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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights and paid for a Double room. Met with some difficulties locating the estb but after some help from friendly korean passers by we finally ended up at songwontel. They were booked out of Double rooms so were accommodated in 2 single rooms with ensuite bathroom. Second night onwards we were reaccommodated into a Double room. Breakfast of bread, jam and butter and complimentary all-day coffee and tea are offered. Free Wifi is of an acceptable speed and in-room tv's are HUGE lg LCD with a great selection of international channels! No housekeeping during our stay however and bath towels are more of hand towels which we got changed everyday by going to the linen room ourselves since staff was ALWAYS asleep by the bed at the entrance. These imperfections aside, the location simply can't be beat! Smack in the heart of urban conveniences including Jongno-gu Sam(3) ga subway entrance 1 min away from hotel, uniqlo and a myriad of shops and eateries all over the place and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

TLDR: Very close to lots of stuff, but the rooms are dirty.

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The location of this guesthouse is very good -- very close to the subway, restaurants, Changdeokgung Palace (10 min walk), Bukchon Hakok Village (nice area with some traditional Korean homes and boutique shopping) and the Insadon [tourist-friendly souvenir shopping] area.

The rooms themselves are dated and worn (except for the large flat-screen tv), but ok. However, they could really use a little tlc: the walls are dirty, the fridge is dirty, the light switches are dirty, the mirrors are dirty and the sink is dirty. I could go on, but to sum it up: it's pretty dirty in here. Had these rooms cost more than $50/nt I wouldn't have been happy. Is asking for a clean room really too much?

The owners and their family live on the ground floor. They seem to be nice people, but they don't speak English, and we don't speak anything else, so our interaction has been pretty limited. Don't...
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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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Address: 103-62 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-808, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Price Range: $29 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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