Planning your own South Korea trip wouldn't be complete without booking a place to stay. If you can afford to book 5-star hotels, then good for you. But if you're in for an affordable place to stay, Suitcasers is the way to go.
The polaroid shots we left on the board as appreciation. :)
While waiting for our visa to get approved, we booked a reservation through the Suitcasers website. We first saw this hostel through agoda. We actually reserved through agoda but decided to just cancel and contact the Suitcasers staff directly as their mode of reservations suited our taste better.
Like what the website says, they reply fast, often less than the 3-hour period they state within their working hours. As far as I know, they have Twin Ensuit, Double Ensuit and Triple Ensuit, which is the one we booked because we were travelling as three.
One of the main reasons as to why we picked Suitcasers is because it's nearby the City Hall bus stop and the City Hall subway station, perfect for when we travel around Seoul. It is also nearby the Airport Bus stop, perfect for when it's time to go home.
We didn't have a hard time locating the hostel. Instructions were clear. We went there by bus #6005 and dropped off at the City Hall bus stop, which was about 5-10 minutes away from the hostel. Of course, it may have taken a little longer for us than that because it was very cold when we arrived in Korea and we also brought heavy clothings for the winter, hence our heavy baggages. But as I've said, the instructions given were very clear and easy to follow.
When we arrived in front of the hostel, we were greeted by the staff and accommodated us very well. We got the room we reserved and gave us our room key.
Everything was great except I forgot to take photos! I only remembered after we've already messed everything inside the room. We are messy travellers, you see. Rest assured, though, that the room was very clean and organized with fresh towels and all your bath needs. They had Dove shampoo, hair treatment, body wash, toothpaste and even a THEFACESHOP face wash (I just had to mention this because THEFACESHOP is one of my favorite Korean brands)! Towels are with no extra charge and they change it everyday.
A photo of me in the kitchen area, a proof that I was actually there. xp
They offer free breakfast from 8:30-10:30AM at the kitchen. Breakfast served are coffee, juice, cereals and toasts with so many spread options including Nutella (Haha. Sorry, it's my favorite and I just have to mention it once again)!
We were also allowed to use the washing machine for free. The additional charge only applies to those who will use the dryer.
We went to Korea during the winter season from December 2-7, 2014 and as expected, the temperature in Seoul is almost always below 0 degrees. Heating is per floor, but if the heating isn't enough, just let the staff know and they'll provide you with a separate heater so you can sleep soundly at night. And again, no extra charge!
If you have any questions regarding any of your destinations, bus numbers or any queries, the staff are always ready to help.
All in all, I was very satisfied with the service and facilities in Suitcasers Hostel and I would highly recommend this place to stay for people who are travelling around Seoul.
In fact, we were so satisfied, we left a message on their board and took a commemorative photo using polaroid.