Greetings and salutations. I'm Tom, thirty, live alone in Seoul. Generally quiet and work during the day, go out late on weekends, and am usually home weeknight evenings.
Good place, good area
My stay at Tom's place was alright.. As most said he keeps to himself and gives you the comfort of doing your own agenda. The room is small and the bed has some issues, but bedding could take a visit to the laundry.
Overall Tom was a kind host and easy to talk with when he was out of his room. He always let me know if something was going on at the house. Communication was excellent.
I would visit Tom's place again in the future.
Tom was an accommodating and responsive host. I gave him little notice—just days before I arrived—and he was flexible about check-in. I was in and out of the apartment, but we still had open communication before and during my stay, whether in person or by email. For example, he offered dining recommendations for the neighborhood and travel suggestions, he made his iron available for my wrinkled clothing, and he checked with me about the temperature at night. The room itself was priced like a hostel, but felt more private and secure. The apartment was comfortable and the new bathroom was immaculate. In fact, I decided to extend my stay because I felt so settled once I arrived.
Tom seems like a cool guy. He was very accommodating, especially when I asked for really flexible Check-In/Check-Out times. I was going to check in at noon and check out at 5pm the following day.
However, the place was too filthy to stay in. You can't see it in the picture, but the walls are dirty as hell. The bed sheets might have been washed, but that blanket was filthy. It was black in some spots. The pillow covers looked like they had never been washed. I honestly didn't even feel comfortable sitting on the bed. I lifted the blanket just to see what it was like underneath and he didn't even bother putting the sheets on properly.
I walked in, looked at the room for 5 minutes, took a piss, washed my face, and walked out. What a waste of $45 and an hour of my time.
This was the first place I stayed at with airbnb. I waited for my next booking so I could compare the two. After seeing my next booking, I would not stay here again. I didn't mind staying at this place as I was traveling alone. If my girlfriend was with me, there's no way we would stay there.
Tom's in Seoul teaching. He was gone most of the day and stayed in his room at nights. He really gives you your space. So if you want a host to hold your hand and plan your trip, than Tom is not for you. If you already know what you want to do, then this place is fine. Getting to the apartment from the subway is a good hike up a hill.
The apartment is in a state of disrepair. I don't know if that is Tom's fault or the landlord. The shower was very slow to drain, the bathroom mirror broken. The bed frame was broken but the mattress was nice.
There really is no heat in the apartment. The AC had the cover off, but it was never used, so I can't say if it works or not. As for the heat issue, I was in the small room and the space heater (dish type) worked fine. The kitchen was really not useful for cooking. The microwave didn't work. You can buy food from a local eatery and bring it back to the apartment. In all the lights in the common area only one light bulb (out of 4 was working). I don't know if this is to conserve energy or the responsibility of the landlord. I just know the common area were dark. Yes the place is dirty. I would not keep my house/apartment in this condition.
On a positive the washing machine, refrigerator, and tv did work.
To stay just during the night the place is ok. It's not as clean as you would expect from commercial accomodation and the bed is technically broken (functionality is not affected though). Also the neighborhood is pretty American - it's not far from a US Army base.
Stayed at Tom's place for two separate days, with a schizophrenic music festival in between. The weather in Seoul was about as unpleasant as it gets in Korea, but the room was nice and comfy - Tim installed a large table fan, and I didn't even miss air-conditioning.
His apartment is quite close to the Seoul MRT, and to a bunch of interesting restaurants. It's a stop away from Itaewon, and a stop and a transfer away from both Seoul Station and the Airport Express line. His directions were clear, and I had no trouble finding the place.
No complaints, come and go, did as I pleased.
Tom was very welcoming, casual, and friendly.
Location was great! Right in the center of Seoul, everywhere was very easy to get to.
Tom is a great host and happens to know Seoul inside and out . He gave good directions on how to get to his place and then recomment attractions and places that need to be visited by a visiting guest . He even allowed me to make a phone call on his cell to us while I was having technical problems with my connection. . Very understanding and cooperative .. I had a good time in that place .. Cheikh
Tom was a great guest! I highly recommend anyone hosting him! Hope to meet him again and to host him in Budapest! Good luck in Korea!