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- Hongdae GuesthouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
This is by far the best hostel in Seoul. The owner, Mary Wang, has created a truly fantastic space for backpackers, and she is a significant part of what makes this hostel so special. She says it was her destiny to start the business and run a home-away-from-home for travelers, and it shows. All of the guests seem happy here. The hostel occupies the 3rd, 8th and 9th floors of a large office building, but that doesn’t detract at all from the warmth of the environment. The guestrooms themselves are reminiscent of the many officetel apartments found throughout Seoul. There are dorm and private rooms, most of them lofted. The dorms sleep nine – 6 in the main room, and 3 above in the loft. All rooms, including the dorms, have AC, a water cooler, kitchenette, free wi-fi and are spotlessly clean. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide an abundance of natural light and also offer great views of the Hongdae area and city.
It’s a little hard to find even though it’s directly outside the Hongdae subway station. Go out exit 9, turn around, and the entrance is immediately on your left, in the office building above Dunkin Donuts.
The prices are reasonable, but according to Mary, are also negotiable if you’re staying longer or are simply really nice to her. If the prices are still too steep for your budget, then head down the street to Mary’s other property, Yellow Submarine. The rooms in that 3-story house are a bit cheaper.
- Hongdae GuesthouseJul 04, 2012
Hands down the best option for backpackers coming through Seoul. When Mary, the owner and heart of the guesthouse, tells you that it was her passion and destiny to run a hostel, you won't doubt it!
The rooms are set up on the 3rd, 8th, and 9th floors of a large high rise building just outside exit 1 of Hongik University Station in the heart of Hongdae, Seoul's most famous student neighborhood. The streets absolutely overflow with music, dancing, clubs, art, fashion, and food. Young (or youthfully minded) travelers couldn't ask for a more exciting location to experience Seoul's nightlife and party scene.
Okay- back to the hostel. Mary has created a lovely, cosy, clean, warm, and spacious home for her guests. The rooms are Korean loft style, with a large, main room (think 15 foot ceilings!) and a short loft upstairs, just tall enough to stand upright on your knees- room for lounging and sleeping.
The rooms vary in price and occupancy, so you should have no trouble accommodating your small or large traveling group. The rooms are equipped with nicely furnished kitchens, laundry machines, free wifi, (some with a shared computer) water cooler, and private bathrooms. The rooms also smelled incredibly fresh and clean- something that may seem trivial, but is quite priceless when dealing with budget travel. Mary also reminded us that prices are negotiable to those with big smiles and warm hearts!
The guests at the Hongdae Guesthouse all seemed to know each other as well as the employees by name, and the overall feeling of the place was so inviting, you may find yourself not wanting to leave. For a great value in one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Seoul, it doesn't get any better than this.