Hotel Name: Kstar House
Address: 431, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I stayed at the Kstar House in Seoul. I booked it mainly for its location near the Seoul main train station as I had an early morning departure. The guesthouse is less than 10 minutes walk from the entrance to the airport train, so that was convenient for me.
The guesthouse is on the backside of the Seoul station area, and near the entrance of the amazing Seoullo 7017 skygarden. Before this walkway existed it must have been a pain to navigate your way across the roads and railways that split this area in two. Kstar House is next to a cafe called Kstar, but it is not the same business.
I arrived to a friendly man at reception who checked me in and showed me to my room.
I didn’t want to stay in a hostel so I chose a cheap guesthouse option, and I got a private room with a shared bathroom. The room was a tiny square with a single bed and a shower cubicle, with just enough room to swing the door open if you strategically place your bags. For this type of guesthouse you are paying for privacy rather than space. The bed was comfortable, though having stayed in similar rooms they would have been better to build a bed deck higher so you can put your bags under the bed and win some space.
The guesthouse has a bit of a hostel feel with a common area where you can meet other guests.
There is also a kitchen if you are on an extra tight budget or you are done with Korean food.
While the shower was in my rooms the toilets were outside the room. There are toilets on every floor if you can’t find a free one.
The toilets were spacious and in a clean and orderly condition. I wondered if they originally had the showers in here as there was so much space.
On the street there are a number of cheap eats nearby so that was handy. And being able to revisit the Seoullo 7017 walk was a highlight of staying in this area.
Overall this was a good place to stay as an alternative to staying in a dorm. If you plan to be just exploring all day, and spending minimal time in your room, and if you don’t mind tiny spaces, then check this out.