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This is the first Four Sea­sons in Korea, so it opened to much fan­fare in mid-2015 in a city hun­gry for brand-name lux­ury. Cen­trally lo­cated in Seoul’s his­toric core, Gwangh­wa­mun, the high-rise ho­tel is the first in the area and pro­vides a much more lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence than a stay in one of the lux­ury ho­tels in the glitzy Gang­nam neigh­bor­hood.

As a new Four Sea­sons, the prop­erty ex­em­pli­fies all the brand stan­dards the lux­ury chain seeks to im­part. This starts with a lux­u­ri­ous en­vi­ron­ment with a sense of lo­cal style, in this case fea­tur­ing over 160 pieces of art­work by Seoul artists. An­other Four Sea­sons brand stan­dard is the guestroom as a sanc­tu­ary, a place to es­cape the city and the day.

The Gwangh­wa­mun lo­ca­tion is per­fect for busi­ness trav­el­ers, as the area is awash with multi-na­tional cor­po­rate of­fices. Other ar­eas of the city are a short taxi or sub­way ride away. The Four Sea­sons is also steps away from the city’s vi­brant Cheong­gyecheon Creek, a seven-mile-long stretch of re­stored green space, jog­ging paths and flow­ing wa­ter run­ning through the city.

My Premier Room had one wall of win­dows giv­ing me a spec­tac­u­lar view of Seoul. The Premier Rooms are bright, spa­cious (about 500 square feet), and geared to­wards busi­ness and longer-stay guests. De­sign is con­tem­po­rary with an Asian in­flu­ence, seen es­pe­cially in the art­work on the walls and on the shelves; my room was adorned with some beau­ti­ful vases and sev­eral small, or­nate boxes.

This Premier Room spa­like bath­room fea­tured an enor­mous, deep soak­ing tub, a large, sep­a­rate shower with a gi­ant, ceil­ing-mounted rain shower head and a high-tech Dae­lim Bath Smart­let toi­let that pro­vided an in­vig­o­rat­ing range of cleans­ing and com­fort func­tions. met food and wine shop and up­scale take-away.

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