The 2018 Winter Olympics will commence on 9 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. The countryside of the Land of the Morning Calm is already bustling with lots of interesting events and activities in the line up to the Games barely two months away. If you have not already booked your accommodation in Pyeongchang to join in on the fun, fret not. Read this article which will guide you through to the 10 best places where you can stay near the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics for a memorable vacation. Keep reading and book your stay today.
With a strategic location in the Taebaek Mountains region of Gangwon Province, Pyeongchang County has long since been a popular destination for mountain hikers. As such, there are many ski resorts and hotels in the county to cater to the needs of visitors eager for adventures in the mountains. Many of these hotels have been renovated or upgraded in preparation for the increase in visitors expected to visit during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Therefore, travellers to this region will have plenty of accommodations to choose from. Here are the five best accommodations that will ensure you’ll have a wonderful stay near the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Located in the midst of Korea’s Baekdudaegan Mountain Range, Yongpyong Resort is well positioned to receive an average of 250 centimeters (98.4 inches) of snowfall every winter, making it an excellent place for skiing. Being the largest ski and snowboarding resort in Korea, it is only natural that this resort has been selected as the venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics alpine skiing games. This makes the Yongpyong Resort certainly one of the most highly sought after accommodations during the Winter Olympics period.
This resort is a ski paradise. It boasts 28 slopes and 14 cable lifts, with varying difficulty levels of ski slopes to cater to different travellers’ needs. The resort’s ski season spans from mid-November to early April, giving you more than ample time to enjoy the snow even after the Winter Olympics have ended. After all the fun you’ll have trying out activities at the ski resort, feel free to retreat to your contemporary-styled room furnished with modern amenities and hardwood flooring. You will be delighted to know that the rooms at the Yongpyong Resort are much bigger than average rooms in Pyeongchang. All-day dining is also available at two on-site restaurants that serve delectable Korean and Western dishes. Other attractions in the county such as the Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm and the Gangneung city centre are also easily accessible via a quick drive out. Yongpyong Resort is certainly a top choice to stay while you’re in Pyeongchang!
Also located in Daegwallyeong is Pyeongchang Edelweiss Pension—an elegant resort hotel featuring European-style pension homes fitted with modern amenities. All the rooms here come complete with a kitchenette equipped with a microwave and a refrigerator, as well as a cosy dining area, in addition to the comfortable beds and immaculate private bathroom. Get to the Yongpyong and Alpensia ski slopes just 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) away via a free shuttle service provided by the hotel. As an added plus, Korea’s only sheep ranch (Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm) is only a 10 minute drive away. Feel like just relaxing during your vacation? Then chill out at the sun terrace, where you can soak in the idyllic views of the picturesque mountain range.
The ski slopes of Phoenix Snow Park in Bongpyeong are another venue of the upcoming Winter Olympics. If you wish to base yourself in this area, then the Elf Spa Resort & Hotel is another great choice to consider. The Elf Spa Resort & Hotel is less than a 10 minute free shuttle ride away from the Phoenix Snow Park. This shuttle service is provided free of charge by the Elf Spa Resort & Hotel. Phoenix Snow Park features a mini zoo, a seasonal, outdoor pool and other entertainment facilities. The Elf Spa Resort & Hotel makes for a family-friendly accommodation that offers something for everyone from the young, to the old.
All rooms and suites here come with a fully-equipped kitchen fitted with a microwave oven, a fridge and a rice cooker. You can even have a barbecue party here at your private balcony. If you book a family room, it will be stocked with children’s toys, so that your kids will have a good time! While you’re here, you can try to book the ‘healing room’, where you can relax while sitting on the massage chair, or by having a nice soak in the whirlpool bath, all in the comfort of your vibrantly-decorated room. Have an unforgettable winter vacation by staying at the Elf Spa Resort & Hotel.
Address: 864-12,Mu-i-Ri, Bongpyeong-Myeon
39.23 km (24.4 mi) from Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Fancy a classy hotel stay that combines relaxation with quality beauty care while you immerse yourself in the fascinating views of Odaesan Mountain? Then the Pyeongchang Kensington Flora Hotel, the first H.E.R.B (Health, Entertainment, Relaxation, Beauty) hotel in Korea, is your best bet for a rejuvenating retreat. Because this hotel was established with the aim of providing ladies with a sophisticated and pampering resort stay, Kensington Flora Hotel features an elegant herb and flower theme, in line with its feminine, graceful image.
Nonetheless, men are most welcome at this hotel too. All the rooms here come with a balcony that boasts magnificent, mountain views. Take your wife or girlfriend out on a romantic stroll in the beautiful herb garden when you’re here. There is also a luxurious sauna at the hotel which you must not miss checking out. Supplied with water from the underground mountain bedrock, a soak in this sauna will help to relieve the stress and fatigue accumulated during your busy city life. Revitalise your body with a relaxing soak, and receive professional guidance to boost your health with a customised program tailored for each guest at the health centre.
As the official venue for ski jump events in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, accommodations around the Alpensia Ski Resort is also another popular option for visitors to this region. The Holiday Inn & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang Suites is recommended for visiting families, as it offers a wide range of entertainment facilities that caters to all ages.
As an established five star hotel chain, the Holiday Inn managed by the IHG group needs no special introduction. Expect quality accommodations and impeccable service if you stay here. Located at the foot of Winter Olympics ski slopes, this hotel is well-placed, with easy access to all Winter Olympics sites. Enjoy spectacular views of the Daegwanryeong hills as you rest and relax in a tastefully-decorated room decked in traditional Korean furnishings and equipped with contemporary amenities. The rental of skiing equipment and ski lessons are available for all guests of the hotel. On days when you feel like doing activities other than skiing, you can head over to the popular Gyeongpo Beach and Café Street, about an hour’s drive away from the hotel.
Private rooms and homes
Besides well-established hotel chains and boutique resorts, you can also expect a myriad of other private vacation rentals available for travellers in Korea these days. Many accommodations here boast unique designs and quality services that will make you feel right at home. Read on for a list of the five best private rooms and homes to stay in for easy access to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Situated right next to the Alpensia Ski Resort, Doyle’s duplex condominium is a value-for-money accommodation with a top-notch location if you are travelling in a big group of up to eight people. Alpensia is just a convenient seven minute walk away, while Yongpyong is a quick 10 minute drive away. This spacious, two bedroom apartment is fitted with two baths, so you won’t have to worry about someone hoarding the bath during your stay here. Treat yourself to amazing views of the mountains right from the comfort of a modern apartment here. The host of this accommodation (Dolye) is exceptionally helpful, providing prompt assistance whenever possible. He can even help you plan your trip in the event that you are clueless about what to do during your time here.
Top guest reviewsexcellent wifi and a nice tvthe condo is clean spacious and comfortablesuper clean restrooms and friendly hostthe house was very clean and had blankets more than enoughthe condo is spacious and comfortable
Host:doyle is a helpful hostdoyle was an excellent and helpful host for usawesome place kind & honest hostdoyle was very accommodating and very responsivei have never met a host with such patience and great motivation to helpRead more reviewsthe location is great close to alpensiathe location of this condo is excellentgreat location for the olympicand really good location near by alpensia5-10 mins drive to the slopes good location good deal
Travelling in a group of up to four? Mr Kim’s villa near the Alpensia Ski Resort is a beautiful villa you can consider staying at. Stay here and you can enjoy convenient access to major ski resorts in Pyeongchang. Located in Daegwallyeong (which is known for its heavy snowfall during winter), you will feel as if you are in a winter wonderland when you stay at this cosy, two storey villa and bask in the snow-covered surroundings. Mr Kim is a warm and affable host who will go to great lengths to make you feel welcome. You are encouraged to treat this place like your own home.
Top guest reviewsthe next morning cheon personally prepared a delicious meal of ramyeon for our breakfastkim's breakfasts were excellent in both taste and quantitythe villa is comfortable well insulated for the 0 degree weather and stocked with good kitchen utensilseverything was clean and tidyvery nice place to stay clean cosy and beautifulfinally the room was very neat clean and warmoverall i enjoyed the stay in sooppension it is clean warm and comfortable theregreat host and clean facilities
Host:mr kim was a wonderful hostmr kim is a super nice hostour host was very welcoming and helpful personmr and mrs kim are excellent hostsmr kim was an amazing host from the time of our arrival everything went smoothlyRead more reviewsan excellent house in a beautiful locationfortunately the place where we stayed was very close to attraction daegwallyeong yangtte farm
Bongjin’s double room (situated in the Yongpyong area) is a private room in a cosy apartment located in a beautiful mountain valley. Decked in all-white furnishings, this double room is well-maintained and boasts a warm and welcoming ambience. You can comfortably seek respite from the stress of daily life by staying here in the tranquil countryside. This Airbnb accommodation is near the ski resort and sheep ranch, and is surrounded by scenic, natural landscapes. If you require assistance during your stay, the wonderful host of this Airbnb listing is just a quick phone call away.
Have you ever wished that you could live in a house perched on a hill or a treetop, where you could wake up to the melodic sound of birds chirping outside? If so, then check out this amazing tree house. This tree house is at an elevation of 700 metres (2,296.6 feet) high in the Odaesan Mountain. PaikHy’s tree house is the perfect back-to-the-basics retreat where you can get up close to all the wonders of nature. Break free from the trappings of modern world technologies such as the internet and mobile connectivity, as well as convenient clean water from the tap. Instead, you can fetch fresh water from the pristine stream nearby, where you’ll have ample opportunity to spot a variety of interesting local wildlife. Stay here and you can escape from the urban city life you were so used to previously. Consider booking a room here to experience a simple, yet happy life in a rustic tree house for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that you will not regret.
15.97 km (10.0 mi) from Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Top guest reviewsRead more reviews10 min walk to the village were you can find a couple lovely mountain restaurantsrecommend this place if looking for a secluded and interesting time
Enjoy your special winter holiday in Korea
Pyeongchang county in Korea’s Gangwon province is an alluring destination that offers plenty to do and see. Now that the country is all geared up for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang is ever ready to welcome visitors eager to explore its beautiful snow-capped mountainous landscape in winter. What are you waiting for? Quickly book your favourite accommodation from the above recommendations before they’re all out of rooms. Pack your bags and visit Korea for a special winter holiday now!
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