Best luxury hotels in Seoul 2022

The South Korean capital and former host of the Winter Olympics is a melting pot of ancient and modern culture. Here, skyscrapers and ancient palaces rub shoulders, while the Han River flows timelessly through the heart of the city. With K culture (namely K-pop and K-food) very much in vogue, Seoul is an increasingly popular destination for curious millennial tourists — the Gangnam district is now a must-visit spot, thanks to the PSY hit dance. Visit in the spring if you want to catch the scenic cherry blossoms and see the flower markets at their best, or come during the mild fall months.

Park Hyatt Seoul

Just across from the subway, the Park Hyatt is located in the Financial District (Gangnam’s alter ego). The hotel’s glass walls immediately distinguish the building as a luxury property. It was designed by a Japanese company, Super Potato, combining its main material with oak, maple, stone and granite. The Park Hyatt welcomes its guests on the 24th floor and it is here that the swimming pool, the wellness center and the Citrus Bar are also located. Public spaces are filled with local antiques and striking modern artwork, while 185 rooms are outfitted with BOSE sound systems and Nespresso machines. Three restaurants serve dishes suitable for Western and Korean palates.

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Banyan Tree Club and Spa

Rising from the base of lush Namsan Mountain, the Banyan Tree Club and Spa may be a mini-skyscraper, but it offers a true sense of an oasis. Its green neighbor gives the impression of being in the countryside, surrounded by fauna and flora. Indeed, it is definitely a place to relax. 90% of the hotel rooms have their own relaxation pools, while the spa offers a range of treatments based on centuries-old traditions, using local ingredients (followed by a 30-minute meditative quiet time with refreshments). Guests can also participate in a hydrotherapy program and the Rainforest Experience and drink/dine at seven on-site venues.

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Grand Hyatt

Impressive facilities at this Grand Hyatt property include a swimming pool that turns into an ice rink during the winter season, squash and tennis courts, a kids’ club, a family swimming area, several shops and a large spa. The 18 acres of grounds are dotted with animal sculptures, with the creative theme continuing inside, where works by Korean artists are displayed in the public spaces. 615 rooms — with floor-to-ceiling windows, minibars, and free snacks — offer ample accommodations for every type of traveler and nine dining options featuring steaks, seafood, sushi, tasting menus, buffets, pub fare high-end and a barbecue.

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Fairmont Ambassador

Located on Yeouido Island in Seoul, the Fairmont Ambassador has 316 rooms with stunning views of the Yeouido skyline and the Han River. It was the brand’s first property to launch in Korea, having opened in the Parc.1 complex designed by renowned architect Sir Richard Rogers. A rooftop bar and restaurant sits atop the 29-story tall skyscraper, with other restaurants throughout the contemporary building. The hotel has a futuristic gym, a swimming pool and a large ESPA spa decorated in a classic East Asian style. Upgrade to a top-level suite for butler service and access to an Executive Lounge.

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Conrad Seoul

The International Finance Center is home to this Conrad hotel, which has its own excellent business center. Guests can visit its spa or the on-site Tony & Guy hair salon, work out at the 24-hour gym, swim in the pool and eat at the six on-site restaurants (Italian, East Asian and international cuisine , fresh baked goods, snacks and more). Most facilities are accessible and the rooms are spacious. Pets are also welcome — the hotel is a few blocks from the riverside Yeouido Hangang Park, great for a walk, and easy access to the Yeouido subway station.

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Four Seasons Seoul

If you’re traveling with a larger group, the two-bedroom suites at the Four Seasons are ideal (bedrooms are also available). The hotel’s interior design was influenced by the city’s heritage and local nature, merged with modern geometric shapes and signature lighting. Elegant dining options include Italian, Cantonese, and Japanese fusion restaurants, an international buffet, Korean snacks, al fresco Mexican dining, sophisticated confectionery and bar fare, and an array of delicious cocktails. Club Seoul is spread over three floors and includes an urban spa, a Korean sauna with cold, hot and hot baths, and private dining areas.

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Signiel Seoul

Floors 87 to 101 of the famous Lotte Tower (the tallest in Korea) are owned by Signiel Seoul. Thus, its 235 rooms and suites offer exceptional outlooks, as well as Frette Italian linens, minibars, pillow choices and Diptyque toiletries. Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno runs the hotel’s Stay restaurant, while Korean dining room Bicena has a Michelin star in its own right. There’s also a chic lounge and Bar 81 specializing in French champagne. Guests can swim indoors with a great view of the city, work out and take a sauna during their stay at Signiel Seoul.

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Josun Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seoul Gangnam

It was Marriott’s first Luxury Collection hotel in the country launched in 2021, but the building had a former life as Chosun, which opened in 1914. The property has amenities including an on-site buffet restaurant (Constans ), indoor pool, fitness center, convenience store, turndown service, soundproofed rooms, and valet parking. The Josun Palace is family-friendly and puts guests right in the heart of the action, in the Gangnam district. Choose between Queen Rooms and Grand Master Suites.

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