GYEUNG PO MAISON DE SEA GANGNEUNG REVIEW ONE TECH TRAVELLER HERO

Gyeongpo Maison De Sea Gangneung Pension Review

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GYEUNG PO MAISON DE SEA GANGNEUNG REVIEW ONE TECH TRAVELLER HERO
3.7
Excellent
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Maison De Sea Gangneung has a pair of quality duplex apartments that provide excellent value for money, complete with modern decoration, furnishings, fully-provided kitchenette, and a contemporary bathtub corner for a relaxing soak after exploring the coastal city of Korea. It’s perfect for families, groups, and couples if you don’t mind the less scenic surroundings and little distance to nearby restaurants and Gyeungpoho lake. Recommended for the bright open space.

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Spacious Living Area

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Welcome to room 203, Masion De Sea Duplex! This is the view as soon as you open the door

I spent most of my time in the living room and it’s not surprising why – the extra high ceiling, big floor space, extremely bright windows and all the facilities you could want in a place to feel at home. Maison De Sea Gangneung caught my eye with their duplex apartments, just a pair in this small unit of rooms maanged by a local Korean family.

I absolutely love places that invite plenty of light inside and Maison De Sea Gangneung fits the profile. The duplex is front-facing and is in abundant with light. The front has glass windows right to the very top; very wide too. Blinds can be adjusted for the top and the main portion as we head into the night, split into four at the top and then two wide blinds to cover most of the area.

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Very nice first impressions. Simple, mindful and considerate.

I was astonished as among the many other pensions that neighbour this place, it’s completely different to the others – it’s modern, well-decorated and balanced between feeling at home and contemporary elements that upscale the room. A few furniture pieces fill the otherwise large space but does so with intent.

The sofa bed lays flat if you’re traveling as a group or prefer to relax downstairs by the naturally bright windows, a foldable coffee table, a rattan chair, and a kitchen counter table with a high chair. It’s all you need really. The TV works soundly offering the full-range of Korean TV programmes with HDMI to connect your devices.

The side of our room has a marble counter top raised from the floor with windows occuping most of the side wall with the same blinds to adjust the amount of light and privacy. There’s excellent usable floor space to move around in, not feel empty or bare and has the right amount of furniture to complete the area.

Winding Staircase, Ondoor Mezzanine Bedroom

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Leading you to the upper bedroom floor, though be careful on the stairs.

I forgot to take a picture of the upper floor so please watch the video as I talk you up there, but in short, you’ll find a double bedroom with a ceiling that gets lower to the further end of the mezzanine floor. Ondol heating is available for both floors which is a plus, and there is a small skyroof to let some light in, with small sliding windows on the side. Nothing much up there besides that.

The bed has a firmer mattress with blankets and pillows which are reasonable, nothing special but cushioned enough. I slept well though it can get a little toasty though. There are railings that section off the mezzanine but offers a nice bird’s eye view of the living space.

Everything structurally felt good here, though my only reservation is the winding staircase rails. It’s a plastic tube that isn’t stable to hold onto, which is noticeable a little underwhelming to see them use a cheaper material here compared to the rest of the duplex. A little detail to be aware of but nothing too distracting. Generally, I really enjoy the layout, furniture and setup of this duplex. Homely, comfortable, spacious and very bright indeed.

Help Yourself Kitchen

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Very accomodating kitchen area fit for cooking big mealls

The kitchen is fully-equipped with a hob, microwave, kettle, fridge, freezer, set of plates and cutlery if you plan to dine inside. And once it gets into the evening, the amount of ligghting options here is also very impressive. You’ll find a set of controls to find a lighting combination that suits your preference, focused over the kitchen, the living space, upstairs, bathrooms and more ambient lighting.

Next to the kitchen is the open wardrobe which is very large, though only two hangers were provided so you may need to request more if you plan to stay longer or have more persons with you. The open wardrobe space keeps to the open vibe of Maison De Sea Gangneung, more than enough for two check in luggages or holdall bags to sit on it, with anything else on the top shelf.

You’ll also find an extra set of bed sheet, blanket and pillow for the sofabed which shows you definitely can sleep on the sofabed. Iit may feel a little unusual having this next to the kitchen area, but when it comes to convenience, as soon as you arrive and being close to the entrance door, it makes sense.

Split Bathroom Features

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A long narrow path for the bathroom facilities split into three sections

As soon as you arrive into the duplex, you’ll find the vanity unit with a wide mirror. This is the ‘bathroom’ area for freshening up, with ambient lighting surrounding the mirror which is a nice touch. The area is open to the rest of the living room and is presentable that it doesn’t distract on arrival. There’s a stool to sit down in front of the mirror, taking up little space and tucks underneath the vanity table so it doesn’t block the way into the toilet and shower room.

The shower room is very spacious, with a powerful showerhead and separate shower curtains to stop the water from wetting the whole room. Tiled top to bottom, you’ll enjoy a refreshing shower morning and evening, but I highly recommend saving some time to soak in the freestanding bathtub.

Intimate Contemporary Corner

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Definitely save some time to unwind in the freestanding bathtub corner. Shutter those blinds too

The duplex has quite an interesting design as if you slide the frosted panel doors, it reveals the freestanding bathtub. The design is more upscale in this corner, with a slight dip in the flooring to ‘separate’ the open area for this more intimate area to relax in. It’s also pleasantly hidden away with privacy as the two bathroom doors opened means it can be seen straight from the entrance, but a little enclosure keeps this space more conservative. It’s tucked ever so slightly from the rest of the living room so it is unusual in that sense, but if you’re on a couple getaway or solo retreat, this will do.

Wide Balcony

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The balcony area is quite good, very wide and spacious to easily walk and sit on the outdoor patio table chairs. The view isn’t spectacular, which is a sacrifice of finding this beautiful place in lieu of being by the ocean or lake of Gangneung. Instead, it’s a cul-de-sac of pensions which leaves a little less privacy, but is raised from the ground floor if you fancy going outside.

There’s a bug net shade if you prefer to keep the door open to stop mosquitoes from coming inside, however I couldn’t figure out why I was not able to lock the balcony sliding door. It honestly looked like there was no security lock which is very strange, even if Gangneung is far quieter than Seoul. The lack of a locking mechanism was a little concerning but I had no troubles throughout the night and since we are one floor above ground, is probably what they were thinking. Still a concern for security and hope they add a lock even if it is generally safe.

Beautiful Duplex in Gangneung

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Interesting mix of textures, patterns and colours that blend home and contemporary pleasantly

Overal, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Maison de Sea Gangneung. After my previous stay right by the ocean at St. John’s Hotel, I purposefully chose a larger homely space to relax at, since I had my taste for the ocean. Maison De Sea Gangneung is an excellent choice if you find yourself here and either want great value for money or don’t mind the short walk to the lake. You’ll need a car or transportation to reach the ocean as the walk is very long however. Everything worked well and I was even more impressed after my overnight stay here after seeing the place in person.

The duplex room I stayed at is the best of the bunch and you’ll find this place cozy in temperature throughout the year. It’s best to travel in your own transport, where you’ll find a small but reasonable on-site car park which was right in front of our room ground level.

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CONCLUSION
A beautiful duplex in Gangneung that offers excellent value for money in terms of fo space, self-contained living, and a pleasant design split over two floors with bright natural lighting. It's a little away from the ocean or lake but makes for a great staycation getaway.
EXPERIENCE
QUALITY
COMFORT
LOCATION
VALUE
HIGHLIGHTS
Ondol heating for ground and first floor inside room
Well-provisioned with facilities and amenities
Pleasant freestanding bathtub
Excellent value for money
LOWLIGHTS
The staircase rail feels unsturdy
No scenic view from the rooms
Balcony sliding door has no lock which is confusing
Quite a distance from the lake and restuarants
3.7
Excellent
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