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.