The Shilla Seoul
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Shilla Seoul, you’ll be centrally located in Seoul, convenient to Korea House and Dongdaemun Market. This 5-star hotel is close to Gyeongbok Palace and National Museum of Korea.
Make yourself at home in one of the 464 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get to nearby shops on the complimentary shuttle.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 6 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a business center, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and limited parking is available onsite.
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The rooms, spa, restaurants...have been renovated (I stayed here few years back). The service is excellent, the staff is outstanding. The breakfast buffet may seems expensive but definitely worth it, same for their lunch buffet (high end price) but again the quality and incredible number of foods worth the price. The bar has live music (jazz, classic,...) in the afternoon until evening. Nice cocktail and wine list but little pricey.
The hotel is 40 min by cab (no shuttle bus available) from Gimpo International Airport which I personally prefer to Incheon airport. The hotel is 5 min walk from a subway station.
I have two (small) negative remarks: in the past their spa was offering high quality traditional massage and scrubbing. I tried their new fancy Guerlain spa which is very expensive and I was not impressed by their service. They should bring back their traditional Korean services at least for non Korean customers who don't really care about Guerlain french spa :) in Korea.
My last remark is that despite being one of the most important hotel in Seoul its extremely difficult to get a taxi from the hotel after 10:30 pm you have to wait 15 min even more until a taxi comes to the hotel. Very strange! good market opportunity for Uber :)
But again a top five star hotel. Will definitely come back
Shilla is a real five-star hotel. This is a Korean institution, and I believe this was the first five-star hotel in Seoul - it is owned by Samsung; I have heard about how great it is ever since I first traveled to Seoul for business in 1999. My go-to hotel in Seoul has always been the Seoul Plaza hotel has it has a bit of sentimental value for me. I stayed at that hotel many times when I traveled to Korea with my dad.
I decided to stay at the Shilla as I was attending an event in Seoul which was being held at Jangchung Municipal Stadium which is walking distance from this hotel.
Booking a room was not easy on the hotel website; somehow, the website does not seem so friendly for international users. I finally booked the hotel through a third party site. I chose a deluxe room and planned to stay at the hotel for three nights. Luckily I asked my EA to follow up with the hotel to make sure that they received my booking from the third party site, strangely, they only received my reservation 48 hours after I had made it, I was beginning to get worried about the booking being lost as the hotel only confirmed my stay as I arrived at Incheon Airport.
As one drives up to the property, one notices that it has a great location on Namsan Mountain and is close to several soju bars and bulgogi houses. Unfortunately, I did not get to explore the local dining options as I was busy with the event and meetings. However, I did take a few walks and found some vibrant food and beverage options.
Upon arrival, the reservation experience was pleasant and quick. I noticed that the lobby was as busy as a railway station and over the next two days realized that this hotel is one of the most popular locations for brunches, conventions, and meetups.
Executive Lounge on the top floor is something to be seen, and it's worth paying the extra for an executive room to gain access - only executive rooms have access. It seems to present a large apartment with a living, dining, lounge, and library within its section of the top floor.
The Gym is MASSIVE as is the pool and spa area. I do not recall seeing a gym of this size at any other hotel worldwide. The hotel has a concept called the Urban Island on the third floor - accessible from the spa/gym level - it has a large pool, children’s pool, and the Finland Sauna. Also, there is an indoor pool, driving range and putting green. The spa is managed by Guerlain Spa - for those who do not know about Guerlain - its one of the top spa experiences in the world, expect $500 messages.
The hotel has some high-end shops in the basement, and the larger Shilla Duty-Free mall is across the parking lot.
The hotel seems to provide free shuttles to and from some of the city's prominent locations; however, I did not have much time to check out this facility.
The dining options are great - starting with the library lounge in the lobby to the all-day dining restaurant and the fine dining Japanese and Chinese restaurants, as well as the room service - food in the hotel, is amongst the best offered at any hotel where I have stayed. I particularly enjoyed the Korean beef burgers - for those who do not know, while Japanese Wagyu gains all the notoriety, Korean beef is not too far behind. The excellent dining options are phenomenal but expensive even by London standards.
If you are a wine or cigar aficionado, you are in for a treat. There is a gourmet shop next to the lobby selling wines and it's not often one would find ten bottles of Massetto sitting on shelves along with Romany-Contis and others. The wine list is impressive as is the list of Champanges! I enjoyed smoking some Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure 3s along with my favourite Ruinart Rose after the event along with some of my business associates.
I have never come across a more safety conscious property in my life; each fall hazard is meticulously marked, the room has an escape line using which one could rappel down the side of the building, smoke hoods, torches, etc. Take a look at my pictures to get a better idea.
The hotel has a small park which seems to be purpose-built for wedding pictures, although it serves as a great area to take a quick breather.
Great staff on the executive level. Beds are very comfortable. Paying extra for the Executive floor is a good value as they offer a full breakfast and dinner as well as an afternoon tea and happy hour. While there was little change in the menu items from day to day, every thing was very fresh and tasty.
The hotel is in a somewhat secluded location. However, they offer a frequent shuttle to the metro, and two shopping areas from 9:30 -8:00pm and taxis are very inexpensive.
After reading tour guides on Seoul, one of the must do is to stay at The Shilla, not just any Shilla but the one in the Park. (many other hotels use Shilla).
The tall room block is hour next to an old building that was used to entertain guests from centuries ago. This is building is now a conference center. The hotel sits in the Eastern side on the park in a hillside. Lovely trees and plants cover the park.
Room: We booked the executive deluxe twin, which means that we have access to the executive lounge, spa aand indoor pool without extra charge, for some strange reason, the use of the heated outdoor pool is chargeable.
Large room surg two sections. The beds, and and sitting area, and the full sized bath tub, shower abd toilet section. All clean and well laid out. Bedside, there is a drawer surg usb ports and electrical sockets.
Service : well trained staff who greet everyone, seem good natured, courteous and polite. Could but find one to say that he or she needed improvement.
Spa : huge area with fitness center, indoor pool, rest and sleep area, lots of clean towels.
Did : The executive room allows you the use of the executive lounge on the 23rd floor. Wonderful view of the city and quiet. Tea time, followed by happy hour and dinner are served in the afternoon, included in the room cost. The next day, early breakfast till 10, then light snacks from 11,30 to 1,30. Quality of food is superb. Loads of all types of drinks at Happy hour.
Overall a rare top class hotel and service. Hard to find even in Singapore.
Hotel was nice located in a good part of town. Rooms were very clean but small. Breakfast was good area was good for walking easy to get a bus to and from the airport. Interesting lobby area decorated with old computers and cameras