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Reviewed 29 January 2012

This place is great for the skiing and family, just be prepared for the unexpected. The suite is open and comfortable for a family. Heated floor, kitchen with two burner stove, electronic fire place, everything you need to warm up after a day on the slopes.

Right outside the resort are 5 slopes ready for day and night skiing. Plenty of friendly restaurants to meet any families needs.

Bright bath towels with you. We tried three times to Beth bath towels, but only received face and hand towels. The suites allows dogs, so don't be surprised to be woken up early to a barking dog.

Date of stay: January 2012
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3  Thank Crockpot96
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Alpensia ski resort is one of the newest ski resort in Korea. The resort is run by the Intercontinental Group and is had three different types of accomodation: top tier - Intercontinental Hotel, mid tier - Holiday Inn Resort and budget - Holiday Inn Suites

Alpensia is 5 minutes from Yongpyong which is where the Winter Olympics will be held. In terms of skiing, Alpensia resort will only be useful for beginners/intermediate snowboarders. Snowboarders that want longer, more challenging runs with nicer scenery will need to go to Yongpyong.

It is quite hard to get to for independent travellers with only 2 buses running from Incheon airport to the resort. If you can't make the connection, be prepared for a long difficult trip out there. That said, if you can get hold of the great Front Desk staff such as Annie Kim, they can help you plan how to get there.

Pros - new resort with reasonable rates if you stay at the Holiday Inn Suites or Holiday Inn Resort

Cons - Poor transport options and meant only for beginner and intermediate snowboarders. The spa at the Holiday Inn Resort was closed for the entire stay we were there so that was quite disappointing

Date of stay: January 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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4  Thank HongKongDivemaster
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Overall, reviews of this place are favorable, and should be. However, for those "wired" folks traveling as a group, be aware that this location charges for each device connected to the network. Each device also needs a separate account set up through the front desk. Imagine how confusing this can be if you have a group staying in a Suite, all having at least an ipad, iphone, or laptop. Further, if you connect your laptop to the wall plug, you cannot connect the same laptop using wireless without requesting a new account for your room and paying again. At 13000 Won per device per 24 hours, your internet costs can rival your hotel costs. Wifi should be free in this market segment!

Date of stay: January 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank Cheap_flight_OMW
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

After a 3 hour bus ride from Jamsil, Seoul we arrived at the Holiday Inn Alpensia. Check-in process was quick at the visitor centre and we were assigned a room overlooking the ski jump rather than the ski slope. It was an ondol room (underfloor heating) and everything worked properly and was brand new. The only complaint was that bedding was provided for only 2 persons even though we booked for 3 and when we requested for additional pillow and bedding, we were told that there would be extra charges. A negative in my books.

The ski house was a short walk away and it was relatively easy to sort out the ski classes (in English) and rental of all the equipment that was needed. There were a number of restaurants located through the entire resort so finding food was not a problem. Those who are on a budget will appreciate the various GS25 minimarts that supply snacks, instant noodles and simple food stuff that can be prepared in the room kitchenette that comes with an induction cooker (2 plates) and a microwave.

Other than skiing, which is obviously the main draw of the resort, we took a taxi from the resort to a nearby attraction in Odaecheon Stream area for the Pyeongchang Trout Festival. The taxi fare is fixed at W25,000 one way and once there we paid for fishing tickets and bought lines and lures. The river is forzen over and holes are dug at various intervals for a spot of trout fishing. Anything caught can be prepared at a nearby canteen (sashimi, grilled or spicy stew).

Room tip: Try to get rooms that face the ski slope - that would mean having to book rooms with beds rather than the ondol rooms.
Date of stay: January 2012
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2  Thank OliK75
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

We stayed at Holiday Inn Alpensia Resort on Dec 30, 2011 till Jan 2, 2012. We booked it through website in September and got very good rate. Our room is a king bedroom suite, with open kitchen and the balcony. The room is very spacious. Kitchen utencils are very clean (they informed us that we have to call maid before checking out 30 minutes to let her check all the utensils, if we didn't clean it, they will charge us. Anyway when we actually checked out, noone came to check it.) We stayed in building 201 which is very near the ski slope and all the shops and restaurants, so it's very convenient. I really love the korean restaurant there. They serve very yummy bulkoki. The grocery store opens 24 hours a day.
The ski slopes are nice and not so crowded which is good for us as it's our first time to ski. There's also a separate slope for sledge. Unfortunately the alpine coaster is not open in winter so we didn't have a chance to try it.

Room tip: -They will not clean your room daily unless you tell them to do so without any additional charge. - Building 302 is a little far away on the slope so if you don't want to walk too much please ask for rooms in other buildings.
Date of stay: December 2011
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