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
We had a lovely 3-night stay at the Four Seasons. The room was beautiful, and the location was perfect. Kudos to the staff, who assisted us with great kindness. Claire (assistant guest relations manager) and Flora (Market Kitchen restaurant manager?) deserve special mention. They truly went above and beyond and made our stay memorable.
Great location - walking distance to the entrance of the main royal palace. Service is top-notch. The food choices are impressive in the hotel, from a great breakfast restaurant to a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant and a grand multinational buffet. The 20-meter lap pool for swimming is super nice.
Was too rush on my last day and couldnt left a thank you note, so here it is now.
My friend and I stayed for 5 days 4 nights on 22/F and we had a great time here. Thank you for taking good care of us during our stay :)
First day already overwhelmed by the welcoming amenitiessss! Thank you coz i do have a sweet tooth haha. Love the room and didnt expect the room was ready at early time!
We went to one of the restaurants - Boccalino, lovee the food and thank you the server (Moon, sorry if i remember wrong the name) for looking after us the whole night.
Charles H. Bar was also amazing. The vibe, the setting, the drinks - perfect! Thank you Ti for your hospitality - it was a great night for us!
*just a small thing though, tried to call to request some items but the line was just keep busy and waited a bit long so i ended up using the FS Chat/ App
First time staying with FS Seoul and will definitely come back again!
I normally stick to yelp but since SK does not have it, I’ll post my review here. Though I don’t use TA as much, I’ve been to many luxury properties across Asia, North America, and Europe. The FS in Seoul is a nice, modern hotel, with all the amenities you would expect from a 5 star property. The problem I found was in its service- attitudes and general sense of welcoming was far less here than many of its Asian counterparts (we just came from the Shangri-La in Beijing and the difference is stark). Those aforementioned hotels in Asia make you feel like a god/goddess. Here you felt like a patron at a regular ole Hilton.
To be as specific as possible, here are some examples that left a sour taste in my mouth: 1) we called concierge asking if they could look into how we could watch the Super Bowl (yes I know, my husband). They replied that unfortunately they could not determine that and asked me to check the sports channels.... really? Instead of doing research to help me out, I spent time on the internet searching. 2) we ate lunch at their subpar Italian (food is not great btw, don’t go if you’re used to Michelin quality food- cheese tasted bizarre, But I digress), and not only was the service very slow to get our bill, afterwards as we head toward the elevators a woman runs to us and asks us if we paid our bill. Are you serious? You think I came to dine and dash?
Front desk staff seem to be “busy” and preoccupied typing away than looking you in the eye to welcome. Lastly, I want to disclose we are Chinese and Korean Americans- confusingly we spoke in limited conversational Korean, and English. Did this factor into any of the above? Do you think any of the above happens to Caucasian Americans? I’ll leave that hypothetical for you to think about.
I spent a lot of time deciding between shilla / park Hyatt and opted for the brand I’m most familiar with. I regret that decision. I suggest you don’t make the same mistake we did.
I just love this hotel! I stay here a lot with work and brought my family on holidays with me in January. The rooms are gorgeous, the breakfast superb and the staff amazing. I love the little touches such as the little cakes on arrival and the staff learning our names. Great location to hit the shops and some great restaurants nearby. Utterly faultless !