Myeongdong is one of the top shopping districts in Seoul that features mid to high-end retail stores and international brand outlets. It is also touted to be the shopping heaven for cosmetics and skincare products. The area is always bustling and crowded with young people as it is one of their favourite hangout spots.
As an avid and shopper on a budget, it is important to spend at least as possible on accommodation so that you have more to spend in your shopping spree. Fortunately for you, there are decent looking guesthouses surrounded around and within Myeongdong that will not put a hole in your wallet.
These guesthouses are usually located nearby and walking distance to Myeongdong main shopping street. Besides being located nearby to the main shopping street, the guesthouses are also walking distance from subway stations, bus stops, airport bus stops, taxi stands and places of interests in Seoul like the infamous Gyeongbokugung Palace, Dongdaemun market and Namdaemun market which makes it ideal for you to move and explore around easily and conveniently.
The guesthouses usually comprise of 2 to 5 storey apartments that are tastefully decorated and does not cost that much. Price per night can range from as cheap as USD 35 to about USD 152 per night. They are usually managed by a few service staffs and the owner of the apartment act as a host. The service staffs and owners are usually friendly, warm, enthusiastic to help, accommodating and can speak minimal to fluent English, Mandarin or even Japanese. Some staffs and owners will also help you plan out your itinerary when you are there and help you to purchase K-POP concert tickets. Most guesthouses do not come with lifts for passengers so prepare to climb up the stairs with your luggage. However, there will be a special lift just for luggage and the service staffs can help you to carry your luggage up to your room if you check-in to the guesthouse within their working hours. The staffs usually finished their work at 8PM so no one will help you if you check-in after that.
Most of the guesthouses have very tiny rooms where you cannot move around if you open your luggage but certain units have decent space for you to move around and this depends on the price you pay. A lot of the guesthouses have very poor bathroom units hence you cannot hang your clothes when you shower or else everything will be wet. The rooms are often not soundproof so you can hear other guests passing by and talking in the corridor. As some of the guesthouses are located right in Myeongdong, the lights from the street and noise can be difficult for you to fall asleep. If you are looking to get a good night rest, try looking for guesthouses that are located a little bit off from the Myeongdong main happening area.
As for amnesties wise, a lot of the guesthouses offer free and fast Wi-Fi internet access, flat-screen TVs, toiletries and plenty of towels. A word of caution, the towels provided are of a size of a face towel so you will have to bring your own towels for bathing. Due to environmental concern, all guesthouses in Seoul do not provide toothpaste and they only provide toothbrushes.
Facilities in the guesthouses usually include hot and cold water dispensers on each floor or certain floors where you can make your own coffee and tea. Some also provide complimentary instant noodles in this corner. Complimentary breakfast consisting of toast, bread spread, and eggs are usually served daily to the guests. Certain guesthouses also have a business centre facility where you can print your documents and use the laptops to go online. A few of the guesthouses also provide washing machines for you to do your laundry but there is usually no place to hang your clothes for them to dry.
I hope I have given you a sneak peek on what the guesthouses in Myeongdong can offer to you when you stay there.