I booked our stay at Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse via Zaza Backpackers website 3 months before our arrival date. Although no downpayment is needed, you will have to confirm your reservation 3 times via email.
1. 30 days before your check-in date
2. 15 days before your check-in date
3. 5 days before your check-in date
This review will solely focus on my experience at Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse. As we reached Incheon International Airport at 0445, we took the first airport limousine bus no. 6015 at 0535 after clearing the customs and getting a drink at Dunkin Donuts. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to get to Myeongdong from Incheon Airport.
If you are concerned about safety like I was initially as we had to go through the side door to get to our room as it can get rather quiet at night, there's nothing to worry about actually because there are not just one but a few CCTVs installed near the side door. I believe there's only two rooms that requires to guests to pass by the side door to get to their rooms,
|Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse office|
There are computers in the office which one can use to surf net or just sit down on the sofa to chill.
In case you are wondering why would we need to go to the office (lounge), its to refill our water bottles, make coffee or tea, which we definitely need to every morning to brace the cold weather (there are tea bags and coffee sticks provided by Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse) or to make Skype calls back home. We called Grandpa and Uncle and they were like, "Oh my, that must be expensive!" and we went, "No, not at all. Its free because its Skype call!" The good thing about it is that you can call landlines. But if the other party has got a smartphone and Skype app installed too, you simply call them in the comfort of your room.
After bringing us to our room, Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse staff passed me the WiFi password and he also gave me Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse's Line username so that I can 'line' them if I need any help without having to walk to the office. I thought that this was pretty thoughtful of them, no?
|Cable TV with multilingual channels and hair dryer|
Our messy table filled up with my Binggrae banana milk (빙그레 바나나 우유), my cousin, Ebony's strawberry milk and our leftovers from Two Two Fried Chicken (the radish is so so so good). Try spotting my thermo flask in the background, a must-have during winter time as hot water is such a lifesaver in the freezing cold weather.
Toilet and toiletries
There's no toiletries provided apart from toilet paper and towels which you can get it yourself from Zaza Backpackers Hostel & Guesthouse office. I have no problems with bringing my own toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush etc but I would have preferred if they did provide a floor mat. It would have been so much more convenient. Thank God that we did bring our own towels so we just used one of our own towels as the floor mat and threw it away on the last day.
I was quite worried about the water heater not working properly as it was Winter when we were there but thank God it didn't give us any problems. Its not that much of a fuss if you shower with cold water, you will be fine if you remain in the room as the heater is on but once you step out of the room, you will feel the chill.
Air-conditioning and floor heating
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