The biggest concern of many female travelers is safety. Will I be able to sleep at night feeling safe? Is the hotel/hostel located in a safe neighborhood? This, admittedly, was my problem before visiting Seoul last October. Safe to say, I’m still alive, and there was never a rude moment with the Koreans. All of the people I interacted with were nice!
Tucked between the Insadong and Changdeokgung Palace area, the people of Yellow Brick Hostel were kind enough to cover my accommodation during my trip. I couldn’t find the hostel on Google Street View because the Google Team doesn’t cover side streets and the photo showing was taken in 2009. Luckily, the hostel provided a quick and easy set of instructions on how to get there. My only tip, however, is to refrain from bringing a luggage or it’s going to be a really long walk.
If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway yet, the hostel was designed after the concept of the yellow brick road from the The Wizard of Oz. It’s a cute and warm hostel, albeit empty at the time of visit. Mid-October, apparently, is not a very popular season for tourists. I’m appalled! Seoul is beautiful during October!
The staff of Yellow Brick Hostel booked me for 2 nights in their 8-bedroom dormitory and another 2 nights in a single room. That way, travelers who are still uncomfortable sleeping with 6 or 7 other strangers will know what a single room looks like. While not all hostels offer single rooms, this may help travelers to reconsider hostels as their form of accommodation.
In my opinion, the 8-bedroom dormitory is really small for big people. I don’t think the lack of bigger space in rooms should come off as a surprise because that’s the whole reason why hostels were created. I just think that if you’re a tall person, the 8-bedroom dormitory might not work for you. Since I’m petite, the room space was sufficient — not too small to say I’m being suffocated, not too big to do a full LOTD self-portrait. The en-suite bathroom, however, was pretty spacious and clean. I like spacious bathrooms.
I had the loveliest time at Yellow Brick Hostel, but I’m going to let the photos do the talking.
Free computer use in the lobby
The colorful lobby area
Half of the 8-bedroom dormitory
On the left: bathroom of the solo bedroom / On the right: laundry area