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Hongdae is one of Seoul's rowdiest neighborhoods, chock-full of live music bars, dance clubs, street performances, and spontaneous b-boy dance-offs. For those looking to experience the vibrancy of this eclectic neighborhood, but still hoping to get some shuteye at the end of the night, KpopStay, on a secluded street in the heart of the district, is the place to go. Guests are impressed immediately with the efforts of KpopStay's friendly staff to make visitors feel at home. The stylish décor and spacious common areas encourage socializing and a sense of community, as do the open patio and hostel-organized summer barbecues. KpopStay boasts four large dormitories, which, despite their size, don't compromise privacy. The hostel's ingenious "pod" beds, complete with privacy curtains, allow guests to have a concealed personal space. Big lockers ensure safety of personal belongings. Unfortunately, the bathrooms do not offer as much privacy as the rooms, as shower stalls are extremely small and make changing clothes virtually impossible. It's recommended that travelers bring along a bathrobe to make that experience more comfortable.