Istay Hostel
2018

Istay Hostel

195, Tojeong-ro, Mapo-gu, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 04087
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    Guest reviews

    7.8
    Very good
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    (600 reviews)See what guests said
    9.6
    Exceptional

    "the staffs is very nice."

    Lan A.

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    December 4, 2018

    9.0
    Exceptional room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 84% of guests

    Property highlights

    • 230 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Breakfast [free]

    This property is in high demand!Last booked 2 hours ago
    Very good
    Location
    7.8
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    Very good location
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Hongik University Street840 m
  • Hongik University860 m
  • Seum Teraphy950 m
  • Sinchon Shopping Street1.04 km
  • Daean Gonggan Roof1.08 km
  • Grand Mart1.1 km
  • Page1.11 km
  • Hongdae Free Market1.13 km
  • Sangsangmadang1.19 km
  • Pulkot Pyunghwa Yonguso1.21 km
  • Value for money8.3
    Location rating7.8
    Nearest airportGimpo Airport (GMP)
    Distance to airport11.8 km
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    9.0
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Double (Private Bathroom)
    Double (Private Bathroom)
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    • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    Special Style
    Special Style
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • City view
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    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
    Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
    Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Quadraple Room with Private Bathroom
    Quadraple Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed
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    Twin - Private Bathroom
    Twin - Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Single - Private Bathroom
    Single - Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 single bed
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    Bunk Twin Room
    Bunk Twin Room
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      Family Room
      Family Room
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        Economy Room
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          What people love about the property

          • 10.0
            Exceptional

            "The hotel is very good ."

            Yali

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            September 8, 2018

          • 9.6
            Exceptional

            "The place is comfortable."

            Denissa

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            April 27, 2017

          • 9.6
            Exceptional

            "The location as well."

            Denissa

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            April 27, 2017

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          10.0
          Exceptional

          "Very cozy and near the airport"

          Levy-Lyn

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          November 9, 2018

          An overview

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          What they offer

          9.2
          Exceptional

          "It was nice staying there."

          Mrash

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          January 8, 2019

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          Real reviews from real guests

          Agoda Reviews (600)Booking.com Reviews (82)
          7.8
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          10
          Cleanliness7.7
          Facilities7.1
          Location7.8
          Room comfort and quality9.0
          Service8.2
          Value for money8.3
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          8.0
          Excellent
          Maria from Philippines
          Couple
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
          Just good enough for couples ”
          The room was small but not too small. It was a bit old already as some parts were worn out. The upside though was that the neighbor hood was quieten and lotte supermart was literally beside the hostel. Also, Lauren was really accommodating and helpful.
          Reviewed March 03, 2019
          Dear Maria! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded March 04, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          8.0
          Excellent
          Sara
          Solo traveler
          Single - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 5 nights in January 2019
          Very good”
          Lauren was really nice and helpful. It's a good place for backpackers and solo travelers. There's a bus stop and a supermarket close to it and the subway station is around a 4-minute walk away. They don't have an elevator though but you can ask for help in carrying your luggage up to your room and/or down to the entrance / exit.
          Reviewed February 12, 2019
          Dear Sara! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much for visiting our hostel again, and hope to see you again :) Always all the best~!!
          Responded February 13, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Nur from Malaysia
          Group
          Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
          Exceptional”
          I went there on Winter but i don't feel any heater inside the room. My family and I a bit freezing at night. There was a heater on floor but didn't felt it. Other than that were EXCELLENT. Friendly staff, clean room, a good location because it is near with subway station.
          Reviewed February 22, 2019
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Thamrong from Thailand
          Group
          Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
          This is the best hostel that i've ever visited. !!!!!!”
          The staff was nice. She took care us so well. I'll recommend this hostel to everyone who are going or planing to travel to Korea. It is easy to reach there (by subway and there is also has lift to carry your baggage) and there are many minimarts and restaurants around the hostel. ดีมากๆค่ะ สะดวกในการเดินทางใกล้สถานีรถไฟ สตาฟน่ารักมากเอาใจใส่เราตลอด และยังมีร้านมินิมาร์ทรอบๆ สำหรับซื้อของฉุกเฉินด้วยค่ะ
          Reviewed December 25, 2018
          Hi Thamrong! Thank you for the great review of our hostel! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Best regards
          Responded December 26, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          8.4
          Excellent
          Mark from Philippines
          Solo traveler
          Twin - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 5 nights in December 2018
          NICE ACCOMMODATION, FRIENDLY STAFF”
          The accommodation is just a 3-5minute walk from the nearest subway line 6. The location is quiet and has a nearby lotte store. Lauren is very helpful with the requests from late check-in to guides on how to get to places. Would love to see improvements on bigger towels and better breakfast option.
          Reviewed December 13, 2018
          Thank you for reviewing us, Mark!! It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :) All the best ~!!
          Responded December 13, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          robertson from Philippines
          Couple
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 11 nights in February 2019
          10/10”
          We had a great time in this hostel.. ms lauren was very accomodating and very responsive to our inquiries. Will definitely stay here again once we come back to seoul again... robertson
          Reviewed February 24, 2019
          Dear Robertson! Thanks for your re-visiting to ISTAY Hostel, and also thanks for your great review!!! It was so glad to see you guys again, and I really hope you have a great time at our hostel. Your awesome review would be really helpful for other guests who are looking for a hostel in Seoul right now. Thank you so much, and see you next time~ All the best, Lauren :_)
          Responded February 25, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Farah from Malaysia
          Group
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 3 nights in September 2018
          Exceptional”
          Walking distance to subway station by 5-10min. Pantry located inside the office but still can access after office close. Good and friendly staff. Few convenient shop located nearby area. Few restaurant, pizza hut, ediya coffee and lotte supermart nearby the hotel.
          Reviewed September 16, 2018
          Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded September 16, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Mrash from Philippines
          Group
          Twin - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
          4.5 stars”
          It was nice staying there. the manager and staff were very friendly and very helpful! bus stop right infront of the hotel. the only problem is we had big luggages in tow and there were no elevators. Overall, it was a nice place to stay.
          Reviewed January 08, 2019
          Hi Mrash!! I miss you so much !! Thank you for the great review of our hostel! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Happy New Year~ Best regards
          Responded January 08, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Sheena from Philippines
          Group
          Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
          Stayed 2 nights in May 2018
          Overall good-good for 3 pax room”
          -big bathroom -has minibar fridge -tv -hot nd cold shower -many stores nearby -just along highway -near clubs in hongdae -very accommdating staff -breakfast is free (bread and juice) -can use microwave
          Reviewed May 19, 2018
          Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded November 16, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          8.0
          Excellent
          Julia from Japan
          Solo traveler
          Single - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019
          Very good”
          Its really easy to find
          Reviewed February 28, 2019
          Dear Julia! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded March 02, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Winda
          Group
          Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 5 nights in November 2018
          Will come here again if i back to Korea”
          The room is so clean, the location near to Sogang Univ Station (Gwangheunchang Station) and close to famous place like hongdae, itaewon, and other. The staffs are so friendly too. Will back here If I have another chance to come. Thank you, iStay Hostel <3
          Reviewed December 06, 2018
          Winda!! Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded December 06, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Khanet from Thailand
          Solo traveler
          Twin - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 4 nights in October 2018
          save price and good location”
          The Istay hostel is very good for me. I spent not much money to stay here and the Location is near by the subway. I think It's awesome for traveler who want to save money and save energy because you can walk not over 10 minutes to the hostel. It's not far from the subway station!
          Reviewed November 01, 2018
          Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded November 02, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          8.4
          Excellent
          Putu from Indonesia
          Group
          Triple Deluxe Room with Private Bathroom
          Stayed 9 nights in October 2018
          Good price and good location”
          The room is quite spacious and the beds are nice. Most hotel policies are given when we arrived at the hotel, but unfortunately some policies weren't written so we need to ask again. The reception operating time is short so make sure to add the admin on other chatting application if you are outside the hostel or can't meet the staff during their work hours. The facilities are good and i think this hotel has a good price. The location is not far from bus stop and subway station, and good for all of you who didnt like to stay in a too crowded society. After all I have a good time staying there
          Reviewed October 18, 2018
          안녕하세요. 고객님 저희 호스텔을 방문해주시고 후기까지 남겨주셔서 감사합니다. 찾아주실 때마다, 한결같이 좋은 서비스와 친절로 보답 드리겠습니다. 감사합니다 !
          Responded October 19, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Chinh from Vietnam
          Couple
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 4 nights in September 2018
          Nice and cozy place”
          The location is near Gwangheungchang station exit 4. The room is clean and very nice. The area is too quiet for me. But with that price, it is worthy and convenient with a lotte super nearby. Highly recommended.
          Reviewed September 17, 2018
          Thank you for reviewing us. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded September 19, 2018
          Istay Hostel
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Nurfarhan from United Kingdom
          Business traveler
          Bunk Twin (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 1 night in January 2019
          Love it”
          Will rate 5-star for reception staff that giving her best to the guest.. Room is pretty good, its just the cold weather makes my sleep quite unpleasant n Overall, Everything is perfecto
          Reviewed January 30, 2019
          Dear our guest! Thank you for the great review of our hostel. It would be really helpful for us and other guests! Thank you so much again and hope to see you again :)
          Responded February 01, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Jin from Singapore
          Group
          Single - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 1 night in December 2018
          Stayed here again for the value ”
          Accessible, lots of places to eat and vicinity also has convenience stores. Good value for the price paid so we stayed here again.
          Reviewed January 21, 2019
          Hi Jin! Thank you so much for the great review of our hostel!!!! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Best regards
          Responded January 21, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Jin from Singapore
          Group
          Single - Private Bathroom
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
          Good value and location”
          Easy to find with directions provided. Room was clean and check in was smooth. Staff were friendly and always replied messages promptly.
          Reviewed January 21, 2019
          Hi Jin! Thank you so much for the great review of our hostel!!!! Your comments will help us to motivate our staff and improve our service. We really appreciate you review. Best regards
          Responded January 21, 2019
          Istay Hostel
          8.0
          Excellent
          Jana from Slovakia
          Couple
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 1 night in January 2018
          Comfortable, clean, warm”
          The stay in ISTAY was good. The room was nice and clean, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was OK. I enjoyed the floor heating. The room was not warm enough to wear only a T-shirt but the blanket was very warm, so I was not cold at night. The fridge was too noisy, so I switched it off. I recommend this place.
          Reviewed January 17, 2018
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Madeline from Australia
          Couple
          Double (Private Bathroom)
          Stayed 1 night in September 2016
          Great room and facilties ”
          The owner is very friendly and helpful and the room was spacious and comfortable. Good kitchen facilities which made our stay very pleasant. We would have liked to stay longer but there was no availability.
          Reviewed September 26, 2016
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Pui from United Kingdom
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in December 2015
          Close to subway location and value for money”
          As a very frequent traveller to Seoul, I strongly recommend this place to any kind of Seoul explorers. Since my very first time stay in December 2015, I was amazed by the modern style basement. It is a multi purpose area and I mostly spent time there for my meals and drawing time. The hostel itself is already hotel standard and the interior design is simple and unique. They provide different room choices as single, double bed or 3~4 family size room. I always have perfect night time sleep here and the sound proof is welly done to avoid discernment from neighbourhood. I personally prefer to stay away from the popular area like Hongdae and Dongdaemun. Here is just 2 stations away from Hapjeong and even 5 mins by bus, you can enjoy all kinds of Korean traditional food along with fusion style cuisine. Attentive and friendly staff are the main bonus of the place, both English and Chinese are perfectly communicating within. They are helpful all the time whenever they are able to do so. Wish this wonderful accommodation can be occupied with more travel lovers who commute in an irrational way~~
          Reviewed May 13, 2016
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