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Affordable Comfort: A Review of Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel near Vivaldi Park

Searching for a wallet-friendly accommodation in Hongcheon City? Your search ends here. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the charm and affordability of Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel (홍천ST리조텔). Whether you’re headed to Vivaldi Park Ski Resort or exploring the charm of Hongcheon River and Palbong Mountain the city has to offer, this hotel is a fantastic choice.

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    During my recent trip to the ski area in January, I chose Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel as my accommodation. My travel companion and I decided to stay here because it was the only option within our budget range at the last minute. Since January is a busy time for the ski area, there weren’t many choices available. However, this place turned out to be a delightful spot to stay. In this article, I will provide a comprehensive review of my experience at Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel, offering you another great option for your next trip to Vivaldi Park.

    What to Expect from a Stay at Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel

    First and foremost, it’s important to note that Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel has more of a motel atmosphere, despite its name. So, don’t be surprised by the affordable rates and the strong motel vibe. From the outside, it may appear slightly worn as it was established in 2015. However, the interior is equally aged but remarkably clean.


    Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel is located just a 5-minute drive away from Vivaldi Ski Resort. Situated uphill at the end of a smaller road branching off from the larger Hanseo Road (한서로), don’t be taken aback when you arrive after dark and find yourself driving through a dirt wilderness — that’s the motel’s parking space.


    Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel offers a variety of rooms, including standard, premium, grand, and special large rooms. Each type reflects its respective size. Additionally, there are two options for each room type: ondol and chimdae. The ondol option provides a room with an underfloor heating system and no bed, while the chimdae option offers a conventional hotel room with a bed.

    As a party of two, we booked a standard ondol room. Snuggling close to the warmth of the floor during mid-winter was quite enjoyable. However, if you prefer a more traditional sleeping arrangement, you can opt for a regular room with a bed, which comes at the same price.

    Our room was spacious for a couple and equipped with all the amenities you would expect from a good hotel. They even had English instructions for every guest convenience. Located on the third floor, we were treated to a mesmerizing view of the snow-covered neighboring area — a delightful bonus!


    The original price of our room was 100,000 won per night. However, we managed to secure a better deal through the hotel’s affiliate, Yanolja. We paid only 90,000 won per night, which is a fantastic option for budget travelers. It’s worth noting that most hotels in close proximity to attractions tend to be more expensive, typically exceeding 100,000 won per night.


    You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel offers a range of amenities. From a large parking space to a spacious common kitchen, from karaoke rooms of various sizes to a seminar room perfect for field trips, they have a little bit of everything. During the summer months, the outdoor areas transform into a camping haven, allowing visitors to enjoy a fun barbecue experience.

    The Hotel’s Common Kitchen Area


    • Since there isn’t a convenience store nearby, it’s advisable to pick up some snacks from stores on your way to the hotel. You can find a few GS25 and Family Mart locations on the road near the entrance of Vivaldi Park.
    • Take advantage of the common kitchen available at the hotel. If you prefer cooking your own meals or preparing snacks, the kitchen is a convenient space to do so. Just make sure to clean up after yourself and be considerate of other guests using the facility.
    • If you’re visiting for snowboardinglike I did and prefer not to rent gear from inside the ski resort, there’s a fantastic rental store conveniently located near Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel: Vivaldi Park Ganji Rental Shop (비발디파크 간지렌탈샵). It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel’s parking lot and offers a great selection of snowwear and gear (they also have options for ski riders if my memory serves me right).
    • If you’re looking for additional dining options, venture beyond the hotel’s premises. There are several local restaurants and cafes within a short driving distance that offer a variety of cuisines and dining experiences.
    • If you’re traveling during peak seasons, such as winter for skiing or summer for outdoor activities, I highly recommend you to book your room at Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel well in advance. This will ensure you secure your preferred room type and avoid any last-minute availability issues.

    In conclusion, Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel proved to be a pleasant surprise during my stay. Despite its motel-like atmosphere and slightly dated appearance, it provided clean and comfortable rooms at an affordable price. The proximity to Vivaldi Ski Resort, along with the range of amenities offered, made it a convenient choice for our ski trip. Just remember to grab some snacks on your way as there aren’t nearby convenience stores. Overall, I would recommend Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel as a budget-friendly option for travelers visiting the Vivaldi Park area.

    Remember, when planning your next trip, consider Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel as a viable and economical accommodation choice.

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    Quick Info About Hongcheon ST Resort Hotel

    Address: 강원 홍천군 서면 한서로 2141-15

    Naver Map: Link 

    Phone: +82 33-436-3339

    Booking: through affiliate | from the hotel’s website

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