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“Good Place to Meet Other Travelers” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #314 of 522 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
New York City, New York
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“Good Place to Meet Other Travelers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I stayed for 3 nights.

The place is very DIY... and more like you just crash at one of the bunks at someone's apartment in a mid-rise building with bunch of other travelers. For me it worked, as I almost never slept.

There's a cool rooftop where people gather and socialize. Since it's not a typical hostel, no crazy parties of any kind. Laid back, especially while I was there. They do have drinks for sale at reasonable price.

Rooms are little cramped. The room I stayed should not be for 2 bunk dorm room but for a single room.

Jin, the owner was very helpful making suggestions.

A little hike from Itaewon station, but totally manageable, in a very safe and clean part of the area.

Cleanliness can use some help. In general, the place looked like it hasn't been cleaned in weeks.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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English first
Manila, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

If you're planning to go to Seoul with low budget, the best place to stay is at Jin Guesthouse... the place is conveniently located near the MRT station and walking distance to Myeondong Shopping area.... How we found this place? This was how it started... We were looking for a place to stay in Seoul upon our arrival because we were not able to book one. We were so lucky to have met this young good looking korean guy who owns a guest house.... Unfortunately the guesthouse was fully booked....he was kind enough to recommend Jin Guesthouse. We were amazed by his kind gesture to drive us to this wonderful place.... His mother was also kind and so tidy with the premises...toilets and shower rooms are clean,,,, free breakfast and free use of the internet.... Thank you so much Madame and to your son... we will highly recommend this place to our friends....

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Ciamels
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

My second time back at Jin Guesthouse and it's still as perfect as I remembered it to be!

So starting off w the location, it's perfect. It's located at Chungmuro Stn, which is just a few stops away from the shopping places (Itaewon, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun) and is easily accessible to other places (a change or 2 of the subway lines and you can get to places like Hongik Uni, Yeouido, World Cup Stadium etc). The guesthouse is a few mins away from the station, depending on whether you get off at the right exit (Exit 3 if you're getting off from Subway Line 3 or Exit 2 if you're getting off from Subway Line 4).

So to those who are actually planning to go there, here's my directions for you guys: upon exiting from the subway line, walk straight down the path where you'll see outlets like Popeyes, Dunkin' Donuts, Tom Tom Coffee etc. Just before the movie theatre, you'll see a small alleyway. Walk through that alleyway and you're bound to see the words Jin Guesthouse!

The house is very clean, despite the no. of guests that they've got staying there and the fact that the only one who does the cleaning is the nice lady, Mrs Lee. The toilets are always spick and span and the room is neat and tidy.

I'm not sure about the other rooms but I managed to stay in 2 diff rooms cos of my 2 separate trips there - the family room and the 8-bed dorm room (which we got all to ourselves). my experiences w e rooms so far is that it's pretty spacious! the 8-bed dorm room was more than enough for the 5 of us staying in the room and the family room was more than enough for me and my friend! the rooms consisted of beds and a coat stand, which provides for ample space to move around and dump your shopping bags like anywhere in the room!

there's no private toilet and shower rooms, its for everyone to share. but if you're afraid of it being dirty, trust me, your fears are unfounded! it's so clean, i didn't feel disgusted or uncomfortable using the amenities at all! i dare say, its one of my most comfortable experiences using the toilets/shower than my experiences in hotels. again, wake up early if you're planning to bathe, or you'd have to wait in line cos there will be people bathing (erm, just to get this out there: there's the female shower room and there's the male shower room).

breakfast is pretty simple. you've got your usual instant coffee or tea, which you gotta make yourself. there's butter/jam and bread, which you can choose to toast if you want to. occasionally, there's eggs (either hard-boiled or scrambled).

my fav place in the house would be the main hall. there's the TV in there (sometimes Mrs Lee would be watching her shows) and 3 computers for you to use. it's a pretty good place to meet some of the other guests staying in this house! i met 2 australians, an american lady, a taiwanese girl and some fellow Singaporeans so its a good opportunity to mingle and get to know people from all walks of life!

now, the service provided by hyungseok and his mother was top-notch. we arrived at the guesthouse at 10am, which is 2 hours ahead of check-in time but we were allowed early check-in, which was very kind of them, considering e fact that my family and i were running on zero-sleep after a long flight. my uncle had some knee pain and mrs lee kindly gave us some medicinal plaster to help relieve his pain. it was really an appreciated gesture, considering the fact that she didn't have to do that.

oh, they've got a cute little dog, which is kept outside. it can be a good or a bad thing, depending on whether you love dogs or not. i basically am no animal lover, i'm scared of animals so yes, the dog was basically the damper. dont get me wrong, it's totally harmless and actually super adorable and very friendly, but it kept coming towards me and being scared of animals means that i do not appreciate having animals being close to me. but it listens to instructions so if you gesture for it to sit, it will sit (altho for a while).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank PsychedTraveller
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Stayed with my friend at Jin Guest house for 7 days. We have no complaint! It is clean, had the friendly atmosphere, and most importantly very conveniently located close to amenities. Mrs Jin became our favourite person to come back to after all the tours and explorations we made. Thanks Mrs Jin for taking care of us the 2 chinggu from Malaysia.!

We would surely stay there again. the next time we visit Seoul

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank kakchaqsalleh
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

The guesthouse is conveniently located behind the Korea House near the Chungmuro station at downtown Seoul. There is a convenience store in front, so you don't have to go far to find your necessities. It also near key places of interest such as Myeongdong, N Seoul Tower, Dongdaemun, and a stop for the limousine bus to the airport.

The service rendered to us was superb. The owners were very nice, spoke adequate English and even assisted us in booking our tours.

In terms of security, I felt very safe while inside the Guesthouse. The doors had electronic locks and the whole Guesthouse was under surveillance all the time. The only problem I had was getting in and out of the Guesthouse. I had to carry my luggage for around 3 flights of stairs. With regards to hygiene, it had a common bathroom and toilet but it was always clean and toilet paper was readily available. You will also be provided with clean towels. The water pressure for the shower is very good.

The rooms were well-maintained and spacious. My friends and I booked a family room (good enough for 4 people), and it was more than enough for us. The only problem I had was that the dresser was too low, so we had to be sitting to be able to see ourselves. They did provide breakfast, free WiFi (good connection), and use of computers in the common room. Overall, I would definitely recommend this Guesthouse to my friends and will be staying here in the future.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank engdv
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CHINA
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Check online to this newly opened hotel, to live with the attitude to try a hotel! This hotel gave me a lot of surprises, cheap, clean, owner is very warm, the service is very comprehensive, easy to transport in particular, but also very safe! Really like this store, have the opportunity here, some will choose to live here, it is commendable ~ ~

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank SUN S
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

great location, 2 min from the subway and 15-min walking from myeongdong. the owner was nice. the only big drawback to me is the narrow and steep stairs up to the guesthouse, it destroyed my luggage severely :( (not recommend to travelers with heavy/big luggages). and there is no en suite bathroom, however, the shared bathroom was clean that don't make you feel disgusted at all.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Leezzly
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Property: JIN Guest House
Address: 80-1 Pildong 2-ga Jung-gu, Seoul 100-272, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #314 of 522 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
JIN Guesthouse in Chungmuro of Seoul, We're located in the heart of Seoul City, it takes for 5~10 min to go Nam-san tower,Chung Gye Chun, In Sa Dong, Duck Soo Palace, Gwang Hwa Mun, Myeong Dong shopping town and Nam Dae Moon market,,,etc. ... more   less 
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