This hotel above Sindorim Subway Station is in prime position for urbanites looking to make the most of Seoul’s non-stop nature. Survey the bright lights from on high in the hotel lobby – the highest in Seoul at 41 floors up. Alternatively, recline in the hotel’s swimming pool in the evening on the 28th floor and soak up a stunning panoramic night view. Whether you’re here to work, shop or party, you’ll find it all right outside the hotel’s door.
Insider Tip: Women might want to book a Her room. Designed exclusively for female guests, they combine privacy and safety with enhanced comfort, from calming arrival music to in-room hair styling and cosmetic accessories.
One of the newest boutique residences in town, Urbanwood is inspired by the Northern European designs owner Martin Kim encountered on his extensive travels. Combining simple shapes with vivid colour, each of the four rooms has a unique and inspiring concept. Oriental Sun, for example, interprets the sun’s reflection in the forest through its carefully chosen furnishings. Just a two-minute walk from Hongik University, it’s a great base for those seeking alternative shopping and nightlife.
Insider Tip: Spacious en suite Dewy Meadow is ideal for a family of three as it has one double bed as well as a single.
For an immersive experience, stay at MaMa Hanok – a traditional Korean home that’s formerly the residence of a local artist. Its elegant architecture was designed in harmony with nature, whilst guest rooms are historically faithful and feature floor mats (or “yo”) for sleeping on the floor. The timber walls have the double benefit of being warm in winter, thanks to under floor heating, and cool in summer, due to the positioning of rooms.
Insider Tip: Traditional Korean guestrooms don’t come with en suite facilities so be prepared for separate shower and toilet facilities – unless you are staying in Son II or Daughter II that have their own.
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul
Nestled amid Mount Nam’s extraordinary collection of luxury hotels, the Banyan Tree still manages to stand out. With part of the complex designed to resemble the extravagant mansions of the Hamptons in the US, this is an ideal location for treating a loved one. Particularly popular among courting couples, the hotel has a special proposal package including champagne and a celebratory five-course dinner.
Insider Tip: Surprise your other half with a Banyan Romance treatment at the spa. The 150-minute experience includes a herbal steam, rejuvenating scrub and massage, and ends with a blissful Korean green tea bath.
The Westin Chosun Seoul
The Westin Chosun Seoul is a premier 5-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Seoul’s vibrant financial and shopping district. Distinguished by world-class luxuries, facilities and exceptional personalised service, the hotel was awarded the “Best Hotel in Seoul” by Asiamoney from 2008 to 2010 and as “Top 25 Business Hotel in Asia” by Smart Travel Asia from 2008 to 2012. Guestrooms are superbly furnished with advanced amenities such as top quality anti-allergy carpets, the Westin's signature Heavenly Bed, Nespresso coffee machine, and a sophisticated Digital TV Information Service. The Westin Chosun Seoul ensures that you feel inspired and renewed each time you visit.
Insider Tip: The excellent Express Check-In and Check-Out Service can be requested for maximum convenience.
The Shilla Seoul
In the capital’s financial district, the 464-room Shilla Seoul is the award-winning favourite and has been the preferred lodging for royalty, heads of state, dignitaries, celebrities, leaders and decision makers for decades. The Shilla stands as a landmark property and lifestyle destination, offering incomparable hospitality to you. It provides a unique combination of authentic Korean hospitality whilst adapting to provide state-of-the-art technology and contemporary elements to suit the needs of modern travellers.
Insider Tip: Drop by the outdoor area, "Urban Island", for a dip in their outdoor swimming pool with all of its accompanying luxuries.
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul, features two hotels - Main Building and New Wing - boasting 1,120 guest rooms combined. Conveniently located in the heart of Seoul’s central business district, Lotte Hotel Seoul is easily accessible by public transportation and is near government and public offices, businesses and historical landmarks. It is the premier luxury hotel for inviting VIP clients such as national guests. The New Wing operates a 3-Michelin star restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire. Lotte Hotel Seoul is Korea’s representative hotel, holding the largest number of international events and cultural festivals.
Insider Tip: Lotte Seoul Hotel features Korea's first women-only hotel. Guests on the Ladies’ Floor are entitled to a 5% to 15% discount as Gold VIP customers. For the busy female business traveller, personal shopping services are available on request. Hair and make-up services are also available in the guestrooms by appointment.
Ramada Hotel & Suites Seoul Namdaemun
Ramada Hotel & Suites Seoul Namdaemun is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul’s business and cultural district. Set in the beauty of Namsan Mountain, the hotel offers an oasis of nature in the city. It is only a 15-minute walk from Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market, so you can easily enjoy shopping and sightseeing in Seoul. The hotel has 331 elegant rooms with hardwood floors and luxury fabrics.
Insider Tip: Dine at the hotel’s Red Square Restaurant, providing all-day buffet in the beautiful garden at the 24th floor. It offers a special BBQ or western style cuisine at a reasonable price.
Sejong Hotel is centrally located in Myeongdong area in Seoul. Immerse in the Korean culture like shopping, performances and food. Climb Namsan Mountain, located just across the Sejong Hotel, and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Seoul at the peak. The hotel features 333 rooms and suites, each furnished with luxurious fabrics, hardwood floors and silk drapes. Guestrooms also come equipped with the latest high tech amenities.
Insider Tip: Dine at the hotel’s Verdi buffet restaurant and try over 100 kinds of cuisines such as Korean, Japanese, Western and Chinese - freshly prepared by professional cooks in each section.