Starwood’s W Hotel chain is known for its contemporary style and design, and the W Seoul-Walkerhill is no exception. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Mt. Achasan—a popular hiking destination in the area—and overlooking the Han River, the hotel is located in a peaceful location rather than amid the chaos of downtown Seoul. Opened in 2004, the W Seoul-Walkerhill has earned a reputation among trendsetting locals for hosting some of the city’s best events. Fashion shows, DJ parties, and design fairs are just a smattering of the happenings you can expect to experience during your stay. The hotel’s futuristic Woo Bar has been featured on countless Korean television dramas, and it’s a popular place for young celebrities to see and be seen. Got a smartphone? Use it to check in upon arrival, and throughout your stay as your room key.
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Your neighbors at the W Seoul-Walkerhill are likely to be of the friendly forest variety, as this boutique design hotel is situated on 180 acres of the popular Mt. Achasan. Enjoy the beauty of Korea’s four distinct seasons by hiking the local trails and playing a round of golf at the hotel’s nearby course. Within walking distance are the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, where guests of the W-Seoul Walkerhill can dine and charge it to their room, or test your luck at one of 100 slot machines at the nearby Walkerhill Casino—which is for foreigners only. Taxis can be called to reach Seoul’s popular attractions, or ask the hotel to take you to the subway station in the free shuttle.
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Rooms: 253 rooms, 30 suites. From $280. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The restaurants and bars at W Seoul-Walkerhill are just as modish as the rest of the glam-clad space. For your main meal, Kitchen and Namu are your best bets, serving up home-style comfort food and Japanese cuisines, respectively. Over 40 vodkas and 200 varieties of wine are on hand for a glass at Woo Bar, or rock out to the live DJ at the Living Room. Spa and gym details: The hotel is proud of its award-winning, 16,400-square-foot AWAY Spa, and so it should be. Two stories of exotic beautifying services include Polynesian massages, Turkish hammam ceremonies, Korean Ying Yang therapies, and red clay masks. Rounding it out are Jacuzzis, a juice bar, a hair salon, pools, yoga, and a rooftop chill-out zone. The W’s branded FIT Gym is also located within the spa area.
Who’s it for: Jet-setters, couples, and young business travelers with an eye for cutting-edge style and innovative design. Our favorite rooms: Rooms named “Wonderful,” “Fabulous,” “Marvelous,” and “Extreme Wow” live up to their lofty monikers. Particularly popular is the fanciful “Cool Corner Room,” which features a playful round red bed and matching round red bathtub. Getting around: While the hotel is situated in a gorgeous location, it’s between 5 and 15 miles away from most area attractions. It’s easily accessible by taxi, however, and the hotel provides a complimentary hotel shuttle for pickup and drop-offs at the two nearest subway stations.