Ewha Hostel

Ewha Hostel
156-2 Donggyo-Dong
Seoul Capital Area 121816
South Korea


Functional, Cozy Guest House, Helpful Owner-Host

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Visited: Oct-2017
Ambience & Setting: 5
Food & Beverage: NA
Service: 10
Value for Money: 5
Spent about SGD $110 per person.
- $110 Accomodation 3D2N
- $0 Room Service

Nearby Attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace & National Folk Museum Of (South) Korea, N Seoul Tower / Namsan Tower, Mount Namsan Park, National Museum Of (South) Korea, War Memorial Of (South) Korea, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Yeouido Park, Bukchon Hanok Village, Jongmyo Shrine, Namiseom Island, Everland Theme Park, Lotte World, Seoraksan / Mount Seorak, Dongdaemun Shopping District & Heunginjimun, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Namdaemun Shopping District & Sungnyemun, Seoul Museum Of Art, Seoul Museum Of History, Seoul World Cup Sangam Stadium, Seoul Olympic Park, Myeong-Dong Shopping District & Myeong-Dong Cathedral, Korea Furniture Museum, National Theater Of (South) Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art, Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain

Hotel Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Washer, Kitchenette, Cable TV

Hotel Activities: Internet Surfing, Cooking


Located about 70 minutes train ride away from the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, the Ewha Hostel is a collective of 4 apartment blocks, spread across different locations, housing up to 30 different guest house apartments. Thus, with Ewha Hostel, it's difficult to know exactly what you're getting, because each is furnished differently. Furthermore, some apartments are newer, while others are aging.

Ambience at Ewha Hostel can differ, depending on the age of the guest house you're in. For me, the place was well lived in with signs of aging, however, at least it was clean. The walls are decorated with cute decor, and the security lock is sturdy. The surrounding location is rather quiet, within a few steps to Hongik University subway station exit 6, but it's nondescript and relaxing.

Rooms at Ewha Hostel are functional, but small. The beds are comfortable, but take up the majority of space in the room, however, there is sufficient wardrobe space. Though advertised for up to 6 guests, I find it's more comfortable for a maximum of 4 people. There is only 1 bathroom, which is clean, but we also spotted mosquitos several times within.

Food at Ewha Hostel can be prepared by yourself, using the fully equipped kitchenette. The stove is easy to operate, and I cooked 1 dinner here. Dish washing equipment is provided, as is simple and functional cutlery, though most are aging in appearance. You'll have to buy your own condiments and seasoning, besides the main ingredients.

Service at Ewha Hostel is excellent. The owner-host, along with her family, run the collective apartments, and will meet and usher guests personally, even though she has hired help. Very responsive to queries, usually replying text messages within 1 hour. During our stay, we also experienced a medical emergency, and the owner-host and her family rendered more than capable assistance, bringing us to an affordable nearby hospital, assisting with the administration, waiting together with us, and ensuring our comfort. Felt well-taken care of, more than we'd hoped for.

Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Ewha Hostel is limited to watching cable television, surfing the internet, cooking, or doing the laundry via the washing machine provided. However, Ewha Hostel is located within 5 minutes walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and convenience stores at the Hongdae area, as well as the Hongik University subway station. This makes Ewha Hostel a convenient place from which to explore the city.


Ewha Hostel 01 - Exterior Facade

Ewha Hostel 02 - Master Bedroom

Ewha Hostel 03 - Bedroom

Ewha Hostel 04 - Desk & Sofa Bed

Ewha Hostel 05 - Living Room

Ewha Hostel 06 - Kitchenette

Ewha Hostel 07 - Washer & Laundry Area

Ewha Hostel 08 - Bathroom

Ewha Hostel 09 - Refrigerator & Wall Decor

Ewha Hostel 10 - Happy Tissue Box