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“Don't stay here or u will waste your money”
Review of Seoul Backpackers

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Seoul Backpackers
Ranked #217 of 591 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

The subway station doesn't have any elevator and escalator so u have to lift your heavy stuff up the long ladders which is not a good start for your day.
When you are done walking up a long way, u have to walk up hill for about 5 mins to reach the guesthouse.

The room is very dirty and especially the bathroom. My gf and I got rash all over our body after staying 1 night. So we moved out later.

There are ants in our room and cockroaches in the walkway.

It's not common for people in Korea to see cockroach or ant inside your room. The system is very good. That's why this guesthouse is very bad. I couldn't see any cockroach on the street anywhere in Korea too. This is the first place I see!!!

It's true that the guesthouse is near Numdaemun market but the subway systems in Korean is very convenient so I don't think u have to stay near any popular place. If u live farther, u will pay less for hotel and u can spend more for your shopping.

I've reported the Hostel organization already. So they can take down the prize they used to give this guesthouse.

I repeat "DO NOT STAY HERE"

  • Stayed: July 2012
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5  Thank Songhwang
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

We stayed one night and all in all was okay, room and bathroom clean, comfortable bed, but no towels provided. staff was friendly, nice location close to namdaenum market, worth for the money if you don't stay in the room the whole day.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank agi l
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Stayed at Myeong Dong branch. It was okay but compared to other backpackers that I stayed in during my Korea trip, it is poorly maintained. No bedsheets or pillow case provided. Kitchen can barely fit one person and it stinks horrendously. You can only speak with some of the staff because the rest had such poor command of English that you're better off not speaking to them.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank SandyTM
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is the budget place that is located right in the middle of Seoul. It is 5 mins walk from the subway and its in the middle of Namdaemon shopping heaven. Although when i first arrive i got lost taking the wrong exit. so ensure that u got out at the right exit 4 (where there is standard chartered). I mistake not printing my map/backpackers hostel address in Korean as most of them cant speak english and read english as well. But i was fortunate as the staff came searching for us at the street when we first got here.

This place is quite small but for a budget hostel thats just fine. personally i think the facilities are good enought. they have good wifi access, small pantry where you can have unlimited access to hot/cold water and they even have free international call phone where u can use at any time.

The room is how i viewed it from the past reviewers photos. The toilet is clean, they were suppose to provide me towels but there werent any. thats fine as budget hostels dont usually have this.

Overall i was ok for the price that i paid. It was quite reasonable.

Here's a quick tips:

1. if you have enquiries, do email them. they are quite helpful and they can speak english
2. if you take a subway, print a map from subway to the hostel and have your description in korean too as most koreans dont speak english nor can they read english. have the hostel phone number as well. That might save you when ur lost later.
3. bring your own towels and toiletries
4. if you think u would need to use wifi most of the time, request for the ground floor room where the wifi terminal is connected.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank punkroseprincess
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Has a great location where it is just walking distance to the Hoehyeon subway station (easily for line transfer), Namdaemun market (lots Pojangmacha/street foods are here) , Namsan Park, convenience stalls, local restaurant & etc. But it's a bit difficult to find the hostel if is just refer to the map in their website, not that prominent. And it's quite a lots of uphill/downhill road around.
Staffs were able to communicate in English and friendly in service.
The hostel's public area (internet area, counter & pantry area) was really smaller than my expectation. Room are neat and clean. I have a very cold night stay on the 1st night due to the room heater was off. Apparently there's a centralize heater control system. We have to request and ask the staff to switch on the heater, they don't have a manual control heater in room...
Free coffee & tea, public internet & fridge for storage are provided.
Anyways, the overall night stay are fine & comfort for us.. It's one of the good choice for budget travelers..:)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Mayberlynn
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

we reserved a room here just a day prior to arriving in seoul. we followed the directions on the website from the airport and got lost. it took us about 30mins to find it because the map on the website was not too detailed. we arrived late but they still allowed us to check in and didn't give our room away.
i forgot that we were going to stay in a hostel and didn't bring a towel. i found the towel rental expensive and just made do with a clean shirt.
i liked that there was free coffee and tea in the lobby and you could put your food in the refrigerator.
the hallways could get pretty cold in the mornings but your room will be warm.
the hot shower works after some time. you just need patience and tolerate the cold water.
the room was a bit small, it was hard going around the bed. overall, it was sufficient for the two of us. we had the room at the end of the hall on the ground floor.
it was also a good thing that they have PCs in the lobby which i used to do research on where to go because we went to seoul without prior research. we were depending on someone who went to korea already but didn't join us at the last minute.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank imojen
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Stayed in the Namdaemun branch for 10 nights in January and it was definitely a pleasant experience.

The location is awesome since it's near the market and the train stations making it easy to get anywhere. There were many restaurants and convenience stores located nearby as well.
The staff were friendly and were great in pointing out the best way to get around the town, and there's no need to worry about not speaking Korean as they spoke English well making it very easy to communicate and understand.

Rooms were a little cramped, and it would have been better if there was a rack or cupbaord to hang up our clothes instead of the wall hooks, but no big fuss since we spend most of our time outside anyways.

Definitely worth what we paid for!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Getassha
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Address: 205-125 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-051, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #217 of 591 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Price Range: $36 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
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