I spent one night at the James Blue, and another at the very popular House Hostel. James Blue is very new, clean and comfortable. It is also very near to the Sokcho Intercity bus station, though not as near as the House Hostel. I stayed in a double-bed room with private bathroom. One thing I like about James Blue, compared with the House Hostel, is that there are white sheet covering the bedding, and another under the duvet (like in a hotel). That means these sheets can be changed after each guest. Also, the room is bigger and the water pressure of the shower was strong making showering an enjoyable experience. The bathroom at the House Hostel was rather old and the water pressure there was rather weak.
Another thing about the room is it is equipped with hair spray, comb and many others which are not found in other hostels. There are also 2 bottles of water in the fridge for the guests.
For breakfast, both offered the normal jam and bread, tea and coffee. However, the House Hostel also offered my favourite cereals!
Even though the room rate at James Blue is higher, I think it is worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcom to Sokcho!!Cozy and neat room with breakfast in James BLuE.The hostel James BLuE is located in the middle of the most touristic places in Sok-Cho.Sok-cho intercity bus terminal, Bus stop for Mt.Seorak, Beach, Abai-town, Jung-ang traditional market and Dong-myung harbor. These are all in FIVE - TEN minutes to get on FOOT!Free WIFI, Breakfast, Laundry, Cafeteria, Outdoor terrace, Bar.Every room has each free WiFi.Simple breakfast will be served in the morning 8 to 10 AM for free.You can do your laundry for free.You can use plates, cups something like that in the cafeteria 8AM to 11PM.Make some friends in cafeteria.Outside of cafeteria there is a terrace you can use.If you ask me about this city I will tell you the real information about this city.Information on internet is not that good.We have 4 kind of rooms. Dormitory room(Four beds, Six beds), Single room (for 1-2 people), Double Room(for 3-4 people), Family room(for 5-6 people)There are two kind of dorm rooms. One of them has two bunk beds. Another one has three bink beds.It is very easy to find because James blue is infront of the sokcho city hall!!It is very easy to find James blue hostel.Go to the right from the Sok-cho intercity bus terminal to the sea (Downhill). Take the Second right and walk along the main street until reaching a cafe ALMOST HEAVEN.Across the street, there is the hostel
White and Blue building Welcome!!!!!!!!There is an Information Center in front of the bus terminal.You can also ask them or ask any body "Si-cheong". That means the City hall in Korean.James BLuE is very near the Sok-cho city hall.1. Keep your important things in the front desk.2. Keep your voice down in the room at night time.3. Check in - 14:00 PM Check out - 11:00 AM Breakfast - 08:00 ~ 10:00 Living room - 08:00 ~ 24:004. James BLuE is a nonsmoking building. (Including the room)5. Front desk is open until 11 PM.6. Smoking is strictly forbidden.... more less
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