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Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel Reviews

113-32, donggyo-dong, Mapo Gu, Seoul, South Korea

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93%

Rating
409 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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91%

The staff was nice and friendly. The facilities were nice and clean and I got to do laundry for free! The hostel is very easy to find. After I made my reservation they emailed very clear directions with maps and YouTube videos.


97%

えきから近くて 部屋も きれいだった。 スタッフも 親切で よっかた。

  • 10th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Lovely dorm in a really lovely area. The train station that's a 2 minute walk away is even on the Airport Line which is brilliantly convenient


89%

Very close to the subway station. Perfect location with everything you need only five minutes away. Friendly staff, free maps, okay breakfast. Free coffee 24/7. Small rooms, but ensuite bathroom with free shampoo, soap, toothpaste, towels. Safety box available.


100%

room was very clean and staff were helpful too. simple breakfast was included. located in a very quite district with many small cafes and specialty shops. would stay here again when i return.

  • 2nd Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Great place, that could be better if they have some activities to get to know the rest.


77%

We had a little issue checking in but got it sorted. The residents at the hostel were mostly female and from all over the world so it was fun to be exposed to that. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The building is built well so it was very quiet and the location is right in the middle of Hongdae and close to anything you need.

  • 20th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


71%

The hostel was in a cool college district, surrounded by tons of cafes, eateries, and bars. However, there was massive road construction going on which detracted from the atmosphere. It's close to the subway. My biggest issue was with the ensuite bathroom. The bathroom was also the shower. When you took a shower, you showered with the sink, mirror, and toilet. It was really awkward and kind of gross. The beds were not that great. The security was really good, however.


60%

Do not waste money on the 4-bed dorm. The beds are extremely uncomfortable. I never complain about beds but these were horrible. The only AC unit was directly above one of the beds. That person was too cold and turned the AC off. The room was hot and uncomfortable, no fans. It was a horrible setup. The ensuite bathroom is one room - sink, cabinet, toilet, shower. When you shower, every surface gets soaked - sink, toilet, cabinet, door, walls, etc. There are no lockers inside the room.


100%

the best hostel ever, lovely staff and very helpful. we forget our Mobile in the taxi, they help us to track the taxi and find it again. thank you very much for your amazing hospitality


100%

I stayed here twice, it was great. The staff are very nice and helpful, the hostel has all of the usual amenities, and it's in a convenient location, full of cafes, etc, but it's not a noisy neighbourhood. However, if you want the party atmosphere, just go to the other end of the station, near the university.


86%

The hostel is great and we especially enjoyed the little luxury of a private room but in a hostel setting. It wasn't a huge room but fine for just a few nights. Towels provided and good security on all doors. It's a great location, so close to the station and the airport line and there's a really nice breakfast place nearby too (if you don't fancy the hostel type). We will stay here again!


91%

Nice place. I will definitely come back.

  • 8th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Panama
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

We loved our stay at Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel. It took us a moment to get our bearings in South Korea and the staff did a terrific job helping us get oriented. Located very close to the Metro made our adventures easy to both embark upon and return from. The security was top-notch and very high-tech. All the key codes and sliding doors were reminiscent of Star Trek. Very cool!!!


86%

Positives: Great location! Good, helpful, staff, very secure. Negatives: Bathroom just has a shower head, not an actual shower. Everyone in the room seemed to catch a cough so there might be something in the air to keep in mind if you're sensitive to allergens.


100%

Amazing place to stay. Will definitely go there again if I visit Seoul.


100%

thanks all :D

  • 8th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Awesome awesome experience! Hostel is located close to the subway. Staff are great and are always willing to help you with any questions you have. They treat you almost as family. Really friendly! The place is taken well care of. Very clean. Wifi was great. Would definitely recommend this hostel for anyone traveling to seoul!

  • 30th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

All the staff were very nice and very helpful. It is very close to the subway which went straight to both airports (15mins from Gimpo, 45 form Incheon), so very convenient as I had an early flight home it meant that I didn't have to leave at a crazy hour and easy to find from the subway and the instructions sent by the hostel after I booked. Also breakfast is included which was nice.


89%

A great spot to base yourself to explore the city. Near the cool college district with a million coffee shops. Clean and comfortable. Super friendly staff and free breakfast and laundry. I would certainly stay here again.


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