My wife and I stayed two nights at Sa Rang Chae, and we enjoyed our experience there.
We booked a double room. The bed is a mat on the floor, which is hard but not uncomfortable. Our room was very cozy--just the sleeping space, a coat rack, and a closet. There's also a small exterior area with a sliding door, which is where we kept our shoes and a few other items. Not a ton of space, but it was enough for our purposes. The room was not heavily insulated (and the doors were just wood and paper), but the floor heat kept us toasty all night. The room has no other accommodations, so don't expect to hang out there. That's what the common room is for!
The facility is beautiful. A renovated, 120-year-old facility (if memory serves), it is very charming and makes you feel like you're getting a unique cultural experience. The common room has a TV, a nice warm stove, and lots of other useful items such as maps, directions to points of interest, puzzles, games, books, and various tools for guests to use. There is also a computer in the common room which is free to use.
Breakfast was fine: a bounty of eggs and bread for guests to cook as desired, and juice and coffee to drink. There are eight burners on the stove which allows many people to cook at once. No complaints.
We asked one of the proprietors for directions to a local temple and he was happy to help out, in excellent English. We also made use of some written guides to reach various places that we found in the common room--very simple.
The location is good. It's located right beside Tumuli Park, which is connected to many bus lines and is just a short hike from downtown (maybe 20 minutes). We were able to walk to the National Museum and other local parks with ease. A tip for finding the hostel: from the main road (where the bus terminal is), you'll reach the corner of Tumuli Park. The road splits here: one goes straight (perpendicular to the main road), and the other hugs the wall of the park. Follow the wall! Don't get lost like we did!
Overall, I would highly recommend Sa Rang Chae.
- Also Known As:
- Sa Rang Chae Guesthouse Hotel Gyeongju