There's a lot of good stuff about this place, so I'll say that first. The place was clean and well-kept. The location was pretty central. There were lots of computers for use, so the guests don't have to limit their time on them. The building is good and warm.
However, there was plenty that was negative about it too. On the weekend, this is party central, and there's vomit all over roads, people stumbling about, and large groups of students roaming the streets and shouting. It's not dangerous, just noisy and dirty. And if you bring ear plugs and watch where you step, it shouldn't bother you too much.
I stayed in Hey 1 and this hostel has 1 washroom for 18 guests. That's one toilet and one shower. So, if someone is taking a shower, you can't use the toilet. This is quite a problem for some travelers (and made for an incredibly awkward sprint looking for a public toilet).
The owner, however, is the main story. He was rude, pushy, and tried to cheat people on small transactions all the time. While he booked me at 14,000 won, he insisted that I pay 18,000 when I arrived because it was busy. Someone decided to leave after one day, and asked for his money back. It took 15 minutes of badgering the owner before he finally gave the guy back 10,000 (of the 15,000 he paid). Another guy asked to stay another day, and the owner told him that the price had increased to 20,000 won. The owner followed me around for 20 minutes telling me that I needed to stay another night and he was very reluctant to give me the small courtesy of leaving my bag in the cleaning room for a few hours while I saw the city.
I would definitely stay there again, if the owner wasn't so rude and pushy. But if he's there, I definitely wouldn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HEY Backpackers consists of the two buildings(HEY1 and HEY2) located on both sides of the musick show 'Wedding' theatre, a big-windowed art building and It takes just 10 seconds(30m) between both sides of the building.You can visit both the HEY Backakers 1 and HEY Backakers 2 and use the facillities of both. We have a clean fully equipped kitchen, a theatre style cable new HD TV lounge in the big living room, free Wi-Fi & internet access, free laundry facilities and security lockers, automatic heating control system called Ondol and Air-conditioning. ... more less
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