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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- There are nearby restaurants and convenience stores. Perfect when I’m heading home past 10PM and suddenly find myself hungry.
- 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.
- There’s a small refrigerator in the room. I just kept my stock of water and banana milk in here.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Address: 35-125 Dongja-dong (41 Huam-ro 57-gil), Yongsan-gu, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea