We fancy good accommodation and special perks. At least, while the kids are still young. This reasoning has always provided us with the best excuse and we’re enjoying every moment. So in every hotel we get into, we always rejoice at personalized notes and a bottle of wine. It wasn’t any different at Holiday Inn Resorts Alpensia:
The Holiday Inn Resorts is one of the three hotels located at Alpensia. The other 2 are the Holiday Inn Suites and the Intercontinental Hotel. Comes the full blast promotion for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Alpensia and its hotels will be international names as it will be a major venue for the Olympic events. So we headed there last summer for a much-needed 3-nights, 4-days break.
Last summer of 2015, Alpensia wasn’t a popular destination among Koreans yet. Most locals we have talked to were not yet aware about the place. Unlike Yongpyeong, the nearby ski resort, Alpensia is still steadily building its name. By the looks of it and with the quality of the hotel chains it has, local and international tourists will be booking in advance and filling up its rooms.
This coming Lunar New Year, the hotels are fully-booked. Friends who wanted to stay at Alpensia weren’t able to get any accommodation anymore. Hubbydoo had the foresight to book last December so our Lunar New Year vacation is now fully secured.
Days before our arrival, somebody from the hotel’s Guest Service Center had been in communication with my husband. So the hotel knows that we have 2 sons with us. Aren’t they thoughtful to provide 2 small slippers for our precious little ones?
Last time a hotel was this thoughtful was when we checked-in at Conrad Singapore. We had slippers for the little ones, the famous Conrad teddy, a box of chocolates and 2 sets of coloring books. We were impressed with their attention to their guests’ needs. We didn’t request for any of those.
This time, we also didn’t request for slippers. We didn’t even know that they provide smaller slippers for tinier feet. But Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia went the extra mile!
They put us in the Kids Suite.
The Kids Suite came as a surprise to us. The hotel thought we would be happy with the kids’ accommodation. Oh, indeed we were! The Kids Suite has two adult beds in the main room. We usually put these beds together and sleep all the four of us together. This kiddie room has its own cabinets for clothes, too. It also has a door going to the toilet and bath.
And what a bath it was! It’s a double-sized bath tub. We were almost tempted not to go to the water park, the Ocean 700… Lol. Needless to say, the kids were ecstatic!
We had a spacious veranda. Although we didn’t get a slope-view, the village view wasn’t bad at all. We didn’t mind watching people on the streets while drinking wine or beer from this vantage point.
It was a good, albeit short, summer vacation. I am reserving our activities in another post, however late it may come. It will come to be written about, that I promise! (And I did write about it: Summer Holiday in a Ski Resort)
On our last buffet breakfast, the Mont Blanc manager served us with a fruit platter and simple tokens… Beer glasses, ha!ha!ha!.,, He ‘s still sweet!
We promised ourselves we’re going back for winter so we can see and experience Alpensia’s winter splendor. After all, it is for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics that all this preparation and beautification is done for.
Then maybe, we can try any of this:
Gracious! Would you know the difference?