The guesthouse is located some 10 minute walk from Busan Station, or a 30 second walk from Exit 1 of Choryang Station. It's pretty easy to reach and find despite being situated in a back alley along the main road. From the Guesthouse, it is a 40 minute bus/subway ride to Haeundae Beach, 15 minute subway ride to Jalgalchi Market/BIFF Square and a 45 minute subway ride to Gimhae International Airport and Busan Central Bus Terminal (Nopo-dong).
The staff were pretty helpful and friendly. They gave me a map almost immediately and offered suggestions on how to travel and where to go for the day. You may have a better chance finding them on the roof though, as they're rarely at the counter since they're busy running the place.
Rooms are small but I was warned adequately about this by the guesthouse staff after booking. To give a rough estimate of the room size, you just have enough space put one (or maybe two) carry-on sized luggage and to lay out the Japanese style bed. Once you have two pieces of luggage, there's barely space for you to lay out any additional items on the floor.
If you have multiple pieces of large luggage, this hostel is definitely not for you. Other facilities in the room include a clothes hanger, a hair dryer, as well as a mirror. The rooms are also not very soundproof and you can hear the footsteps/noise from the outside as people pass by your room.
For the rooms with a toilet attached, there is a door inside the already tiny room, right next to where you're sleeping. It has all the facilities that you'd expect in a toilet, other than a sink. Not a big issue, but just an inconvenience since you'd have to squat down to use the tap that comes from the showers. There is a water heater in the shower that takes a few minutes to warm up. The toilet is really small too; however, I would say it is decently, but not extremely clean.
The only issues I faced was that there were many flies in my room. I spent quite a decent amount of time killing flies over my stay there. There was also a constant pungent smell in the room. You do get used to the smell after spending some time in the room but when you enter the room after a day out, the distinct smell does get to you first. I would attribute the smell to the surroundings though as the alleyway that the hostel is located at smelled pretty bad.
The hostel provides a washing machine but you have to pay to use them. You can also hang out on the roof top where they have a huge TV, DVD Player as well as snacks/drinks that you can buy.
Overall, this is an OK place to stay if you're on a extremely tight budget - the location and the facilities are good and the rooms are alright for the price you pay. If you can afford slightly more to spend, there are probably better places around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Popcorn Hostel Busan Station House is belong to Popcorn Hostel Group and is designed for cool travelers who want to meet other traveler and to make new friends. This is situated near KTX Busan Station. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. International market, the biggest fish market Jagalchi, Napodong, Seomyon, Taejongdae, National Maritime Museum... ... more less
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