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Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

"Cameron is a great friend and the best staff member at Kimchee."

Oudina - February 24, 2019
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only - Bedroom Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse
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Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

570-16, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea - See map
Free Wi-Fi
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Popular landmarks
AstroMan Rock Gym 210 m
Butter zakka shop 370 m
EXIT 370 m
E-Land 370 m
Fashion HONG 400 m
Hongik University Subway Station 400 m
come in 420 m
Bebop Jazz Club 440 m
The War and Women's Human Rights Museum 450 m
Chasarang 450 m
Nearby landmarks
Namdaemun Market 5.1 km
Gyeongbokgung Palace 5.55 km
Myeong-Dong Walking Street 5.58 km
The War Memorial of Korea 5.69 km
Insadong 5.98 km
N Seoul Tower 6.09 km
Bukchon Hanok Village 6.27 km
National Museum of Korea 6.61 km
Changdeokgung Palace Complex 6.77 km
Lotte World 16.6 km
8.0

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Popular neighborhood

This property is in high demand!

3 travelers have booked today.

  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Seoul

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Garden

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Seoul in the last 24 hoursCompared to 3,075 Seoul properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money8.2
Distance to city center1.2 Km
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportGimpo Airport (GMP)
Distance to airport10.5 km

Rooms available at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.7
6 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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6 Bed Female Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 bunk beds
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed
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Twin
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse has a car park that's close to the hotel.

What is the smoking policy at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse?

Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

  • 8.8
    Excellent
    Staff 

    "I liked the staff whose name is 해별!"

    Sophia

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    April 15, 2017

  • 8.8
    Excellent
    Staff 

    "I do like all the staffs there."

    Thu

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    August 14, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Friendly staff, Thanks Marlo!"

    Mary

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    September 28, 2019

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Room comfort score
7.7/10
Room size
18 sqm.
Value for money score
8.2/10
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Overall rating:
7.8
Very good
865 reviews
Cleanliness
7.4
Facilities
7.4
Location
8.0
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What travelers say they love:
Highly recommended for budget travelers/backpackers.
marites from Philippines
Couple
More about Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

More about Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse

If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Seoul, look no further than Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Trick Eye Museum, Dress Cinema, Goguan Hanbok Photo-Studio Hongdae.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, locker, towels, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary) to please the most discerning guest. The hotel's garden, games room are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Seoul.

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Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping
39 mentions
Internet
6 mentions
Breakfast
4 mentions
Food & Dining
2 mentions

What they offer

9.6
Exceptional
Cleanliness

"kimchee ! room was clean and sanitary!"

Patrick

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June 8, 2018

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Nearest essentials

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Food and dining

Nearby restaurants

Korean cuisine
Korean cuisine
Art de Chef CenterMark Hotel
5.9 km Korean
HaetSsal SutBbul Gogalbi Zzukumi
7.7 km Korean
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Cafe Bangha Bomdong
130 m Asian, Korean
Cheonghae Soosan Hongdae
190 m Asian, Korean, Seafood
Pureunseom Chamchi
190 m Asian, Korean
Japanese cuisine
Japanese cuisine
Donggyeong Ilsik
380 m Japanese
Kimpurra
480 m Japanese, Sushi
Oshiria
1.1 km Japanese

What's nearby

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Reviews of Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse from real guests

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Cleanliness7.4
Facilities7.4
Location8.0
Room comfort and quality7.7
Service8.1
Value for money8.2
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6-7 Good (46)
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9.3
Exceptional
Gabrielle from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

Quick and painless”

staff, location, convenience

This is a great place to stay if you're looking for a few nights in Seoul and don't want to spend a lot on a hotel. Remember, it is a hostel, not a hotel, so don't expect luxury 5-star rooms with room service. The hostel itself is nice. It's very clean and kept. You check in in the basement floor where there is also a common lounge. I did not spend any time here but I did see other foreigners chatting and watching the games on TV (and from the sounds of it none of them knew each other) so I think its a great place to meet new people and make friends. The rooms are a bit cramped but that's the norm with most hostels. But it wasn't so cramped that I couldn't fit my own bags or stuff around, I was still comfortable. The staff was very attentive and helpful, whenever I needed something they always got it for me right away. They have basic necessities that you can use for free or for a very cheap price (like $3). Stuff like towels are free to use so you don't need to bring your own if you don't want to waste luggage space. I think one of the best aspects of this hostel is location. Location really should be a main consideration when booking any kind of hotel or hostel and this one does a good job of that. The hostel itself is located just about 5 minutes walking from the main part of Hongdae. It's great because not only do you get to enjoy all the shopping and restaurants close by but its enough of a distance that you won't hear drunk people on the street when you're trying to sleep. Kimchee Guesthouse has no curfew so there are a few people coming in late at night but I had no issue with other guests not being respectful. No matter how drunk they were they tried to stay quiet. Kimchee is also just 5 minutes from the Hongik University subway station so there is easy transportation availability. Overall this is a great choice for a hostel if you plan on staying in the Hongdae area (or Seoul in general) and I highly recommend it to others.

Reviewed June 16, 2014
9.6
Exceptional
Jana from Slovakia
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

A great place to stay, the best from all cheapest places around Hongdae”

I spent almost 2 months in Kimchee Hongdae last summer and it was a great place to stay. I was in 10 beds dormitory room, it was quiet, I always could sleep very well. I enjoyed bathroom in the room and free breakfast (eggs) every morning. Now, after a year I came back to Kimchee Hongdae for one night, this time I was in 6 beds girls dormitory room. I prefer 10 beds mixed room as some girls (especially Asian) are usually always noisy, they get up early and make noise with their luggage or other things... so I could not sleep well in girls room. And unfortunately, there is no more free breakfast nowadays. However, I highly recommend staying in Kimchee Hongdae. The rooms are big and clean, you can be sure the sheets on your bed are washed and clean. (I visited at least 10 other hostels around Hongdae and I can say in many of them they don't wash the beddings after each customer!) I like there are other bathrooms with free soap and shampoo, so you don't have to wait for shower or toilet.

Reviewed May 05, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Zirus from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 6 nights in November 2017

Affordable and fun, Youth Hostel in Hongdae”

It was already my 2nd time travelling Seoul and I initially booked Kimchee Hongdae because it is very affordable. At first, I thought that going there was not easy but a pro-tip: There is a YouTube video showing how to go there from Hongik Univ. Station, exit 2. The manager is super nice and friendly, he looks like Song Il-gook (South Korean actor). The staff are good looking as well and they know what they're doing. They've been very friendly and approachable. All of them are young! I recommend this if you really want to know 'Youth Hostel', you'll feel the youthful energy. This hostel is good for independent travelers who does not have many demands in life. :) I also recommend this for Solo travelers looking for friends, Korean or international. Location wise, there's a lot to explore in the area and it is near a Grocery that is open eve in the latest of nights, and is cheaper too. It is not super near in the subway station, but it is easy to walk there from the subway station. I really like it and I enjoyed my stay. Thank you Manager-nim (Song Il-gook look-alike), Maknae, Eva, Furkan, Büşra and I am sorry I forgot the other names. T_T I hope to visit there again soon. Kamsahamnida!

Reviewed November 08, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Ji from Singapore
Solo traveler
Twin
Stayed 5 nights in May 2017

Exceptional”

Very friendly and helpful hosts who made our stay at Kimchee Guesthouse Hongdae wonderful. Small yet cosy rooms made us feel more welcomed in a land with language barriers. Kimchee Guesthouse may not be the nearest accommodation to the subway station, but it is located amongst rows and alleys of small cafes and boutiques. Be sure to try their complimentary breakfast cooked by the hosts themselves. Simple toasts and sunny side up with orange juice/coffee provided. Would definitely go back there again.

Reviewed June 01, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
FANGDI from China
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

AWESOME STAY”

location, stay, people, price

Excellent value!! Tks to the friendly and kind people at Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse, they made my stay awesome. I highly recommend this hostel, if u r in Seoul stop by here for sure, u will absolutely love it! :)

Reviewed December 05, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Moreira
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Enjoyed it”

I really enjoyed staying in Kimchee Hongdae Guesthouse! You can make friends easily and the staff is very nice. One of the staff called Jiaxin was really helpful. When i needed information she helped me with it. Also the guesthouse is easily to reach from the subway stations.

Reviewed October 08, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Justin from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in August 2018

Exceptional”

Located in an alley in the yeonnamdong area, kimchee hongdae guesthouse is just a few minutes walk away from the main hongdae street filled with busking performances, street food, and shopping. The staff were amazing and nice! I hope to come back some time again! SJ!

Reviewed August 17, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Justin from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in August 2018

Exceptional”

During my stay here at kimchee hongdae guesthouse I was able to practice speaking korean with the staff members and guests. I enjoyed my time here and would recommend to my friends for a good stay in the hongdae area. Thank you SZ!

Reviewed August 17, 2018
9.3
Exceptional
Julie from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in March 2015

Friendly guesthouse”

Friendly staff ! Great location and cozy gathering space.

My stay was great! The best part about kimchee is the staff. Carter, the manager, and the staff are so friendly. There are guests from all over the world, and many people mentioned how welcomed they feel at kimchee. Also, it is very close to Hongdae, one of the best areas in Seoul for shopping and fun.

Reviewed April 18, 2015
8.4
Excellent
Yulwenty from Indonesia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in October 2017

Always come back here”

Value for money Each time I go to South Korea, I always stay here for several days. What I like the most is the bed room is spacious & clean. Baggage storage is provided free of charge so I can leave my baggage when I go to another city. It's on Hongdae but far enough from the crowded area so I don't hear any noise, screams at the night like what I experienced on another guesthouse. From All of Kimchee branches that I have been, I found that the staffs here are always more friendly although the staffs are constantly changed each year. This time I only remember one of the staff's name Maknae but the other staffs are also nice. The manager always say hi when I was in the lounge. The staff kindly enough to upgrade my room from mix to female, free of the charge since they still have more empty rooms. Shampoo & body wash are provided but I found that room 301 doesn't even have the container. The hand soap container on 4th floor, in front of the sink is always empty. Hope this can be fixed.

Reviewed November 26, 2017
8.7
Excellent
Madeline from United States
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in August 2014

Good place for a night”

Staff, Cleanliness, Space

I found the room and bathroom to be quite spacious in comparison to other guesthouses that I have stayed at in the same area. The common area however is small. The place is clean but there are no slippers openly available for guests' use (must go barefoot even in the bathroom area) and no toiletries (shampoo, body wash and conditioner) in the bathrooms. In addition, the room in which I stayed at (405) has a squeaky door. I was not informed about what time the guesthouse served breakfast (and I am not sure that they do). Other than that, the staff and people there are friendly. Though the guesthouse is near Hongdae exit 2, be aware that it is not a short walk (allot for a good 10 minutes) especially when carrying heavy luggage.

Reviewed August 20, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Moreira
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Great stay”

First of all, I really enjoyed my stay in Kimchee Guesthouse. The staff was really nice and nice to talk with, especially Jiaxin was really helpfull! She knows a lot about the area. Also the rooms are very nice. Location is perfect. Very close to the subway. Really recommend it! :)

Reviewed October 08, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Miss from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in June 2017

Cool staffs and close to subways”

It was a nice stay there with friendly staffs and helpful ( Maknae, Suzy, Ewa) were the best!!! , the walking distance without 5 mins to subways and Hongdae center, it's so convenient , I'd recommend you to stay at Kimchee it's a great place to stay:-D

Reviewed June 13, 2017
8.7
Excellent
Milissa from Singapore
Group
Stayed 5 nights in July 2012

Awesome Hostel”

Clean rooms and toilets. Very friendly and helpful staff.

I stayed at Kimchi Hostel for 5 nights. It was my first time staying at a hostel while on travel and it was an enriching experience. First of all, the hostel's location is good, a few minutes walk from the subway. The Hongdae area is awesome at night, loads of food outlets and exciting street performances. There are a couple of marts/convenience stores located along the way to the hostel which makes the buying of necessities extremely convenient as well. The staff were very approachable and friendly. This played an important role as they gave us important advice on travel in Seoul as well as useful maps. There was a night when we were hungry and wanted to order fried chicken. As our Korean was insufficient, the staff actually interpreted for us and helped us place the order. We wanted to cook noodles but did not know how to operate the stove. They helped us with it too. The only complain was that the toilet was a little too narrow and small. There were no bars or hooks installed to hang your clothes/towels while you shower. (but this may be due to the fact that I stayed at the basement level which seemed to have been newly renovated).

Reviewed August 06, 2012
10.0
Exceptional
Gilberto from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Just like home”

Kimchee Hongdae never fails, thanks to the receptionist Dani for the perks & making me feel at home. Lovely hostel with lovely people!

Reviewed June 12, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Kierk
Solo traveler
6 Bed Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 10 nights in May 2019

Very Good, Hospitable Staff, Clean Rooms.”

Very good accomodation and a bang for your buck accomodation. I met lots of different people some of which became friends. The staff members were very nice, laidback, and accomodating. Staff member Marlo was very nice, and even spent a lot of time with us even after her shift has finished. I would stay in this guesthouse again when I go back to Korea and stay at Hongdae. Keep up the good work! 🥰😊

Reviewed May 20, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Moreira
Couple
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Good neighborhood!”

I really liked the location of the guesthouse! Very close to the Hongdae area were there are a lot of things to do! One of the staff members Jiaxin recommended me and me friend some good places to go! She was very helpful. Besides, the guesthouse was very nice and clean!

Reviewed October 11, 2018
9.7
Exceptional
Alexandre from France
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in November 2015

Very cool Guesthouse”

Location, price, staff

Location 10-15 min to the subway station with airport line, and the circle line that makes easy to connect to any lines to go anywhere in Seoul. Also 10-15 min to the Hongdae area wich is amazing, with many restaurants, shops, bars, clubs. The staff team is really cool, and makes you feel comfortable. Good atmosphere and facilities. Good value for money.

Reviewed November 13, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Katherine from Chile
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in July 2018

Exceptional”

Kimchee guesthouses is perfect if you don't want to spend a lot of money in acomodation. It's near to clubs and restaurants. It's really clean and the staff iff really friendly, especially Priscilla

Reviewed August 01, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Katherine from Chile
Solo traveler
6 Bed Female Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in July 2018

Exceptional”

You can make a lot of friend in kimchee guesthouse, especially the staff. Priscila is friendly, and she is always trying to help. The building is a bit old, but is always really clean

Reviewed August 01, 2018
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