The previous reviewer, Rebecca388, has described this place exactly as I experienced it.
I was given a room on the third floor and since there was no lift, carrying my luggage down when checking-out was a torturous experience as there was no male staff around to help. There was 2 parts to my stay - the first half, I was given a room with a single bed and it was quite spacious. The second half of my stay, I was given a double room instead for 1 pax on the same 3rd floor. The room size I estimated is about the same as the one with the single room but because it has a double bed, it made the room a very tight squeeze with no room for luggage. If there were 2 persons in this room, I'm sure you will be knocking into each other all the time. I had no choice but to place my luggage in the wardrobe and fully utilised the wardrobe and drawers under the bed.
As mentioned by previous reviewer, the washing machine is really of no use. Firstly, there are no instructions in English. Secondly, there is no where that you can hang out your laundry to dry. I asked a staff if there is a place to hang the laundry outside and she said not to hang laundry outside in case it gets dirty, stolen or blown away.
Guests are provided with 2 small towels so do bring or buy a larger one if you need. You can change the towels daily but have to bring it down to the common/breakfast room yourself and ask for new ones from the owner or his wife who are usually in that room in the morning. I agree that it will be useful and helpful if dishwashing liquid is at least provided. In the bathroom, only toothpaste and a quarter filled jar of body wash is provided.
The water heater and floor heating is controlled by a wall controller so you can switch on/off when needed. The aircon is not switched on during winter and there is no fan provided. As it was moving into spring while I was there, there were days when temperature rose and it felt warm in the room. I had to open the window sometimes to let cool air in.
As mentioned, there are 3 wifi access points. On the first part of my stay, I was able to connect to point 3 only and connection was somehow weak. On the second part of my stay, I was able to connect to point 2 with good connection.
Breakfast is provided daily in the common/breakfast room. However, the selection is the same everyday so I did not have my breakfast there everyday. Only cornflakes, milk, bread and jam are provided along with instant coffee or tea.
There is no safe in-room and no housekeeping. A small vacuum cleaner is available on each floor and you can use it if you need to vacuum your room floor. You have to take out your own trash for the collectors.
All things said about the room, the location of this residence is the highlight. Just barely 5mins walk from Myeongdong station, a convenience store just across and 2 more down the road, Myeongdong shopping area across the main road and N.Seoul tower a walk uphill - this residence is the place to stay if you want someplace reasonably priced.
The staff are all generally helpful. Upon check-out, the owner's daughter-in-law helped to call a cab for me and notified the driver to bring me to Seoul Station from where I took the train to the airport. It was a quick ride costing about KRW4000-5000 only.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zaza Backapckers hostel in Seoul serves you with our great location, as the most centrally located guesthouse in Seoul. We provide all the other customer-friendly facilities with private rest rooms, shared kitchen, free-wifi and so on. It is an easy walk to Seoul's most famous attractions including Myeong dong shopping st, Dongdaemun Market, Seoul N-Tower, Namdaemun Market, Palace, Insadong, Cheonggyecheon Stream, City-hall and Seoul Station. We are just a 3 minute walk to a subway station and the airport bus stop, which make it easy to get to Incheon Airport and attractions such as very famous Hongik Univ. area , Daehakro area and National Museum. It's all on your doorstep when you stay with us. Our very friendly staffs are more than happy to show you how to get around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Eo Hotel Seoul