My boyfriend and i stayed there between 2-4 Jan 2012. Upon check in, the staff that served us seems to know little English but she communicate to us quite effectively through writing. When we wanted to check out more information on the later dates as well as to reserve bus seats back to Seoul, we were served by very nice front desk receptionist who speaks and understand fluent English. The bell boy or even the manager were very initiative in both check in and check out as they simply offer to carry my luggage for me even if it's for a short distance. The room was huge and the place was really beautiful with the snow! We sat at the Oxy Lounge one of the nights and simply watch the snow. It's really romantic and more perfect if it was Christmas! Except for the second day where most of the toiletry stuffs were not replenished, the hotel was really perfect. We had a balcony with seats that look out to the snow but it's really too cold to sit outside except for spring to autumn?
There were alot of restaurants around the place. However, since we were in Korea, we just wanted to stick to Korean food. There was only two Korean restaurants in the area and one could easily dine at less than 30kwn for 2 person. We had mushroom and pork hot pot soup for all three nights at the same restaurant. If you are a fan of Korean food, please remember to try it while you are over there.
Skiing was good and we took a 4h lesson with the Ski House. We could sort of grasp it by the third hour and was already using the lift for the beginner slope by then. It was sufficient for us to be able to ski ourselves on the beginner slope on the second day. So try to go for a longer hour lesson to gain more confidence if you can. Skiing gears are expensive over there, so try to rent if you can especially if it's your first few time skiing. The instructors can be very young but they were helpful and those schooling in the universities spoke little English. But they will use drawings on the snow or body actions to help you understand them better. If you wanted the more experienced oldies, i don't think they speak any English.
All other play stuffs such as the coaster and para skiing was closed during winter. So except for skiing and ocean 700, there isn't other activities for you. Personally i really find the place good for skiing as it comes with 3 different slopes for different levels, unlike other countries where you have a one for all. Even if you really are afraid of falling from skiing, you can try snow sledding, really, there isn't much fear of accidents over there. Oh ya, there's a huge backyard filled with snow if you want to build a snowman over there. i didn't manage to do it but you can try?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental Pyeongchang Resort Alpensia is located in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon province which is the third largest county in South Korea. It s about 2 hours drive away from Korea s capital Seoul and well connected through public transport. The hotel is part of Alpensia, Korea s premier all-year resort, a purpose built, alpine-style village in the Taebaek Mountain region, only 20 minutes drive away from the east coast of Korea is set in the midst of beautiful, unspoiled nature. World-class facilities for all-year leisure, meetings and incentives make Alpensia the perfect choice for a relaxing weekend away as well as for workshops, team-building activities and product presentations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Hotel Pyeongchang-Gun
- InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort South Korea/Pyeongchang-Gun