I stayed here for a week whilst on business and it proved an oasis of calm in an otherwise stormy week of work. The building itself is a huge arched slab of a place that sits on the hill and looms over Seoul like a massive audio dock.
The room was big, with a big bathroom and a great view over Seoul. Walls were a but thin and heard more than I’d like one night – but slept well the rest of the week, even with jet-lag.
Service was generally impeccable, if a bit stilted with English sometimes – leading to the occasional mis-order. Room spotlessly cleaned. Dry cleaning/ironing done quickly and perfectly.
I ate here most nights, as didn’t have must time to venture off. The Teppenyaki restaurant was noticeably excellent with photo-opportunity views over the city. The Chinese restaurant, which was imaginatively called ‘The Chinese Restaurant’ was a bit formal but food was good.
The dark teak, atmospheric oriental bar and restaurant ‘JJ Mahoney’s Entertainment Centre’ is the highlight. Chi-chi, supercool bar/club vibe with seating outside on a big patio with wide-ranging views over the city. The nightclub seriously kicks off over the weekend and elegant ladies come from far and wide to tempt the suits away from their business meetings.
Be warned, the speakers are so brilliantly loud and bassy that you can float in the middle of the dance-floor like a ping-pong ball.
Sundries, beer, water, orange juice – in fact everything is pricey (so pricey in fact - that even if you’re not paying it seems expensive!). Pool was closed the whole time, which was a shame as it was roasting – although you could sit by it and look at the tarpaulin.
Breakfast was big, varied and freshly cooked. Eat out on the balcony in summer if you can. And if you’re like me and love the burning sun on your face then you’ll always be able to find a free space. Just look out for the ones without a parasol…
If you do have a day off, then walk over the bridge to the left of the main entrance and you’ll be in the beautiful Namsan park. Keep walking for an hour or so and you’ll end up at the Seoul Tower. Also there's some really good local and international eateries, along with a very good Cuban cigar and whisky bar, only a short roller-skate down the hill (don’t forget your blades kids…)
Again, it probably would have been a very different experience if I was actually paying - as it was all a bit corporate and expensive to truly feel in the holiday mood. But if you’re in Seoul working flat-out (if there’s another way of working out here then let me know) then I would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hyatt Seoul, in the heart of the nation’s capital, is set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at the foot of historic Mt. Namsan. Commanding breathtaking views of the Han River to the south and Mt. Namsan to the north, the hotel is only minutes away from the downtown commercial district and within walking distance of Itaewon, one of the city’s renowned shopping areas. The hotel is 70 minutes away from Incheon International Airport, 50 minutes from Gimpo Domestic Airport, 20 minutes from the Samsung-dong business hub, with most all of the city’s key districts within close proximity to the hotel.Hotel accommodations include 601 contemporary, luxuriously designed rooms and suites, using a selection of natural woods and fabrics to create a comfortable, residential ambience. The hotel hosts The Spa and Club Olympus recreation centre, a sanctuary of calm offering spa treatments, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis & squash courts and an ice skating rink.As a “multi-functional lifestyle destination”, cuisine plays a focal role at Grand Hyatt Seoul. The hotel boasts some of Seoul’s most magnificent 11 restaurants and bars, each showcasing its unique style and authenticity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Seoul Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Seoul
- Seoul Hyatt