We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Luxury Living Gangnam Style!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Save
You added Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas to your Saves list
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   521, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-732, South Korea (Samseongdong / COEX)   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Save 10-30%
Ranked #36 of 409 Hotels in Seoul
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
“Luxury Living Gangnam Style!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a very good hotel in the middle of this popular and stylish district. I have stayed here numerous times over the last four years and it is very consistent. It has the benefit of a large underground shopping mall attached to the complex along with the popular Hyundai Department store. The Marco Polo restaurant that is affiliated to the hotel but in a separate tower has the advantage of a 52nd floor view.
The hotel has all the amenities you expect of a top international hotel. Business center, fitness center and numerous restaurants. The ever popular lounge on the ground floor has live music some evenings and is always crowded as it is a good unofficial meeting place for business people. There is a Chinese, French, Steak, and Italian restaurants to choose from with various degrees of formality, along with a magnificent breakfast room with a breathtaking array of food from all regions in the basement. So if you intend to skip lunch you can fill up before you leave in the morning.
The only reason that I do not give this five dots is that it really has not changed in four or five years and despite the extensive marble floors etc, some of the public rooms now look a little old fashioned. The guest rooms appear to be undergoing renovation and on this last trip, the room I had was definitely updated. Beds are comfortable, wi fi works and they are upgrading the digital TVs as I write this. Overall you cant go wrong if you want to be in this part of town. I will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

574 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    259
    210
    75
    26
    4
See reviews for
71
81
67
297
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (86)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sunbury
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for 4 nights and this was one of the best hotels I have stayed in. From the moment I arrived and as greeted by a tophat seeing doorman to the quick and.professional front desk staff who spoke English the customer service was impeccable. The staff showed me to my room and then showed me how to work the lights, etc. The fantastic room service, fitness center and being connected to the COEX mall with a subway line all added up to a ferric stay. When I go back to Seoul, I know where I am staying - here!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Its your typical 5 star business hotel with well appointed rooms, good breakfast buffet and easy access to the city from outside. Location is good as the Co:Ex mall is just next door. And a fair bit of stuff happening in the mall. Was travelling with the wife and as I was in day long meetings, gave her enough to do in and around the hotel. The CoEx mall had some event or the other going on including a chrysanthemum festival, some movie screening ,etc. They also have brochures for some touristy day long trips and the Seoul city tour bus starts from here/ has one of its stops just outside of the hotel. Bang in the middle of the CBD and most of my meetings were in and around this place. All in all, a safe and hassle free bit for the business traveller with an added advantage of easily going down to the Coex Mall to people watch over a cuppa joe if you are so inclined, in the evenings.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pordenone, Italy
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

THis place will not disappoint. The service, facilities, food, rooms, atmosphere are all top notch. If you have the chance, I would highly encourage to up grade to the club room. This hotel has one of the best clubs I have ever seen. Great food, drinks, service, and one hell of a view. The gym is very functional, and the sauna is sooooo relaxing. This place has more of an older crowd than it's sister branch, the Intercontinental Coex, but still great for all ages. They have a great Jazz band that plays in the lobby every Weds-sat. These guys are great musicians, not to be missed if staying during that time. The shopping that is connected to the hotel basement will cover anything you need. COEX is a an amazing place. Due to it's location, do not feel the need to spend $100 on food every night. Most Korean chains are within 5 minutes of the lobby. The Subway is also less than 5 minutes away. For less than a dollar you can get to any spot in Seoul within 6 miles. Next weekend, will be our 4th stay here in 3 months. I can't see going to any other place for the money. Just don't book on the night of your stay. There prices get ridiculous without reservations.

Room Tip: Club rooms for sure. Ask for a room that does not face Coex!
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Angeles, CA
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Korea must be most "wired" city in the world. You can get free wifi almost anywhere you go and this grand fancy hotel (beautiful and great location) charges for wifi? give me a lower level hotel anyday.

Plus at this interntaional re-knowned hotel they didn't have AC running in October. It wasn't broken. They turned it off because summer was over in Korea. Really? It was so hot in the room!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tipperary, Ireland
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A total joy this hotel; we arrived on Thursday evening having taken a "limousine" bus service from the airport directly to the front door (you can purchase the tickets out in the front of the airport for about Eur15.00 ea - it's a wonderfully efficient service - the buses arrive every 20 minutes or so and deliver you to the front door of the hotel in relaxed style, large reclining leather seats, the essence of comfort, highly recommended - the journey takes about 100 minutes each way).

A simple and efficient check in was made all the more pleasurable by the generosity of the hotel in upgrading us to a suite from our standard club room floor. And what a really perfect room this is; everything is where and as it should be, with a commanding and wonderful view across the city, high on the 29th floor. Superbly comfortable bed, twin bathrooms, great lounge area, good selection of channels, perfect room temperature, great shower, good amenities and free wifi. Also included with Club floor rooms are free breakfasts in the club meeting room, a lovely selection of foods all presented in a calm, relaxed environment over looking the whole city.

Everything is positive about this hotel; it sits on top of an engaging shopping centre and feeds directly into the subway system underneath in the basement (which, for the uninitiated, is easy to understand and follow) - the staff are courteous and highly professional, the hotel is spotless, has a superb range of restaurants and bars (albeit, the prices for some of the beverages was somewhat eye watering on the top floor!), is perfectly located and connected by a very useful transport to and from the airport - for me, it was a perfect 5 star experience and ranks alongside any of the 5 star branded hotels I've stayed in around the rest of the world, it is highly recommended.

Room Tip: If you can stretch, a room (any room) on the club floor is recommended
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

Address: 521, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-732, South Korea
Phone Number:
Location: South Korea > Seoul > Samseongdong / COEX
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Business Hotel in Seoul
#23 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#24 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
#33 Family Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas 5*
Number of rooms: 517
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Expedia, IHG, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Despegar.com, Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA and Odigeo so you can book your Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Hotel Seoul
Intercontinental Seoul

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.