Conrad Seoul... You've ruined me! I do not know how I will be able to stay at any other hotel..
For a brief 3 night trip to Seoul, I found myself privileged to stay at the newish Conrad Seoul, which was embarking on its 1 year anniversary. Besides being on the new side, all attention to detail for the modern traveler has been taken into consideration.
Location: Across the river from downtown Seoul, but not too difficult to access the tourist attractions via the Subway in the attached mall. As others have mentioned, it is nice to have access to transit without exposure to outdoor elements. We took the Arex from Incheon and made a single transfer that then dropped us at Yeouido. The hotel is a couple stops from Mapo - great for some KBBQ options as well as 2 stops from the Noryangjin Fish Market. We found the location ideal as it offered amazing views onto Seoul from a distance.
Staff: All very gracious, respectful and willing to help. This is all done in a non-overbearing way, which can get annoying in other properties. I like to be taken care of, but not fussed about. Predictive and proactive group working at the property!
Facilities: Only accessed the fitness center, but did tour the sauna and pool areas. The fitness center is one of the nicest I have ever seen in a hotel - or even amongst private gyms! When I grow up and get an in-home gym, it will be modeled after the Conrad Seoul's fitness center. Wide range of machines, abundant equipment, never crowded, perfect temperature, clean smelling and spotless!
Rooms: um, wow! Had a room on a high floor facing the river and Seoul in the distance (with Exec Lounge access). The spaciousness, style, and comfort are unparalleled! Loved the built in wall unit with all the storage and nooks so all things could stay out of the way. Sufficient closet, perfect climate control system, spacious and well-lit bathroom. If I had to point out quirks, it'd be slightly dim lighting in the room (even with all lights on); one sliding door that closes the bath/opens the closet - be sure to shout out a heads up should someone be getting clothes out while you try to exit the bath; shower door is so flush to ground that it bundles the bath mat when trying to exit making for water on the floor - I always feel bad for making a mess... Beds and pillows are super comfy and towels upon towels available in the room. The magic glass function is perfect for those that need additional privacy. Great wifi! Wifi is free with HH Gold/Diamond status. If you don't have status, then wifi is free in the lounge if you have a room with access.
Lounge: One of the most spacious I've seen maybe with the exception of the Hotel Arts in Barcelona. Breakfast was available in the lounge or you could take your meal in Zest. We had 2 breakfasts in Zest and one in the lounge. Nightly cocktail service in the lounge was top notch. Table service for keeping the bubbly full as well as varied hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. Staff like the rest of the hotel was very graceful.
You really can't go wrong with this hotel.. It was the perfect start to a whirlwind trip through Asia and set the bar very high for subsequent accommodations.. I look forward to staying at the Conrad Seoul again in the future!!
- 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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