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Great location, great value, English language friendly environment”
Simple accommodations with some nice perks that made our stay enjoyable, like full size fridge, hot water pot, and en suite bathroom in our room. Each room has a keypad for privacy and security which worked well, but the keypad to get into the building could be a little frustrating to operate. If you have issues with stairs, make sure to request a lower floor (we were on the 4th floor and it was a bit much after a long day of sightseeing to climb that many stairs). Simple breakfast each day (toast, cereal, hard boiled eggs) was great to have access to and everything was labeled with multi-lingual signs. Loved the location in Hongdae and being so close to a metro exit.
It was just a one-night stay and we were assigned in the fifth floor; the only problem is they do not have a lift; hard to carry luggages using stairs. There was breakfast included (bread, cereals, juice, coffee/tea and milk). Location wise, it is a walking distance to the train station and shopping area at hongdae. The account handler in agoda does nott reply to queries via agoda messaging.
Very close to Hongdae station, around 5minutes walk from exit 3. Nearby environment is unexpectedly quiet when locating in the city center. It's my 4th time staying here, not the cheapest choice among all the hostels in Seoul, but if you are looking for a quiet, clean, convenient and safe hostel. This is it!
Love this place”
I have been coming back here for about 3 years now when I travel to Seoul. Great place and really really nice staff. Location is perfect
Room is nice and the staff onsite are great. We have definitely enjoyed our stay especially with the close proximity to the metro station. However one thing to note is that there's no elevator in the building so do take note when one is checking in and out. Other wise, all's great.
Great location, just a short walk from the subway exit. Abby was very accommodating from the time i made my booking until I left. They give clear directions on how to get to the hotel, self check-in and also give suggestions on where to eat. Room is clean, warm and comfortable. Downsides: 1) No elevator so pack light. Lucky we were on the 2nd floor and 2) Towels provided are too small. I suggest to bring your own.
Booked double bed ensuit, room is small couldnt make 2 luggages opened at the same time, and our room is in 5th floor but there's no lift, all is well excludes these 2 comments, staff is friendly, helped us to call for chicken delivery, free brekkie, food stores are near by, location is 5 min to station which is nice.
It’s a good guesthouse ”
The location is very very great and very convenient ���. Near the subway station,shopping districts, restaurants and clubs. � Subway station:walking about 5 mins � Shopping district/ �restaurants/ �clubs:walking about 10mins The staff is very sweet. The day I check in is very late, no staff can help me, I need to check by myself. The staff leave a note on the door and send a email including the vedio about how to check in to me. I feel good!!!��� The rooms is not big but really clean and is pink! I love it �. Actually it’s really a good guesthouse I will choose next time~but no elevator in the guesthouse so if you have a heavy luggage you have to be strong ������. Thanks to Pencil guesthouse Hongdea, we have a nice trip in Seoul����.
Clean and simple room with the added benefit of a fridge in a great location. ”
The desk, fridge and in room bathroom stood out as major pluses for the double twin room I booked. A simple breakfast is served in the mornings. Water cooler available for refilling bottles downstairs . There were no big downsides as far as I am concerned. Great value especially given the location, staff friendliness and the cleanliness of the place.
Mini guesthouse with very helpful staff who speak korean/chinese/english”
2 nights at pencil guesthouse which i booked 15min before popping in. The 4 pax female dorm is small and some beds do not have power sockets accessible from the bed. Common areas are also small. Other than that, good shower with heater. Free wifi and good security (ie safe). They also have very helpful staff. The helpful crew is the best plus point of this mini guesthouse.
Hostel is close to Hongtik University station. Room is clean. Nice coffee shops are around the hostel. Surrounding environment is good too. Although there were some noise from people at street in night time (I opened window in night time), I can slept well as the bed is good. I will introduce to my friend and I will stay again if I go to Seoul again.
We have a late night flight (4am). Before we flew off they contacted us on the check in instruction as there was no staff on duty. Check in is easy. The hostel is also close to Hongdae shopping and restaurant area, close to metro. Super convenient.
Very convenient, nice choice for shopping and dining ”
Hongdae is a nice shopping and dining area. Pencil guest house is a great choice of all. We arrived by late night flight. Before we board the guest house has already contacted us on how to check in as they do not have overnight staff. But it's really easy to check in. The guest house doesn't have an elevator but it's still alright. Many cool restaurants and cafe are around. Metro is just 5 mins away by walking. I highly recommend this place. If the guest house provides more towels will be better.
Near to subway, clean room, simple breakfast”
This is my 2nd times staying at Pencil guesthouse. Still feeling good & comfortable. 5 mins walk to subway line 2. Very convenient to go any places. A lot of restaurant, cafe & shopping street just in walking distance. Thanks Abby & team for the hospitality. Will stay here again on my next visit.
room is comfortable. only offset is sheets used as blanket (too thin). my room are on 4th floor. no lift. check in/check out will need to carry big luggage up/down (with help from the friendly staff - who speaks perfect English!) Though address is in Hongdae, but will need to walk about 10mins to reach Hongdae. having to walk past metro underpass. area relatively safe even with 2 girls returning back to hotel past midnight. Self help breakfast is provided at lobby. unfortunately unable to wake up for it. Wifi speed is fine. Quaint check in area.
It has all the things that we need in a hotel”
Out of all the hotels we checked, we were so happy to find Pencil Mini as it meets all of our group's "requirements" - our own TV so we can watch all the Korean shows we want, free breakfast, hi-speed wifi that is available anywhere within the hotel, private and clean bathroom, good and clean interiors, close to the train station with no transfers to/from the airport and close to the tourist spots, a suitable space for our luggages, a bed for each of us and, of course, the price should is within our budget as we were staying for more than a week. Not all budget hotels were able to meet our checklist. The owner, Abby, and the staff are very kind and helpful. They have initiative to help us, speaks english very well and very attentive to our requests. This has been the best stay so far compared to other 3 hotels I've been to :).
Excellent services from staff^^”
It was a great experience that we can stay in PencilMini in this Korea trip. My friends and I totally enjoyed to stay there! The main reason was the staff are extremely nice and helpful! Before we go, we requested a room at lower floor, they made fast response. As they can speak fluent English, everytime we met, we chatted so happily! They were active to introduce us somewhere famous to visit. I still remember Abby helped us to call the takeaway service, so warm :) Besides, the room was clean and tidy. So we felt very comfortable. Also, if you have need, you can ask staff to tidy up the room. In addition, PencilMini have a common area on ground floor, we can have meal in there. Especially they provide breakfast service, my friends and I were enjoyed to have breakfast there everyday! At last, PencilMini is close to Hongdae metro station, walking about 5-7 mins. It is so convenient. Since our lugguages were so heavy, that why we felt lucky that the hostel is near to the station! Therefore, if we visit Korea next time, we will try our best to back PencilMini again!!!! ^ ^
Wonderful! Will definitely go back again!”
It was good. My flight was supposed to reach Seoul at 12midnight but the manager (Abby) checked with me beforehand so that she would be there to welcome us. Unfortunately, our flight got delayed four hours, but she was still there to welcome us at 4 am. We did keep her informed about our flight delay. The mini hotel is slightly difficult to find in the dark even in the cab as it is around the corner. However, in the daytime, we noted that it is very close to the train station (Hongik Uni). It is also about a 10 minutes walk to hongdae street which has many local food and shopping and stays open late in the night. As the only available twin room upon check in was at level 6 (there are no lifts), Abby offered to let us stay in a four men bunk at level 2 instead. We did note that the beds in the four men bunk were slightly lacking as you can feel the strips of wood attached to the thin bed. The beds in the twin room were definitely more comfortable. The rooms and toilet were very clean and Pencil does provide for soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hairdryer and even a fridge. There is also breakfast provided in the morning (bread, cereal, milk, orange juice, and eggs (you get to cook the eggs yourself)). They also maintain a delivery book where you can get to choose many different types of korean food to be delivered to the mini hotel, and the managers are more than happy to help you with the delivery! Last but not least, the managers (Abby and Pei) are awesome people to be with. They are very friendly and helpful, and makes you feel at home. Abby even accompanied us to the train station on the last day to bid us farewell. You will also get to meet other travelers in the building if you're lucky. I will definitely come back again!
comfortable, friendly, and feels like home”
It was great and really nice. Highly recommended for those who expected new friends and warm hospitality. I love how they always try to offer helps to me. I will surely be back if I visit Seoul again. Thanks Abbey and Antone.
Terrible organize website”
I only book one room, recived two booking message with two different booking code. Is the web site error or other, and also can't cancel one if them booking, arrived had to checkin both room or no room for me. So I need to pay on my credit card for one room , and pay cash on the other room.
Pleasant stay! Love the guest house :)”
We love love love staying at Pencil Guest House. Clean, cozy, and it has perfect location (very close from Hongdae Station Exit 3). The staff was so helpful and super nice. Be prepared if you have big luggage because they have 5 stories-building ;) Thank you Pencil! ❤️
Good location and nice staff”
It was my 1st time staying here eventho i have been to Seoul many times (and mostly stay in Hongdae). I like the room, it was dormitory but with bathroom inside the room (so only shared with room mate). The staff was nice and friendly, and she helped me to bring my luggage to 4th floor (unfortunately no lift haha). Thankyou, and maybe i will comeback again next time.
Really price to their value. Good location is closer to Hongdae entrance Station and room is clean”
Sue is very helpful even the room is not occupied by me and I am booking for my son and his girl friend. I ask Sue for requesting some bubble bags to pack my wine when I pick up the baggages during my son checking. One lady search the packing materials in their store room and then give me. This lady look like Sue's elderly sister but Sue told me that she is her mother. I'm stunned because she looks so young and didn't like her mother. They are very nice and much helpful during my son's and his girl friend's stay. We are surely come again when we visit Seoul in future.
Excellent location, just a few minutes walk to subway exit 3 of Hongkik University and Bus Stop. We stayed here from Dec 4-8 and the staff is very helpful esp when we ask about locations. The room is cozy and clean. Toilet is a bit small but is complete with bath soap, shampoos, toothpaste, hot shower. will stay here again if I go back to korea.
pros: good location, convenient and reachable from arex, nearby shopping area in Hongdae, nice cafe around. cons: bad sound proof, noise from staircase and hallway disturbing, room was too warm that we need open window at night, but too noisy outside especially during weekend nights
Convenient guesthouse close to subway”
The guesthouse is close to subway and airport railway which is very convenient. The shopping area of Hongdae University is also 5 min walk from the guesthouse. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Highly recommended
No housekeeping done for the 4 days i stayed there”
This is my 2nd time to this guesthouse. I feel that the service isnt as good as before. The location is good which is near the Hongdae station. However the room was not as clean as the previous trip. There is no curtain - every morning, the sun will shine into the room. There is also no housekeeping for the 4 days i stayed there. Wont go back again
This is by far the best guesthouse I've stayed. Less than 5mins walk ( you will walk pass a beautiful park) from Hongik station and connected to AREX Incheon airport which is very convenient. The place including toilet is also very clean. Will definitely stay at Pencil guesthouse again when I'm in Seoul. Thanks for providing a comfortable stay for me. Thumbs up! :)
The room is comparative good size. The location is good u can walk through out hongdae, and quite close to subway. The hostel location is not crowded (which is good). But if u come alone don't choose this hostel because it's quite lifeless. But if u come with the group and can join within ur group, it's good.
Welcoming cozy stay!”
Myself and three other female friends were traveling to Seoul for one week and found Pencil Guesthouse online. It seemed rather quaint and friendly so we decided to give it a go! During our stay we were definitely not disappointed. Abby and her 3 staff were so helpful and always responded quickly to queries or if we just needed some assistance. Pencil guesthouse also provided some amenities, and also a nice basic breakfast each morning (think toast, eggs, tea). Pencil is a cozy little hostel which attracts a lot of other friendly travelers :) Pencil is also located on the edge of hongdae making it a prime location for shopping, cute cafes and with only a short 5 minute (possibly less) walk to the train station, making it convenient if you also want to visit other suburbs. I would definitely recommend Pencil to any young single or group travelers.
Great accommodation, perfect location”
I had a pleasant 7 nights stay at Pencil Guesthouse. The location was superb, just 3 minutes walk from Hongdae exit 3; the dorm rooms were very clean -- complete with bathroom inside, television, and refrigerator; the staffs were helpful; and the owner was accommodating. It was a no-frills stay! Will definitely go back again.
I had an enjoyable stay at Pencil Guesthouse. I will definitely comeback. It was hard to find at first but it is very near the subway. Also near a lot of cafes, convenience stores and restaurants. Also the price was worth it.
Perfectly positioned Guesthouse did not disappoint”
Incredibly enjoyable hostel with all the essential as down to a T: water filters, toilet paper, juice, comfortable beds, TVs. And then you can fill your days with sight seeing and nights with partying - I can't think of a better position in Seoul to make that happen
Great location, awesome people ”
The best thing about Pencil is the location. The guesthouse is located near the Hongdae area but not in the loudest part, so you can get a good night's sleep. Lot's of dining options nearby - check out Bob's Barbie for some great hot dogs! The staff is great, the rooms are clean and you can share your stories with other travelers while enjoying the free breakfast.
Really good stay & worth the money”
Its really near the subway station so its a very convenient location. Furthermore, from incheon airport, there is a direct airport express subway line to Hongik University (where Pencil Guesthouse is located). The room is really clean, comfortable bed and sufficient space with private bathrooms. The bathroom is quite small though. The guesthouse is also near to a lot of cafes
Pencil Guesthouse Hongdae highly recommended”
I would highly recommend this guesthouse, especially to first-timers in Korea. It is near a lot of restaurants, cafes, commercial establishments, bus stops, a money changer, and train station exits, so meals and transportation are not a problem. The staff are courteous, helpful, and speak excellent English. The rooms are clean, well-kept, and just the right size. Will I stay in this guesthouse again if I come back and visit Korea? Oh yes, definitely!
Great place in Hongdae”
I had a great stay at Pencil in a private room with en suite bathroom and would book again. Nice location -- on a quiet side street very close to Hongdae Station exit #3. Staff was warm and receptive. Room was bright, clean, and comfortable (though the mattress was a little hard for my taste). Breakfast is self-serve and decent (eggs, toast, cereal).
What a lovely & warm guesthouse !”
I stayed 7 days with my fiance in Seoul, when we step in, we feel that this is a warm guesthouse like home ! We prefer to live on high-rise, so we accept 5th floor which is the highest floor. Though the double-bed room is not very big, everything is of value in spite of its small size ! Lovely bed, fridge, TV, washroom & balcony ! And this guesthouse is near the subway station only around 2 mins walk, very convenient ! what's more, i love the security system, make me relieved. In a word, we do enjoy our trip in Seoul! Thanks to Pencil Guest House !
Good stay in Seoul”
This Guesthouse is clean. Location is very good. Airport subway line can go directly to Hongdae. Only a short 2 minute walk from the subway station to guesthouse. Although Seoul subway stations' are a little bit weird, one station can have two separate buildings connected by a tunnel. You gotta walk from one to another. But still a very nice location. GS25 is right around the corner. Staff are friendly. Speak good English and also Cantonese. Room is clean. Everything is good. One thing that I will say is that the water for shower is "warm", not "hot". Maybe just because I like very very hot water for shower (maybe 40 degree). It's not cold it wont cause you to be sick, just in my opinion is not hot enough. Also recommendation, bring your own towel. They do provided towel but its kinda small. These are just really small things I am just being too picky. =P Thank you for helping us to order fried chicken delivery.(MUST EAT IN KOREA) I like this guesthouse and I will stay here next time again. THANKS =DD *I went to Seoul in January, very very cold weather. This guesthouse provided enough heat. Its always warm. Also, WIFI signal is STRONGGGGGGGGG. haha =D
Great little hotel!”
This is a great little hotel in a cool neighbourhood! Abby pei and ken are all very friendly and helpful!!! I really appriciated it! We were a couple and this hostel was quiet and clean! If you're a partier I wouldn't stay here since it's a very calm place! Enjoyed my stay! Would come back 😊
Recommended! , Very nice hostel”
It was very good overall. The staff are so very friendly and helpful. They helped me when i asked the food :D . And, the room was clean and it was so good that there was a privated bathroom. Also, it was really a good location and very near to subway Hongik University Station that i could take directly to the ICN airport. It was so convenient. And there is a GS25 shop near to the hostel. So, we are happy to stay in Seoul!.
Overall very good...”
Happy to choose this guesthouse for our 7 nights stay in Seoul. Very comfortable.. just that lift is not available in this guest house. Be prepare if you have bulky luggage. You will need to carry all the way up just like us.. (><)
Home away from home”
I was hving great time in pencil mini hotel. Price is adorable and affordable as it got an excellent location and a simple breakfast. The dorm is clean with making up every 2 days. Tv, private toilet, towel, hairdryer, heating floor which is extremely important for winter are all provided in the dorm. Of course, the staffs are too nice and helpful! Especially abby, lisa and ken! Highly recommended for those budget travellers and talkative :P you will meet lots of friends during breakfast time!
Best guesthouse in Seoul! Will stay here again!”
Location: The Pencil Guesthouse is tucked away in a residential place with quirky and interesting shops and cafes around it. It's very near the Hongik University area (walking distance around 3-5 mins) and restaurants, shops, convenient stores and entertainment there are open 24/7. It's a 3-5 min walk from Hongik University Station Exit 3. It's also very quiet here and the neighborhood has a good chic environment. Rooms: We highly recommend the en-suite bathroom since it's the one we stayed at. We stay at the 5th floor and take note: there's no lift. But the staff will help you carry your luggage. The room is very clean and the mattress quality is good. The hotel is also fairly new. Food: Breakfast is from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. You can cook your own egg, toast & jam and there's cereal, milk, coffee and juice. You can have coffee (Maxims) and water anytime you want. It's just out there for grabs. :) Staff: Thank you so much Abby for being a very kind and accommodating host! She helped us a lot and gave us directions to tourist spots and even helped us about something that's beyond what a hostel service would give. I've been recommending this to my friends and will stay there again when I go back to Seoul. :) P.S. Abby, let us know if you ever visit Manila! - Jade and Celina :)
Good location and friendly staff”
The location in hongik was great for shopping and nightlife. The hotel was located only 5 minutes from the train station and this made it easy to visit other places. Only downside is the hotel has no lift so carrying luggage to top floor (5) might be an issue. Staff were friendly and helpful and they top service on this point
1 night stay ”
Stayed at pencil hotel for 1 night only thus unable to provide a detailed review. However, it was a comfortable stay. Guesthouse is located in a quiet neighborhood but near metro station. Cleanliness of room was commendable.
Cheap and cheerful”
I booked very last minute, and this was conveniently located in Hongdae / Sincheon. The staff were friendly and helpful, and gave useful travel advice to the group checking in ahead of me. The room was small, but the bed was comfortable.
The best hostel I've stayed at”
This is the best hostel I have stayed at. Abby and her staff were absolutely amazing, and I can say without a doubt that our group would not have enjoyed South Korea as much if we had not stayed in this hostel. Accommodations were great, the staff was just so accommodating and they were helpful in every sense. I can't rave about them any more. Abby helped me book a haircut and they took us to a great place for food.
Nice place and will come again ”
I am really enjoyed staying here for four nights. The staff is very helpful. As there is no lift, they will help u to take the luggage to the room. Don't worry. They can help to have food delivery service!
AWESOME AND INFORMATIVE”
Short stay but really amazing. Staffs are really helpful and they provide tour information if you need any. Easy to access as the Airport Railroad stops in Hongdae area. It is near to Hongdae area where can enjoy the nightlife and also can find unique cafe everywhere.
Amazing location, clean, and highly recommended! ”
I love staying at Pencil Mini Hotel. I always stay here every time I come to Seoul and recommend it to my all friends. I love Pencil because it is located 5 minutes away from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station, which has an escalator (easy for those with large or heavy suitcases!) and is directly connected to the airport railroad subway line as well as line 2. My favorite part of Pencil is that it has private ensuite rooms, so each room has its own bathroom! Pencil provides everything! You get a towel, hairdryer, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, refrigerator, TV, and hot water boiler/kettle! There is no need to bring any toiletries! Pencil also has air conditioning and a heating system for every room. The cleanliness and quality is superb. I highly recommend Pencil Mini Hotel for solo travelers, groups, couples, and families.
It was enjoyable, all the staffs were nice and friendly. Bringing us to the nearby restaurant and helping us order as we could not read Korean words. Thumbs up for the extra services. Also, they are attentive too as they did realise friends were sick. Nice concept. Great place for budget.
Visiting Seoul on a Budget”
I really enjoyed my stay at the Pencil Mini-Hotel! Although we arrived late because we were visiting the Seoul Lantern Festival, the staff was welcoming and friendly and even stayed in contact with us via e-mail as we found our way to the hotel. Although the rooms and bed were small, they were very comfortable and clean. It was much nicer than staying in a hostel where we would not be guaranteed our own room or breakfast in the morning, yet still affordable. :)
The best place to saty in Hongdae”
I have stayed at this hotel 3 times so far and have never been disappointed. The staff speaks impeccable english and are super nice. The design is like an old comic book which makes you feel happy just as soon as you enter. They are always more than accommodating and I would recommend them above any other hotel/hostile in the area.
Great service level from the staff”
Lady boss could speak good command of english and there was few helpers as well whom can speak good english. Surroundings was quiet however from the exit of the train station there was not a long distance but there was no proper road to lead to the guest house which made us need to carry our luggage by hand on a bumpy short cut to the guest house.
Just what we wanted”
The hotel is very easy to find and the staff were very helpful. The place was very clean and it was a great value for money. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a place to sleep and drop your bags off. Also, it is very close to the subway station.
There’s no elevator so please get prepare to carry your baggage by stairs. Toilet is small, room overall acceptable, good location, near to subway station
Good location, nice staffs, clean
Good choice, especially for youngster”
The hostel locates in Hongdae area, which is extremely energetic and interesting, you will never get bored here. Moreover, a lot of good places to eat.
I stay on 27/10/2560 - 1/11/2560 5 nights 6 day The stamp is The staff were friendly smile. I'll be back to stay here again. I'm very impressed. Thank You Pencil Guesthouse.
Nice place and good location”
This guesthouse is really good in location and value of money.
Warm and leisure stay
Will consider for a next trip to the same hotel.
Good as ever”
It may be a bit confusing to find the place initially. But just follow the directions. The rooms are clean and there are a lot of food places nearby. Very friendly staffs
Choose it! You won't regret!”