Monday, February 24, 2014

Hostel Review: Banana Backpackers

The hostel is located near two stations, and just walking distance from Insadong and some palaces. It can also be conveniently reached from the airport. But me, the lost me, had difficulty finding this the first time. It was past midnight when I walking around the alleys and no one seems to be around. I luckily bumped into some nice Korean guys who called Banana Backpackers and asked for directions.

Stayed at a dorm room for three nights (₩23,000/night) and at a single room(₩40,000/night) for one night. Lucky me, I was alone during my whole stay in the dorm. I had the room all to myself! The staff still cleaned the bathroom and the roomThe heater was adequate but the floors were still cold - use slippers. The bathroom is small, but kept clean. Wifi signal is strong.

The spacious dorm

Hair dryer, hangers, lockers, night lights and sockets. They've got the basics. You can borrow the plug adapter/converter at the reception.
The single room
The bathroom was really small - for both the dorm and single room. I've seen small bathrooms but this beats them all.  Be careful when showering, your dry clothes might get wet. On the plus side, this tiny bathroom is kept clean at all times.

The staff was very helpful during my stay. They recommended Dragon Hill Spa, the Korean Bathhouse (Jjimjilbang) and how to find some Korean souvenir items.

The kitchen is always clean and extremely useful. You can buy your breakfast at a convenience store nearby and just put it in the fridge then reheat in the oven.They have the necessary utensils, and free coffee (instant and brewed) and tea as well.


 The laundry area.

Overall, it was a warm and wonderful stay in Banana Backpackers! 


  1. Hi! Just wanna ask if the language is a huge problem? Actually going to Korea this Feb and kinda anxious since it's our first time and we didn't hire a tour guide and bought travel packages for that matter. :(( Was pleased to find your blog. Thanks in advance!! :)

    1. Hi Hezekiah! Some Koreans do not speak English, but those are the ones I met on the street when I asked for directions. The staff at the hostel and the tourist spots can all speak English. Wasn't a huge issue for me. Enjoy your vacation! :) Hope you get some snow.


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