Istay Hostel
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2018

Istay Hostel

195, Tojeong-ro, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 04087
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    Guest reviews

    7.8
    Very good
    /10
    (659 reviews)See what guests said
    9.6
    Exceptional

    "the staffs is very nice."

    Lan A.

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    December 4, 2018

    9.0
    Exceptional room comfort and quality

    Property highlights

    Things you'll love

    • 230 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Breakfast [free]

    Very good
    Location
    7.7
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    Very good location
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Gwangheungchang Subway Station230 m
  • Sogang University Subway Station770 m
  • Hongik University Street840 m
  • Skunk Hell860 m
  • Hongik University860 m
  • Daeheung Subway Station870 m
  • Four Seasons House910 m
  • Sangsu Subway Station930 m
  • Sk@940 m
  • Seum Teraphy950 m
  • Value for money8.3
    Location rating7.7
    Nearest airportGimpo Airport (GMP)
    Distance to airport11.8 km
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    9.0
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Double (Private Bathroom)
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    • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    Special Style
    Special Style
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • City view
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    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Quadraple Room with Private Bathroom
    Quadraple Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed
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    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Twin - Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Single - Private Bathroom
    Single - Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 single bed
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    Bunk Twin Room
    Bunk Twin Room
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    • Shower
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    Family Room
    Family Room
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    Triple Room
    Triple Room
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    What people love about the property

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "The hotel is very good ."

      Yali

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      September 8, 2018

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "The place is comfortable."

      Denissa

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      April 27, 2017

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "The location as well."

      Denissa

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      April 27, 2017

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Very cozy and near the airport"

    Levy-Lyn

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    November 9, 2018

    An overview

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    What they offer

    9.2
    Exceptional

    "It was nice staying there."

    Mrash

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    January 8, 2019

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    Table No.8
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    Asian cuisine
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    Real reviews from real guests

    Agoda Reviews (659)Booking.com Reviews (80)
    7.8
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    10
    Cleanliness7.6
    Facilities7.0
    Location7.7
    Room comfort and quality9.0
    Service8.1
    Value for money8.3
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    8.8
    Excellent
    Ronald from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Single - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2019
    Could have been better”
    I was given instructions via email on how to do self check in and you can easily to self check out. Room was clean when i arrived. You need to surrender the used towel to get a new one the next morning. Water pressure was weak on the shower head so had a bit of a challenge showering most of the time. No place for me to hang my jacket/pants, hope they could do something about this next time. Staff availability only from morning till afternoon so you are on your own in case you have concerns in the evening. You need to contact them in advance in case you need to do some laundry the following day.
    Reviewed April 27, 2019
    Dear Ronalad~ Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded April 28, 2019
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    4.4
    Jess from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2019
    Acceptable”
    Pro: considerably strategic Cons : 1. water pumping/pressure system needs immediate upgrade where shower water flow was too small that u can hardly bathe, even almost scalded myself as its hard to control the water flow where hot water appears out of no way. Imagine when u just came back after one day of full itinerary yet u have to struggle with bathing. 2. Air conditioning not available although it's not winter. 3. Towel provided has got Foul smell.
    Reviewed April 20, 2019
    3.2
    Nuan from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in February 2019
    Staff no polite, service bad”
    I’m onli like the place nearby subway station (Gwangheungchang) line no.6. First day reach korea can’t find the place. 2nd day we used to it how to take subway to every where.. we don’t like the room. Toilet no plastic bag provide, toilet cannot flush. Staff the way she talk like blame us we do spoilt the toilet? We are no recommended to stay again this hostel again...
    Reviewed April 17, 2019
    Thank you for the reveiw!
    Responded April 19, 2019
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    8.0
    Excellent
    Maria from Philippines
    Couple
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
    Just good enough for couples ”
    The room was small but not too small. It was a bit old already as some parts were worn out. The upside though was that the neighbor hood was quieten and lotte supermart was literally beside the hostel. Also, Lauren was really accommodating and helpful.
    Reviewed March 03, 2019
    Dear Maria! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded March 04, 2019
    Istay Hostel
    8.0
    Excellent
    Sara
    Solo traveler
    Single - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 5 nights in January 2019
    Very good”
    Lauren was really nice and helpful. It's a good place for backpackers and solo travelers. There's a bus stop and a supermarket close to it and the subway station is around a 4-minute walk away. They don't have an elevator though but you can ask for help in carrying your luggage up to your room and/or down to the entrance / exit.
    Reviewed February 12, 2019
    Dear Sara! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much for visiting our hostel again, and hope to see you again :) Always all the best~!!
    Responded February 13, 2019
    Istay Hostel
    8.0
    Excellent
    elvy from Malaysia
    Group
    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 6 nights in April 2019
    Value for money”
    Pro: 1. Bus Station (Sinsu Middle School) is just in front the hostel building. 2. Subway Station (Gwangheungchang) just 7 minutes away by walking. 3. 24 hours Convenient Store just around the corner. 4. Plenty of coffee shop and restaurant nearby. 5. Quiet neighbourhood but still safe. For the price that we paid which is pretty cheap for Seoul standard I don't think there's is a cons staying at this hostel but please take note that it was a no frills hostel. We booked a 2 twin bed room with a private bathroom for rm120 per night. The room itself is tiny but its clean. Only consist of 2 beds and 1 small side table. Bathroom inside the room. Breakfast is simple. Breads, jam and juice. You can't bring food inside your room. Their office and kitchen just in front of our room but it doesn't bother us much since we usually go out early and back to our room late. Overall we have a pleasant stay here. Don't forget to throw away your own trash!
    Reviewed April 09, 2019
    Dear Elvy! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded April 12, 2019
    Istay Hostel
    7.2
    Very good
    ANGELA from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019
    Very good”
    Staff is friendly and helpful. Spacious room, big towels are provided. Close to Hongdae area. Room is next to main road, noisy when cars passed by. Would be great if the water pressure in room 301 is bigger. It seems as though when someone else is bathing in other rooms, the water becomes so small and so hot. Had to waste time waiting for the water pressure to get bigger and water to turn cooler. There is no lift, had to carry big luggage up & down the stairs by yourself.
    Reviewed April 06, 2019
    Dear, Angela! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! We are very sorry about the problem of water pressure. We also hope this problem is solved asap [trying to do our best]!! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded April 09, 2019
    Istay Hostel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Thamrong from Thailand
    Group
    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
    This is the best hostel that i've ever visited. !!!!!!”
    The staff was nice. She took care us so well. I'll recommend this hostel to everyone who are going or planing to travel to Korea. It is easy to reach there (by subway and there is also has lift to carry your baggage) and there are many minimarts and restaurants around the hostel. ดีมากๆค่ะ สะดวกในการเดินทางใกล้สถานีรถไฟ สตาฟน่ารักมากเอาใจใส่เราตลอด และยังมีร้านมินิมาร์ทรอบๆ สำหรับซื้อของฉุกเฉินด้วยค่ะ
    Reviewed December 25, 2018
    Hi Thamrong! Thank you for the great review of our hostel! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Best regards
    Responded December 26, 2018
    Istay Hostel
    8.4
    Excellent
    Mark from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 5 nights in December 2018
    NICE ACCOMMODATION, FRIENDLY STAFF”
    The accommodation is just a 3-5minute walk from the nearest subway line 6. The location is quiet and has a nearby lotte store. Lauren is very helpful with the requests from late check-in to guides on how to get to places. Would love to see improvements on bigger towels and better breakfast option.
    Reviewed December 13, 2018
    Thank you for reviewing us, Mark!! It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :) All the best ~!!
    Responded December 13, 2018
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jin from Singapore
    Group
    Single - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018
    Great staff and hostel”
    Always stay here because it's good value for money and location is not too far from Hongdae which has the AREX to Incheon airport and staff is friendly and helpful.
    Reviewed April 08, 2019
    Jin~~~ Thank you for the great review of our hostel. Hope to see you again next time! Always the best and take care~~~
    Responded April 09, 2019
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    2.4
    Nurfarhan from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019
    MISS LAUREN , IS THE STAFF WORKED THERE WAS SO RUDE ”
    MISS LAUREN , IS THE STAFF WORKED THERE WAS SO RUDE BY TREATING THE HOSTEL GUEST SOO BADLY. I WAS STAY THERE BEFORE, AND I'M GIVING BAD REVIEW TO, BECAUSE OF HER ATTITUDE. AS A BUSINESS MAN LIKE ME, I WOULD LIKE TO SUE HER . I STAY THERE FOR FEW DAYS, AND AS A STAFF, SHE MUST BE REALISED SHE IS NOT THE HOSTEL OWNER, SO BE IT LAUREN!!
    Reviewed March 17, 2019
    Thanks for your review~!
    Responded March 25, 2019
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    2.4
    Nurfarhan from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019
    MISS LAUREN , STAFF WAS RUDE”
    MISS LAUREN , IS THE STAFF WORKED THERE WAS SO RUDE BY TREATING THE HOSTEL GUEST SOO BADLY. I WAS STAY THERE BEFORE, AND I'M GIVING BAD REVIEW TO, BECAUSE OF HER ATTITUDE. AS A BUSINESS MAN LIKE ME, I WOULD LIKE TO SUE HER . I STAY THERE FOR FEW DAYS, AND AS A STAFF, SHE MUST BE REALISED SHE IS NOT THE HOSTEL OWNER, SO BE IT LAUREN!!
    Reviewed March 17, 2019
    Thanks for your review~!
    Responded March 25, 2019
    Istay Hostel
    3.6
    Nurfarhan from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019
    Staff Miss Lauren was rude”
    Staff named Miss Lauren was so rude by having bad words on her customer after sales. i have stayed there before and i have give one bad reviews upon her bad attitude, taught she owned the hotel by saying bad words and bad "after services" to the hotel guest. For Lauren, do act you are only work as a woker, do not pretend the HOTEL IS YOURS
    Reviewed March 17, 2019
    Hi, Nurfarhan. Thanks for your review. Could you please explain how did staff exactly tell bad words to you? What words? [This is because we cannot find any bad words from our chat on Whatsapp, so we are asking to you more detail.] And also, could you explain what kind of "after services" did you ask to the staff exactly? We hope you explain more detail about your complaint for fairness and evidence about provided services. We are very sorry for making this problem with guests, but the emotional reviews are not helpful to prove your score. As you can read our review, many of guests mentioned our good hospitality and attitude. Maybe people want to know the fact, right? Please tell us if you have anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, and feel free to talk with us. Hope you take a relax from the mood, and take a good trip in Seoul. Thank you.
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    6.4
    Good
    Nurfarhan from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019
    Staff is RUDE and UNPROFESSIONAL”
    Well, rooms is nice, staff is far than nice, so not professional, well,, as a business owner like me, I kinda surprised she (MISS LAUREN) block me at the whatsapp , well, it was obvious she was triggered and it is non of my problem, the issue is the staff treat their after sales/services is so terrible! probably this is she get after studying abroad ..
    Reviewed March 13, 2019
    Thank you for your review, but please please stop sending msg even after your check out. This is also my very first time to see the situ with customer. You said I am good staff but now you said im terrible.. sigh... This is because he wanted a room even though we do not have an available room today. We are contacting to Agoda for preventing this problem next time. We will provide best service to customers as we did it until now. Thank you~~ Have a good day~~
    Responded March 13, 2019
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    3.6
    KHANH from Vietnam
    Couple
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2019
    You should advertise “breakfast included””
    The breakfast was terribly poor, we had to eat quite in an office full of people who were working and yeah... it was just toasts FYI the toaster took ages to heat up a frozen slide of bread... and coffee (which every other guesthouse usually offers for free). And the water also so weak and again took time to be heated up. We like the self check-in system but the staffs aren’t helpful at all. They ended the call when we called to ask for the water problems...
    Reviewed March 13, 2019
    Thanks for your review and sorry for the inconvenience. We provide free coffee everyday, and most of our guests had a free coffee from brekkie time as you can see other reveiws. And also, just in front of the door before you come into the brekkie area, you definitely see an advertisement about our breakfast right? I do not understand why you say "you should advertise "breakfast included".... but I think we did it very well. Please consider that this is free breakfast and we offer free bread, coffee, juices and jam together. Thanks
    Responded March 13, 2019
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Nur from Malaysia
    Group
    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
    Exceptional”
    I went there on Winter but i don't feel any heater inside the room. My family and I a bit freezing at night. There was a heater on floor but didn't felt it. Other than that were EXCELLENT. Friendly staff, clean room, a good location because it is near with subway station.
    Reviewed February 22, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Farah from Malaysia
    Group
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Stayed 3 nights in September 2018
    Exceptional”
    Walking distance to subway station by 5-10min. Pantry located inside the office but still can access after office close. Good and friendly staff. Few convenient shop located nearby area. Few restaurant, pizza hut, ediya coffee and lotte supermart nearby the hotel.
    Reviewed September 16, 2018
    Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded September 16, 2018
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sheena from Philippines
    Group
    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018
    Overall good-good for 3 pax room”
    -big bathroom -has minibar fridge -tv -hot nd cold shower -many stores nearby -just along highway -near clubs in hongdae -very accommdating staff -breakfast is free (bread and juice) -can use microwave
    Reviewed May 19, 2018
    Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
    Responded November 16, 2018
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    6.8
    Good
    Cornelia from Philippines
    Family with teens
    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 9 nights in March 2019
    Room Assignment”
    We were a family of three on March 21-30. The room assigned to us was on the 4th. Since there was no elevator, in the future, the hostel might want to consider finding out the guests age and what not. Overall, the accommodation was okay.
    Reviewed April 12, 2019
    Dear Cornelia! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :) We already noticed that we do not have a lift on the Agoda website. Hope people should know it before they book a room at our hostel. We are glad to help people to lift their luggage every time, so please ask a help to staff if you need a help :) Thanks
    Responded April 12, 2019
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Mrash from Philippines
    Group
    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
    4.5 stars”
    It was nice staying there. the manager and staff were very friendly and very helpful! bus stop right infront of the hotel. the only problem is we had big luggages in tow and there were no elevators. Overall, it was a nice place to stay.
    Reviewed January 08, 2019
    Hi Mrash!! I miss you so much !! Thank you for the great review of our hostel! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Happy New Year~ Best regards
    Responded January 08, 2019
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