Hotel rooms in Seoul tend to be very expensive, and room-occupancy rates are extremely high, with most high-end hotels reporting an excess of 80% occupancy. Most workers take their summer vacations in late July and early August, so visitors may have difficulties finding a room during that time. Itaewon, Gangnam and Yeouido are the main hotel areas for foreign visitors. Serviced-apartment blocks and condo hotels are springing up around the city, predominantly to serve long-stay businesspeople, but they also act as good stay-put bases for longer holidays since they include a small kitchen, and washers and dryers.
An affordable option for visitors on a budget is a form of Korean lodging called "love" motels. Although they are less expensive, they have surprisingly clean, comfortable rooms. However, most of these hotels are perceived as unsavory in the eyes of Koreans, because many young Koreans or those having extramarital affairs go there for overnight visits. These motels can be found throughout downtown Seoul, do not take reservations and rooms must be paid in cash upfront.
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