When my family visited Korea last time, we stayed over at SeoulWise, a guesthouse located in Seoul’s Hongik University area. You can see their website here. Although Hongdae (short for Hongik daehakkyo) area is generally accepted as a popular party spot, this guesthouse is located at a more quiet neighborhood of Hongdae, just across the subway station’s line 2.
The guesthouse is owned by Mr. Young – who apparently traveled a lot as shown from the photographs from many countries which he took himself. He’s really helpful, and actually helped me wrote an inquiry in Korean to a souvenir shop and book plane tickets :D.
From what I’ve seen, this guesthouse was probably established on a building meant to be a one-room residential, evident from a number of other one-room buildings around the area. Nonetheless, the room where I’m staying in, a 4 people room with two bunk bed, is cozy enough with its own indoor bathroom. You can borrow towel from the guesthouse, and even laundry your clothes for 1000 won.
The guesthouse has its wifi on each floor, so for foreigner with no international data plan, this is a blessing.
Guests are served breakfast from 08.00-10.00 AM in the form of cereal or toasts. You can also drink milk and orange juice.
As I’ve said earlier, this guesthouse is not the party-guesthouse type, and there’s even a prohibition for making loud noises after 10 PM. So if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is the place.
The guesthouse is located at a 10-minute walk from Hongdae’s subway station, so travelling all over Seoul from this place is not a problem.
My overall impression of this place? It’s really good! If by any chance you want to stay for the night at Hongdae area, this is the place to go.