Gangneung is surely one of the popular destinations among foreigners and locals. Especially during summer. Since what makes this city stand out, are the beautiful beaches you can find here. However, when it comes to accommodation, it can be a little hard to find an affordable hotel that has a good location. And most importantly, that is foreigner friendly. Fortunately, I was able to find ‘Hong C Hotel’ (Gangneung Station). Now I cannot imagine myself staying at any other hotel!
Without further ado, let us show you why you should stay here!
Feel like a 5 star hotel guest
You might be thinking ‘are you tripping?’. Since on the outside, it looks just like any other hotel. But sometimes what makes a hotel worthy is not how luxurious it actually is. But the treatment you receive.
It might not be a 5 star hotel itself, but the way they treat you as a guest is just like if it was one. That makes this place even better!
There was no morning when I would not receive a warm greeting and a cup of coffee as courtesy.
I found it very promising as soon as I entered. Due to how clean everything looks. Just by getting into the reception, this place already had meet my expectations. Especially when I got to talk to the staff. Since they were extremely friendly! And made me feel welcomed.
Needless to say, here you must show your reservation details in order to get your room key.
Of course, they had instructions to follow due to COVID. Everyone must check their temperature every time they come in. And must wear a mask all the time.
Since the hotel is actually quite small in comparison to others, the room key shows you which floor you should head to. For example, my room was 605. That means I had to go to the 6th floor.
It is worth to mention that every time you go out from the hotel, you can just leave the key at the reception. In case you are scared of loosing it. Anyways, there is always a staff member there. As long as it is before midnight.
Public Amenities and Services
If it is your first time in Gangneung and you do not know where to go, do not worry! They have plenty of flyers and maps that show you some of the most popular tourist spots of the city. These actually helped me to find some hidden gems. Or at least, some places that seem to not be visited by foreigners as much as by locals.
There is a business corner with a PC and a printer. In case that you have some work to do. Or you just simply want to search more information about Gangneung.
Do not worry about arriving too early! Since they have luggage storage service for all their guests. In my case, I arrived in early morning. While my room was going to be ready until 4 P.M. So the staff just let me leave my luggage there and go out to enjoy the rest of my day touring around.
Free Coffee and Water!
As I mentioned before, one thing I really liked about this place is the treatment of the staff. As soon as I arrived, one staff member rushed to make an americano coffee for me. To make me feel welcomed. And it would be like this every morning that we would casually meet. So I indeed felt very happy of being greeted with a cold beverage to start the day.
Of course, all guests can make their own coffee and drink water from here. As it is completely free.
Late snack for guests!
After a long day, a lot of people feel lazy about going out to get some dinner. With that in mind, the hotel offers ‘late snacks’ for guests. Which is basically a cup of ramen. You can ask for it between 20:00 ~ 22:00 on the first floor. And it is limited to 1 per guest.
And if it gets very late and you did not buy any beverage to drink during the nighttime, you can just use the vending machine on the first floor. Where they have water bottles, tea and drinks.
Something I really liked is that it is possible to order food delivery. You do not need to go to the first floor and get your food. You can just tell the delivery man your room number and they are allowed to go there to leave it at the door. However, sometimes this service can get restricted if COVID cases get severe. But at the time I stayed there, there was not many cases. So they allowed guests to order.
The parking lot is not that big. But taking in consideration that a lot of people just use public transportation, it is not a big problem to find a spot.
There is a parking lot in front of the hotel, and another crossing the street.
On the next part you can read about the facilities that Hong C Hotel has. So do not hesitate to continue reading!
Address: Gangwon-do, Gangneung-si, 옥천동 Website: Agoda
It is worth to mention that it is near Gangneung Station so as from the bus terminal! So your best choice to get there, is riding a taxi.
Hong C Hotel is a great option when coming to Gangneung. Not only for its location, but also because of how great are the rooms. Plus the staff is very friendly to their guests.
If you have already stayed here, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!
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