Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cozy Airbnb Places in Korea as low as Php1,400 per night

This was our 4th trip to Seoul but first time using Airbnb as we've always stayed in guesthouses near Myeongdong. After some research, we felt that Airbnb may be better value for money compared to guesthouse because of the price and the facilities as guesthouses are usually extremely small and need to share facilities with other guests (e.g. shared bathroom and kitchen).

On our December 2015 trip, we've stayed for 10 nights but in 3 different Airbnb accommodations because it was supposed to be a trip with my entire family with my boyfriend and I spending the first few days together before my family followed after a couple of days. 

1. Private room rental in Yongsan-gu for Php 1,380 per night (2 people)

Price: This was one of the cheapest accommodation in Airbnb that we found near Seoul station which is good for 2 people. The cost is half the price of getting a cheap guesthouse in Myeondong for 2 people.

Location: The place is situated near Seoul Station which is a great location since it's a couple of stations away from popular tourist spots such as Myeongdong or Hongdae. However, the place is far from the station itself as it will require you to walk at least 20-25 minutes and it's also extremely uphill which was a huge struggle for us given we had to bring our luggage upon check-in and check-out. There is an alternative route by going through Sookmyung station and walking for about 10 minutes which we were not able to try. You also don't see a lot of taxis in the area.

Room: This is a private room but shared house with the owner who was very accommodating and accepted early check-in (2 hours before). All the basic facilities such as kitchen (although not convenient to use because of tight space), private bathroom, and internet was there. The room though is very small because it had a lot of furniture. 

Overall Review: This is a good option if you're a budget traveler since you'll get the same facilities and room compared to staying in a guesthouse but with half the price. The only downside is the location which is a bit far from the train station. 
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