Sporty digs: Pullman Hotel at Olympic Park
Accommodation at Seoul Olympic Parktel ranges from four-bunk rooms to standard hotel suites. The traditional Korean-style ondol rooms, with antique furniture, ornate beds and red and gold soft furnishings, are unique and cost no more than a standard room. Staff are patient with guests’ attempts at Korean and provide gentle coaching for those who want it. Parktel guests get free entry to the Olympic Museum. www.parktel.co.kr.
Four Points by Sheraton Munich Olympiapark, Munich: In the heart of Olympic Park and only 10 minutes from the city centre by underground, this hotel wins on price and location. Rooms are especially bright and fresh thanks to renovations late last year. Visitors sometimes stay here instead of at a city hotel because of its competitive tariff and pleasant surroundings. www.starwoodhotels.com.
Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park: The first five-star hotel to open in western Sydney is very chic and its staff are out to impress. Standard rooms are large and some have views of distant twinkling CBD lights and the Harbour Bridge. Bacar Restaurant, which offers dining more in keeping with city elegance than a sports park, is a pleasant surprise. A gold-medal package for two includes accommodation, buffet breakfast, Aquatic Centre passes, a behind-thescenes tour of ANZ Stadium and late checkout. www.accorhotels.com.au. Tiana Templeman
Hotel Park City, Salt Lake City: The Olympic splash-pool-sized bathtub comes with Bulgari toiletries and most guestrooms have a fireplace. This boutique hotel is reminiscent of a hunting lodge, with its exposed beams and rustic style. Locals have given the seal of approval to the hotel’s steakhouse, which opened last December. www.hotelparkcity.com.
Villaggio Olimpico, Turin: Once home to Olympic athletes, these apartments with breathtaking alpine views are now available to the public. The accommodation may not be fancy but is priced accordingly and offers excellent value, along with four restaurants, a heated pool and sauna, comprehensive skier services, supermarket, art gallery and juniors’ club with supervised activities. The heated parking space is a novelty for southern hemisphere guests. www.villaggioolimpicosrl.it.
Seoul Olympic Parktel, Seoul: