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Air Hostel Seoul
Ranked #539 of 986 Seoul B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 25, 2014

I can say daebak ! Thomas so patiently about our changed schedule. He is very helpful, always offer the help. The other staffs are helpful too. Thanks to Mika helps our laundry. Sorry for brother you at night.
The location is very near to dongdaemun. And dont forget about Gwangjang market.
The room have AC and heater ^^*

*Daebak means great in korean

  • Stayed: April 2014
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse .
It is our pleasure for helping our guest anytime.
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Its been a while since I last stayed in dorm style accommodation. We had a stopover in Seoul before going off to Gwangju for conference, so my friend book Kimchee Guesthouse Dongdaemun.
It was surprisingly pleasant as I was a bit wary to stay at backpackers place in Asia. Loved it so much and the price was very affordable, that I decided to stay there again after the conference when I came back to Seoul before flying back to Malaysia.

The whole place was clean, and the staff there were helpful.
Lobby, check in counter and kitchen was at the top most floor, so it was a real exercise. However, the staff were very kind to help carry my bags up the stairs.

Check in was fast. I stayed at the 4-bed female dorm. Was lucky the second stay, only 2 of us were in the room, so its really value for money.
Loved the colorful lockers, makes me feel young.
Bathroom was ensuite, so it was very convenient.
There was a bath tub which I think was unnecessary and space consuming. The owners should just remove it and turn it into shower area.
The kitchen was equipped with cooking utensils, microwave, toaster etc, so I could cook noodles and bread for my brunch and dinner.

Location was superb. I only realised on the last day, that by just crossing the road, I would enter into the labyrinth of textile market.

Definitely a recommendation for those on tight budget and want to save money so you can spend more on shopping in Korea.

Room Tip: Request room on lower floors so you don't suffer climbing up the stairs daily.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse.
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Thumbs up for this guest house. Felt satisfied with our 8 nights stay there (Dec 2013). Thomas and Rose were amazingly helpful and friendly. They helped us to carry our big and heavy luggage upstairs. I would like to thank them because they helped us to book the free shuttle bus to Jisan Ski Resort. This saved us a lot of money and trouble.It would be very troublesome if we had to go on our own.
They have heated floor at night ,so we didn't feel cold at all although outside was snowing. The room and washroom were clean and it has everything eg. curtains, hangers, shampoo, shower gel and towels. We were given new duvets when we arrived. They had shifted the reception counter to the second floor. So you don't have to worry to climb up to the fifth floor for checking in or checking out.
As for the location, it is superb. Within walking distance to Dongdaemun Shopping Area, Subway Line 1 and Gwangjang Market where you can try all the delicious street food. There are also many restaurants and convenient stores near the guest house.
The wifi is fast and the guesthouse price is reasonable. I will definitely go back and also recommend this guest house to my friends. Thomas and Rose, keep up the good job. (Mr Cheng fr Penang, Malaysia)

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse.
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I have only good words about Kimchee Guesthouse Dongdaemun. The place is very homey, and you'll love how they did with the interiors at the rooftop. We arrived almost midnight and were booked to stay at the 5th floor, which means, we had to carry our luggage all the way up using the staircase. But Thomas and Rose did it for us without hesitation. People would generally expect an elevator, but I think using the stairs is good for your health. Thomas, Rose and Mika were the friendliest people I've met in Seoul. They were helpful and accommodating. Makes you want to go back there again. The place is also conveniently located near a bus stop, where you can wait for a coach bus in going to and from Incheon International Airport. Or if you feel like doing street-food-hopping, Gwangjang Market is just within walking-distance. The same way that you have the urge to go midnight shopping, there's Dongdaemun Market which is open until 4am? This is the best place indeed, to stay in Seoul, if you are on a budget, and still want a homey-feel atmosphere. Definitely recommending this to other friends.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse.
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Thomas and Rose did great work in making our stay in Korea a memorable one. Their hospitality is commendable and they extend extra mile to satisfy their guests.

The location is nice especially if you like to explore traditional markets and Korean street food. It is just a 5 minute walk to Kwangjang Market where you can eat different kinds of Korean street food. It is also near to Dongdaemun Market if you are into shopping clothes. Along the guesthouse are also lines of restaurants that serve beer and soju if you are into a drinking spree.

The guesthouse is also very near to the airport bus limousine and other buses stop and is very near the main road.

We rented a double private room for 4 days. The room has its own private bathroom unlike the dormitory rooms. It has a heated floor during the night and an aircon if you feel hot when heater is on. Wifi is free and is very fast. The room though does not include a TV and there is no table to put your things/food on. But this is Korea so we eat on the floor cross-legged

Thomas and Rose are very helpful. My husband left our camera in the bus when we arrived in Korea and Thomas called their office and even went with us to the nearest bus stop to collect our camera. Also, Thomas arranged our taxi going to the airport on a much lower rate compared if we take the taxi by ourselves. They also provide directions and print maps if you want to go to places in Seoul.

The only thing is that the guesthouse does not have elevator so you need to take stairs. The check-in/check-out desk is on the 2nd floor but Thomas/Rose are always on the 5th floor/rooftop most of the time. Good thing our room is on the 4th floor so it is easier for us to get hold of them when needed.

We will definitely go back to this guesthouse and we do hope that Thomas and Rose will still be there. We will also recommend this guesthouse to our family and friends who will visit Korea,

Room Tip: The guesthouse only have stairs so make sure to bring light luggage but if you do have lots of bags...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse .
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Compared with its guesthouse at Myeongdong, this one is very new and much cleaner. Thomas the manager was very helpful. My only complaint was that we slept under a duvet, with no sheet separating the person and the duvet. Unlike in hotels which typically use 2 sheets, one as the top layer of bedding, the other under a duvet. I do not expect a 5-star hotel experience,but I would like to know that the sheets are changed after a guest leaves. In this case, i am certain the duvet cover was not changed, and the bed cover (which is not a sheet) was not changed either. I felt uncomfortable thinking that someone might have slept on the same bed cover and under the same duvet before.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for the comment however the sheet is definitely change everyday.
Just no need worry and hope you will stay here again.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Thomas the Manager is not only quiet handsome but also always 24h available and very helpful! The occasional parties are also very fun, you rather feel like staying with friends then in an ordinary hotel. The guesthouse is located very convenient‎. These are the reasons we extended our stay here for another 2 weeks after beeing here for one week. Wifi is everywhere available and there is free tea & coffee, something you dont find in every european/american hotels!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KDongdaemun, Manager at Air Hostel Seoul, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2015

Thanks for appreciation and hope you enjoy the time stay in our guesthouse .
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

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Address: 25-2, Daehak-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu | airhostelseoul, Seoul 03126, South Korea (Formerly Kimchee Dongdaemun Guesthouse)
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #539 of 986 B&Bs / Inns in Seoul
Price Range: $32 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Air Hostel Seoul 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Airhostel Seoul puts you in the heart of everything Seoul has to offer. Extremely informative English & Chinese-speaking staff offering detailed information on directions, attractions, good shows, some of the Korea's most popular restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs.We have a wide selection of rooms: from private ensuite rooms to a 4-bed dorm for the really price conscious travelers. Walking distance to Dongdaemun Shopping malls(10mins), Jongno 5-ga Metro Station (3mins), Direct Airport Bus Stop #6002 (3mins), Cheonggyecheon Stream (5mins), Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) (5mins), KwangJang Market(5mins), Changdeokgung Palace (10mins), Changgyeonggung Palace(10mins), Gyeongbokgung Palace(20mins). Our reception opens from 9am to 10pm, manned by our friendly staff, we are happy to help you with any inquiries you may have! ... more   less 
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