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“Good Location, Poor Owner” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of HEY Backpackers 2

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HEY Backpackers 2
Ranked #388 of 532 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Busan, Busan, South Korea
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good Location, Poor Owner”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you have an outside room, it's much noisier because of the roaming packs of students.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jay J
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

Good location right in the middle of the Hongdae student area, it is pretty basic accomodation but for what you pay it's good value with comfy beds and a nice communal area. The owner was pretty eager to help us with information etc and upgraded us to a double when he found out we were a couple.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank jamie j
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Beijing, China
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

This hostel is an OK one if you are a backpacker, we went there with an old instruction downloaded from their websites, but found that they have already moved in to a new place, the new instruction map is already on their website. When we arrived and asked the owner to assign us together they have assigned us to a better room that is quite good. It is within walking distance to the Hongik University subway station and there are lots of bars and restaurants near the hostel. If you are backpacker and enjoying night life and university environment I would recommend here.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank liambeiwai
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Kuala Lumpur
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42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

He mess up my booking and the person in charge Keep all his record in a pencil written notebook. The location is superb but noisy since a lot of youngster got drunk and yelling just outside the building. Check out next day and rather stay far away than spend another night here

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AdamLai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2010

I booked 4 nights in this hostel. When I arrived, noone was in the building, so I waited, and then the owner was really vague and it turns out there were no beds, despite me emailing a few days in advance to confirm. He offered me a "bed" on the sofa in the common area (alongside a Japanese guy crashing on the floor) for a reduced rate. I accepted, on condition I got a bed the next night. Due to the party-central location, I didn't even sleep there the first night.

He tried the same thing the second night, claiming there were no beds, and offering me the sofa. I sternly refused, and got a bed for a rate he made up on the spot (v cheao though!) and then he pulled the sofa stunt with another guest. Very easily the most unprofessional owner I've ever met in 20 different countries. He was using a Diary from 2007 and a different colour of pen to write over previous years bookings, its not surprising he got the dates wrong.

The bed are fine, the kitchen was dirty,and common area is cramped (and filled with sleeping guests with no beds). It seems to be used mainly for people going out in Hongdae and crashing for a few hours. The bathroom is small and not adequate for 15 guests at all. There was a lack of information in general. I was really uncomfortable here and would certainly not return. After day 3 I left for another hostel in the area.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank alphiealphie
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Additional Information about HEY Backpackers 2

Property: HEY Backpackers 2
Address: 30-5 Yangwa-Ro 16-Gil ( Seogyo-Dong, 369-42) Mapo-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Hongdae
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #388 of 532 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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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