Imperial Palace Seoul
What We Love
- A luxurious stay in an elegant, European-style five-star hotel, breakfast includedTaking a dip in the hotel's luxurious sauna with indoor and open-air baths.
- Stepping into the magnificent lobby of the hotel; always decorated for any special occasion, it offers a perfect photo opportunity
- The intriguing nine-hole gold course on the hotel's roof.
What To Know
- Fitness center has aerobics and yoga classes, squash courts and an indoor pool
- Central location in the business district
- The outdoor pool is seasonal
- Guestrooms could use a little TLC
Step into the ritzy lobby of Imperial Palace and be wowed by gleaming marble walls, warm wood panels, twinkling lights from the eye-catching chandelier and more. The lavishly-dressed lobby is the hallmark of the five-star hotel’s European theme that never fails to impress visitors. The hotel has also won many awards: Grand Luxury Hotel of the Year Award from Luxury Travel Guide 2016, Best Business Hotel in Gangnam Award from The Korea Herald, TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and more.
Facilities and restaurants are equally grand and generous. You’ll find a traditional sauna with indoor and open-air bath, a fully equipped fitness centre that offers aerobics and yoga classes, squash courts and an indoor pool. There is also a seasonal outdoor pool and a nine-hole, rooftop golf range.
The glitzy Imperial Palace is located in Gangnam, an exclusive neighbourhood in the heart of Seoul. Here you’ll find upmarket shopping options, the must-visit COEX mall, and a slew of aesthetic clinics. More gleaming metropolis than traditional Korean town, this is where you get a peek into the lives of the cool kids of Seoul.
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It was my second visit to the Imperial Hotel and I was more friendly than the first.
Despite the late check-in, front staff member Kim Hyun-bum was very kind to me. The service he showed was very impressive. I'd like to stay at the Imperial Hotel again next time.
Very nice quality, high end hotel in Gangnam - very close to subway/metro station that can easily get you to anywhere in Seoul quickly!
This was my 2nd visit and was equally as impressed as my 1st!
The quality of furnishing, decor and cleanliness were immaculate - unfortunately, although this was clearly stated and described as a non-smoking hotel, the occupant of the room next to mine was obviously smoking very heavily as every time I left the room, or arrived back to the room, the hallway smelt very badly of strong cigarette smoke -CLEARLY NOT THE HOTELS FAULT!! - as soon as it was discovered by staff the room was left open for several days and cleaned almost constantly to remove the smell!
The staff here are absolutely 1st class and probably the biggest asset this hotel has, always greeted with a smile and can do attitude which really should be rewarded - definitely going beyond the call of duty to ensure guest satisfaction!
Also worth noting is the Dental Salon on 3rd floor - I had a very badly infected and painful gum infection during my stay which they drained and treated very efficiently and cost effectively at around a quarter of the UK cost!
Another great stay and I will definitely be staying again during my December visit to Seoul.
Also very worthwhile is the KAL airport Limousine bus service which has a permanent stop directly outside the hotel, making the journey to and from Incheon airport completely stress free!
Hotel is ok. They don’t allow airconditioning and was a huge inconvenience to me. Service was average and the location is ok. The hotel is an old place has its character but I’d go elsewhere next trip
Note, I stayed in May 2017. It looks like a relatively grand hotel and I can see several wedding receptions held there. However the place is quite dated as you can tell from the furniture and design. Beds are comfortable. The weird part is that the bathroom/toilet has a lot of mirrors. There are several cafes and restaurant around and the “fried chicken” Street is nearby where there are a number of food places that sells/specialises in fried chicken. Hotel is close to train station entrance.
Very nice lobby and reception area. Breakfast buffet is good but overpriced. Rooms are reasonably priced, but mattress was kind of uncomfortable to me. Internet connection was decent. Outlets were not as available as I would have liked.