We arrived in Seoul on one of the record coldest day in 27 years and we can't tell you what a relief it was when we reached Conrad Seoul and entered our amazing and spacious room. We had an executive room overlooking the Han River on the 30th floor with lounge access. Our family of four (2 adults + 2 kids aged 4 and 6) made it our retreat from 01/02 to 01/09.
Being in Yeouido and in the financial hub of Seoul, Conrad Seoul is away from the major touristy attractions and hustle bustle of downtown that can be easily reached via subway (lines 5 and 9) that directly connects to the IFC mall without having to walk outside. The location is great for us if we didn't mind taking a short subway ride. Also very convenient is the airport bus from Incheon Int'l Airport which will stop directly in front of the hotel's entrance (take bus #6030 at gate 12, 15,000 won adult/11,000 child).
As soon as we descended the bus, bell hops were already handling our luggage and showed us to the check in counter then up to our room where we were personally shown the details of the room. Our room was prepared with Aroma Therapy toiletries, but we're advised that there're 3 types of toiletries that we can choose from: Aroma Therapy, Shanghai Tang and ?? (I didn't use the last one so I'd forgot) and if we want to try the others, all we have to do is to make a request, which I thought was a nice touch. I also like the fact that we could set the water temperature in our shower at the exact degree and I love the rain shower head. As it is winter, I also appreciate the fact that our toilet seat is warmed up when in use. :-)
Buffet breakfast on the 37th Floor is sumptuous (the best I think of any Hilton Executive Lounge I've seen) where both hot and cold food is served. Eggs can be prepared to your liking and there's also smoke salmon to choose from if you're up for it in the early morning. There's a variety of bread, cheese, fruits and juices. The fact that it is opened until 10:30 a.m. weekdays to allow us sufficient time to enjoy it is plus. I wish however that the evening cocktails hours is opened to family with kids as well. We would like to thank the extremely courteous and helpful staff at the Executive Lounge for making our stay and daily breakfast very pleasant and enjoyable. We do not speak any Korean but was able to communicate and request any assistance from finding a laundry service to figuring out which bus and station to take to the Intercontinental Alpensia in Pyeongchang (there is only one bus which leaves at 5:30 a.m. from Yeouido Station.)
We also did make use of the magnificent pool and impressive facilities (bath robes, slippers, caps, and foam boards were provided). I wish that my children were able to use the bath house as well as use the virtual golf range, as it is limited to adults only.
Because Conrad Seoul was very newly open, it is understandable that a few minor issues will arise but that I am sure in the long run will be worked out. For example, somehow my daughter's Hello Kitty stuff animal (among a few other stuff animals that she brought with her) was missing from the room, which I believe was probably mixed up with the laundry when bed sheets were changed. We brought it to the hotel's attention the next day and while they could not find the Hello Kitty, they were very attentive in looking into that issue and apologize with a note and treat plate. I also wish that the hotel will have a "transformer" available in site for visitors coming from other parts of the world not using 220v (I was surprised to find that the Intercontinental Alpensia has it). Nevertheless, overall, the Conrad Seoul took great care of us and we have gladly recommended it to our friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conrad Seoul is located in the acclaimed International Finance Centre (IFC) in Seoul’s Yeouido Business District.In addition to its prime location in what is often referred as the ‘Korean Wall Street, Conrad Seoul is the closest luxury hotel to both Incheon and Gimpo International Airports. It affords easy access to two subway lines and a bus terminal with connections to every part of the city and environs. Dramatically overlooking the Han River, and with sweeping views of the city skyline, Conrad Seoul is nestled among three other high-profile office towers of the IFC, a complex which includes a Cineplex, a luxury retail mall, and extensive dining and leisure outlets. For business, for pleasure, for entertaining, or for just relaxing with friends, Conrad Seoul truly is the center of it all. ... more less
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