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2015.10.29 (Thu)

Budget Travel : South Korea 2015 (Accommodation : Rio Hostel Hongdae)

As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm gonna introduce more on travel information.
I went to South Korea few times and whenever I need to re-travel the country, I found that I need to re-check the information (How to get there, itinerary and etc)
Last month, I went to South Korea with my family and I was the main organizer.
I was bringing 13 Adult (including me) + 01 Infant (my little cute niece)
And what upset during this trip was, I brought them to a place and it's far away from the place of interest.
But the funny part is, all my information are from Korean Tourism Board. -.-
Hence, I decided to write in down in this blog so that it's easier for me and also additional information for you guys.

In this Korea trip, we traveled to Seoul City and also Jeju Island.
So I will start with accommodation first. In this post, I will talk about accommodation in Seoul City.
We stayed in RIO HOUSE HONGDAE.

QUESTION NO.1 : WHY RIO HOUSE HONGDAE?
Because it's located in Hongdae? Loll. Okay, below are the list why we chose this hostel :
A. LOCATION
This hostel is located in the center of Hongdae and it's just one minute walking from Hongdae Station exit
no. 2 and few minutes away from Hongdae Station exit no. 3
B. RATE
It's a hostel, hence the rate is cheaper that you stay in a 2 star hotel in Seoul City.
C. EASY ACCESS
Hongdae Station can connect to a lot of subway line in Seoul.
D. FAMILY ROOM
We need Family Room Type as we travel as a group.

QUESTION NO.2 : HOW YOU BOOK YOUR ROOMS STAY?
I sent email to person in charge for booking. Their reply is fast and they provide travel consultation even before you meet them in hostel. They are really helpful and they will try their best to solve your problem.
Email Information : riohousehongdae@gmail.com [EN/JP] // riohousehongdaech@gmail.com [CN/EN]
Once your booking is confirmed, they will inform you how much is the total and you just need to pay the full amount upon check in!!! This is one of the best part, but it will be great if you send them a re-confirmation on your stay 2 weeks before your arrival at their hostel.

QUESTION NO.3 : DO THEY HAVE ANY HOUSE RULES?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.
Below are the following :
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QUESTION NO.4 : IS THE HOSTEL CLEAN? HOW ABOUT THE AMENITY?
Hostel is clean and they provide hot shower in the bathroom.
No need to bring toilet roll and hair dryer cause these two items are provided in the room.
The only disadvantage is they do not provide towels and mineral waters during your stay.

QUESTION NO. 5 : IS IT EXPENSIVE? DO THEY ONLY PROVIDE FAMILY ROOM?

I think... the more person staying in one room, the more you can save.
As for room type, they have Triple/Quad Sharing Room(1-3 person) // Standard Family Room(2-4 person)
// Deluxe Family Room (3-6 person)
Due to hostel room rate is subject to change without prior notice, it would be better if you check the rate online or you may send an email to them and get an accurate room rate for your stay.

QUESTION NO.6 : HOW TO GET THERE?

From Incheon International Airport :
1. Upon arrival at arrival hall, you need to make a move to B1 and follow the signboard and walk to Airport Train Station.
2. Take All-Stop Train cause Express Train service will bring to Seoul Station! It takes about 45-50 minutes journey from Incheon International Airport to Hongdae Station.
3. Upon arrival at Hongdae Station, look for exit no. 2 signboard and walk.
4. When you out from exit no.2, you need to cross the small road and you will see Samsung shop on your left. Keep on walking you will find one jewelry shop and there is a building beside the shop.
5. Building name is Magellan 21 and that's the hostel place.
6. Take the RIGHT Elevator to come up 9th floor. This building operates their elevator by stopping at even numbers floors (LEFT) and odd number floors (RIGHT).
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From Gimpo International Airport :
1. Upon arrival at arrival hall, you need to follow the signboard and walk to Airport Train Station.
2. Take All-Stop Train cause Express Train service will bring to Seoul Station! It takes about 15-20 minutes journey from Gimpo International Airport to Hongdae Station.
3. Upon arrival at Hongdae Station, look for exit no. 2 signboard and walk.
4. When you out from exit no.2, you need to cross the small road and you will see Samsung shop on your left. Keep on walking you will find one jewelry shop and there is a building beside the shop.
5. Building name is Magellan 21 and that's the hostel place.
6. Take the RIGHT Elevator to come up 9th floor. This building operates their elevator by stopping at even numbers floors (LEFT) and odd number floors (RIGHT).

QUESTION NO.7 : OTHER INFORMATION?
Yes.

First and foremost, this hostel's rooms are not located all at the same floor, basically they only have one room(408/1008/1308) at each floor and their office is at 908. So can you imagine, we book three rooms and I need to run up and down if there is any emergency. And the most sad part is two rooms at even number floors and one room at odd number floors. -.- No worries, they also have one escalator which able to access to every single floor, but to be frank, it's so troublesome. But, I have no choice and we only know this problem upon check in. (P/S : This also something they can not do and they still provide good service.)

Hostel does provide high speed WIFI. If you would like to get portable wifi, you can get it from them. It's NOT FREE, you need to pay for it. It's KRW5,000.00 per day.

If you need any help, just go for them. They will help you without doubt. When I asked for help for one of the day trip, they do provide information and option. Not only that, they provided discount to us, rooms rate and also portable WIFI usage. And one more incident, we didn't know that air conditional service is not available after 9pm, so they quickly provide us additional fan in each room, how helpful are they.

In my future trip, it's no harm to stay back at this hostel as their service is excellent, but then I would like to try to stay at other hostel to gain more travel experience.

HOSTEL INFORMATION
Website : http://www.riohousehongdae.com/
Address : 175, Yanghwaro, Mapo-gu, Donggyo-dong, Seoul, South Korea 121-816
Tel No : +82 10 8980 1444
Email : riohousehongdae@gmail.com [EN/JP] // riohousehongdaech@gmail.com [CN/EN]

PM me if you need more information.

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