since the room is triple occupancy, it’s a good space for 2 to 3 people. Any more bodies (plus luggage) in there and it might feel a bit cramped.Β  The beds are firm yet very comfortable. The pillows are plush which made for a very restful sleep.

The Bathroom

One of my favourite things about the hotel room was the spacious bathroom! My bathroom in my apartment is tiny in comparison. I loved that there is enough room to separate the shower and the toilet. I hate when the entire toilet gets wet while you take a shower. Luckily this doesn’t happen in this spacious bathroom! The hotel provides shower shoes, shampoo, conditioner and body gel (in its own Hotel DDM-branded containers – what a nice added touch!).

The Area

Hotel DDM is technically in the Dongdaemun area, which is a wonderful neighbourhood full of markets, restaurants and shopping. In between the hotel and Dongmyo (the subway station closest to the hotel), there is a big outdoor market where locals are selling clothes, watches, shoes and random items. It almost looks like a garage sale!

Outdoor market, anyone?

I really enjoyed my time at Hotel DDM. It made for a great weekend getaway in Seoul! If you’re a budget traveler or an expat living on an ESL teacher’s salary, Hotel Maui DDM is the right accommodation for you.

Address

14, Jong-ro 66ga-gil, Jongno-Gu, 03115 Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82-010-5738-8010

Directions

Directions from Dongmyo Station (line 1 & line 6). Exit 3.

Be careful not to miss the small pathway to lead you to the hotel! Turn right after K Hostel.

Disclaimer:

This review was made in exchange for a two-night complementary stay at Hotel Maui DDM. As always, opinions are my own.

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41 Comments

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    Star Lengas
    February 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    This is such a cute hotel! I like that it’s close to the city center so you can explore further into Seoul or just stay in the neighborhood and go crazy with thrift shopping!

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      Expat and the City
      February 20, 2017 at 4:45 am

      I liked it, too! The area was pretty cool to explore, for sure!

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    Nicole
    February 13, 2017 at 3:11 am

    This looks like a great find in the middle of the city. Plus, it’s good for travelling teachers on a budget so perfect for my weekend excursions!

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      Expat and the City
      February 20, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Most definitely!

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    The Soul of Seoul
    February 13, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I think they’ve done a great job with the decor there. Some Korean hotels can really go overboard gawdy I think. Definitely where I’d choose to stay too. ^^

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      Expat and the City
      February 20, 2017 at 4:46 am

      I totally agree! I just love the simplicity. Nothing too crazy at DDM!

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    Rocio Cadena
    February 13, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I usually opt for hostels rather than hotels as our teacher salary doesn’t really allow for sex and the city lifestyle haha. So I enjoy your hotel review series because it shows me what’s on the other side!

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      Expat and the City
      February 20, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Haha I agree. And thanks for the comment!

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    Nathan Anderson
    February 11, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Looks like a really comfy little place! I love hotels in Korea, they can give you a lot of bang for your buck! I really like the simple and clean decor as well… right up my alley as far as taste goes. Just curious, how did you go about getting a comp stay? I’ve been thinking about doing hotel reviews on my site as well, but haven’t taken the leap.

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      Expat and the City
      February 20, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Hi Nathan, Thanks for your comments! Please feel free to email me and we can talk about it! info@expatandthecityblog.com

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    Megan Indoe
    February 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hotel Maui DDM has a great location in Seoul and the rooms are really nice! Since we lived in Seoul we never got to enjoy the different hotels but would often have people ask us where to stay. We will be sure to let anyone know that this is a great option!

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      Expat and the City
      February 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Great – thanks for passing it along!

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    Romy
    February 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for all the tips. I could see myself staying here as I am a traveler on a pretty tight budget sometimes. It looks really well taken care of:)

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      Expat and the City
      February 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      No problem! This place is exceptionally clean!

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    Carmen's Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl)
    February 8, 2017 at 4:06 am

    It looks simple but very cozy and clean! I like it! Great review, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’d definitely stay here.

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      Expat and the City
      February 8, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my page!

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    Diana Chen
    February 8, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I love how this hotel looks, even from your first photo of the outside of the hotel. It has a very simple but clean look, which suits my style perfectly. And I love that there is a little market right outside. I would definitely consider staying here when I visit Seoul.

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      Expat and the City
      February 8, 2017 at 5:35 am

      I love the neighbourhood. I ate at a delicious Korean restaurant and had bibimbap for cheap!

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    Wendy Flor
    February 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    The location is good and the room looks nice. I’ve never been to a budget hotel here in Korea but it always helps to read about these places for friends who like to come over for vacation.

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      Expat and the City
      February 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

      I especially liked the location!

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    Shelley @Travel-Stained
    February 7, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I will never get used to the whole hand-size towel for showering thing in Korea…and find it especially annoying when I’ve booked at a more expensive hotel that caters to international guests. I mean, how hard can it be to buy some big towels?? This place looks really nice though, and in a great area for access to all of Seoul’s sites. πŸ™‚

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Yes I don’t really understand the small towel thing… so when in doubt, always bring your own!

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    Lara Dunning
    February 7, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Great review of a budget hotel. It looks really nice and very clean, and in a great location.

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:26 am

      Thanks! If you ever visit Seoul, Korea, consider staying there!

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    missairportsandpassports
    February 7, 2017 at 1:36 am

    If I ever make my way to Seoul, I will definitely consider this hotel. I’m in a public service field as well so I completely understand searching for reasonably priced accommodations.

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:26 am

      Awesome! Reasonably priced hotels that are comfy and in good locations is key!

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    ravenoustravellers
    February 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    We always tend to stay in the same area when we visit Seoul so I’m grateful for this recommendation! The hotel looks clean and spacious and in a great location! Great find!!

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Is this area that you stay in Dongdaemun??

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        ravenoustravellers
        February 7, 2017 at 4:37 am

        no usually hongdae or myeondong!! so we’ll have to check out this hotel next time!

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    Mark
    February 6, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the review. Motels in Korea are a hit and miss at times. Need to find and list the ones that have proper towels though!! Could be a blogpost on its own.

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Haha “Where to find towels in Korea”… I can see this having high ratings!

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    Corinne
    February 6, 2017 at 6:26 am

    When we lived in Daegu, we were always looking for good weekend deals. They can be hard to find in Seoul. Thanks for this info.

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      Expat and the City
      February 7, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Yes they can be hard to find in Seoul for sure!

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    Chronic Wanderlust
    February 6, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Looks like a fine stay! Will check it out when I make plans for Korea!

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      Expat and the City
      February 6, 2017 at 4:15 am

      Excellent! It’s a great place to stay in a great location, too!

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    Brianna
    February 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    This looks like a nice hotel. I like the simplicity of it as well. And I’m totally with you on the shower thing- it drives me crazy when the whole bathroom gets wet after a shower!

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      Expat and the City
      February 6, 2017 at 2:40 am

      I love the simplicity and location the best!!

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    Kaylene Chadwell
    February 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I haven’t made it to this area of the world yet, but I really hope to soon! This hotel looks lovely, and I really love when hotels give slippers πŸ™‚ Also seems like the hotel is in a great location. It’s always nice to be near markets and restaurants!

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      Expat and the City
      February 6, 2017 at 2:40 am

      I love when hotels give little things like this! Location is excellent!

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    travelwithtarah
    February 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I’m hoping to possibly teach in South Korea, as well, and hopefully visit Seoul so this is super helpful! Thanks!

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      Expat and the City
      February 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Awesome! You’re making a great decision to teach in Korea!

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