South Korea

Where We Stayed in Korea: 24 Guesthouse Seoul Station

24 Guesthouse Seoul Station; Richel Goes Places (1)

I was supposed to Airbnb my way through South Korea, but it’s cheaper to stay in a hostel when there’s just a few of you in a group. There were supposed to be three of us on our first day but one cancelled and then there’s just two left. I was also kind of panicky on where we’ll be staying as it’s just a few weeks until the trip at this point. I scoured through Agoda looking through the affordable hostel options that meet all my requirements, and I ended up with 24 Guest House Seoul Station.

Then of course, my other friend had to cancel due to work appointments so I’m the only one left! Thankfully, my friend let me keep her share for the room and I stayed with 24 Guest House Seoul Station and didn’t have to find another one.

As always, when finding an accommodation, I have a few requirements: I have my own bathroom, the place is near a train station, room has wi-fi and airconditioner/heater, it looks clean, and it is affordable. This all checks out with 24 Guest House which is great!

I arrived in Incheon International Airport around 1PM and after sorting out my passes and whatnot, I head off to my hostel. I only had to take the AREX All-Stop Train to get to my stop. It takes only an hour and worth 4150 KRW – which I think is a steal compared to the express train that’s worth 8000 KRW and is only 15 minutes faster. I only had to go through Exit 12 and walk about 10-15 minutes to get to the guesthouse. I got lost!!! Despite my google map search and written directions, I didn’t find the hostel in the first go. Huhuhu. Before I start to backtrack to the station, I got a glimpse of a bright yellow wall and found out that it’s my hostel! YAY!!

My Room

Since it was supposed to be just for a friend and I, we just booked a room with a bunk twin bed and a private bathroom. The check-in was a breeze and I hauled my bag up one stair of flights to get into my room.

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It was a really clean albeit small room. All toiletries were provided. I have my own refrigerator, slippers, hangers, tv, hair dryer, etc. Not bad.

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And of course, one of the make or break in every hostel stay: the bathroom. It was suprisingly so roomy and clean! I didn’t feel like I have to fold in on myself hahaha. One of the reasons why I’ll be coming back to this hostel if ever!

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Here’s also a quick glimpse outside my window. You can hear some locals talking in the morning but it’s not so loud that it’ll wake you up. I just so happened to be already awake and opening up my windows.

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That’s it! Above is how the door looks like. No keys for this hostel house. Everything’s electronic which is awesome. I wish I took photos of the lobby and pantry so I could have shown you guys. Oh well.

What I Like

  1. It’s just a few minutes walk from Seoul Station. Which is a good starting point when travelling to Seoul for the first time. I always get a glimpse of Namsam tower when going in and out of the hostel.
  2. Breakfast was provided. I didn’t get to try it since I was out of the hostel before service starts but it’s great that it’s available.
  3. There are nearby restaurants and convenience stores. Perfect when I’m heading home past 10PM and suddenly find myself hungry.
  4. The bathroom was so spacious – which is my favorite thing! This is the biggest bathroom I’ve had so far so taking a bath was just bliss. All toiletries are also provided, along with a hair dryer. Slippers are also available.
  5. There’s a small refrigerator in the room. I just kept my stock of water and banana milk in here.
  6. The receptionist was so nice and welcoming! She was all smiles when I was checking in and answered my questions regarding directions. She also let me keep my baggage there for a few hours after check-out and offered me some free maps.

What I Dislike

  1. There’s no elevators. I’m only on the second floor so it’s not much of a hassle but I can imagine it’d be a big inconvenience to haul big luggage up to the third floor by yourself.
  2. The bed is not that soft. It’s clean and all, but it’s not as soft as some of the hostel beds I’ve been to.

How To Book

  • You can book a room through Agoda. I get a small percentage if you book using my link with no extra charge to you.

24 Guest House Seoul Station

Address: 35-125 Dongja-dong (41 Huam-ro 57-gil), Yongsan-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

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20 Comments

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    captaineverland
    May 4, 2018 at 6:37 AM

    Always love reading reviews on hostel or airbnb in Korea – for one day when I’ll have my chance to visit the country too. Huhu. Although your room was quite small if it was for two people, but I think it would do for me and my sister. Most importantly, it is located conveniently. Thank you for sharing. I feel like checking out your Korea trip, and I’ll definitely do it during my free time 🙂 xx Ain

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      Richel V.
      May 15, 2018 at 11:08 AM

      It was also quite small. I can imagine bumping into my roommate /all the time/! But they definitely make up for it with the huge bathroom and clean space!

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    Sakura
    April 21, 2018 at 1:57 AM

    Perhaps you can try Moon Hostel next time. It’s near Hongdae Station and is cleaner too. Sadly, there’s no lift for it either. 🙁

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    annicklau
    April 19, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    I think Seoul’s a really cool place but I can’t see a lot of the photos on this post cause it’s not showing up..

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      Richel V.
      April 30, 2018 at 3:51 PM

      Aw. I don’t know why is that because it always show up on my end. 🙁

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    Eena
    April 19, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Thanks for sharing about your experience staying in a hostel! I’ve considered staying in one for past trips in order to save some money, but my fiancé always says no and insists on finding a more private place to stay in. Bummer your friends cancelled, but it’s great that she let you keep the room.

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      Richel V.
      April 30, 2018 at 3:54 PM

      There are dorm types and it’s not my thing as well. But some of the private rooms can be just as nice as hotels with a cheaper rate. Maybe you two can give it a try someday haha.

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    Mira Sophie (@mira113)
    April 18, 2018 at 9:25 PM

    This place actually looks amazing for a hostel and a clean and spacious bathroom is definitely a big plus! It’s funny how the room is Paris themed, that’s quite random – I once had a hotel room in Athens that was London-themed and had a massive painting of a red double decker bus haha. I used to be okay with sharing rooms and bathrooms but I have to admit that the older I get the more I mind – it’s such a pain when everyone in the room comes and goes at different times during the night xx

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      Richel V.
      April 30, 2018 at 3:55 PM

      I haven’t tried sharing rooms or bathrooms before haha. I am such a light sleeper that every step would wake me. Just glad hostels provide a more private offers with still affordable prices compared to hotels!

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    Clarisa
    April 18, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Some photos are not displaying for me. 🙁

    The hostel looks good. I’ll take note of this for my future trip to Seoul. Thanks for sharing!

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      Richel V.
      April 18, 2018 at 5:24 PM

      Aw. I don’t know why, because it all shows up to me. 🙁

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    Codrut Turcanu
    April 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Never been to a hostel , didn’t know you can book a whole room for just two people, I thought they’ll be more people inside (already)…

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      Richel V.
      April 18, 2018 at 1:46 AM

      Those would be the dorm rooms that have at least four people in them. 🙂

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    Rose
    April 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Iba talaga ang security system sa Korea. I love how even the simplest houses eh ganyan na ang door access.

    Your hostel looks lovely. Not too bongga but just enough for one to rest and freshen up after being out the whole day. Bonus points na mabait yung receptionist. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      April 18, 2018 at 1:47 AM

      Yup! Just a small, cute place to rest lang talaga. But still nice. 🙂

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    busyandfab
    April 16, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    It’s nice to see an Airbnb accommodation in Seoul, however some of the pics are not uploading. But I will check it at home if they are all displaying. Have a great week ahead!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

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      Richel V.
      April 17, 2018 at 2:02 AM

      I checked it on mobile and all the photos are displaying. Can you check again? 🙂 Thank you! Have a great week ahead too!

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