Park Hyatt, Seoul the primary choice in the heart of Gangnam

Boasting a unique location in the heart of Seoul’s business district, Gangnam-gu, with floor-to-ceiling views of the city and the river, Park Hyatt is a primary business hotel choice in Seoul.  The location of the lobby and lounge on the 24th floor and the positioning of the rooms and suites, offer equally pieceful rooms, the aim of the interior designers having been to create an instant engangement between hotel guests / visitors and the city. Whether at dawn, during the day, at sunset or by night, one cannot refrain from capturing that picture perfect frame.

Japanese design firm Orange Potato which was in charge with the hotel, opted for an intricate blend of minimalism and modernism, each lending a very powerful warmth character and mood. Details such as the Spa-Like Myanmar stone carved bathrooms, the reception desk made of rare Japanese Aji Stone and the infinity pool on the lobby floor – transcend a WOW factor, otherwise so difficult to achieve.

Given its prominent location, the Park Hyatt Seoul is quintessentially a business hotel, with all the essential amenities – a very well-equipped 24h business centre, complete business desk amenities in all rooms and suites and many spots in the hotel (my favorite is ”The Lounge”) ideal for business meetings and catching up with friends and colleagues.

The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant ”Cornerstone” features a unique 360 degree open kitchen, with several stations specializing in pasta, grills, seafood and deserts. The quality of food is exceptional and I appreciated very much the Korean cuisine touches, especially at breakfast. The choice of organic producucts is also impressive, from milk, juices to meats. The wine-cellar includes a selection of 3,0000 fine wines, which could complement a private dinner which can be organized in one of the dedicated rooms.

Rooms and suites are among the largest in the city, starting at 52sqm t 160sqm (Presidential Suite). My preference was for a Park Suite King, which has a generous separate living room area (loved the daily flower arrangements – abundant in differet types of Royal Orchids), wooden parquet throughout the entire suite (except stone in the bathroom) and a king bed (slightly too stiff, considering many of the other Park Hyatt Hotels I stayed at). Another room for improvement is the control of facilities, ideally remote i.e. from a pad – curtains, blinds, lights, AC, DND etc. It would certainly improve comfort.

The hotel’s signature suites are no wonder among the most sought after in the city – whether it is business people, artists or celebrities. I actually realized that The Diplomatic Suite at the Park Hyatt Seoul was the one pictured in many global Park Hyatt branding materials, as a symbol of aesthetics.

Service throughout the hotel is of a solid and consistent quality, with minor space for improvement in terms of personalization – staff to remember name of guests instead of asking for a room number most of the times. Also, the way, the pay attention to make sure bills are signed by guests, could be, at least to some guests a bit annoying. It is a matter of conveying a warmth and trust.

The ”Park Club” which spreads on 23 and 24th floor is more than just a Spa and fitness area – it truly makes up a cocoon private retreat space, for guests to unwind or energize. Nutritional wellness programs complete a wide array of Spa treatments and rituals. Make sure you do not miss the ”Korean Ritual” which is a mix of energizing and anti-aging techniques and features to remove and restore energy blockages (it includes a facial, a body massage and a slim boost)

A comprehensive dedicated photo gallery on the hotel is available on our Facebook page.

Oliver Petcu in Seoul