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“a lovely hotel with some interesting quirks”
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Park Hyatt Seoul
Ranked #44 of 497 Hotels in Seoul
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Manhattan Beach, California
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“a lovely hotel with some interesting quirks”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

I recently stayed here on a business trip and this is one of the most interesting hotels that i have been in. It is quite unconventional and in many ways is more like a boutique hotel. It is located in a highrise right across from COEX in the main business Gangnam area. The check in is actually on the top floor and you have to navigate a rather complex set of elevators to go to the "lobby", your room, and the ground floor.

The rooms are stunning with floor to ceiling windows and handsome wood floors. The rooms have a very zen feel to them ranging from the minimalist furniture to the faux-rock showers. Amenities are top notch (Aesop) and everything is automated.

I unfortunately developed a very bad cold while in Seoul and ended up having to see a doctor. The hotel made the arrangements for a house visit and when he arrived the concierge accompanied him and stayed throughout the visit to ensure I was ok. I wish I had felt better so I could have visited the bars and restaurants which are supposed to be excellent. I did take a look at the gym which looked very modern albeit a bit small and the stunning pool which, while too small to do serious lapwork, had incredible city views. hopefully next time I return I will be feeling better and able to take advantage of all this hotel has to offer.

Room Tip: I was in room 1104 which was a corner type room. Apparently it is a bit smaller but has a very inte...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

I stayed overnight at the Hyatt with my husband and son, on our return flight from Auckland to the UK. It was part of the deal with Korean Airlines. I had checked Tripadvisor prior to going so was pretty confident that the hotel would be ok. It was exceptional. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The facilities were brilliant, the breakfast was plentiful and tasty. Overall a lovely experience and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: If like us, the stop was part of a deal with Korean Airlines, might be worth requesting at time of b...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

I last stayed at the Park Hyatt Seoul in 2008 and you can read my previous review labeled “Modern Room Surrounded by Good Old Fashion Service”.

Located in the financial district “kiddie corner” from the Intercontinental hotel and COEX center, this is still a very nice hotel. With floor to ceiling windows, beautiful bathrooms and a comfortable bed it is more expensive than the Intercontinental (where I have also stayed) but for the premium it is worth it.

Getting There: TIP! One of the cheapest and less painful ways of getting to the hotel from the ICN international airport is to take the bus. There is a bus just outside the terminal – bus number 6103. The bus is for “COEX” which is the building that is diagonally across from the Hyatt. This bus is direct from the airport, so there are no stops between leaving the airport and when you arrive – the seats are extra wide and very comfortable. I highly recommend this mode of transport if you are wanting to save a bit of money. This is at a huge bargain basement price of 15,000 KRW compared to a taxi or limo which will be ~100,000 KRW. It will take about 1 hour to travel depending on traffic.

The hotel is located on top of the Samseong subway station so you can easily get around the city. One should note that the hotel is not near the traditional “tourist” areas.

With check in on the 24th floor, the hotel rooms are below the check in. You should get a room that is as high as possible, not only because you will get a better view, but because you will also be further away from the street (and potential noise – read my previous review). I was on the 18th floor this time and it was more quite than my last visit.

The Starbucks that is just behind the hotel appears to have been changed to a “local generic” copy of a Starbucks. The COEX complex (and Intercontinental hotel) complex across the street has a large number of shops, restaurants and services. Just walk out the front of the hotel and go diagonally across the street.

For those who are “Diamond” members in the Hyatt frequent flyer program, there is no lounge at this property. Room keys are RFID and are required for the elevator to function.

I still think this is a very nice hotel and recommend it for those who want a high quality, clean, modern and well appointed hotel.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have better views and are more likely to have less road noise.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed at the Park Hyatt for seven nights and the Coex for one night during December 2011. I would like to provide some comparisons between these two hotels.
(1) Location: The two hotels are within walking distance of each other and both have easy access to the same Samseong subway stop. The Park Hyatt is right next to the subway entrance but there is no underground connection. The Coex is directly connected to the hugh Coex Mall (with all sorts of eateries and cinema, shopping,etc.) which leads to the subway but at a greater walking distance underground.
On very cold winter stays in Seoul, you could see how this matters. Otherwise not.
(2) Lobby: The Park Hyatt is really a very classy boutique hotel. Its lobby is on the 24th floor. It has a beautiful bar-The Timber House in the basement (not to be missed); a sizeable lounge which acts as the breakfast room on the second floor and an all purpose sky lobby on the 24th floor. While all these are wonderful spaces, the Park Hyatt does lack a bustling ground floor high-ceiling, grand lobby space complete with bar and restaurant. Where the busy comings and goings of holiday travellers can be observed or even enjoyed. Much like in the old grand hotels of Europe. The Coex could offer this kind of atmosphere.
(3) The Coex room we were in was very comfortable. It had the layout of a competent hotel room, though the washroom is a bit dated. The Park Hyatt rooms were on a totally different level-almost like museum spaces. Very high ceiling. The level of detailing exceptional. The design- beautiful and ultra modern, peerless-especially the bathrooms with their rough granite rock walls. The only thing that could have been better is the lighting level. The toasty heated toilet seat and radiant granite washroom floor deserve special mention.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views. And are probably more expensive. Corner rooms facing the stadium ha...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Booked me and my buddies a suite for New Years, and the Hyatt did not dissapoint! Beautiful clean room with fully stocked mini bar. Amazing views of the city. The hotel staff was just as nice as could be. The hotel is located across the street from one of the largest malls in South Korea. Lots to do and see!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Park Hyatt Seoul
Address: 606 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06174, South Korea
Region: South Korea > Seoul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Seoul
#17 Spa Hotel in Seoul
#18 Family Hotel in Seoul
#20 Romantic Hotel in Seoul
#30 Luxury Hotel in Seoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€
Hotel Class:5 star — Park Hyatt Seoul 5*
Number of rooms: 185
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