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“Convinient Place”

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Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse
Ranked #99 of 534 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
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12 reviews
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“Convinient Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

The place is quite accessible to transport, restaurants and specialty stores. Very quite and safe surroundings. The Hostel staff are very friendly and accommodating. It's a clean your own mess policy but a clean up lady comes in once a day to do the general cleaning. It would be better if you book ahead since guest comes and goes at any time of the day.

Room Tip: not the top floor as it accommodate 8 pax mixed...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Roxanne S
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kimchihostel, Manager at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
hey thank you so much for your review and staying with us. ^^
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

It always bothers me when you book something and get something else when you arrive. I booked a "Deluxe 4BR dorm" and was given a Six BR Dorm on arrival. They had nothing to say about it and I had chose this place over the many options in Hondae because the 4br was "available" on hostelworld. Not to beat a dead horse, but a 6br means it is 50% more likely for someone to be snoring, stumbling in late, or getting up at 6 a.m. (Sure enough, I woke to snoring and the room was warm b/c the AC just didn't cut it for six people.)
I bit my tongue when I checked in, and was handed sheets like I had just been arrested for DUI. Seriously, how much customer service does it take to place and remove the sheets for the customer? This is just lazy.
As I walked up to the floor the room was at, there was a small area to place your shoes. I stood there like a pelican, holding the sheets and tried to take my shoes off at the same time.
It is as if the management of this place has never pretended to be the customer. A simple stool in the shoe area, would give a person a place to sit while they removed their shoes.
The same goes for the showers. It is a large, nice bathroom but there is no place to set your stuff. Buy a cheap rack or shelf!
The common area is unwelcoming from when you walk in. It feels like a cluttered office, and they smack the receptionist in the middle of it all. Put the receptionist up front and move the table to the back wall and maybe guests will hang out in there. Buy a second router for 15 bucks so the wifi also works in your common area.
I wouldn't give any feedback if the staff were a bunch of jerks. In fact, they, themselves are so nice and welcoming that I just want them to start to do the obvious.
The hostel is a great value and it is in a great location. I haven't stayed at any other hostels in Hondae and this one is quite, clean and has nice big hot showers. You will have a good hostel experience if you stay here, but I just want them to learn something about service and first impressions.
There are a lot of good things about Kimchi and now they can just work on the little things.
(like honouring reservations)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Thank StillVietnam
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kimchihostel, General Manager at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Hello ~ Thank you for your thoughtful review.
My name is David Manager at kimchi hostel, I will take a look at some issues and try to solve them. I really appriciate your thoughtful reviews, this really helps us in managing our hostel in long term. We hope you have a great time while you travel in Korea. Thank you again ^^ David
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

I was traveling to Seoul in April from Gwangju to meet with my brother who's having a vacation in South Korea. I only stayed for one night in this hostel but it was sufficient enough to say that this lodging is rather pleasant.

The staff (I only met one) was very helpful and speak English very well. She also gave me a map of Hongdae when I said I was going to meet up with my brother who stayed on another hostel. I researched before about places I wanted to visit, but if you can certainly ask the staff for recommendation of places. The WiFi was good, the toilet and bathroom were exceptionally clean, and the dormitory room's bed was good enough to provide a good sleep.

The location of this hostel may be good or bad, depending on your preference, but for me it's good. It's not located very near to Hongdae's active spot so that Hongdae's hustle-bustle wouldn't disturb you, but it's not far from it just in case you want to jump in and have some fun.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank meneervankodoq
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kimchihostel, Manager at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hi there ~ Thank you for staying with us and Thank you for sharing your experience at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse. I would like you to have a great... I hope to see you next time agian!!!
Thank you^^ -Staff Martin-
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Seoul, Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

There are so kindly staffs&hostel owner!
You can use so good facilities in hostel like TV&PCs(also Wi-Fi)&beds(linens)&showers(toilets)&kitchen&laundry machine.
If you want to know something about Seoul, staffs can tell you nice information.

For example, hostel owner told me the information about local market and there is the best market than ever I went in Seoul.

And you can also make friends from all over the world in the hostel.

It's near from the station called "Hongik Univ" in 5 minuites by walk.
The town around Hongik Univ Station is Downtown, but there is quiet place I think without weekend night!

Anyway you can spend good time in there!!

Thank you.

Room Tip: Some beds dorm room.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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5 Thank OhSangjun
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kimchihostel, Manager at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Hi there ~ Thank you for staying with us and Thank you for sharing your experience at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse. I would like you to have a great time and have a safe trip in Korea ^^ Cheers -Staff Martin-
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Additional Information about Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

Property: Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse
Address: 67-6, Yeonnam-ro 1-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03991, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Hongdae
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #99 of 534 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kimchi Hongdae Hostel is a comfortable, safe and friendly budget accommodation in the cozy central entertainment district of Seoul. You can mingle with travelers from all over the world in a quiet, laid-back setting. We are only 5mins away from HongIk University subway station (line 2) and airport bus stop.Extremely informative English-speaking staff offering detailed information on directions, attractions, good shows, some of the Korea's most popular restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs, all within a few minutes walk.Kimchi Seoul hostel puts you in the heart of everything Seoul has to offer.-Air Conditioning in Every Room!-Ground Heating system-FREE 24-hour WiFi access in the whole building-FREE Internet Access daily at our Internet Stations-FREE usage of Personal Lockers for your valuables-FREE Clean and Fresh Linen and towel-24 hour access to fully equipped Kitchen (stove, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, etc)-Common area with comfy sofas, cable television-Detailed information on directions and advise-Brand New furniture, linens, towels, computers, electronics etc.-Easy Access to famous attractions such as Sinchon, Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Shopping malls, Lotte World, Namsan Park, Gyeongbokgung Palace & Changdeokgung Palace, Insa-dong, Myeong-dong. ... more   less 
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