I apologize for another redundant where-to-stay question and thank you in advance.
I will be traveling with my husband and one toddler (2 year-old).
Considering the length of the stay and having a toddler, after many days of combing through many reviews, I have decided to go with residence stay (I believed it is also called "serviced apartment").
Yes, I have thought of Airbnb, but as many reviews pointed out, those Airbnb places are often far from the subway stations. A mere 10 min walk for adults doesn't mean 10 mins for my toddler, who finds everything fascinating from rolling leaves to flying bugs. For transportation, we will be using mostly subway and taxi.
So far, I have looked at (using booking.com and agoda.com):
Oakwood (Samsung station)
Pankyo residence (Pankyo station)
I just don't know any better, please suggest any other residences you know.
My budget is: max. $150/night.
Previously, I have stayed at Coex hotel for business trips. Considering this is the only area I know (I didn't get much chance to do sightseeing on my business trips), I'd like to stay at Oakwood, but at $250/night, it is over my budget.
Our plan for the trip consists of sightseeing palaces, Han river, kids cafes, shopping, eating, family time with my elderly parents (they are not familiar with Seoul as they live outside Seoul).
Although I speak fluent Korean, I left Korea 18 years ago that I am so lost. Korea is not the Korea I used to know. I feel like it would be much easier to decide where to stay once I can narrow down to one or two neighborhoods, but I have no clue as to what is a suitable area for a toddler.
Thus, in a nutshell, I am looking for a residence in a clean, safe neighborhood yet close enough to many attractions that is:
- Clean and safe with rather thick walls (I have read some reviews talking about adult activity noises from other rooms at certain residence places- no offense, we were all young once).
- Budget max. $150/night
- Close to a subway station
I'd be grateful for any replies. Bless you for reading my long tedious post. Thank you!!!