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Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel Reviews

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

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93%

Rating
419 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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100%

Good hostel. Recommended

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

The boss very friendly and helpful


100%

Definitely this is the best hostel that I stayed in South Korea. Wi-fi signal in everywhere, comfortable beds and an awesome, really awesome breakfast! The Hostel is just a few steps from a convenience store and the subway station. The staff (Ken) is friendly and prepared to help you with everything you need! The washroom is a little bit small, but it's normal in South Korea, I guess. I'm looking forward to go to Seoul again and meet my friends again! My stay in Hongdae Pencil was memorable!


91%

Incredibly convenient location near a metro station, directly connected to the airport, and plenty of food, shopping, & nightlife options in Hongdae. Not as close to major tourist stops, but easy to reach via the metro. Rooms were clean & secure, wifi fast, and staff incredibly friendly - Ken took great care of all of us staying there, and it was easy to meet other solo travelers. Plus, free eggs, toast, & cereal for breakfast. Only downsides were mattress a bit hard, & some mosquitoes.


100%

This place is amazing, so well located close to Hongik ! there are so many nice places around, or even just in front the hostel, some charming café !!! the building is so clean, beds very comfy, rooftop with an amazing view on the city, they provide breakfast which is quite rare now ! But most important, the staff is amazing. They all make your stay special, you feel as a guest and of course I cannot finish this com without writing about Ken, an adorable man with a big heart ! he is the vibe


100%

Amazing and hospitable staff

  • 21st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

The staff were amazing and super helpful.


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)


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