Best Hotels Seoul

1. Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Sophisticated, modern Korean aesthetic hotel, in a very central location, close to Gwanghuamun square, having very spacious, high-tech rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-like bathrooms with bathtubs & mirrors with built-in tvs, Espresso makers, mini-bars, PlayStations/Xboxs (on request), iPad minis and fantastic city & mountain views. Suites add living areas, walk-in closets and upgraded suites boast spectacular views (Gyeongbok Palace/N Seoul Tower) or dining areas, powder rooms and more, depending on the category. Within easy walking distance of a metro station, many attractions, shopping and cultural areas. Hotel has a speakeasy-style ‘hidden’ bar that’s very popular. Hotel Phone: +82 2 6388 5000.

2. Park Hyatt Seoul

Trendy hotel with an understated nature vibe (décor incorporating stone, wood, water), located in the Gangnam area (far from attractions), featuring sleek rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, deep soaking tubs, heated toilets seats & bidet systems, Espresso coffee machines, Bose bluetooth speakers and city views. Opt for higher floors for less noise/better views. Suites add lounge areas, dining tables and recliners and upgraded suites feature granite baths, Bang & Olufsen audio systems, gas fireplaces, pantrys etc. There’s a subway station exit right outside the hotel. Hotel Phone: +82 2 2016 1234.

3. Grand Hyatt Seoul

Peaceful hotel set on a hill, with a mountain-hideaway vibe (surrounded by the Mount Namsan nature reserve) with affordable, modern rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, tea kettles, fridges, Mp3 docking stations and panoramic city/Han river/Mt. Namsan views. Corner rooms are recommended for better views. Upgraded rooms have Grand Club Lounge access and suites add sitting areas and bathtubs. Hotel has a ice rink in winter and there are many nature trails for hiking nearby. Hotel Phone: +82 2 797 1234.

4. JW Marriott Seoul

Upscale hotel, conveniently set right above a department store and mall, having modern rooms and suites featuring coffee/tea makers, mini-bars, mini-fridges, bathtubs and city/river/mountain views. Upgraded rooms have Executive lounge access, as do all suites (adds sitting areas). Upgraded suites get walk-in closets and top end suites have whirlpool baths, pantry areas etc. Hotel is right next to the Express Bus Terminal and metro station. Hotel phone: +82 2 62826262.

5. Lotte Hotel Seoul

Well located near Myeongdong, this upscale hotel, connected to the Lotte department store & subway station, has neutral-toned, stylish rooms and suites with bidets in bathrooms, mini-bars and great views of downtown Seoul. Has a Club floor (rooms & suites) for business people with lounge access and a unique ladies floor (rooms & suites) solely for female travelers, with more colorful interiors. The top end Royal Suite has Nespresso coffee makers, Jacuzzis, dry sauna etc. Surrounding area has plenty of shopping, entertainment and more. Hotel Phone: +82 2 771 1000.

6. The Shilla Seoul

Snazzy hotel with high-tech and suites featuring an urban design aesthetic, remote controlled bidets and toilets, automatic shades, technology kits (HDMI, USB, LAN), kettles, private bars, fridges and city/Namsan mountain views (recommended). Upgraded rooms include Executive Lounge services. Suites add sitting areas and the specially designed Korean suites have warmed floors. Hotel has a Michelin starred Korean restaurant and a lovely sculpture garden. Hotel phone: +82 2 2233 3131.

7. The Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul

Very centrally located in downtown Seoul, this top-notch hotel has luxurious, elegant rooms and suites with Nespresso coffee machines, interactive Tv (check-in/check out from the room), mini-bars, fridges, bathtubs. Suite guests get Executive lounge benefits (free breakfast etc.) and the special Korean suite (called the Renewal suite) has a Hinoki tub in the bathroom (lower-body bathing & foot baths). The top end Presidential Suite has a full kitchen and jacuzzi. Superb location close to subway lines, department stores etc. and within walking distance of historic landmarks, the Myeongdong shopping area, Namdaemun Market and more. Hotel Phone: +82 2 771 0500.

8. THE PLAZA Seoul, Autograph Collection

Luxury boutique hotel in an excellent location in downtown Seoul, having tastefully designed, smallish rooms and suites with automatic bidets, bathtubs, HDMI/USB connectivity, automated lights & curtain controls, 24 hr IT butlers, Nespresso machines & hot pots (upon request), fridges with mini-bars and city views. Close to a metro stop and right in front of the Seoul City Hall & Seoul Plaza; it’s an easy walk to attractions, the Myeongdong Shopping area etc. Hotel Phone: +82 2 771 2200.

9. Vista Walkerhill Seoul

Chic hotel, at the foot of the Achasan Mountain, overlooking the Han river, with very bright, high-tech, super swanky rooms and suites having in-room tablets, intelligent voice recognition devices, digital control panels (curtains/lights), mini-bars, coffee makers, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning river/mountain views. Spa rooms & suites have superb, windowside (in-room) whirlpool baths overlooking the river. Suites add living areas, round beds (some) and upgraded suites add dining tables, dressing rooms, home theater systems, Nespresso coffee machines, whirlpool baths, kitchenettes/kitchens, private bars etc. depending on the category. Hotel is close to subway stations and has an outdoor botanical garden. Hotel Phone: +82 2 2022 0000.

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