Our flight from Manila to Incheon International Airport took almost four hours. From the airport, we rode Airport Bus#6015 which took us straight to Myeongdong (last stop). The ride took another 1.5 hours without heavy traffic. I just knew from research that Casa Myeongdong is very near Myeongdong Station but forgot to print out a map for clearer directions. Good thing that Myeongdong Shopping Street is filled with shops and most of them can communicate through Mandarin. We asked them for help and finally managed to find the way. 🙂
Casa Myeongdong in Jung-gu, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Seoul is located literally about 20 meters from Exit 9 or Exit 10 of Myeongdong Station. Myeong-dong is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. This is where you can find lots of make up, skin care, fashionable items, cool restaurants, and more.
The reception area is at the eighth floor of the building and its design seems more like a boutique hotel. To check in, I handed out my passport for identity reference and booking voucher (printed from Agoda.com) and deposited KRW 10,000 (refunded upon checkout). The receptionist gave me the key card and guided us to our room on the seventh floor.
Review of Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse and Budget Hotel (Seoul, South Korea)
Casa Myeongdong’s ambiance and interior design looked neat, stylish, and modern. We stayed in the family room which has two queen-size beds. The sheets were clean and the pillows were okay. Amenities included air conditioning, hair dryer, cable TV, desk, mirror, and mini refrigerator.
In the bathroom, there was no separator between the toilet and the shower area. Toiletries consisted of hair shampoo, conditioner and liquid bath soap. We had to buy toothbrushes downstairs from the nearby 7-11 store. It was also quite disappointing that the bath towels provided were smaller than the regular size. They appeared more like a cross between a hand towel or face towel and a floor mat. 🙁
Anyway, we were happy that fast Wi-Fi Internet connection could be accessed everywhere in the hotel and there were so many routers and hot spots available. Room slippers and bathroom slippers were placed nicely by the door. Maybe because of lack of space, the cabinets for clothes and stuff were positioned under the bed mattress. It was only when we were reviewing the pictures back in Manila when we discovered them. Haha.
Security at the guesthouse was lenient. The main door would be locked after 11pm, so guests would have to input the password to enter the guesthouse aside from using the access card for the room door. Reception closes at 10PM and opens at 7AM. For guests checking in or out before or after those times, giving prior advice to the staff is a must. Korean guesthouse staff members know how to speak in English and Chinese. There’s no problem in conversing with them. They were accommodating and friendly in answering our questions.
As part of their terms and conditions, room cleanup was done only as verbally requested. Changing of bed sheets will incur additional cost.
We booked the hotel room with free breakfast. Sadly, there’s not much that could be expected and be satisfied about from the complimentary breakfast. Casa Myeongdong does not serve rice meals or buffet but only cereals, bread with jam, water, milk, orange juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee. While small bites in the morning may be enough to ease hunger quickly, we still had to go outside for a decent meal that can last us until lunch time. Guests are free to use utensils, plates, cups, bowls and other things in the kitchen/dining area. Microwave and refrigerator can also be used by all.
Price for Value:
When searching for a convenient and accessible budget hotel that’s near the subway station in South Korea, Casa Myeongdong Guesthouse is a nice choice. It’s a small but homey place in Seoul. Room types offered are: standard double, economy double, deluxe double, standard twin, duplex twin, triple, cabin-style, and family room. You may check this link out for more details on pricing. We paid about KRW 150,000 per night–divided by four people. All in all, price for value is fair.