My friend and her family arrived in Seoul on my second day there so I had to change accommodation that’ll fit all of us comfortably. This time, I decided that we try out Airbnb. It definitely helped our decision that there’s a lot of affordable options and we get PHP1000/USD25 discount then. You can also get $40 off your first trip by signing up here. Anyway, we ended up renting this 3 rooms, 2 toilets apartment in Namyeong area for three days. We ended up paying PHP11000 all-in for the entire stay! I think it was pretty reasonable.
Since my previous guesthouse was at a location near Seoul Station, I only had to take a one-stop train trip to reach Namyeong Station and wait for my friend there. Our host gave us a map and pictures on how to get to his apartment so we didn’t get lost. Namyeong is a quiet neighborhood, but there were small restaurants around and different convenience stores all over. Right beside our apartment is a Korean restaurant as well. If you’re for a quiet neighborhood with a local feel, this could be a neighborhood fit for you.
To get inside the apartment, we have to go up this small hallway of stairs to reach the door. I know this might be common to you guys but I haven’t encountered doors that only need a passcode to get in. We spent an embarrassingly long time to try to get in to no avail huhu. Good thing our host was actually just right next door and somehow figured out we can’t get in as he got up and taught us how to open and lock the door! Hello, second home!
We rented out the entire apartment. It has three rooms, two bathrooms, a living room space, and a fully-functional kitchen. The space was actually pretty big. Comfortable for ten people, as stated on Airbnb.
The beds are pretty comfortable and two of the three rooms have big cabinets for you to store your things and even hang some of your clothes. There’s a lamp per bed and sockets. The rooms are my favorite part of the Airbnb.
Like I said, they also have a fully functional kitchen. They have a refrigerator, induction stove, rice cooker, microwave, and a coffee pot.
The living room area is huge. They provide a laptop and even have a projector so you can watch some movie if you like. They also have a lot of comic books so you can definitely enjoy a day in if you have the time.
They have two bathrooms but both were under renovation when we were there. One we can’t really use and the other is still not yet tiled, but functional. Hopefully they’re all done by now because it’s the main complaint I have of the place!
What I Like
- The bedrooms are big and the beds are comfy. It’s heaven getting home after a jam-packed to sleep in these beds! And even the sheets themselves are nice!
- The kitchen is fully functional and there’s a few free things in the refrigerator. There’s some water and soju in the fridge haha.
- It’s just a five minutes walk to the station. The neighborhood is calm and peaceful and it’s easy to come and go as Namyeong Station is pretty close by.
- Host provided two free wi-fi eggs. Which was pretty cool of him to do so! We didn’t have to spend a cent for wi-fi access. Originally, he only provides one wi-fi eggs but when we asked if he has another one, he gladly let us borrow another.
- We can easily contact the host. And he’s been very responsive – before and during the trip. He even volunteered to call a taxi for us when we were checking out.
What I Dislike
- We weren’t informed that the bathrooms were under renovation. It’s a minor issue since it’s still functional but it’s not my cup of tea to not have bathrooms that are not tiled.
How To Book
Address: Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
How To Get There
Since this is an apartment, I won’t be sharing the complete address. Rest assured that the host will give it to you along with instructions if you book the place!
How Much Per Night
Rates go from PHP3100 to PHP5200, depending on how many people will be staying per night. 🙂
*Photos taken from the Airbnb listing.