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Sophia Guest House

74-11, Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062, South Korea
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Kanazawa, Japan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I've stayed here for 3 times. This time, I stayed here in winter. But, the room was warm,and shawer was hot. I think, this house is one of the good traditional guest house in Seoul. There were no smell of tabacco. All of the rooms are free of smoking.

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HCMC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This is a genuine Hanok (including period furniture), so genuine that you pass the owner's living quarters on the way to and from the breakfast area (which is actually their kitchen). The owner's mother is a gem, with spirit and enthusiasm to spare. If you like the idea of staying in the Bukchon area of Seoul, you couldn't ask for... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We really enjoyed staying at Sophia Guesthouse and came back several times. The communal breakfast is lovely and the rooms are beautiful. The paper sliding doors and courtyard garden feels so relaxing. The whole place is very quiet. Beds are thick mats on the floor and there is no wifi or TV for a very authentic traditional Korean experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We were at Spohia's in September and were so happy that we found her Hanock Guest House on line. We were able to contact her by email to stay the following weekend and it was a great end to our 2 weeks in Korea. I was a little worried about the sleeping mats but in comparison to Korean beds we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Staying here was a great experience. A nice way to see traditional life styles and get a nights sleep. The first thing you should know is that there are no beds. Not in the western meaning. You get a mat and bedding to lay on the floor. That being said, it was worth it. Historic, old rooms with get service... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Staying here with Sophia and her mom felt like visiting family. Sophia was very friendly and helpful. She wrote a note for me in Hangul on asking for a vegetarian version of a Korean dish at a nearby restaurant. Her mom is busy in the kitchen early morning preparing a satisfying breakfast for all the guests. When I return from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It feels like you travel back in time a little when staying at this guest house. The house is in the old hanock style with a pretty courtyard and the rooms are all behind wooden sliding doors. There are still comforts like air conditioning which can come in handy if it's really hot outside. The area is very nice and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I actually traveled in June of 2010, but one cannot add later dates, and this was a great experience. I traveled with a group, and Sophia guest house was very accommodating. The group was very happy that we stayed at a guest house, and not a hotel. We somewhat experienced (as much as tourists can) South Korean living, complete with... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Sophia Guest House is a real gem among the busy bustle of Seoul. If you are looking for an authentic, down-to-earth experience with no frills, this is the perfect place. Sophia and her mother Maria treat their guests as if they are family. I am Korean-American and every time I stay here (3 times already over the last 3 years),... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I've stayed at Sophia's guest house for a weekend and I have to say: Im happy that I choose this accommodation. It's a traditional guesthouse giving you an authentic feel. Sophia was very hospitable, the rooms are clean and neat and its just wonderful to look into the courtyard when you wake up. The location is perfect! It's only a... More 

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Samcheongdong / Bukchon
This historic neighborhood was traditionally home to Seoul’s middle and upper-classes. Now it’s most famed for its clusters of beautiful, traditional Korean homes (called hanok), many of which are found in Bukchon. Many of these homes have now been converted into restaurants, cafes, shops, and even guesthouses, and their unique architecture offers a look at Korea’s traditional beauty. Samcheongdong’s main and side streets attract locals and tourists alike for their quaint and charming scenery, while the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) serves as the residence for South Korea’s president. Art fans will love exploring the many independent and private art galleries in the area.
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