Located on Yeouido Island in the middle of the mighty Han River, the Conrad Seoul is a relatively new addition to the South Korean capital’s futuristic skyline. Opened in 2012, the hotel is situated in the bustling Yeouido business district (aka Korean Wall Street). The Conrad is one of four buildings that make up the International Finance Center designed by world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica. The firm is praised for its sleek and modern architecture, and Conrad Seoul is no exception. In fact, its asymmetrical design, avant-garde interiors—including a mesmerizing spiral staircase in the lobby—and impeccable service helped the hotel to win a prestigious World Luxury Hotel Award in 2014. Touches of the Far East such as a Korean-style sauna and Asian fusion restaurant add a sense of place to the luxury property, but the international and multilingual staff ensures that guests from every nation feel right at home. Begin your day with a swim in the 82-foot indoor lap pool, and end it with a sunset cocktail as you watch Korea’s capital light up the night sky.
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Although located on an island, the Conrad Seoul is anything but isolated. In fact, it’s the closest luxury hotel to both of Seoul’s international airports, and it offers easy access to two subway lines and a bus terminal. Taxis are also cheap and plentiful in Seoul. You may find that leaving Yeouido is unnecessary, though, as the Conrad is nestled amid a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Get your camera ready if you visit during the spring: Yeouido hosts one of Korea’s largest cherry blossom festivals each year. Also noteworthy in Yeouido is the fireworks festival held each October and the world’s largest church.
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Rooms: 434 rooms, 50 suites. From $260. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Five restaurants and bars pepper the Conrad’s 38 floors. The most dramatic, 37Grill & Bar is known for its spectacular views and renowned chef, grill expert David Mitford. Simple and traditional Italian cuisine with wines to match can be found at Atrio, while Zest is the choice that offers guests a taste of Asian specialties. Cocktails and snacks can be found at the lobby bar Flames, or the Executive Lounge. Spa and gym details: Pulse8 is the Conrad’s exclusive wellness center featuring a full range of fitness equipment, an indoor swimming pool, golf driving ranges, and a full-service spa. Note that due to Korean culture, guests with multiple visible tattoos may not be allowed to use the facilities.
Who’s it for: Business and leisure travelers with an eye for understated luxury. Our favorite rooms: The Conrad boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in the city, and the executive-level rooms come with evening cocktails. We love the Grand Corner King Suites for their stunning wraparound view of Seoul’s skyline. Indulge yourself: Book a Clarins facial—exotic ingredients such as katafray tree extract and bison grass will rejuvenate the skin after long flights.
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