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Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse & Hostel Reviews

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

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94%

Rating
483 Total Reviews
  • 95%Value For Money
  • 95%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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100%

I would HIGHLY recommend Pencil Guesthouse to other travelers - Abby, Pei, and Ken instantly made me feel at home and Abby even stayed late when I did not arrive by 11pm the first night (because of transportation issues..) to let me in. The rooms were clean and include everything you could want, and the breakfast was yummy! The location is great since it is just outside of the madness of Hongdae, but only takes minutes to walk from the hostel to the heart of it all.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

This hostel is awesome, it is a bit pricey but you pay for awesomeness! The whole facility is keyless and the floor in your room is heated, what! The staff are awesome and more of than willing to help with any and all things. Your a 3 minute walk from Hongix station exit 2 and there is an amazing meat fondue restaurant and churro spot super close. I literally love this place and will definitely recommend it.


100%

This is a very nice place in a great location!

  • 8th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


74%

This was a lovely place. It has a great location, but it was a little pricy for the room and the services offered. The rooms were nice and it's really quiet. This is great place if you don't like the "typical" hostel. There are some university bars around so you still get background noise, but it's easy to fall asleep early in the dorms at this place. The staff is nice and the breakfast is good.


100%

So impressed with the hardworking staff of Hongdae Pencil Guesthouse! I highly recommend your hostel to those who wants to stay in Hongdae.

  • 28th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Philippines
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


94%

Great, cosy place, in a great location (so easy to get to and from the airport). In room bathrooms, tv, fridge, A/C, hair dryers....what more could you ask for?????


100%

Very helpful and pleasant staff. Location and facilities were great!

  • 23rd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


91%

Great hostel- good location and friendly staff common area could be better.


91%

Nice hostel in a convenient location within a few minutes walk from the subway and the attractions of Hongdae. The shared dorm room was on the small side but the bed was quite comfortable. Staff were friendly and the free breakfast was nice.


91%

The Pencil Hostel is a really good hostel in Seoul. Security is perfect, as well as the location (2minutes from Hongik Uni Station). Ken (staff´s name) did a lot to help the travelers, especially because he speaks many languages. Rooms are very clean.


94%

Didn't stay long. But the stay was great and Ken at the front desk was very welcoming and helpful.


100%

This hostel has it all. It is close to the subway, night market and eateries. It has spanking clean rooms, generous size breakfast and staff that go beyond their call of duty. This hostel will turn your holiday from a good holiday to a great holiday.


89%

Fantastic trip to be there. Good services, support and suggestion. Easy to go any other places. Thank you very much for Pei, and Ken. They are kindly helping. Just one comment, bed is too soft, overall is great.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello S^^ I'm surprised :O Our guest use to complain that our beds are to hard so we changed to soft ones. Now it is the other way around haha. We hope you had still enjoyed your stay :) Take care and hope to see you again.

100%

Location was very close to the subway. Staff were very helpful. Room was very clean. The only draw backs were late breakfasts which started at 8:30 am and poor instructions on how to operate the security doors particularly for self check in. Breakfast needs to start at 7 am and there needs to be better instructions on how to operate the security doors outside business hours. Other than those two points my stay was very enjoyable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Always the earliest ^^ Thanks for the awesome review ^^ Hope to see you this Autumn :) Take care :)

97%

Pencil Guesthouse was a great decision. It's close to the subway and the directions made it easy to find. The rooms were clean and there were plenty of lockers. Also, one night during my stay I lost my Korean debit card. I rushed back to the hostel and they were able to have it canceled before it could be used for anything. If I stay in Hongdae again I'm staying here.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the great review K ^^ Do not lose your card again :P

94%

Close to all delights in hongdae area, clean and quiet. The receptionist speaks perfect English and was very helpful. Would like to stay here again next time!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much. Hope you are doing well :) Take care and hope to see you again.

100%

Perfect stay. I was in an all female 4 bed dorm - the bathroom is attached to the room and came with shampoo, body wash and toothpaste. The beds were comfy and the pillow was very soft. Security is great and the staff makes sure you have all the codes. There is a really good breakfast and the common room is cosy but very well stocked with drinks and snacks and wifi. The staff were so, so kind. I met Pei and she was incredibly welcoming and helpful!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the lovely review. Hope to see you again? Since you are so near. Hehe

94%

Very awesome, loved the breakfast they gave every morning. Staff are great and very helpful. Almost feels like more of a family hostel than a travelling one. Did make good friends there though.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello D, Glad that you enjoyed you stay here :P Come again ^^ Take care.

83%

Location was nice and close to Hongdae, without the bustle and noise of being too close. While the building security was great, there was only one locker available in the 4 person dorm room. Included breakfast was nice. The room was spacious and clean, with the extra hotel-like facilities a nice bonus. The ensuite was convenient, but the lack of separate shower area was a bit annoying. Overall would definitely recommend.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry about the shower A :( We wish we could have a bigger one or even one out of the room :S Anyways thank you for the review ^^ Take good care :)

100%

Great location, Great price, friendly staff, would definitely stay here again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you D ^^ Hope to see you again :)

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