So, after deliberating where to stay in Seoul, we already decided to stay in Seoul Backpackers’ Hostel Myeongdong Branch. We decided to stay here because of its central location and its “okay” prices.
Below is the map where the hostel is located:
We stayed here for 5 days and 4 nights. The price we paid was 70,000 KRW/ night for a twin room (with extra person charge) It has ensuite bathroom, cute beds, air condition, hairdryer, television (with only Korean channels without english subs) and It is only small but if you are on a budget then this will do.
If you wanna stay here then you should reserve at least 2 weeks before your arrival. I reserved my room here directly from their website. I did the reservation 1 month before my scheduled trip. They answers promptly, so there is no problem communicating with them. There is no need to deposit money or give your credit card number, what is only required is continuous reconfirmation of your reservation. The email they sent me included this instruction:
Please, kindly do again your reconfirmation 3 times to secure reservation by e-mail.1. 30 days before your check-in date2. 15 days before your check-in date3. just 5 days before your check-in dateOtherwise, it will be automatically changed or cancel without prior notice.* Twin room is 55,000 KRW ( 2 person / night )– Non smoking room– Two single beds– Beautifully appointed en-suites room– FREE internet available.– Climate control air-conditioning and floor heating– Remote control cable television with 24 channels– State of the art security– FREE coffee & Tea available from lobby– 24 hours openOne add person will be charged extra 15,000 KRW / night.We will offer you extra mattress and linens.
This is their website: http://www.seoulbackpackers.com/md/index.htm
Here is my review from my tripadvisor account, you can see it here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294197-d307032-r109893340-Seoul_Backpackers-Seoul.html
“We stayed in the Myeongdong branch last May 3-7, 2011. The rooms are better than expected, We got rooms on the 4th floor, The actual is better than the pictures seen in their website. The hostel has a good location, just 2 minutes going to euljiro subway station, and few minutes from shopping district, myeongdong and to the famous lotte department store. The room is clean but after staying for 5 days, it seems that there is no housekeeping and no one to even to collect the garbage. The kitchen is small but you can get tea, coffee and water for free.
The check-out time is 10am, but the staff did not inform us about it beforehand. my friends and I thought that it would be by 2pm, so we were really shocked and we packed up messily and hurriedly because of that. I ended up taking a shower in the dorm area.
The staff is indeed not always in the reception area, but you can always press the call button or knock on their door (the room behind the reception desk) to call them. And the one assigned in the morning in the reception desk needs to improve his english, because if he didn’t understand us, he will just waive his hands which signals that he doesn’t understand us or he merely does not want to help us. The evening staff on the other hand is very helpful to us even when in an emergency and has a very good command of the english language.
I’m really confused about the telephone installed in the room since it cannot call from anywhere even in Korea itself. It is only for the convenience of the front desk calling us for check-out but you cannot call them… but it is cute though,…but What a waste!
I also liked the internet stations of the hostel since it was very helpful and can be used anytime.
The hostel has a very nice location, it is near to everything, so it is a more cheaper way to go to Korea, so I recommend staying here.”