Hongdae has now probably become one of my favourite places in Seoul. Frankly speaking, I was a little intimidated by the intricate maze like alleyways so due to my non-existent navigation skills, finding the hidden cafes and shops have been complete failures in the past. I guess one of the charms here are the unexpected things you’ll find, so ditch that map and get lost for fun I say…
So when I was invited to stay at Seoul Mansion, located just 2 minutes away from Hongik Univ. subway station, I thought what a great opportunity to finally master the area. Although Seoul Mansion is listed as a ‘guesthouse’, I would say it’s more like a ‘family hotel’, run by an awesome group of people consisting of family members and friends. What was different about this place compared to other guesthouses or hotels was the vibe. With even a stove, a washing machine, and all basic domestic necessities provided, it really feels like you are coming back to the comfort of your cozy home after a long day. As I am travelling more often around Korea nowadays, it was really the first time staying at someplace else where my tense shoulders loosened up. It literally felt like Hongdae had become my second neighborhood.
With a complimentary healthy breakfast, a rooftop terrace with a killer view and the live and kicking streets of Hongdae just seconds away, Seoul Mansion really has the whole package. Either hit the clubs and explore the electric nightlife, or be an old fart like me and spend a quiet evening at the rooftop terrace playing cookie run whilst watching the fiery skyline set alight.