We had the fortune of an overnight stop homeward bound Sydney to London and owing to flight arrangements landed at Incheon and were transported to central Seoul. An hour long trip on very high quality, fast roads through the plethora of market gardens and the vista of river and interconnecting bridges; although we didn't see them until our departure the following day.
The hotel was more than adequate but what impressed us most was the high level of customer service offered at all stages of our brief trip. From the senior chef in the hotel restaurant who saw that my glass was empty and started to visit the table to fill it up - I didn't but it gave a opportunity to talk and certainly something unlikely to be found in Europe.
We exited the hotel for an impromptu exploration of central Seoul at about 2200 hours and where we found a buzzing, exciting - very busy market - all sorts of stalls in the middle of the street and the common high street brand names expected in the UK.
We spent more than two hours just wandering around, taking in the ambience, the scenery and the pace of life ... but bed called and an early flight the next morning. We had a little time before our pick-up back to Incheon so again we strolled, this time in daylight but what a difference - no sign of any rubbish or vestige of the previous nights activity but still a bustling, thriving city.
Too short a stop-over visit taken with a degree of trepidation as the media reports about Korea aren't that positive and we weren't sure about taking photographs but I have to say we enjoyed the visit immensely and will, given the opportunity stop-over again, making it a longer period to take advantage of what we discovered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Seoul, the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas is an ideal place for business travellers thanks to the hotel's proximity to KWTC, COEX, CALT, DFS, department stores and theaters. Operating with 517 spacious rooms, the hotel has completed a 10 month project of lobby, restaurants and banquet halls to look more glamorous. The new Grand Ballroom, the largest and the most updated in Korea is perfect for any event, while exquisite cuisines await you in all five hotel restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Intercontinental Seoul