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Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel Reviews

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

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93%

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431 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 93%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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100%

This hostel was very nice! Felt like we were staying in a hotel as every room has its own private restroom, TV, fridge, and lockers! The floors were also heated which is great during the very cold and snowy winter. The breakfast was nice; you could cook your own eggs and make toast with tea, coffee, juice on the side and cereal as well. The staff were very friendly and welcoming! Receptive of our questions and very accommodating if you have to check in late, etc. The area was superb as well!


94%

the location is just 1-2 minutes from the subway, the neighborhood is cool, the staff super friendly, nice breakfast. it is not in the city center but closer to the airport which worked better for me. I'd definitely recommend ! I slept well...will come again. david

  • 11th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Israel
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


94%

Really great location - super quiet, but only 5mins walk from the bustling centre of Hongdae, plus really easy to get to/from the airport. Hostel itself is spotlessly clean and nice, staff super friendly and helpful. No lockers for valuables in rooms, and my bed didn't have a plug socket next to it were the only downsides. Would definitely recommend this place and stay here again.


100%

Very nice staff


89%

The place is located in a very quiet area at a 5 minutes walk from the Hongik Univ. Station of the subway number 2 where the airport railway also stops. So as soon as you get to the airport go for your luggage follow the arrows that lead you to the railway station, use the vending machine (you can chose English to make the purchase) and follow the instructions it's very straightforward. The train ride it lasts around 45 minutes, You can visit every place of interest in Seoul by subway.

  • 25th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

The staff were so friendly and helpful! Great location for eating drinking and shopping, and very easy to get to from the airport. My only complaint is that bathrooms are en-suite, and have the type of showers that aren't separate from the rest of the bathroom, so things can get a bit messy in the morning and at night.


97%

Pencil Mini is in a great location near the subway with train link to the airport. The area is good, being close to a university. The hotel is squeaky clean with a creative decor. The social ambience is really good with the breakfast/coffee area at the entrance, with a long table which means guests sit with and get to know each other. The staff are helpful and relational. The manager, Abby, graciously waited for our late arrival, and helped us find a church to attend. You should stay at Pencil !

  • 15th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


100%

Good hostel. Recommended

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


100%

The boss very friendly and helpful


97%

Excellent hostel all around. But this is more for Asian families and it's hard to talk to them, even beyond the language barrier. But the place was very nice, clean, breakfast was pretty good, good place to chill and enjoy Seoul. The owner and the staff were fantastic!


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)


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