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“Excellent (and only) hostel in Gyeongju”

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Nahbi Guest House for Backpackers
Ranked #21 of 106 Gyeongju B&B and Inns
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Excellent (and only) hostel in Gyeongju”
Reviewed 8 December 2012

I stayed at Nahbi Guesthouse when I visited Gyeongju last summer. I found the hostel to be more than adequate and it had a true hostel vibe. The location is perfect. You are less than a 10 minute walk from all the major sites within Gyeongju proper and a short walk away from the bus station to take you away to the farther sites. Moreover, the owner is extremely hospitable. He goes out of his way to make sure you are comfortable during your visit to Gyeongju. The rooms and showers are clean, though the main office had no air conditioning. Overall, I highly recommend Nahbi!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012

Nahbi Guest House is the perfect place for those looking for cheap budget accommodation in Gyeongju. Owner TJ is very friendly and came running down the street with a peach to give me as I left the hostel! The free breakfasts and drinking nights were a nice social bonus. A short walk from the main bus depot. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Thunder Bay, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Review for Nahbi Guest House For Backpackers

Nahbi Guest House
340-22 Seonggeon-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-943, South Korea

Telepone 82-70-8719-9500

Email: youti706@hanmail.net

Nice guest house located in the heart of the city of Gyeongju.
Bus stop is just outside and easy to get to from train stations and bus terminal.

It is close to all attractions in the city and the markets.
This guesthouse has lots of character to it that follows the owner’s interests.
The young owner of this place, TJ, is fluent in English and very helpful and friendly. He knows what backpackers need and therefore he is prepared for any standard wishes. He just makes you feel welcome and comfortable. If you need to organise your next hostel at your next stop or your travel itinerary, he will help you. 
I stayed at a single room, which was comfortable and clean and best value. Owner often organizes to meet with the other travellers for beer in lounge room or even takes people out to eat to show local food.
Guest house has private rooms and a dorm room as well. Very clean place and well lay out for everyone.
Nice kitchen with a nice self serve breakfast of toast and eggs for everyone.
I heard from owner that he has a regular guest of a Japanese man who has stayed there over 20 times. Goes there to relax in park all day to read and watch tv.
Overall a great experience and recommend this over to staying in a hotel in area. You get a more personal experience here.
Recommended for anyone. Singles, couples, groups or even families would be well suited at this guesthouse.
Feel free and reserve a spot right away when you plan to visit Gyeongju
I can not help to highly recommend this. Wait let me say this again.
YOU Have to stay at this Guesthouse, there is no other place like this, its amazing!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

During my travel through South Korea I spend 3 nights in this centrally located Guest House. It might not be in the nicest building, but you cannot beat the atmosphere of this place. The young owner of this place, TJ, is fluent in English and very helpful and friendly. He knows what backpackers need and therefore he is prepared for any standard wishes. He just makes you feel welcome and comfortable. If you need to organise your next hostel at your next stop or your travel itinerary, he will help you.
I stayed at a single room, which was comfortable and clean and best value (only 25,000 Won). The hostel is very central (close to bus terminal or train station) so the option for food places are also numerous. TJ regularly takes his guests out to local restaurants or bars in order to introduce them to local food and drinks and to have a chat and good time with the other guests.
I have the impression that TJ is consequently working on how to even improve this place and the service. Next time in Korea I will definitely stay at Nahbi again!

Room Tip: Try to get a single private room. It is cheaper than at other guest houses.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Northville, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

The hostel is in a good location in the center of the city near bus stops. The owner was friendly and a lot of information is provided for places and things to see in the nearby area. Check in is only allowed after 3:00, no exceptions. Which is because between 10:30-3:00 everyday you cannot be in the guest rooms or kitchen area (So they can clean?). There are empty and dusty wine and beer bottles lined around the floor, which gives the hostel a bit of a dirty and rundown feel. However, breakfast is included with eggs, toast, coffee, and tea; although it is self serve.

Room Tip: The dorms are located on the third floor which is where the showers are, and they away from the comm...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2012

I stayed here for two nights in September 2012.

TJ is super nice and his English is pretty good. I didn't have any issues communicating with him. It is located on the main street in Gyeongju. The bus stop is less than 15 seconds away. TJ has a map of the local food places.

Make sure you try the noodle shop that's around the corner. It is run by an elderly Korean woman. She doesn't speak a word of English. I went in and sat down, and next thing you know she put a bowl of noodles in front of me. It's classic!!!

I would stay here again if I return to Gyeongju.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Montreal, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

This is a great place to stay, located centrally in Gyeongju, as well as conveniently on the bus lines from the Singyeongju Train station and other bus lines to visit the sites. Easy to walk to the sites in the town from the place. The room I had was clean and comfortable, and so was the rest of the place even if the building was a little old. The owner was friendly, helpful, and good company. He was also knowledgeable about getting around the local area, knew how to make good recommendations, and made my stay easier and hassle free. Try the local noodle shop he can tell you about around the corner - super fresh handmade noodles!

Room Tip: Ask for a room to yourself if you can, it's super cheap and great value for the money.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Nahbi Guest House for Backpackers
Address: 3F, 121-7, Noseo-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 780-943, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Gyeongju
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nahbi Guest House offers some of the lowest prices among South Korean guest houses.It is a low-budget hostel, for backpackers who want to meet and interact with other travelers from all over the world.We offer friendly service, a tonne of info about Gyeong-ju, and neighbouring cities and we are conveniently located in the down town area close to many attractions. We are clean and cozy, but definitely not your 5 star hotel. Please keep this in mind, before you select us.If you are looking for luxury, please don't make a reservation. If you're looking for international conversation, hostel facilities, and service with a smile, book away!Hello! My name is T.J. the owner of Nahbi. I opened this guest house so that backpackers could get together with others who travel all over the world freely, like a beautiful butterfly.I hope that you will meet good friends who come from various countries in this guest house and make good memories. Thank you. ... more   less 

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