I have stayed at a number of the top hotels in Seoul; Intercontienental Coex, the plaza, the W, and the Banyan Tree - while all the aforementioned are good hotels the Shilla is on a different level.
This is an amazing hotel so far above the competition that it is unbelievable. Yes, it is the most expensive hotel I have ever stayed at but there is no delta from what you pay and what you get. The proportion of guests to staff is the first indication of what this place is all about. I would truly say that the proportion seems equal or favors the staff. Things just run well.
Pay the extra money and use the executive lounge. The best lounge I have experienced. Ever.
I am an Ice guy and I asked for a bucket of ice and I got a bucket of perfect globes of ice. Seriously, globes of ice balls. Holy smokes, that won me over. Also, this is the first public place, and hotel, in Seoul that is not stiflingly hot during fall/winter. You can make your room as cold as you want it,
I have stayed at the best hotels in the world and I am annoyingly picky. I cannot complain about this hotel at all. The Shilla is the best hotel in Seoul with out a doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shilla Seoul represents the best hotel in Korea, with contemporary design blending well with traditional patterns and style used back in the Shilla Dynasty. Next to the main building stands the former guesthouse that was once used to welcome special guests from around the world. The main building is replete with restaurants offering outstanding international cuisine, a shopping arcade featuring global brand goods, a pool, and a luxurious spa while in a separate building within the property lies a grand duty-free shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shilla Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Shilla Hotel Seoul
- The Shilla Hotel Seoul