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“Fantastic stay with a warm family”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tavo House

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Tavo House
Ranked #9 of 99 Gyeongju B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic stay with a warm family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights during our trip to Gyeongju in February 2012. While the weather was bitter cold, our stay at Tavo House was full of warm surroundings and friendly company.

Kanye showed us around the city, took us to a traditional Korean "pub" and helped us learn our first words and phrases in Korean. We had traditional dinner with Kanye and his family one night and then went out for Korean BBQ the next night and had a wonderful time with his family, friends of the family, and the other random people we were able to encounter in town.

If you're looking for a homestay experience in Gyeongju, I heartily recommend staying at Tavo House. The price is reasonable and it's a wonderful way to experience what modern Korean life is like even if you lack the language/cultural abilities that are usually required to have those experiences.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Thai first
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

I have a little mixed experience with this place. From one point of view, Gun Hee family was extremely friendly, they helped with local places and many suggestions, we were served a fairly eloborate traditional breakfast which the landlady cooked for at least a couple of hours, etc. This was all really great. However, I was misled by the booking.com reviews which seemed to suggest much higher level of comfort and discretion, with some of reviewers boasting 'that it is comparable to 5 star hotels'. Having stayed at b&b which indeed deserve these grades (but probably at ten times this price, I have to admit), My expectations were really high. What I failed to understand that this a home stay, not a typical b&b. So you share a modest bathroom with a bunch of ther customers and owners, have to cross the dining room to get there, with all other smalll things: inconvenient beds, not very professional cleanliness, etc. So, understand me correctly, you get all the benefits of a homestay but also its drawback. Maybe I am getting older for this, but in this case drawback overweight the benefits. You may well like it a lot, but you should get that this basically sharing an apartment with some people you do not, though very friendly people.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

The location of the guesthouse is in the city area of Gyeongju. Very convenient with a convenience store nearby and access to buses and other transport. We cycled around the city and saw the Gyeongju attractions as well. Kanye is a great host and ever willing to help - provide information, help you order pizza in korean and lend you his bicycles.

It was great staying here and enjoying true korean hospitality..and even better to have made new friends :)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Tavo House

Property: Tavo House
Address: 8-2, Wonhwa-ro 392beon-gil, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38104, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Gyeongsangbuk-do > Gyeongju
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Gyeongju
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Tavo House 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We've been doing this for 10years. We're inviting many different types of people who come from various contries. We would like to provide our property to our guests so that they could have a wonderful memory of gyeongju. you would also find korean real life.Not only It can be very interesting but everyroom is well equiped and privated.(for guest only bath room is shared.)Otherwise, our guests could obtain very nice experience in this place compare to other guest houses and hotels.Free wifi is available all the time / and you can also have a free korean or western style breakfast in the morning.very special thing in this place is our tour program.we offer free tour such as looking for a real gyeongju life , nightview of gyeongju and all day pottery or music tour.Thanks very much. ... more   less 
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