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Jongno Sunshine Guesthouse
Ranked #407 of 932 Seoul B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The staff was super friendly, gave us a map of the city and told us where to go and gave us some good recommendations. Breakfast was included and the guy from the reception cook it for us, while having a good chat. Room was a bit small and the bed was hard, but that normal for Asia.

Shopping Tip: Close to the hotel there is a street shopping where the prices a reasonable, and you have a good variety of things.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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manila
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Really nice location, 50m away from Jongno-3 ga exit 4 escalator of line 5 and 100m away from line 3. So in this case, you can ride the subway all the way from Incheon Airport for only 4000won. Convenience store is just at the main street. Staff speak good English and they will help you carrying your luggage up the stairs. But then they really need to renovate the property. Very cheap though.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Cheongju, South Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

The staff at Sunshine guesthouse are so helpful and friendly. They all speak English very well.

The rooms are cozy and one gets value for money by staying at Sunshine.

The location is ideal and it's a 1 minute walk from the subway. Restaurants line the streets around the guesthouse.

I won't stay anywhere else when visiting Seoul.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

I loved that it was right in the centre of town where I wanted to be. Walking distance to most of the palaces and markets. It was nice and flat no hilly areas at all. Within walking distance to metro and buses. The room was quiet and airconditioning a pleasant bonus. Plenty of street vendors in the same street for delicious local cuisine. Seoul has many small alleyways, This guesthouse was located in an alley way so may be difficult for first timers - alleyway was small but safe, with restaurants in the same alley. Had some great roommates. Make sure you take off your shoes to enter the room.

The room was a little small which didn't bother me, except that it was difficult for everyone to keep their luggage there. The top bunk means that you cannot sit up comfortably on the bed as the ceilings are low. The bed was sturdy, but the mattress a little hard. Don't expect too much from the bathroom, it is very simple, and old, and probably in need of a little TLC. Also dont put anything on the floor in there, it floods when you have a shower, as the shower is literally just a shower head. I didn't see a common room either?

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Pasig, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2012

See complete review here: http://thepaoloproject.com/2011/10/13/seoul-south-korea-of-paparazzi-emergency-preparedness-and-getting-your-moneys-worth-sunshine-guesthouse-and-seouls-transportation-system/

To be honest, the hostel is probably not for everyone. I always tell my friends that it would be perfect for the backpacker traveler (read: me) because of the no-frills vibe of the place but it probably wouldn’t sit well with parties with senior citizens (read: Kite’s family). So as much as I liked Sunshine, it received mixed reviews from the Tita and the cousins. Hehe.

Major plus points for me include awesome personalized and hands-on service from the owners (Robin and Max were really cool and they’re the type you’d like to hang out with. Too bad I wasn’t able to have a photo with them.), perfect location (walking distance to the subway and several areas of interest in downtown Seoul) and of course, bang for the buck (for a party of eight that stayed for six nights, we averaged around 16,500.00 KRW – ~620.00 PHP, ~14.50 USD – per person per night. Not bad at all!). To add to that, each room has its own toilet and bath, the shower has working hot water, and potable hot and cold water is available on every other floor.

On the downside, not all rooms have televisions (apparently, this was a major issue. Haha!), the five-floor building has no elevator (this wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the site) and the free breakfast was limited (just toast, butter, jam and brewed coffee). Finicky guests also won’t appreciate the presence of some insects on some isolated instances and the lack of refinement in the amenities (the complimentary towels I found too small and we had to make do with the limited number of utensils in the kitchen).

The guesthouse’s website is pretty informative but isn’t too intuitive especially on the aspect of reservations. I highly suggest contacting them directly via e-mail through 박필규 <peacekeeperz@naver.com> instead. If and when you book and decide to stay at the place, can you kindly say hello to Robin and Max for me? For the most part, our stay at Sunshine Guesthouse was enjoyable and quirks notwithstanding, I wouldn’t think twice about re-booking there the next time we’re at Seoul.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

You get what you paid for. It is one of the cheapest accommodation in the area, and the location is fantastic - within walking distance from all the main tourist spots and shopping area. The owner is also very friendly and speaks good English.

The first room (double) we got was on the first floor. The room was so small that the door couldn't even close as the bed almost took up the space of the entire room. Outside the room was piles and piles of boxes and paper that looked like trash. The room was cold and the window was blocked. The heater was weak and gives out a very bright glow throughout the night. The bathroom was also very cold due to the poor insulation. The bed was hard and the first pillow I slept on was supposedly a traditional Korean pillow which was very hard. I felt as if there were little pebbles in the pillow. Luckily, the owner was nice enough to change it to a softer pillow for me.

The second room (twin) we got was on the second floor and it was much better than the first. It was a little larger and the door could close properly. The bathroom was still very cold. The mattresses, however, were creaky and very OLD. One could practically feel the springs poking through the mattress. It was slightly lopsided and highly uncomfortable. Really, this mattress ought to be replaced!

Breakfast= some sliced bread with jam

I had no choice but to stay here as all the other better hostels were fully booked, and the hotels were beyond my budget.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

Service - Great service! We booked a week before our stay and they didn't even ask for a reservation fee. The guesthouse was just about a minute walk from the subway exit and found it easily. We arrived at around 4PM and Robin (one of the owners i think) helped us get our luggage to the room on the 2nd floor, which I was so grateful because I was 6 months pregnant. I actually didn't ask for it but they said that since I told them I was pregnant, they gave the nearest possible room from ground level. We also asked them if they can arrange tours and airport transfers and they obliged willingly even on short notice. Another plus is that they can speak English very well 'cause we kept on asking questions and directions, which they answered very patiently. They even recommended a restaurant when we asked them where to eat - the food was indeed delicious like they said but didn't cost much.

Room - The room was another matter entirely. We booked a dormitory room (room 206). Since the total capacity of the room was 4, we had the room for ourselves. Judging by the cost, we were not really expecting much from it. Besides, it's just a place to sleep in anyway. The room was small but the beds were comfortable enough and blankets kept us warm plus the heater at the middle of the room. There was also a fridge and a hair dryer. The toilet was indeed not well kept. The only good things about it were the working hot shower, a clean toilet bowl and free bath things (shampoo, soap and tissue paper). There was grime between the tiles and I really thought the sink was going to fall off if I applied a slight pressure. But for 2 nights, we could manage to stay.

Food and Amenities - Breakfast was just toasted bread and coffee but I didn't know if you could take as much as you like. It was a self service kitchen. But we took 2 slices of bread each (smothered with butter and orange jelly) and a cup of coffee. On the 2nd floor there's a water dispenser (hot & cold) that the guests could consume for free. There was free wifi in our room but I'm not sure about the signal as the room gets higher. Anyway, they said guests could use the computers at the basement for internet. There's also a payphone and some other stuff you could play with if you want to stay there.

Location - I chose this place because it was near a subway station so that we could travel easily through cheap transportation. But being pregnant, we decided to take a guided tour and airport transfer instead. If not, the subway is the cheapest way to go places aside from walking. The guesthouse is also near Insadong, a great place to shop for souvenirs. If you know where to go, it's just a 5 minute walk. On the main street there were lots of restaurants and food stalls where you can eat and convenient stores that were open 24 hours so you really won't be hungry.

Pros:
- good location
- great service
- can speak English fluently
- wifi and breakfast

Cons:
- not well kept toilet
- small room

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Jongno Sunshine Guesthouse
Address: 155-1 Donui-Dong, Jongno-Gu, Seoul 110-807, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #407 of 932 B&Bs / Inns in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jongno Sunshine Guesthouse is located in the heart of Seoul in Jongno where you could experience Korean culture and Korean history.We treat travelers as a friend and family, so that can make their journey in seoul as pleasant as possible. We have Triple rooms, Double rooms, Twin rooms, Single rooms, Female dorm. TV, airconditioner, refrigerator, shower, toilet, shampoo, towel and soap in every room. Except for the female dorm, there is no TV. We also provide free cold drinking water. There is terrace area and communal area where traveler could have a rest.And in the communal area (in the basement) you can have quick breakfast in the morning (9am-10am) – bread, jam and coffee. Free WiFi in the whole Guesthouse.Jongno Sunshine Guesthouse is Korean house that travelers could enjoy their own trip in Korea! ... more   less 
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