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Elm Tree Guest House

25-8, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-080, South Korea
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Ranked #275 of 698 Seoul B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The room is just enough to fit Asian size only. The bathroom is too small for someone to comfortably take a good bath. We had a hard time sleeping on the second night because you can hear the voices of those people drinking just outside the guesthouse but aside from that, the street is quite peaceful. They don't clean the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The location is awesome. A few minutes to the Bank of Korea, Sungnyemun Gate, Namdaemun Market. Quite close to two metro stops, Hoehyeon and City Hall (I recommend you to use City Hall station Exit 7). Myeongdong and Seoul Station are also very close. Some people had problems in finding the location of the guesthouse in their first time but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's a really tiny hostel. You can't really shop much because there's really no room to put all your stuff. If you are really big sized, I do not recommend you to stay here because it would be quite uncomfortable for you. The bunk beds are made for Asians. Nevertheless, you get what you paid for and it is an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The guesthouse is located opposite Namdaemun market and about 2-3 minutes walk through a small alley. Landmarks near the guesthouse are Namdaemun market, Myeongdong, Bank of Korea and Shinsegae Department Store. The room which we booked is the bunk twin. It was a bit cramped specially when we did some shopping. The bathroom/toilet is small too. Free breakfast is nothing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The room is quite small but it fits the price, the place is at the center of Namdaemun which close to (literally close) Namdaemun market, MyeongDong, City Hall, Seoul Station, Cheonggyeon Stream, Namsan Park, this place located at the center of those places, I often get myself a break after walking around the area then going out again. I was... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Yes, the rooms are tiny. There are slightly bigger studios upstairs and the locals call the study dorms where students rent a place and just hit the books. However, the location is at central as it gets and you can't beat the price. You're right smack dab in the middle of the city an easy walk to all the attractions.... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Though it is really in the center of Seoul - 15 minutes walk or so - it was pretty hard to find, because the guesthouse is in an alley. The rooms are more then tiny and hot during the summer, but at least you can have your own privacy. They don't have window to outside, only to the corridor and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Oh my God. The room was veryyyyyy tiny :) But the atmosphere in the guesthouse was good. Staff is extremely nice and helpful. Also I liked the idea of a shared kitchen, with orange juice and cornflakes or toasts for breakfast. The location is good, pretty central and you can basically go anywhere in Seoul when you are staying at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

So this was the first time I EVER lived in a room this tiny. It was so tiny, that it was amazing!! Redefined anthropometrics. But for that kind of money, to be located smack bang in the center of Seoul and (literally) a stones-throw away from Namdaemun, the city hall, and all the major commercial and tourist areas of Seoul,... More 

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighborhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighborhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighborhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
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