Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Seoul

Park Hyatt Seoul

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Seoul

When we arrived at the Park Hyatt Seoul via our KAL bus from the airport, we would have been honestly happy to see any hotel with a bed, but this hotel very quickly impressed me in almost all aspects.

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Our Trip so far!

You enter the building on the first floor (through the beautiful entrance seen in the featured picture) and encounter a doorman and elevator that takes you to the lobby on the 24th floor. This hotel is very interesting in the respect that you really need to go through the lobby to get anywhere.  There are 2 sets of elevators with the connection being in the 24th floor lobby. Therefore after going to the lobby you take a second elevator to access the guest rooms on floor 4 through 22.  Everywhere else is accessed by the first elevator.  This does provide extra security as you need a key to access the guestroom elevators.
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Hotel Floor Layout

Upon arrival we were met by the lovely hotel staff who explained the layout of the hotel as well as our Diamond breakfast benefit (which we had the option of taking in the room as room service) and asked if I would like the Diamond gift or 1,000 points. As we were on vacation I decided to go with the gift which was a local Korean Liquor called Soju.

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Front Desk

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Front Desk

Upon leaving the lobby for our room, we left the mostly stone, sleek layout of the entrance and lobby for a the low key, soft, light wood interior of the hotel guest room floors.  Just one of the many things I like about Park Hyatt hotels are their simple elegance which can be achieved in many different ways.  The doors are flush with the wall and the superior portion of the wall juts out and contains old Korean antiques with a glass window.

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Elevator which activate to light touch and can be unselected as well

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Our Room

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Our Hall

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One of the antiques in the wall

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More in-wall art

Our room was 1803 and located on the back side of the hotel. We were upgraded due to my Diamond Status from a Park King (which you are booked into with points) to a Park Deluxe King Room. From pictures it appears the layouts of the room are similar but the Deluxe is bigger (42 sq m vs 48-52 sq m).

Upon entering the room we were met with a wide open layout and the continued simple but elegant combination of stone and lightly colored wood.  The bedroom and bathroom are divided by a wall that contains the closet and the far wall which is 100% tall windows over looking the city which can be covered by regular and blackout blinds.

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Welcome Letter and Fruit

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View of the bed from the door

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Regular blinds and blackout blinds going up

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Beautiful large windows at night

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Beautiful large windows during the day

Looking around the room from right to left there is a large flat screen tv, a very comfortable lounge chair, a king size bed, nights stands on each side with controls for all the lights in the room as well as the curtains, a bar area with an espresso machine, and fridge, and a table with decorative lamp.  In side the drawers there were also helpful things such as a power outlet adapter to use.

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TV with tub and shower on the other side of glass

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Lounge Chair

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King Size Bed

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Night stand with alarm, free water and controls for lights and shades

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Bar area with espresso machine and drawers full of goodies

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Shelf, bar area and table

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After a few minutes in the room one of the bellman arrived with our Diamond welcome gift! Soju, a local liquor which is usually consumed cold and straight up in the small cups to the side.

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Diamond Welcome Gift, Soju!

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Soju!

To the right when you walk in the room, on the other side of the closet is the bathroom.  One thing that I found interesting is that the closet can be accessed from either side and you can see through to the bedroom if both sides are open.  Also, there is clear glass between the shower/tub and the bedroom which can be partially or completely blocked by a sliding partition.  The toilet featured a bidet, there was a large sink with a stool and vanity area and the shower and tub were in the same glass enclosure.  The shower was an over head rain shower and there was an in-wall TV at the end of the tub.  The exterior wall is also glass just like the bedroom which can also be cover with the same type of shade.

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Looking through the closet

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View into the shower/tub with no divider

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With Divider

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With Divider

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View of the bathroom with sink/toilet on the right

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Sink/Toilet

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Toilet/Bidet

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Bidet Controls

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Sink

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Sink

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Vanity Area

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Vanity Area

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Shower

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Tub with TV

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Soap and bath salts

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Rain shower from the ceiling

While at the hotel there is a Spa, Pool, Workout Area, The Cornerstone (Restaurant) and the Timberline (Bar and restaurant).  The pool and workout area are located on the same floor as the main lobby (24th).  When facing the front desk there is a sitting and restaurant area (The Lounge) to the left and when you walk through this area you will come to a gorgeous pool and past that a workout area with free weights, cadio machine, weight machines, plenty of bottled water and even a trainer waiting around to help out!  They also had a stack of cards showing the best running paths!

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Dining/Sitting Area to the left of the front desk

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Dining/Sitting Area

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Dining/Sitting Area

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Walking to the Pool from the Dining/Sitting Area

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Pool

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Hall to the gym, with pool on the right

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Water, Towels and Running Path Cards

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Cardio Machines

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Free weights and Weights Machines

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More Gym Pics

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More Gym Pics

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Beautiful Pool

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Running Path Card

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View behind the Front Desk

During our stay Joe and I had our free Diamond Breakfast at Cornerstone (2nd Floor) each morning and it was FANTASTIC!  Not only do they have several buffet stations with fresh bread/pastries, fruits, meats, an area of hot Korean specialties AND fresh smoothies, there is also full menu!  You are able to order as much as you would like as well as espresso drinks and juices.

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Front Desk at CornerStone

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Sorbet

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Sorbet

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Other Small dishes

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Menu

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Our Table

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Breakfast is served!

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Eggs Benedict

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Fresh Banana Strawberry Smoothie

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Great French Toast!

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Pancakes

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Bulgogi with wagyu beef

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Fancy Butter

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Pear Juice

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Cappuccino

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Main seating area

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Bread Station

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Kitchen Area

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Bar area for later in the day

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Fruit, cereal, smoothie area with bread on the other side

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Kitchen Area

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Our awesome Chefs!

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Hot Food Station

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Meal that day

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Meal that day

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More seating

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Hot food

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Joe grabbing some food

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Some coffee to go

We ordered several things each meal and were nice and full so that we never needed lunch.  We found that the Eggs Benedict’s was made with a different meat each day (Bacon, Pork, Ham, etc) which was great because we both had one each day and the hot/Korean Buffet area also changed each day.  To say that the service was personal and friendly is an understatement!  They knew us by name each morning after our first breakfast and even asked us when we would be coming back on our last day.  They were wonderful.

Our second night in town we ended our night at Timberline (bar) in the lower level.  This place was not nearly as simple as the rest of the hotel with a very modern and swank feel.  There are small private seating area and tables around the periphery of the room with a center bar slightly offset.  Next to this is a stage area with a piano and a live singer the night we were there.  In the back left there is a second bar which is sunken so that the bartender’s floor is several feet below the regular floor.  We had a great time there with delicious drinks (that are super expensive) and we actually spent most of our time there chatting with the bar manager who was a great guy.

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The Timber House

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Beautiful Bar

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Bar (sorry the pics are so dark)

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Private seating area

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Piano player and singer

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View from the back bar

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Delicious house mojito

The night before we left we found a hand written note from the GM and a parting gift!

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Gift and hand written note

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Hand made thimble

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The last view from our room

When were ready to leave a car was called which gave us a complimentary ride to the city airport/bus station that we will discuss in Seoul (Part 2).

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Our free ride

How do I get there? We took the KAL Bus for about $16 from the airport which was really easy and discussed in more detail HERE.

Any restaurants suggestions? One cheap, really good, close by restaurant is in the very large mall across the street.  I have no idea what it is called because I don’t speak Korean but here is a picture.

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Top Right

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Delicious and cheap!

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Way to dinner, to the left

 

TIP:  You can get a free metro card from the front desk that has 3,000 Won already on it and it is really easy to reload and use during your stay.

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Cost of 3 nights: This stay cost 15K points per night (45K total) at the time we stay which I feel is a FANTASTIC deal!  Since my booking it has been raised to 20K per night which I think is more in line with it’s true value.  A nice bonus to go along with this stay is that we stayed during the 20% back Hyatt promotion which means I had 9K points deposited back into my account making the true cost 36K for 3 nights. Most of these points were manufactured on my Hyatt Credit card and from other Hyatt stays.  I would estimate the cost to me for 3 nights was << $200

CONCLUSION

To say I was impressed with this hotel is a huge understatement! From the incredibly helpful and friendly staff to the wonderful facilities and architecture, and delicious breakfast this is a wonderful hotel. If there is one negative I can think of about this hotel is that it’s location could be a little better for historical site seeing as it takes 30-40 min on the metro to get to the historical sites. With that being said, with a station in front of the hotel and such a nice metro we really didn’t mind. I can’t believe I am saying this but this hotel may rival or surpass the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (especially for breakfast)!

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