Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
What We Love
- The hotel's carefully curated collection of contemporary Korean art and pottery
- Charles H., a sexy speakeasy with cocktails mixed by a NoMad Hotel alum
- The convenient city-center location—where most sightseeing can be done on foot
- Indulgent facials—which take a page from the world-renowned 10-step Korean skincare regimen—at the onsite spa
What To Know
- PlayStations and Xboxes can be delivered to your room upon request
- The hotel’s “golf experience” (featuring five 3D simulations of some of the world’s most best courses) is also equipped with full-time instructors
- Beds are customizable—choose from a plush, signature or firm mattress topper
- Babysitting services can be arranged with 24 hours' notice
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
You’ll have to look past the standard hallmarks of over-the-top East Asian hospitality—ballrooms, an exclusive fitness complex, a whopping seven onsite restaurants—to get to the heart of this posh high-rise. The hotel’s more authentic side is found in its intuitive concierge services, an alluring speakeasy (where local ingredients, like black vinegar and chamoe melon, make guest appearances in cocktails), and its historic surroundings, namely the 14-century Gyeongbokgung Palace that’s just a short stroll away. Though it’s difficult not to be awed by the hotel’s stunning interiors, including an Andre Fu-designed Japanese restaurant including a 36-foot sushi counter and the sigh-inducing panoramic cityscape on display from the 9th-floor sauna (where everything from socks to swimsuits are provided free of charge).
High-tech trimmings, like iPad Minis (for requesting turndown service) and “smart” toilets with wireless remote panels can be found in each of the hotel’s 317 sun-speckled rooms. If you’ve had your fill of Seoul’s skyscrapers, opt for a suite—there are three varieties—with greener views of hilly Samcheong Park.
Choose from a stylish Milanese trattoria or a glamorous Cantonese eatery evoking 1920s Shanghai among five other dining options. Our vote’s on the high-energy sushi bar, Kioku, where Chef Kazumi Sawada (who previously ran a two-Michelin-starred spot in his native Tokyo) works culinary magic on seafood from Jeju Island.
While the Four Seasons’s convenient home in Seoul’s embassy and business hub Gwanghwamun makes it a hit amongst the global business set, the hotel also attracts culture aficionados for easy access to a number of historical sites including the aforementioned palace and the Jongmyo Shrine, a royal Confucian landmark.
How to Get There
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is well located for business visitors and has great rooms, and friendly service. But a checkout error and subsequent communication soured the overall experience. Perhaps a slightly less convenient location for leisure visitors.
Stayed at Four Seasons Seoul a number of times. As always, excellent service and beautiful rooms. Location is perfect for us - within walking distance to a few palaces and countless restaurants.Will certainly be back when we next visit Seoul.
If we are ever to return to Seoul again, we will definitely stay at the Four Seasons. Excellent service and well appointed rooms. Gym is oversized and very pleasant. The speakeasy in the bottom of the hotel is fun and trendy, if you can find where it is (not revealing the name here). In terms of transport, airport bus conveniently stops outside the hotel. It's a little bit far from Gangnam where all the high end shopping and restaurants are, but in terms of overall experience the trek is worth it. Will be back for sure!
Travelled alone in Seoul , and I chose to celebrate my birthday quietly at the market place buffet in Four Seasons Hotel Seoul on 11/27 . I was satisfied with the fresh seafood such as crabs and lobsters as well as other delicate food offered in market place. Apart from this , the brilliant services and great smile of the staff , Andy Kim and Terry Lee , made the dinner more cheerful. Overall, the market place buffet is highly recommended if you prefer nice dining atmosphere and fresh seafood. Hope that Four Seasons Hotel can compliment these two great employee. Best Regards , Cheng
Likely one of the top hotels in Seoul - The Four Seasons is situated 10 minutes walk away from the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Having arrived late on Friday night I took advantage of room service and whilst I loved the food I was somewhat taken aback by the portion size. I had - I thought - ordered for one but what arrived could easily have fed 2 hungry people (and this proved to be the theme throughout the weekend getaway every where). The room itself was spacious and nicely decorated with arty touches throughout. Its layout was well thought out with no wasted space and hence functional.
Although I had expected it to be cold the next surprise came early the next morning when I went to use the pool - the first snow of the season blanketing everything in sight. There was already 2-3 inches of settled snow with large fluffy snowflakes coming down as I made my down to the club floor.
The pool itself is a sizeable (20-25m) three lane pool although not particularly deep (1.20m). The only requirement was that you were required to wear a cap - which was provided. Nicely maintained and decorated with large windows looking onto the snowy scene outside. The gym I was told is also spacious.
Breakfast was buffet style with all the usual expected foods available but obviously being Seoul there was the very welcome Korean section which you tend not to see available outside of Korea. There was even a small section offering Middle Eastern fare - so top marks for variety. In general the food was pretty good quality - nothing spectacular (it is buffet after all).
The Four Seasons is a large hotel with 27 floors of accommodation and as comes with a top brand name the service is uniformly good, reasonably friendly, warm and helpful. Overall I would suggest not quite attentive enough. The lobby - although nicely decorated - I felt missed a beat with the use of the space. The only negative comment was that during our stay there were protests and demonstrations nearby and sound proofing was relatively poor as the noise from the loudspeakers and drumming came through fairly clearly.
A good hotel with uniformly good service and facilities throughout - expected from the Four Seasons name - but nothing spectacular. Hence a well deserved 4 out of 5 - needs a little more work to lift it up another star.