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Haemil Guesthouse

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152-2 Gwonnong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-380, South Korea
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for three nights, and really enjoyed my stay. Lucy is a warm, generous hostess who goes above and beyond to make her guests feel welcome. No question is too difficult! The twin room I stayed in was lovely and warm, and Lucy also provided additional treats each day, such as local fruit or delicacies. Breakfast is also... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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127 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lucy is a great hostess that will make you feel at home in this guesthouse. The courtyard is well maintained, the room you stay in is very warm and quiet, and you get served a nice breakfast in the morning. It's not the easiest place to find but that's what makes it a very quiet place. It's not on the... More 

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Guangzhou, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is my second time stay in Haemil Guesthouse. It's not a guesthouse to me. It's my warm house in Seoul. I spent 5 days in Haemil and have a nice memory, make friends with other lodgers and the host. Every morning, Lucy prepare the delicious breakfast for us. Lucy let me experience Korea culture, teach me Korean... To spend... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Good place, near Changdeokgung palace. Floor is okay and warm. Access is not convenient. It is deep inside small alley. They don't explain by viewpoint of customer. Left right was wrong. Need more hot water. :)

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I had originally looked at staying in a basic business hotel, but I decided to stay in a more traditional Korean lodging. Clearly this was an excellent choice. The proprietor, Lucy is very friendly and makes an excellent breakfast. She even brought me a persimmon and some tea in the afternoon. The location is within easy walking distance of several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This cozy little hostel of 3 rooms is a gem hidden admist the alleys of Seoul near the jongmyo. It is located near a major MRT station that has 3 lines running through it, and is in walking distance to most tourist attractions that has enough to offer for at least 2-3 nights stay. The floors are heated, which kept... More 

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Geilenkirchen, Deutschland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

The location is a bit south of Changdeokgung palace...maybe 5 min walking distance. With Lucy one feels literally at home. She takes care of things and makes you feel warmly welcome. I can only say kamsa - mida (thank you) for a wonderful stay in Seoul. My girlfriend and myself enjoyed every minute, every passionately created breakfast and the really... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

For a truly traditional experience, try a stay at Haemil Guesthouse. Lucy is a wonderful, friendly hostess and cooks awesome traditional breakfasts. Your accommodations will include mats to sleep on the floor so be ready for that. However, the facility is very clean and inviting. Lucy also generally has some good suggestions for attractions in the area. This is very... More 

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Convenient location, very close to historical places, not too far from subway station, the rooms are clean and comfortable. We were welcomed warmly. The owner, Lucy is very nice, friendly, helpful, and speaks good English. Many times she helped us while discussing our trip plan. Salute to Lucy for all the hospitality and her hard work to maintain the good... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A memorable and wonderful experience in Haemil Hanok Guesthouse. Lucy was such a great host and the place was so comfortable and clean. Strongly recommended if one were to visit Seoul. A truly traditional Korean experience.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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