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The stay we have at Refee House was great! Upon arrival, he waited for us at Hotel Prima for quite some time due to unexpected traffic jam from the airport, but he still welcomed us with genuine smile and introduced to us his house and the area. He prepared breakfast for us every morning, simple but great and homey. I especially like the coffee he made. He also shared with us the VR gadgets he has (very professional ones) and allowed us to play for a couple of hours! The condition has either improved quite a lot since the last few reviews were given, or due to our experiences having traveled in Korea / Japan, we have set our expectation for room size vs. price quite fairly. The only thing you may want to consider is whether you would like to share bathroom with the other bedroom they rent out. Luckily, the bathroom stayed very clean throughout our visit and I am satisfied with such a cosy place in Seoul for such price. :)
I noticed there aren't a lot of reviews out there for Refee House so thought I would contribute so that you don't get caught off guard like I did! I booked through Expedia, and upon arrival he seemed completely unexpected to see me (Even though I called him to confirm my arrival time the day before??). He took me inside to tell me that he never received anything from Expedia about my stay. He proceeded to try to log into Expedia but he didn't even know his login details/his password had expired, so this was obviously the reason he hadn't received anything. The room that I had booked was not available and I had to get a refund via Expedia. He was apologetic about it though. I have stayed in many hostels and experienced many air-bnb type rental situations where the owner lives there before, and understood that I was not coming into anything like a luxury hotel, but the shared areas of the apartment did not look like the photos at all. There was a load of clutter at the door which made it hard to even get inside. I did not get to see the rooms, however, so I cannot comment on those. I just feel like the apartment wasn't advertised as it seems, and was left in a difficult situation as it was quite late at night with no where to stay.
The host is why I didn't give this place a lower rating. He is super nice and made us breakfast each morning and was very helpful overall in helping us enjoy Seoul. He has portable wifi to let you borrow and subway cards so you don't have to spend the non-refundable $ to get a card. He is overall a really nice guy and we had fun with him. My BF loved his virtual reality game system which he played for hours at night! The reason I didn't rate this accommodation excellent is because of the clutter and cleanliness. The room itself was clean and super comfortable and quiet. The rest of the apartment has a TON of clutter and just needs a good cleaning. When we arrived, we just dropped our bags off after getting there somewhat early. We came back later and were given access to the room. The room looks just like the photos and the entire apartment has heated floors! However, the bathroom didn't look as if it had been cleaned since the last guests were there and the kitchen and countertops were very cluttered you couldn't even see the actual countertop. They also looked like the hadn't been cleaned in a while either. Under furniture had layers of dust and just looked like it all needed to be cleaned really well. Overall the value of this accommodation is great for the area and in a good location, I just wouldn't stay here if you want somewhere hotel clean to stay. I understand the host lives there too, it just could have been been cared for given the fact that guests are staying there too. I've stayed at many homestay or Airbnb type places with the hosts living there in the past so this isn't my first experience with this type of rental situation for comparison.
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Located in Gangnam, Refee House is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and Bongeunsa Temple. This 3-star guesthouse has 2 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Free local cuisine breakfast is served each morning from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
The 2 soundproofed accommodations afford space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. 65-inch TVs come with digital channels and Netflix, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries, and Tempur-Pedic beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Washing machines, tablet computers, and refrigerators are other standard amenities.
Refee House features free WiFi in public areas, microwave in a common area, and refrigerator in a common area. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with tours/tickets and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a computer station, an arcade/game room, and express check-in.