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.
How to Get There
Front desk check in was alright but it felt routine and not like a warm welcome. Room was dated, stuffy and warm. Window opening was too small for proper air circulation. There were soiled toilet papers in the toilet bowl when we checked in the room. When we checked out the next day, the staff by the entrance did not even approached to offer help to get a cab even though there were 2-3 of them standing there.
Stayed for a couple of days at Imperial Palace, Seoul while on a business trip. Excellent hotel. Great amenities. Very friendly staff. Wide variety of breakfast options. Value for money. Can recommend this place to anyone.
Really nice hotel, not bad room price, nice features, helpful staff, rooms nice. Only negative comment is the bar prices. At about $18 for a bottle of beer and $30 for a glass of average wine, it didn’t encourage us to spend too much time there. If you don’t plan to spend time at the bar though I’d recommend it.