The South Korean capital, Seoul, is a bold mixture of tradition and future-thinking, and this is reflected in its vast number of design hotels. From Gangnam to Dongdaemun, we’ve found the best hotels in Seoul so that you don’t have to.
Best Hotels In Seoul
1. Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul (the first Four Seasons in South Korea) is in Gwanghwamun, a business district refreshingly away from the crowded Gangnam area, where most of the city’s other luxury hotels are located. It gives guests a more authentic Seoul experience as you’re surrounded by locals not tourists.
The accommodations are ultra-chic and luxurious, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun Plaza, and neighboring Seoul Creek. Golfers will love the luxury hotel’s indoor screen golf center, with a full, state-of-the-art screen golf system. There’s also a putting green and full pro shop. The Four Seasons has three indoor pools (a big lap pool, heated vitality pool, and kids’ pool) and a full fitness center.
2. Grammos Hotel
You’ll feel like a king when you check into Grammos Hotel in Gangnam. The stunning rooftop pool makes this property a unique location in Seoul. Moreover, the hotel features a business center, luggage storage services and complimentary wifi throughout the premises. The rooms are spacious and come with luxurious ensuite bathrooms. The hotel is located only a short walk from Yeoksam Subway Station near COEX in Gangnam.
3. InterContinental Seoul COEX
Seoul’s InterContinental COEX is a part of the massive COEX mall and convention center. The mall is so big it’s home to two InterContinental hotels, the InterContinental COEX and the InterContinental Grand Parnas. The InterContinental Seoul COEX is an ultra-modern high-rise hotel with 654 rooms. It’s on the COEX property, with direct access to the exhibition center and the mall. Guests are treated to views of the Gangnam skyline and also of the Bongeunsa Temple, which is across from the convention center.
The rooms are modern in style with a dark palette. Traditional Korean Ondol rooms (with traditional bedding and underfloor heating) are available for an authentic overnight experience. More than just a gym, the hotel has a full fitness center. Like many luxury hotels in Seoul, the gym sells outside memberships to local residents. There are five restaurants at the hotel, serving Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Arabic food.
4. Park Hyatt Seoul
The Park Hyatt in Seoul is one of the top properties in Gangnam district. It’s not hard to see why this hotel deserves each of its five stars. If a heated indoor pool with a city view, top-floor spa and fitness center and three unique dining options sound good to you, the Park Hyatt Seoul is your best choice. Located only a few minutes from Samseong Subway Station, the hotel is easily accessible and close to Gangnam’s main attractions. Every room is thoughtfully designed with oak and stone to create a natural feel. Relax in your own large bathtub or under the calming rain shower.
5. The Shilla
On a quiet city block next to the 23-acre Jangchungdan Park, The Shilla is a true respite from Seoul’s congested cityscape. The hotel’s look is a swift departure from the Far East’s tendency for gilded opulence—think blond-wood furniture, sliding rice-paper window shades, and eggshell-hued wallpaper. An on-site arcade features big-name fashion brands like Issey Miyake and Hermès, but our favorite features might be the outdoor pool—a rarity for Seoul, a Guerlain Spa (which specializes in anti-aging treatments and hydrotherapy), and the 10-acre leafy sculpture garden, which displays works by 40 leading Korean artists.
6. Signiel Seoul
Sucker for a view? You can’t do any better than Seoul’s new Signiel hotel, which occupies floors 87–101 inside Lotte World Tower, currently the fifth tallest building in the world. Each room has unparalleled panoramas of Seoul and the mountains beyond, but tear yourself away from your vista and you’ll discover a list of amenities just as impressive: the spa-like bathrooms are stocked with Diptyque products, both restaurants have Michelin-star cred, there’s an Evian Spa with its own emerald-tiled indoor pool overlooking the Han River, and the swank champagne bar has one of the most extensive selections in the country.
7. JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul
This luxurious five-star property is located in the heart of Seoul’s Dongdaemun district, famous for shopping and retail. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with splendid city views. The marble floors in the bathrooms will take your breath away. Be sure to order a cocktail from the rooftop Griffin Bar to take in views of the pulsating city. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, various meeting rooms, banquet halls and a relaxing indoor pool.