Park Hyatt Seoul

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  1. pokerhammy
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    Stayed here in Spring 2010. What an elegant and modern hotel with great service. It was a nice touch from the hotel to offer free shuttle service to and from the City Air Terminal, but there was no shuttle so we took a taxi and the front desk reimbursed us for the fare. Our room had floor-to-ceiling window with a nice view of downtown Seoul, and the warm wood color gave a calm, zen-like feeling. Diamond amenity included an orange and a tin of cookies. The location is excellent for me as a tourist, with the big COEX mall and a food court across the street, a subway station right outside the hotel, and for nightlife a casino in the nearby Intercontinental. [​IMG] Breakfast buffet at the Cornerstone restaurant was fabulous, and the server remembered our names and room number after the first day. Loved our stay!

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    Breakfast at Cornerstone. Yum!
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    My favorite hotel in seoul. Nice to see some pictures of the place and I agree with you that the breakfast is amazing. The best thing is the juice is always freshly squeezed.
     
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    Looks like your amenity is a little better than mine. All I got was two oranges; however, I do agree that the room and the breakfast were great.
     
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    I like this hotel. A few problems that most experience: the light switch layout is obscure and hard to remember (especially in the dark); using the TV remote to turn off the bedroom TV sometimes turns on the bathroom TV at the same time -- and vice versa; and the lift system is weird and difficult to figure out.

    Other than those relatively minor niggles, I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Seoul. Nice place!
     
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    Nice photos!
     
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    Just got back from a great stay at the Park Hyatt Seoul. We were there celebrating our engagement and got the royal treatment combined with being a Diamond member.

    Room: Got a deluxe room with a view to the south. Room was nice, elegant and simple and the bath tub was huge with a rain shower as well. I'm a big fan of electronically controlled window shades and this place has them as well... which are needed since the windows are clear. Thoroughly enjoyed the bathroom as we received a Namu bath, rose petals and candle to sit back and relax.

    Location: If in the COEX area, it is pretty decent location as the subway entrance is right next to the hotel entrance to get to the rest of Seoul as well as a covered link to the rest of the COEX where you can go shop, dine, watch a movie, and hit a casino (only if you are a foreigner). Close to the City Air bus terminal which is a fantastic way to get to ICN because you can check your bags at the bus terminal (at least with Asiana & Korean Air).

    Service: Excellent service which was friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We wanted to borrow a few DVD's and they helped pick some Korean movies that were along our interests and even one that wasn't on the list. Directions and information were very thorough and detailed which allowed us to visit the nearby temple and royal tombs very easily. As mentioned above, they even cover the taxi ride to the City Air bus terminal to catch a bus to ICN.

    Dining: The diamond breakfast at the Cornerstone restaurant on the 2nd floor was terrific. Enjoyed dining there on each morning of our stay

    Additional Bonus Amenities: Received a bottle of Soju, half bottle of chianti, gosibowls (glutinous rice deserts), several tangerines and a great rich chocolate cake. These were totally unexpected surprises and really stood out as a hotel that went over the top to make this a special stay.

    Overall: A fantastic stay at the Park Hyatt Seoul and one that set the bar really high for our entire trip. As a note: my fiancee wrote a letter to the GM as she was so happy with our stay and this is the first time that she has done this after staying at 20+ top end properties around the world. I'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Seoul.
     
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  10. Mark Allen Jackson
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    Just got back from a stay at the Park Hyatt, which I reviewed here (http://www.thetravelplaybook.com/game-tape-a-stay-at-the-park-hyatt-seoul/)

    Text below:

    Introduction

    Despite being connected to Seoul by rail, we elected to take a taxi to allow for as much time sightseeing as possible on our short overnight. It was Sunday evening, so traffic wasn’t an issue. All taxis in the city take credit card, and I had no problem using my Chase Hyatt card, which has no international fees. The cost of a taxi to the Park Hyatt was about $60 for the hour ride. No tip is expected in South Korea. You could definitely save money, but not time, by using the rail and subway connections (though for the Park Hyatt, it’s by no means quick- you’re looking at a 30 minute rail ride and a 45 minute rail commute. The subway is right outside the front door of the hotel, though).
    Arrival

    We were greeted by no less than five people at the tiny entrance to the hotel, who ushered us into an elevator the the sky lobby on the top floor of the hotel. They had radioed ahead to the front desk, and we were greeted by name when checking in.
    Status Recognition

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    Very hard, but comfortable bed​

    We weren’t upgraded to a larger room despite my Hyatt Platinum status, but we did receive a higher floor (though they all are pretty high at this hotel) and the usual free internet.​

    The whole hotel uses a lot of wood and stone throughout, giving it a very warm feel. It was a most welcome retreat from the cold March night we experienced.

    The Room
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    Bathroom was spacious and very open (be sure to close the blinds!)​

    The room was well planned, making use of all available space in this smallish room. Windows looked out onto the busy streets, and the automatic blinds blocked any spies from other rooms peering in.
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    The “mini bar” was actually a number of drawers…​

    The bed was firm, but in a strange way delightfully so. I slept great, despite the jet lag. There are two televisions in the room- one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom. The bathroom itself had a rainfall shower and a large tub for soaking. The hotel provided bath salts and a ton of in-room amenities like combs and toothpaste.

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    The Spa
    A great feature of this hotel is the top-floor location of its spa and pool. The spa had a hot tub, and plunge pool, and a sauna, and all the necessary amenities for preparing for the day, like hair gel and shaving kits.
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    The pool is gorgeous.​

    Above the changing rooms is the gym (the changing room has gym clothes, you only need to provide the shoes). In addition, the infinity pool looking out to the city is there as well. It is really a beautiful set up.

    The Restaurants

    That night, after returning from the city, we were a bit hungry so we decided to dine in the lobby’s restaurant, which was an expensive but delicious and convenient option. Cecelia had the sizzling rock rice and beef dish (name?) and I had a noodle bowl with beef that was exactly what I wanted to have in Korea. They all came with kimchi, and we were also given an appetizer of several vegetables and mushrooms on ice for dipping in a special dressing, also quite good.

    Breakfast wasn’t included in my rate, since I don’t have Diamond status, but we decided to try the buffet anyway the next morning before our flight to Shanghai.

    The spread featured both Western and Korean options, so I was able to try a little of both. Cecelia liked the black sesame porridge that was one of the Korean options. They had a full smoothie bar as well. Fresh honeycomb was available on the cheese bar, which became one of my new favorite foods. So. Good.

    Conclusion
    The Park Hyatt Seoul is a great hotel, and well deserving of its accolades given to it across the internet. It is in by no means an inconvenient location, as we were able to access Lotte World after a 5-minute car ride, but I would be interested to see if a more convenient hotel location to the UNESCO sites in the city is available in the future.

    I used my Chase Hyatt free anniversary night for this hotel, so total cash outlay was $65 for the annual fee for the card, a good discount over the $300 a night room rate.
     
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    Excuse me for changing the subject, but you could also take the shuttle buses to any major hotels in Seoul from ICN for about $15 one way. I usually stay at ICH in Kangnam, Next to the COEX complex. $15 is a bargain compare to $75 I paid from NRT to Sheraton Miyako Hotel in Tokyo.
     
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    We did have that option, but we were tired after a long flight and wanted to head straight to the hotel. I forgot to mention that option, thanks!
     
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    I know I was dazed and confused when I arrived in Korea, but fortunately I was with my business partner to take care of it all for us. He travels to Korea 7-8 times a year.
     
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    The buses are great if you don't have masses of luggage, and seats are comfortable too.

    Stayed in the PH Seoul a few times - definitely recommended.
     
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