Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

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602 Yeoksam-Dong, Seoul,

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 lobby, all marble pillars, garish chandeliers, and polished wainscoting, recalls an Elizabethan bordello; thankfully, though, the 375 newly renovated rooms are decorated in traditional Ritz-Carlton style (elegant pine furnishings, soothing-colored upholstery, crisp white linens). The hotel’s six eateries run the gamut from casual (a deli and bakery) to elaborate (the Oksan Buffet has more than 150 dishes from around the world). The fitness center is most notable for its hinoki soaking tub, made from aromatic Japanese cypress that contains natural antibacterial agents and therapeutic minerals.

 



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