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“Average hostel in fun Hongdae neighborhood”
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Dustin Guest House
Ranked #42 of 587 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

I'm a "flashpacker" looking for good quality, cleanliness, and a social environment. This place didn't immediately meet my expectations as a full fledged hostel when I walked in. There's no reception desk, no list of tours bring arranged, no obvious full time staff.

I met a decent group who we hung out with at night, but the hostel doesn't seem to have the volume of people around to make many new friends quickly. The place itself has potential; a few changes in setup and staffing could go a long way.

Pros:
- great immediate location with bars, food, and crazy busy nightlife
- easy access to Seoul's amazing subway system, buses, and airport line
- Dustin is really friendly and accommodating
- reasonably clean (no shoes inside!)
- convenience store downstairs

Cons:
- setup made me kind of feel like I'm intruding in someone's home
- bunks are flimsy; climbing to a top bunk made me feel like it was going to fall over
- staff members are not around all the time (I had to let new guests once)

I would look at other hostel options in the neighborhood if possible. It's a nice place if you just need to stay somewhere a few nights, but it's not great if you're looking for a full hostel experience.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

I had awesome stay and made few friends there as well. The good thing about this place is the location which is right in the smack for the hongdae happening area and near AREX subway which is directly connecting the airport. Dustin is also very helpful and friendly and readily accommodate to our needs. Well done.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank wyen
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

staying in this guesthouse was probably the best choice i ever made. dustin was really friendly and helpful and REALLY CUTE :D looks abit like kim jaejoong. he takes real good care of his guests. for example bringing them to noraebangs and restaurant. a really nice cute little boy.>< the hostel is located less then 5 mins away from the subway making it really easy to find and its located really near to the shopping areas and bars. so dun need to worry if you happen to get to drunk. home is just nearby haha :) come as a guest and leave the hostel as family. if there is a chance i would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank pikasab89
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

I stayed with a friend at Dustin's in December. Dustin was really nice and helpful! He told us a very good restaurant to eat bulgogi and I enjoyed watching Game of Thrones on his big TV! haha! The beds were comfortables and the bathroom always clean. Did I say it was cheap too??Its only a few steps from Hongik Station, which is nice for the Airport line connection! And Hongik is a great place surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants! I will definitely go back!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Christine G
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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Dustin's would get 4 stars from me if there was one more bathroom.

Pros:
- Very close to the airport train line; super accessible
- Dustin seems like a friendly guy, based on my limited interactions with him
- Good, friendly crowd of backpackers

Cons
- As far as I could tell, there were only two bathroom/shower combinations for the entire hostel. The upstairs bathroom felt like it was almost constantly occupied.
- While it's nice that the hostel is in a happening university part of town, load street noises permeated through the window to my room throughout the nice
- All the main tourist attractions require a subway ride

Overall, a fine choice for budget accommodation -- as long as you can hold it for a bit.

Stayed: March 2014
2  Thank lunpaul
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

the master was friendly, funny, and sincerely . i really have a great time there, and my friend and i can't wait to visit there again:DDD
the guest house is pretty close to the subway, and i think there's no more guest house can like Dustin's because the atmosphere there is just like a big family~~
we surely will visit there soon
dustin 我們真的很愛你的XD還是抱歉我們誤觸熱水器開關> <Dustin幫了我們很多,第一次的首爾行,印像最深的就是在guesst house了!我與我的朋友們已經約好寒假將再度造訪,首爾有名地是都走過了 ,但是再去一次我想並不會無聊,因為這家guest house 給我像是家的感覺,舒適自在,交通方便,從窗外看出去的夕陽也極美:))非常推薦:))

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank rosemin718
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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Randomly booked this place online, having never been to SK and done absolutely no research on the city at all. Turns out the location could not have been better. Smack bang in the middle of Hongdae, amazing food and bars everywhere.

A little hard to find, but if you book before hand and follow the directions it's quite easy. Rooms are small but clean, air conditioning, comfy lounge area, free use of computer and printer, very quiet at night. And Dustin himself is amazing. Whenever you see him he's busy cleaning or buying food, but never too busy to ask how you are and if you need anything!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank RochelleK2
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Address: 122-1, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu | 4f, Seoul 04055, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Hongdae
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Ranked #42 of 587 Specialty Lodging in Seoul
Price Range: $14 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dustin Guest House 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's like being at home. Free breakfast + coffee all day from a Italian expresso machine. Wifi, laundry, kitchen, hot showers, pc + printer, lockers. The common area is very nice and comfortable with a wide screen 3D TV and DVDs to watch. There is a roof terrace overlooking Hongdae where the owner sometimes hosts free BBQs. Dustin is very welcoming. He goes out of his way to make sure you are happy. The location is incredible, right in the centre of Hongdae. Mixed Dorm, Female Dorm available from 18,000W/night. Private Rooms Available from 30,000W.night. ... more   less 
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