If you want to feel right at home while you are in Seoul even if it’s your first visit to the city, you gotta stay at Lavinia! Lavinia is located conveniently in the center of the city, literally just 2 minutes away from Anguk and 3 minutes away from Jongro–3-ga subway station. You can visit places like Insadong, Changdeok Palace, Gyeongbok Palace, Samcheongdong, Daehak street, Myeongdong, Cheonggyecheon, Namdaemun, and many more attractive tourist places all within 2~15 minutes by walk. Access from the airport is very easy and comfortable. From Incheon International airport, you can take a bus which will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes direct. After get off the bus, walk 5 minutes to reach the Lavinia. Also, you can use subway. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes(transfer twice), and walk 2~3 minutes. From Gimpo airport, it takes about 45 minutes by bus without transfer, and 50 minutes by subway(transfer twice). If you mail us at (email hidden), we will send you a detailed information on how to get to us. Lavinia is the perfect place for your stay in Seoul if you're interested in discovering the city that others have never experienced.
Even though we are centered around in a dynamic yet traditional Korean style neighborhood, the rooms that we provide are all very quiet and cozy. All of our rooms comes with a private shower room with toilet, cable-TV, table and chairs, clean towels, shower-gel, shampoo, hair dryer, refrigerator, air-conditioner, heated floors, clothing hanger, private locker, free high-speed WiFi. We also have washers and dryers, PCs for Internet, and breakfast is included for free. We are located in the 5th and 6th floor of a brand new building with an elevator, and each floor provides a separate party room where you can have a cup of coffee and chat with friends came from all around the world. English-speaking staff members will always be there to help you out 24 hours a day... well... almost 24 hours a day. We will make sure that your stay in Seoul become comfortable and pleasant with 100% brand new facilities.
And we have 6 dormitories, 6 doble bedrooms, and 5 twinrooms. Eventhough the diary on airbnb sais 'Rooms are not available', please mail me. We can make it for you!!
Come and stay with us!
Where to visit
Gyeongbokgung Palace: 10 mins by walk
Changdeokgung Palace: 2 mins by walk
Cheonggyecheon: 5 mins by walk
City Hall Square: 15 mins by walk
and more ....
Insadong: 2 mins by walk
Traditional ceramics, books, and souvenir shops
Samcheongdong and Bukchon: 10 mins by walk
Galleries, souvenir shops, restaurants
Experience a traditional Korean village
Dongdaemun Market: 25 mins by walk / 8 mins by public transportation
Specializing in wholesale clothing sales
Located more than 20 shopping malls
Namdaemun Market: 25 mins by walk / 8 mins by public transportation
Shopping any kinds
existed more than 600 years
400,000 people visit the market every day
Myeongdong: 25 mins by walk / 8 mins by public transportation
With hundreds of shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities
Estimated more than one million people are going through this area daily
and many more...
Of course, you can reach to the bus stop and the subway station 2 mins by walk and they will take you anywhere you want.
Lavina was awesome. It was made more awesome by the fact I totally lucked out during my stay.
The guesthouse is centrally located in a great area, near a few of my favorite spots in Seoul – Insadong and the Cheonggyecheon River. It's also very close to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine and a ton of other great places to visit in the area. The owners passed along very easy directions to follow, and although the they mention Anguk station 5 (or 6) on line 4, you could also take line 5 and get off at Jongno-3, albeit a little longer walk. There are a ton of soju-tents and street food carts between the guesthouse and line 5, as well as some small hidden jems of BBQ and seafood restaurants throughout the area. It's also only a short walk to Jong-ro which is insane with food and drink options.
The guesthouse is in a fairly new multi-story building shared with another large guesthouse. If I recall correctly Lavinia occupies 5 floors (4-9?) while the other guesthouse (Banana Backpackers) held the first several floors. I checked in fairly late (11pm) and was directed to the top floor where I was promptly greeted and shown to my room.
Although I stayed alone, I could imagine the room would be slightly cramped with two unacquainted travelers. (It featured a single bunk bed which was a nice deviation from the typical two bunk, four people setup.) However it's very dialed-in with amenities, including heated floors, forced air, a refrigerator, desk, table, mirror and very clean and modern. There's an interesting little lockable closet / patio area with large windows (although I couldn't quite figure out it's purpose) with a coat hanger. I assume you could secure your belongings out there – however if you were sharing the room with a stranger I don't know exactly how that would work. The windows open which came in rather handy ventilating the room post shower.
The bed was comfortable and bedding clean, although the comforter (maybe a spring / summer weight) might be a little minimal for those needing extra warmth while sleeping. (I'm definitely not one of those people, so I loved it.) But the room does have heat so again most likely a non-issue.
The in-room bathroom is very clean and nice although a little cramped. It's laid out vertically (maybe 3-4 feet wide and 8 feet deep), so your sort of dancing around the sink while showering. For the price and location it's a 9/10; having your own private bathroom while backpacking is quite the treat. Great shower, temperature and water pressure.
Wireless worked well, although there were several routers which played havok from time to time with the connection. But great speed and accessibility.
The employees spoke English very well and were very sweet and friendly. Overall a great guesthouse and I would certainly stay again.
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