Seoul: Our Airbnb Experience

My experience with Airbnb has been pleasant thus far. You may read more about my experiences here. Airbnb is an option for us to save some money to spend more on food and shopping! smile We spent S$654 for 5 nights for 2 persons, that’s an average of S$66 per person! I think we’ve saved quite a bit of money considering that the apartments that we have booked are located within the touristy areas and usually, hotels around these areas are quite expensive.

Even though sometimes I try to scrimp and save on accommodation, comfort and safety is my utmost priority when booking an apartment, especially when I am alone. I tend to read through reviews over and over again to give myself more assurance. So a tip to all female travelers, don’t save just that few dollars to make yourself uncomfortable. It is not worth the unpleasant experience.

To help you get started, here is a free credit of S$28 on Airbnb for your usage! www.airbnb.com.sg/c/jsng13?s=8

Home Cafe

Our first apartment was named Home Cafe, located at Jung-gu. It is prominently located within Myeongdong area. There are eateries, stores and shops nearby and the nearest subway station Chungmuro is just 5-10mins away by foot. The room we’ve booked can accommodate up to 6 people with 3 double beds.

Pros
– Super comfy bed with thick comforters
– Water dispenser for ample water
– Universal adapters for our electronic devices
– Egg wifi for us to bring it wherever we go
– Bluetooth speakers and TV for entertainment
– Nescafe machine to make coffee
– Ample basic necessities like towels, tissue and bath items for our usage
– Microwave, washing machine, electronic toilet bowl available for usage
– Fully air-conditioned
– About 5-10 mins drive to Myeongdong, Dongdaemun
– About 5-10 mins to the nearest subway station Chungmuro by foot
– Lots of eateries, shops and convenience stores nearby
– Security enabled

Cons
Honestly, I have no complaints for this apartment cos it’s too good! The owner had also offered us a ride to Dongdaemun and our next apartment. Very very nice guy. I won’t hesitate to stay here again. smile

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Vinehouse

The second apartment was Vinehouse, a 100 year old traditional Korean house. It is located at Gyeongbokgung area. Not as happening as Myeongdong but there are lots of shops and eateries within walking distance as well.

Pros
– Very traditional old Korean house
– Water dispenser for ample water
– Ample basic necessities like towels, tissue and bath items for our usage
– Daily traditional Korean breakfast made by the host
– About 10-15 minutes to Gyeongbokgung Palace by foot
– Lots of eateries, shops and convenience stores nearby
– Free wifi available

Cons
– Room is too small for comfort
– Super thin comforters, we can feel the flooring while lying down
– Very strict rules cos it is a shared apartment (Eg. lowering down our voices by 10pm)
– Not sound proof
– Have to be very careful when opening the doors, etc. cos they are very flimsy
– Misleading timing distance cos it took us at least 15-20 mins to walk to Gyeongbokgung station
– About 20-30 minutes to Bukchon Hanok Village by foot
– No privacy as the owner had opened our room to clean up while we were out.

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I’m still sorting out the photos. Will share more of our trip soon! smile

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