Ephphatha Residence is so much more than what I had expected. Located just slightly off the main road, it is just a minute away from the bus stop for Airport Limousine and 5 minutes from either Sinsa or Nonhyeon Subway Station. It is very convenient and also safe. An access card into the building is given to the guest and every apartment room has an unique security code needed for opening the door of the room.
I had a standard double room which is so clean and comfortable; apart from a queen-sized bed, my room had a fridge, microwave oven, a washer and a cable TV with so many channels. On every floor, there is a fully equipped kitchen with all sorts of condiments, cutlery, distilled water dispenser etc.
The hosts, Kim and her son, speak good English and are extremely nice people. They are so helpful, not only to me but I had seen their kindness through their interactions with another guest too.
In between my stay in Seoul, I had wanted to experience the traditional hanok, so I asked if I could leave my luggage with them so that I could travel light, they agreed immediately. However, the hanok didn’t work out for me, so I came back just after spending a night away. They welcomed me at the lobby and Kim even gave me a big hug when I told her I couldn’t sleep a wink on the thin mattress of the hanok. They quickly get my room ready, even though it wasn’t the official check-in time yet.
Overall, Ephphatha Residence gave me an unexceptional homely feeling. I usually have the kind of uneasiness whenever I had to stay in a hotel alone, but certainly not here. At Ephphatha Residence, I could rest well and feel safe. I would definitely come back if I travel to Seoul again.
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