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Rodeo Drive. The ho­tel is also within easy reach of Jongno, one of the old­est down­town dis­tricts of Seoul, and Dong­dae­mun, an old mar­ket­turned tech­nol­ogy hub, home to Zaha Hadid’s Dong­dae­mun De­sign Plaza. home-made pas­tas, wood­fired meats and seafood, and desserts pre­pared in an open kitchen-in-the-round. Pri­vate groups can also dine in The Cel­lar, a pri­vate room sur­rounded by a walk-in wine cel­lar hous­ing over 3,000 bot­tles. Ja­panese din­ing room­cum-whisky den Tim­ber­house is in­spired by Korea’s an­cient wooden hanok houses. The Lounge on the top floor – very open and not par­tic­u­larly re­lax­ing due to the ebb and flow of guests ar­riv­ing and leav­ing – serves au­then­tic Western and Korean cui­sine, such as bibim­bab and sweet ice shav­ings dish bingsu with panoramic city views.

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