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With the Winter Olympics in South Korea 2018, the areas of Pyeongchang, Alpensia and the Gangneung Cluster have all received hotel renovations and additions. Some of our favourites are the recently renovated, stunning, Seamarq Hotel, (pictured left) distinctively designed by architect Richard Meier. Offering 150 bedrooms and meeting space for a total of 950 pax, the hotel features two pools, one indoor, the other an infinity pool on the rooftop terrace, aptly named ‘Beach on the Cloud’.
Ramada Sokcho (pictured below left) opened last year in the seaside city of Sokcho providing it with a further 500 guest rooms, clear sea views and for business events, a 589m² grand ballroom, two banquet halls (total of 588m², and a seminar room with balcony (total of 28.44m²).
Daemyung’s Sol Beach Hotel & Resort has expanded, now offering 721 guest rooms, based in the Gangwon Province coastal resort town of Samcheok.
Lotte Resort Sokcho has recently opened (July 2017) with 392 rooms (173 guest rooms and 219 condo-style rooms), as well as meeting facilities and an ‘aqua park’.
The KTX (bullet train) spur will now traverse West to East ensuring attendees to the games can land in Incheon International Airport, and access the games areas within 90-110 minutes (and, in no more than 70 mins from Seoul). In preparation for this, more hotels have opened at Incheon. (For an update on the transportation options ahead of the Games, visit the Pyeongchang website )
Ramada Incheon, has recently opened between international business district, Songdo, and Incheon airport, offering 245 bedrooms, including serviced apartments.
Further gracing the extensive resort near Incheon International Airport, with wonderful sea views belying its proximity to Korea’s gateway, The Paradise Hotel, delivers an Art-Tainment (sic) resort, and boasts its own collection of modern art, amongst its many attractions.
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, opening this month (Sept ‘17) is set to be the first Le Méridien property in Korea and is a full renovation of the previous Ritz Carlton. Designed by David Collins Studio, Le Méridien Seoul (pictured above, left) will have 336 guestrooms, including 109 club rooms and 29 suites, meeting and event spaces and an art centre, situated in Gangnam.
AccorHotels has just opened Seoul Dragon City (top image) in Seoul's Yongsan-gu district (October 1, 2017), a massive 'lifestyle hotel-plex', featuring four AccorHotel brands: the 202-room Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan; 286-suite Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan; 621-key Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan; and 591-room ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan. The complex will also offer 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, and two multifunction grand ballrooms. There will also be four floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two towers.
Highlights at the Sky Bridge include a lounge bar with an indoor pool, stage and SkyWalk; and Sky Beach 'private beach club.
This takes the group's total to 24 hotels in South Korea, which will be followed by eight more in the next two years.
The sheer scope of properties opening will offer #eventprofs plenty of scope for corporate hospitality surrounding the Winter Olympics, and well into the forthcoming years.
(All images copyright of the various properties, top Accor's Seoul Dragon City, Left from top Seamarq, Ramada Sokcho, Le Meridien)