Intercontinental Grand Seoul Parnas

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  1. igloocoder
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    I figured I would start a thread on this hotel. I'm currently staying on points (as an RA) and was upgraded to a King Junior Suite, provided club access, free mini bar, free internet and a very warm welcome. One of the things that is interesting here is that the club lounge provides a complimentary use Samsung Tab (which I'm using now). Overall a nice hotel for a points stay and I'll be back when I can.
     
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    Is this a new property? I've never seen the PARNAS used in association with the IC Grand in the COEX complex. If this is the same property, interesting as I have stayed there several times as a RA and never received Club access, just extra large rooms on most occasions. (Amenity aside from a branded pen, on two stays was a wooden rack containing several small glasses of unidentified liquids, some with the most unusual tastes!) I actually prefer the IC COEX in that they've treated me better as an RA: always an Exec room, always comp'd breakfast with that extraordinary buffet!, and some very attractive evening drinks/buffet deals that blow away any Club lounge offering. Haven't been back to either since March 2010 so don't know what changes may have taken place at each one, though sounds like the Grand has improved its RA recognition (if this is the same property).
     
  3. igloocoder
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    It's the one and the same. Parnas is showing on the branding everywhere. I've never been here before so I'm not sure if this is new or not.
     
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    Same here
    I stayed there once. Nice room upgrade and free mini bar, but no lounge access nor breakfast.
    I did like the property though
     
  5. iterfacio12

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    There is a distinct difference between IC COEX & IC Grand Seoul Parnas; that being said, they are quite close, both being on opposite sides of the COEX complex, about 10-15 minutes walk apart (incredibly useful for transferring between two IC's to gain greater stay points). I've lived in South Korea for the last two years, and stay up at both a couple times a month. I've found the IC COEX to be a bit inferior to the Grand Seoul Parnas, both in RA recognition, as well as in upgrades. In the Parnas, I've routinely purchased a King Standard room, been upgraded to the Junior Suite, with Club Lounge Access, full mini-bar access, great customer and concierge service. Maybe I've received the good treatment because I'm a repeat customer, but RA recognition has been superb.
     
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    I stayed at IC COEX several times and it was okay. If you like the modern design, try W Hotel. The location is not the most convenient for business travelers, but the river view rooms are amazing. You have to see the lobby.
     
  7. iterfacio12

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    Just a quick update; I stayed here the last two nights, booked a King Bed Standard, received an upgrade to the Junior Suite, with Club Lounge access, fantastic treatment all around. The only possible negative is that the mini-bar's selection seems to be dwindling slightly (three mini bottles of hard drink, eight beers, assorted cola's, two bottles of wine, plenty of water; the water seems to have taken the place of some of the hard drinks). That being said, more than enough to enjoy. I'm hardly going to spend my stay pounding back tiny bottles of liquor. Still my favorite place to stay in Seoul.
     
  8. iterfacio12

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    Some additional, hopefully useful information:
    -Great lounge, good food for dinner with a large selection of cold and hot entrees during dinner and breakfast meals.
    - Cocktail hour included hard drinks such as Gin, Blended Scotch, Vodka, White Rum, several others (maybe a total of 7 different brands), plus one type of red, white, and sparkling wine.
    - Much more formal than the IC COEX, with polite welcomes from entire staff, white gloves, formal wear.
    - Name recognition (as a Royal Ambassador) immediately after room number is put forth in the lounge or the front desk, specific requests happily honored (I came in the lounge during the late morning, requested a selection of bread and rolls as well as some gin, and the concierge there not only went to retrieve it, but acted as if it was a massive failure on the hotels part for not providing it).
    - As an RA, if you book a King Bed Standard, you will be upgraded to the Junior Suite with club access (such has been my experience), escorted by guest manager to the room, bags brought up by porter who arrived 10-15 minutes later.
    - Possibly odd side note on the lounge: the restroom there was lovely, good fresh paint, a dual male/female room with a good sturdy lock, VERY clean, plenty of toilet paper, good mirror, sented lightly but well, had cloth towels for hand washing rolled up in wicker basket, after you dried your hands you just tossed it into the wicker pantry.
    - The Habana Cigar club has a very lovely (and patient concierge Kei Kang((who speaks English well but has problems understanding certain questions)) facility, open to midnight, small, maybe 7-9, brandy selections, only decent scotch picks, can make good gin and tonics (but no limes because they limited in SKorea, only lemons; they do have bombay sapphire, though), can make really good sidecars. Definitely requires a special notice.
     
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    High chance will be staying there in May 2015. Any new insights/recommendations which IC in Seoul? I am only IC Platinum Ambassador....
     

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