We arrived by airport bus at 10:30pm. Because the Haemil provides IMPECCABLE DIRECTIONS on their website, we were on the correct bus, got off at the correct stop, and walked 3 minutes just as they said they would, to their door. Kim wanted to go out for hamburgers, so he kindly walked us a few blocks to a bar that served fried chicken. He helped us order and then left us to a delicious meal, washed down with beer while we watched the nighttime soap along with the proprietor. To say that we wouldn't have found this place (right near the Rice Museum) without Kim is an understatement.
The Haemil is basic. Warm and and cosy with a thin futon, a good pillow, and a big comforter on a heated floor. The shower is minimal but the water is hot. Breakfast is basic. A twin (two futon) room was $67 per night and we had a host who took really good care of us in a clean and tidy hanok.
The Haemil is convenient to the Palace, an easy walk to Insadong and Bukcheon. For something fancier, you might try the Bukchon Guest House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring traditional Korean architecture, Haemil Guesthouse offers simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is just a 2-minute walk from Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An 8-minute walk leads to Anguk Subway Station (line 3, exit 3). All rooms feature traditional wooden furnishings, heated flooring and Korean Yo mats for bedding. They are equipped with a personal refrigerator, an LCD TV and a private bathroom with bath and shower. free toiletries are provided. Haemil offers a common living area, dining and kitchen facilities. A variety of dining options are less than a 5-minute walk away. Guests can also relax in the courtyard.Attractions such as Bukchon Korean Hanok Village, which features a traditional residential village and the entertainment options at Insa-dong are a 10-minute walk away. Dongdaemun Market is a 10-minute drive from Haemil Guesthouse. Facilities of Haemil Guesthouse: General: 24-hour front desk, garden, terrace, non-smoking rooms, family rooms, express check-in/check-out, heating, luggage storage, allergy-free room available, all public and private spaces non-smoking, air conditioning. Services: room service, airport shuttle, business centre,laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, fax/photocopying, concierge service, internet - Free! Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Parking - no parking available. ... more less
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