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Sophia Guest House

157-1 Sogyeok-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sophia Guest House

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 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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New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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17 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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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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Singapore, Singapore
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Sophia guesthouse was definitely better than the previous hanook i stayed in Oct. The lady was hospitable and her elderly mother comes out to cook and prepare breakfast. Even though she is unable to speak english, the elder lady makes effort to communicate. The room was neat and they provided the necessary amenities. The price was also reasonable. Location wss... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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24 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Our first night, my friends and I shared two double rooms in the main house just across from the kitchen and a few feet from the bathroom. The second night, we stayed in the Annex. In some ways, I thought the Annex was nicer than was the main house, if only because the Annex feels (but, also is, rather literally,)... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

POSITIVE ASPECTS: Great atmosphere: typical Korean hanok Quiet area next to busy areas: Insadong, Palaces Good service level: correct security level and very clean bathrooms (we stayed in the annex house) Warm welcome: breakfast served as if you would be at home (in the main house, 2 minutes walk) There were tourists from all over the world: Europe, Asia, and... More 

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