A cursory look at Daejeon will make you believe that the city is no different from the quintessential tech capital.
But look closely, and you'll find that there's a lot more to the South Korean city than just major transport hubs and innovation.
Often referred to as Asia’s Silicon Valley — owing to its status as a major hub for top tech industries — Daejeon is a seriously underrated vacation prospect.
Truth is, there are endless entertainment options and quaint outer suburbs, with lush mountains and hot springs, that await travelers at this multifaceted destination.
It only takes a short weekend trip to uncover all of Daejeon's best-kept secrets.
Of course, all vacation planning starts with choosing the right hotel for your stay.
Here, we have listed 15 of Daejeon's best hotels and what you can expect from their overall experience as a traveler!
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The Empress Hotel
Located in a prime location right within the city center, the Empress Hotel is the go-to choice for travelers looking to stay close to all major transport hubs and Daejeon landmarks.
The central Wolpyeong Subway Station is less than a five-minute walk away from this hotel, while the Dunsan Prehistoric site and Yurim Park are all a short cab ride away.
The hotel offers plenty of modern entertainment options, including a fine-dining eatery and a gym/fitness center.
That and the accommodation’s comfortable rooms, all housed in a grand complex overlooking the waterfront, make it a top pick.
Benikea Daelim Hotel
A quintessential business hotel, the Benikea Daelim Hotel is everything that you'd expect from a posh Silicon Valley accommodation.
With its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the hotel will ensure that the guests will walk away with an unforgettable experience of the locality from which it borrows its very name!
Benikea Daelim Hotel’s spacious and minimal-design rooms and suites make for a comfortable setting for business trips and a family holiday.
Complimentary breakfasts and shuttle services — both to and from the airport and rentals for city tours — are added bonuses.
Lotte City Hotel Daejeon
Flashier than most others, but not in the best way possible, Lotte City Hotel Daejeon is your ideal option for a luxury stay in Daejeon.
Spacious rooms with modern design furniture blend seamlessly into the hotel's upmarket vibe.
The 18-story tall property allows for plenty of room for other attractions.
Prominent amongst Lotte City Hotel Daejeon’s added bonuses are the popular cafe, a bar/lounge, well-equipped fitness and business centers, and 24-hour wifi service in your rooms.
Hotel Onoma Daejeon Autograph Collection
A Marriott undertaking, Hotel Onoma Daejeon Autograph Collection offers you a business hotel experience with its resort-like appeal.
Hotel rooms are comfortable and offer all amenities you'd expect from a high-end accommodation.
What's more, you have a scenic view of the city right from your balcony window.
However, the real draw at Hotel Onoma Daejeon Autograph Collection remains its common spaces.
The hotel complex boasts an indoor pool, a sauna wellness center, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
There are a few other places you'd rather want to be at at the end of your busy days!
Le Stendal Hotel
If you're looking to ditch the glitzy business hotels in favor of a more homely abode, the Le Stendal Hotel might just be the place for you.
Housed in a massive modern-design mansion that offers immaculate rooms that come with private tubs and kitchenettes, this is the perfect place for enjoying a laid-back trip to Daejeon.
And you do not have to worry about giving up the privileges of putting up in a city center hotel, as Le Stendal Hotel is located in a prime location, only about 2 miles from the Daejeon Stadium.
All other major city landmarks are a stone's throw away from it as well, so you get the comfort of a somewhat-quieter holiday without having to travel too far out of the city.
Ramada by Wyndham Daejeon
Continuing the trend of luxury hotel chains is the next name on the list, Ramada by Wyndham Daejeon.
Centrally located, the hotel offers easy access to all major city landmarks, much like most of its counterparts.
The one area where Ramada by Wyndham Daejeon does score big is the range of top amenities.
The modern design and top amenities in the offing that the accommodation a top pick include multiple dining options, banquet halls, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an essentials market, and a business center, among others.
Residence Hotel Line
With its modern rooms laden with wooden flooring, contemporary furniture, and attached kitchenettes, the Residence Hotel Line effuses an effortless homely charm.
Rest assured that the seemingly unamusing accommodation option will surprise you.
Residence Hotel Line offers an accommodation experience that is best suited for families, who are drawn to the family suites that are tailor-made to suit their requirements.
Major landmarks, including the Daejeon Museum of Art and Yurim Park, are all less than a 10-minute drive away.
Dunsan Graytone Hotel
Another popular choice for business travelers flying into Daejeon is Dunsan Graytone Hotel.
Don't be fooled by the modest outlook, as the accommodation offers minimalist-designed rooms, some of which come with their own workstations, as well as family suites that manage to impress even with the bare minimum.
The hotel's location in the central Seo-gu ensures that you're always in the mix of things.
It is fairly close to the city's entertainment centers and the surroundings are lined with some of the city’s busiest restaurants and shopping venues.
Hotel Lacky Daejeon
Boho brick design walls, earthy colors, blended shades of grey, and curated furniture, Hotel Lacky Daejeon is as fashionable as accommodations can get.
The rooms are airy and come in varied categories, ranging from compact rooms to ones with dedicated workstation areas to luxury suites.
The amenities provided by the accommodation are just as upmarket.
The Woodcrest hotel’s masterfully designed lounge will have your evenings covered.
That, along with a 12th-floor in-house bar, only adds to the stylish boutique hotel appeal.
Hotel Skypark Daejeon
Hotel Skypark Daejeon offers you a business hotel experience with the added appeal of lush outdoor gardens and terraces.
Hotel rooms are comfortable and offer all amenities you'd expect from high-end accommodation.
The real draw at Courtyard San Jose Daejeon, however, remains the vast outdoors.
The hotel complex has a quaint garden that offers a welcome change to the brick-and-mortar outlook.
This is the perfect venue if you are looking to unwind in the midst of your busy weeks touring Daejeon.
Good Morning Residence Hue
If studio apartments and independent living are what you're looking for in your vacation to Daejeon, you might also want to turn to Good Morning Residence Hue.
Located in the northwestern part of the city, the casual hotel complex is all things comfortable.
The studio apartments, most of which are complete with a small living and kitchen space of their own, come with additional shared spaces, including a dining area, laid-back common spaces, a business center, and laundry rooms.
A Marriott undertaking — one that is part of the brand’s Autograph Collection — Hotel Onoma offers a curated luxury experience for your stay in Daejeon.
The arty rooms that make the best use of natural daylight are all well equipped with top amenities and offer panoramic views of the city.
Located in the International Science Business Belt, the Hotel Onoma Autograph collection is easy to access; all major city landmarks are at a stone’s throw from the hotel, as a matter of fact.
Kyungha Spa Hotel
If you're looking to ditch the glitzy business hotels in favor of a more relaxed abode, the Kyungha Spa Hotel might just be the right pick for you.
Housed in a rustic-looking red brick house with traditionally decorated rooms and halls, this is the perfect place to acquaint yourself with the other side of Daejeon.
And you do not have to worry about giving up the privileges of putting up in a city center hotel, as Kyungha Spa Hotel is located in a prime location, only about a 10-minute drive from KAIST.
All other major city landmarks are fairly close as well, so you get the comfort of a somewhat-quieter holiday without having to travel too far out of the city.
Another popular choice for travelers looking for a happy departure from the larger theme of upmarket business hotels is the Lamia Hotel.
Located in the central Seo-gu, the hotel offers a wide range of room options to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for a trendy studio apartment, most of which come with kitchenettes, barebone rooms, or suites, Lamia Hotel has you covered!
Enjoy a complete Daejeon experience by shopping around the city center and bringing back supplies to fix up your own meals, or head to the hotel’s trendy retro-bar that dishes out a range of gourmet delights.
And for the last entry on the list, we go back to the business accommodation Yousung Hotel, housed in a massive glassdoor complex, which offers spacious and minimalist rooms that come with small living-room areas and workstations.
And for your time off of business meetings, you can also choose to relax around the common areas, including the gymnasium, the immaculate indoor pool, and the accompanying poolside.
The hotel’s chic appeal is also furthered by the small outdoor gardens and fine dining restaurant.
And that's our complete list of hotel options from Daejeon.
Take your pick and get packing for your next vacation; Asia’s Silicon Valley awaits!