I experienced this relatively new hotel for a week in April. As a regular visitor to Seoul I always stay in Myeong-dong however on this occasion and following notification from Marriott Rewards of a new property opening in Dongdaemun I took the opportunity over Easter to discover the properties attributes and if positive revert my future business .
I was met at the airport by the hotels limousine service which was seamless ,comfortable and efficient .
Upon arrival at the hotel the staff greeted me and escorted me to my room which was well appointed and reflected a subdued decor with efficient layout inclusive of the latest touch screen technology.
As a light sleeper I opted for a room change given the hotel is located adjacent to an expressway and my initial room was on a low floor.Although the hotel is only 10 floors I was reallocated two levels higher and made a big difference to the noise and given the rooms double glazing sleep quality was excellent with very little external noise attrition.
The room is well appointed with slightly more area allocated to the bathroom providing a more luxurious experience with a separate bath ,stand-a-lone rain head shower and in-built TV monitor all with high end
specification finishes .
A stand out feature of the rooms is the excellent level of noise attrition between rooms in fact I never heard any noise from the adjoining rooms which is rare but so appreciated.
The food and beverage outlets I experienced were absolutely extraordinary .In particular I would highly recommend Tavola 24 , although I only partake in a minimal breakfast I found the buffet choices to be extensive ,high quality and very well presented in fact equal if not better than the best I have ever experienced.The restaurant provides a relaxed unobtrusive ambience that provides an overall fantastic brunch experience.
The steak house is also excellent ,superb service and extensive menu offering an unexpected variety. Although I did not order steak the seafood I chose was top quality .The costs although relatively high reflect the overall quality.
I had access to the Executive lounge which is beautifully designed .I will preface my comments regarding this facility informing some tweaking is required to bring this lounge up to experience excellence however they are small details that could be attended to with management expertise .The lounge has all the attributes to be top class however it currently lacks some finessing .I cannot comment on the breakfast as I utilized Tavola 24 every day however the afternoon tea service was extraordinary when offered although I was only offered it once during my 6 day stay and I can only infer that there was an absence of lounge staff on the other days.The evening cocktails were very good however the food choices need some improvement with an enhanced daily rotation of varieties offered ,however this is of little consequence.
In summary the hotel is designed with an eye for detail and quality ,the staff are professional and eager to assist,the location is not an issue given the subway is at arms length and on the blue line and the F&B outlets are extraordinary .Overall highly recommended .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience elegant luxury and service excellence, epitomized at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul – Seoul's newest luxury boutique hotel.Located in the epicenter of Seoul's most popular shopping destination and eclectic neighborhoods –Dongdaemun, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul provides for 170 guest rooms, including 15 Executive View Rooms with glass-encased private verandahs, 14 Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. For the gourmets, embark on an epicurean journey that will inspire and tantalize your senses – featuring internationally renowned steakhouse – BLT Steak, Tavolo 24, The Lounge, The Griffin Bar and Seoul Baking Company. Relax and indulge at our fully-equipped Club JW Fitness Center, The JW Spa and 25-meter in-door lap pool.Business meetings or social events can be held at our pillarless Grand Ballroom (745 sqm) or a choice of 7 meeting rooms. Access to town is convenient via the linked subway, or choose to taxi 5-10 minutes to the central business district. ... more less
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