iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

If you read iHouse’s reviews on AirBnB, you’ll notice that they all pretty much say the same thing: “Good rooms, central location, accommodating manager, shitty walk uphill.” After staying here for a full week, I would have to agree.

Located just 10-minutes away from Myeongdong, iHouse is a 13-room guesthouse in the quiet neighborhood of Hoehyeondong. It’s about a 3-minute walk to Namsan Cable Car which takes you up to one of Seoul’s most popular tourist attractions — N Seoul Tower. The rooms are small but clean and sufficiently amenitized. Guests are welcome to help themselves to daily breakfast in the common kitchen, and the manager Joon and his wife are amicable and helpful.

But that walk though. 😆

L: iHouse is located near the top of a hill about a 10-minute walk from exit 3 of Myeongdong station. You can find walking directions and a map at the bottom of this post.
R: The bathroom didn’t have a partitioned shower but it was clean and had hot water. Joon provided us with two sets of towels each along with basic amenities like shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. There was a blow dryer, two pairs of bedroom slippers, and a pair of bathroom sandals as well.
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

Coat rack with hangers
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

Desk, flatscreen TV, and queen-sized bed. There’s free wifi in the entire building and air conditioners in every room. Together with AirBnB fees, we paid just a little over USD 33 a night for this room. Pretty damn good I’d say.
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

Room rates come with free DIY breakfast. The kitchen is on the fifth floor but the fourth floor has a hot/cold water dispenser, coffe, tea, bread, and a toaster.
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

The fifth floor kitchen. It has a sink, refrigerator, microwave, cold/hot water dispenser, toaster, electric stove, coffee, tea, jam, butter, and all the utensils you need. Here’s Reneelicious preparing a breakfast of toast and scrambled eggs.
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

The refrigerator stocked with eggs, milk, and bread. You’re welcome to store things in the common refrigerator as well though you should label it so other guests don’t touch it. I stuck a “you touch, you die” sign to our beer cans every night. 😆
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

About that uphill walk, you can check out THIS LINK to get an idea of how steep the hill is. You can look at the 5th to the 7th picture on that webpage. I know it doesn’t look that bad, but imagine walking up that hill for ten minutes carrying shopping bags. 😆 We did get used to it by the end of our trip but it was a little challenging at first.

Despite the uphill climb, Ren and I were pleased with our stay at iHouse. For just USD 33 a night, it’s terrific value for money. I don’t remember the last time I paid just USD 33 for a room, and in a first-world country like South Korea to boot.

As you can see from the pictures above, rooms at iHouse are small and basic but have everything that you need. Well, almost. Since it’s a guesthouse and not a full service hotel, daily room cleaning isn’t included in the room rate. It costs an extra 10,000 KRW per day to clean your room, free if you stay for more than a week. There’s a laundry room on the first floor as well if you need to wash your clothes.

If you’re reasonably fit and don’t require a full service hotel, then iHouse will do you just fine. People with mobility issues may want to stay on flatter ground though. You can book a room here on AirBnB. If you’re new to AirBnB and want to receive USD 20 of free travel credit, then you can sign up via THIS LINK.

iHouse, Seoul, South Korea

48-30 Hoehyeondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-052, South Korea
Tel: +82 10 4695 1130
Website: 4orangeguesthouse.com
Facebook: ihouseseoul
Email: ihousehost@gmail.com
Approximate Room Rate: USD 33 per night (as of March 2015)
Check-in: Starts at 2PM
Check-out: Until 12PM
CLICK HERE to view Joon’s profile and listings on airbnb.

By subway, get off at Myeong-dong station (line 4), exit 3. Turn left and walk towards Pacific Hotel. Bear right and walk uphill for about 10 minutes until you see Namsan Cable Car. Make a sharp right and walk downhill for a few meters. iHouse will be on your left. (FYI, no need to print the map below since Joon will send you the same one if you book a room at iHouse. It’ll have detailed directions in both English and Korean.)
iHouse: Where to Stay in Seoul, South Korea

For more Seoul travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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There are 10 comments for this article
  1. woshellalu at 5:29 am

    Hi, I would like to ask if this room is good for two only? Otherwise, do they have room for 4? Thanks! 🙂

  2. bimilaeboice at 9:37 pm

    Hi! I would like to ask the total expenses or atleast an overall quotation for your stay in Korea? Will PHP20K suffice? or PHP30k??

  3. JB Macatulad at 8:51 am

    Hi bimilaeboice, there’s no written standard but I have read people mention that 50-100k is a good baseline. No one but the embassy can know for sure though. Best of luck.

  4. Rex magboo at 3:32 pm

    Hi.jb i am from philippines planning to visit seoul on mrch 22 to 28 w my wife..is it convinient to stay in this house..near public transport to all scenic place around and affordable how much budget i need for 7night 8days stay for 2

  5. JB Macatulad at 7:31 pm

    Hi Rex, it’s conveniently located but the walk up the hill can be a little tiring. If you don’t mind it, then it’s a good choice of hotel. It’s about as near as you can get to the tram going up to N Seoul Tower and it’s a downhill walk to the Myeongdong shopping area. As for budget, you can refer to the HOW MUCH MONEY TO BRING section of our SEOUL TRAVEL GUIDE. Hope that helps and have a great trip. 🙂

  6. sab at 2:09 am

    Hi I would like to ask if this place is also near the Myeongdong Cathedral? If yes, how many minutes to walk?

  7. JB Macatulad at 8:30 am

    Hi Sab, I quickly checked on Google Maps and the cathedral is around 800 meters from Namsan cable car. The cable car station is just a few minutes’ walk from iHouse. Hope that helps. 🙂

  8. Jose Cruz at 1:34 pm

    HI JB,

    I’ve been reading your blog recently and it is the reason why my family and i decided to go to Korea instead for the Holidays (December 28 to January 4). We are in our early 30s and 40s while my daughter is turning 7. My main concern is the winter in Seoul as we are not used to the cold, which month of the year did you visit Korea? (as i see in the photos that it doesn’t look as bad.)

    Thanks JB and your blog is an excellent source of travel ideas, keep it up!


  9. JB Macatulad at 3:09 pm

    Happy to hear that Jose! I’m sure you and your family will enjoy Seoul. 🙂 We went in late March so you’ll be going at a time when it’s very cold. You can refer to this WEBSITE for weather information. On the bright side though, you’ll probably see snow so your daughter might really enjoy that. Not sure which one, but I remember reading that Lotte World or Everland has special activities/rides during winter as well. Hope that helps and have an awesome time. Be sure to dress warmly! 🙂

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