Hotels in Seoul
Seoul hotels offer plenty of variety and reasonable prices—including luxury hotels, guest houses, motels, pensions and condos. That said, the city center has the most options for hotels in Seoul, many of them familiar Western brands. Here are some of the best hotels in Seoul:
The Park Hyatt. This 24-story glass tower south of the Han River has a sleek aesthetic, punctuated by Korean antiques. Be sure to make time to work out while you're here: The indoor pool and fitness center have great views of the skyline.
The W Seoul Waterkill. This has long been the hippest hotel in town, with funky room features such as round beds, egg-shaped chairs and cylindrical tubs.
The Shilla. Sitting next to the lush Jangchungdan Park, this city hotel has East-Meets-West-aesthetics and a distinctly country feel, with easy access to walking trails among pine trees. Ask for a room facing Namsan, a small, forested mountain.
Westin Chosun. This centrally located hotel —built in 1914, but nicely renovated in 2004—puts you close to any historic or business landmarks in the city.
History buffs and captains of industry choose this centrally located hotel, which is walking distance from Korea’s political and corporate halls of power (both modern and ancient).
Opened in 1996 as one of the first luxury hotels south of the Han River—when the Korean economy was flush with parvenu cash—the semi-pyramid-shaped Ritz-Carlton has an ostentatious vibe that seems a little dated by today’s standards.
The hippest hotel in town (as all W’s aim to be) occupies an angular, 14-story glass building overlooking the Han River, 30 minutes east of downtown Seoul.
This 24-story glass tower, set south of the Han River near the COEX convention and shopping center, caters to Seoul’s nouveaux riches and visiting business travelers. The sleek, minimalist interiors—in both the common areas and the 185 rooms—are airy and punctuated by Korean antiques.
If hotel design were an Olympic sport, the Shilla would be the Michael Phelps of Seoul properties.