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Urbanwood Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 952 Seoul B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Beijing, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“extremely nice and highly recommended!”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The house is very lovely and very clean. The decorations and furnishings well domostrates the good taste of the landlord. Martin is extremly nice and very warmhearted, not only does he make good coffe and superb breakfast for us, he also offers very helpful trip advice. Superb! Fabulous! Excellent! I will choose to stay there again if I ever go visit seoul again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Jane M
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
I am here for making your ultimate pleasure and comfort during your trip to Seoul. Every single word that you are put in to describe Urbanwood and the host of us are too lovely to take. We will always remember your beautiful words and we are going to try our best to keep or to make even better the services of Urbanwood. Thank you once again for staying with us. Happy 2014, Martin
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Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

My daughter and I stayed at this wonderful little guesthouse tucked into a myriad of quaint shops and restaurants. We explored the area over the weekend but did not get enough of the flavor of this great location so we look forward to returning.

Martin, the English-speaking host, was one of the nicest people I have met and very helpful with usable info. Every recommendation he gave us was on point for what we needed in the way of coffeehouses, restaurants, subway locations, etc. He also maintains s cozy place that made us feel right at home. Beds are very comfortable; great rooftop seating - everything simple and easy. Thanks Martin!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank Joyce S
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you for 100 times for your wonderful word~! We senses each other cause we are human. As much as you felt that I am the nicest people, I felt that you and your daughter are also the warmest people that I've ever met~. The place will be always here for you, so whenever you have a chance to come and visit us during your time in Korea, please don't hesitate and contact us. With the warmest regards, Martin
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Gyeongsan, South Korea
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100 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

My mother and I recently stayed at Urbanwood, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It is in a perfect location to access two different subway lines. The guesthouse is situated in a charming neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, dessert places, coffee shops, nail shops, dress shops, etc. When we arrived, Martin received us very warmly and made us feel at home. We were pleased to find a comfortable bedroom with plenty of space, with excellent AC, and very comfortable beds. The room, bathroom, and guesthouse are clean and peaceful. Truly one of the best features of the guesthouse is Martin himself. He was so personable, quick to help, and full of excellent recommendations for dining and exploring the neighborhood. His cappuccino was one of the best I've had, and we loved the fresh breakfast he prepared for us during our stay. We will definitely go back to Urbanwood. Thanks Martin.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank tichelle77
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed your company thoroughly as much as you've enjoyed. We would like to share the moment of happiness here in Urbanwood. As someone said, we only live once, so there is no time to be unhappy. Come back anytime and even though there is no room available, we still have a room for a cup of latte for you to enjoy~, All the best, Martin
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

A nice cosy stay with a very helpful host. Martin also gives you nice recommendation of Seoul. Oh and really appreciate that he invited me to join him and his friend for dinner. Highly recommended if u are planning a trip to Seoul.

Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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3 Thank Alvin L
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Dear friend, thank you for giving us a sincere review. The every single guest coming to Urbanwood is not only a guest but also a our friend. That is why I often invite them over my personal party. And I am so happy that the guest also loves it. Life should be fun and enjoyable. Especially during the trip, we usually relaxed and easy going. So why not? We respect the privacy of each guest, and we also respect their time to enjoy. You are welcomed to be a part of us anytime in Urbanwood~. Have a wonderful time until the end of the year and hopefully see you again. With warm regards, Martin.
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

I can only second all the 5-stars reviews. Urbanwood is such a charming guesthouse for various reasons:

1) Urbanwood is located at Hongdae, one of the best place to be in Seoul. Hongdae has lots of restaurants, hip cafes and shopping. The average closing time for the shops is about 11pm.

2) The guesthouse house is conveniently located near AREX train station. You can take a train (about 45 mins) to Hongik Uni station. In my opinion, taking a train is much more convenient to get from airport to the town. Urbanwood is about 2 mins walk from Hongdae station. Most importantly, there is an escalator to get out from the station (not all exit from train station in Seoul has escalator!). Hence, it is easy to get to Urbanwood from Hongik University Station (with all our luggage, of course!).

3) The guesthouse is well decorated and clean. Although we needed to use a common toilet, it wasn't a problem for us since the toilet is so clean. The host make it a point to clean and dry the toilet frequently. Book the biggest room if you do not want to share a toilet, but seriously, it wasn't an issue. The whole guesthouse has a very clean and fresh scent which I absolutely adore. The common area is very spacious and cozy for guests to mingle. They even have a iMac for the guest to use. Check out the rooftop and library which are beautifully decorated with creative handmade items by the host.

4) The host, Martin, is a very friendly and helpful host. He made good breakfast and coffee. The cappuccino and latte he made are superb!

Initially, we planned to stay with Urbanwood for 3 nights. For all these good reasons, we had to cancel our booking with another hotel and continue our stay with Urbanwood Guesthouse. Never regret staying here. Would definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Lylajie
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Thank you so much for your extensive and sincere review. It is great to hear that your stay with us was memorable. It was great to mingle with you and your husband for us as well. You are very lovely and kind couple. And thank you for giving your effort to staying with us for the extra days even though you needed to change your plan. That was a touching moment^^. Just remember the all the good things we've shared together and talked about in Urbanwood. Then we will see again here in Urbanwood or in Singapore. I can't wait and see with my bare eyes your lovely house that you showed me. Hopefully it is soon. Until then, all the best~. Thank you. Martin.
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Hong kong
1 review
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

My family and I (5 persons) stayed in Urbanwood for 6 nights. We feel lucky that we have made a right choice to stay in Urbanwood for our first time visit to Seoul. It really lightens our whole trip.

During our stay in Urbanwood, Martin was really helpful in providing us various information for sightseeing, shopping and catering. Even when we are not in urbanwood, Martin is still contactable and response to our queries quickly so that we are not afraid of being get lost in Seoul.

Thank you Martin for your hospitality. We will definitely visit again and recommend our friends to stay in urbanwood if we visit Seoul in the future.

  • Stayed July 2014
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1 Thank Katrinallyli
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review~. Helping for your enjoyable stay in Seoul is my role to be a host of Urbanwood. So, it is your role to use me as much as you can for getting all the information and help~. It was good time to have your family so come back any time and let us know of your plan. I will be right here for helping you out. And now we have more things to offer to the guests so it would be even better when you come back~. All the best, Martin
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

If you want to be in Seoul, for shopping, food, or just to blend in with the local people and enjoy their culture, this is the place for you. The location is near the popular Hongik Uni metro, walking distance of approximately 300 meters. Shopping district, restaurants, cafes and food stalls are all over by foot.
Host is fluent in English, helpful and a good chat ! He gave us a lot of useful tips for our visit in Seoul. The place is neat, nice and cosy, with dining table, sofa, tv and bean bag (I always hog the bean bag). Rooftop has a table for dining and a sofa for chilling out.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Orion_Peck
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424martink, General Manager at Urbanwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you so much for you lovely review~. It was great memories that I made with you and your two other friends. Thank you again for continuing your stay with Urbanwood after your original booking period. And as you might see, our place are getting better every little hour. We are trying to make better presentation for the breakfast, more plants on the rooftop, and more artsy stuffs at the every little corner. And finally we got the parasol on the rooftop and it makes the rooftop lounge even better. As we enjoyed a cup of coffee or beers there, we could enjoy the next level of it on your next visit to Urbanwood. Thank you so much for your time with us once again and hopefully all the things in Singapore with you goes very smooth~. With warm regards, Martin
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Property: Urbanwood Guesthouse
Address: 5, Wausan-ro 29ma-gil, Mapo-gu | 3f, Seoul 04053, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul > Hongdae
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 952 B&Bs / Inns in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1. UrbanWood, Your Peaceful Solace Finding a cozy, peaceful accommodation in the middle of the bustling city of Seoul can be just as hard as scheduling a well-deserved vacation from your busy schedule. UrbanWood Guesthouse is the oasis you’ve been looking for – with comfortable facilities that will rejuvenate you during your stay. Whether you are here to discover everything that Seoul has to offer, or just here for the weekend, UrbanWood is the perfect place to check-in for rest and fun. 2. Urban Chic, Natural Comfort Nestled within the chic interior of UrbanWood are four rooms with calming, nature-inspired designs. Each room features comfortable super single sized or queen sized beds, air-conditioning, powder table, reading lights, door-lock, and free wireless internet. And sampoo, bodywash and face-towels will also be provided to use. Guests also enjoy mingling with one another in the common facilities. - Communal kitchen - Dining table and lounge - Rooftop lounge - Library - Cable TV and cinema - Musics - Free breakfast with freshly brewed coffee - Fresh coffee and Beer - Free WiFi - Free Internet (In-house mac) - Laundry Service on call - T-Money Card Rental - Door lock system for late night - Free Maps - Book Exchange - Hot Showers - Air Conditioner - Shared Refrigerator - Late night check-in on call ***Cleanliness is of utmost importance at UrbanWood, so rooms and common spaces are maintained to be tidy.3. Easy to Find, Great Accessibility UrbanWood is located just 2 minutes away from Hongik University(Hongdae) Subway Station (exit 7) and 5 minutes away from the airport bus stop. Few places offer such easy accessibility in the heart of Hongdae’s northern cafe district. The Hongik University Station also serves Line 2, which can be used to easily get to popular tourist districts such as Gyungbokgung, Dongdaemun, City Hall, Myeong-dong, Itaewon, and Gangnam.4. The Exciting Neighborhood of Hongdae in Seoul Themed cafes, lounges, live music, bars, indie culture, art shops, and street performances abound in this university district known for its vibrant, artistic culture. Explore, relax, and shop during the day, and expect the party of your life at night. ... more   less 
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