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#27 of 67 hotels in Gangneung
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Coming from the USA, we spent 3 nights during the Winter Olympics. The hotel is new and right next to the water. We had 2 separate rooms (which were, unfortunately, not facing the sea). The hotel was booked by an intermediary, an American company. It is near some restaurants, a 7-Eleven (which was interesting for us, coming from the USA), and was relatively near the coastal Olympic events. That is the good part. Now, for the rest. First of all, the rooms had no place to put your clothes: no closet, no shelves or cupboards, not even a chest of drawers. We had traveled literally half-way around the world and our belongings had to stay crammed in our suitcase or on the floor. The hotel has no clock or radio, no gym, no business center (or computer to check your emails), no ice or vending machines, and there was no way to tell the cleaning staff not to clean the room (i.e., there was no "do not disturb" signs and the staff did not speak much English). The towels we were given in the bathroom were very small. When we asked for bigger ones, we were told that they did not have any larger ones. There was a table in the room, a TV (most of the stations were in Korean with no English subtitles), and a small refrigerator. The hotel did provide us some cultural insights, which did make our stay a little bit more pleasant. There is no 4th floor (it is a 6-story building) as apparently the Korean word for four sounds a bit like the word for dead (I note that it is hard to avoid the comparison with American hotels that do not have a 13th floor). The entry doors to the rooms opened in the opposite direction from American hotel doors. The heat came directly from the floor which was wood; there were no vents, radiators, or wallboards. Each floor had a big, glass-walled public area which was unheated and had a green astro-turf floor. As there was a large ash tray, we assumed that this was the smoking area for each floor (smoking is apparently more common in South Korea than in the USA). There is no way to enforce it, but we were told that one is expected to take off one's shoes before entering the hotel room. There were a couple of nice sides to our stay. One of the staff at the front desk, Sangpil Yoon, was extremely helpful, friendly, and accommodating. He tried to make us feel at home and overcome some of the challenges. Pil was great. He helped us plan out our daily excursions, making phone calls (in Korean) to get everything organized, and made lots of helpful suggestions. In addition, the hotel offered us an American-style breakfast (for about $10 extra per person) with cereal, toast, cheese, eggs, coffee, fresh fruit, and the like, as Korean breakfast is nothing like American breakfast. This gesture was greatly appreciated.
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Location is magic You hear the waves from the room and the view is breath taking Guys talks ok english in the reception which is very good as almost nooooooo one in the area talks english not taxi drivers not 7 11 shop not restaurants here they do great big rooms with a comfortable bed a funny feature here is the small towels you get 4 small ones and thats it tea boiler in the room which is good a fridge with 2 waters and 2 juices a few common koreastuff tooth brush tea bags a couple of paper cups as well tv didnt have any english what i found anyway hall way with an extra door which was top so no osund in from the corridor thats a goood thing in an active hotel full of people means better sleep floor heating is really on so you can cook an egg on it or dry your clothes breakfast was 2 star but they are so sweet people so i can't complain if you need stuff you have a 7 11 next door with all breakfast stuff and rice alcohol thats common in Korea all the beach is full of crab shops and same menus
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PRICE RANGE
$39 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South KoreaGangwon-doGangneung
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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