When visiting Seoul it's tough to beat the Grand Hyatt. I've been staying there for years and though I've tried others but I keep going back to the Hyatt.
First of all you know Hyatt quality is going to be great. They've recently renovated most if not all of the rooms and though I wish the rooms were a bit larger they get the job done. My status with Hyatt will get me on one of the Gold Passport floors so that gives you a nice breakfast in the lounge and happy hour in the evening. If you want the full bore breakfast then hit the buffet at the Terrace restaurant on the ground floor.
The Paris Bar give you a nice relaxing atmosphere to kick back in and if you want to dance or hear live music then JJ Mahoney’s in the basement is the place to be.
Hint, when the Won is trading low verses the dollar upgrade to a Grand Suite King. You’ll love it and if you’ve been on the road awhile it’ll be a nice break from the closets for rooms you’ve been sleeping in around Asia!
Unique Quality: Food and drinks are expensive but the reality is that if you want to chill and not leave the hotel but still have your choice of entertainment and great food you've got it all here. Plus the views at night aren't bad either!
I've stayed at many hotels in Seoul, but among them, I've stayed at three of the top names, the Hilton, Grand Hyatt and the Westin.
It is a very tough decision for me to place either of the Westin or the Hyatt at the top. They both have their merits.
The Hyatt in my opinion is a very comfortable stay, with soft beds, comfortable rooms (not the most spacious, but nice), and good size bathrooms. The views are terrific.
For location, it may add a bit of a commute to most business districts, but the quiet location on Namsan and relative east to Itaewon is great!
In my opinion of the three hotels, the Hyatt has the best quality breakfast buffet too.
Unique Quality: About a 3 minute taxi up the hill from Itaewon.
Walking distance to Itaewon (if you want to walk the hill) and Namsan, Seoul Tower.
Directions: 3 minutes (taxi) up the hill behind Hamilton Hotel of Itaewon.
Rooms are generally smaller than other 5-star hotels, especially the bath room, unless you get a suite.
Unique Quality: Great city view from almost every room in this hotel.
J.J. Mahoney's in the basement is remain the hot spot in Seoul's night life.
Directions: Near Itaewon and TV tower
Stayed for one night with my wife for our anniversary. We had a room on the club floor, with access to the lounge. It was very relaxing to sit and have a coffee and enjoy the view. The room itself was nice. It was not as big as I expected it to be, and the bathroom was smaller than I thought. Over all it was a nice place, but a little overpriced. You can't beat the view though.
This is a very upscale hotel. The amenities are are really nice, especially the restaurants, there are five of them. This is by no means a cheap hotel, over $300 a night and the rooms are quite small. They are immaculately kept however. They are always hosting some sort of event it seems. When I was there, in February '06, they were having a wine tasting "convention" that all were invited to. sampled some extraordinary wines from places I normally wouldn't have thought of as wine producers: Australia, New Zealand, even some Korean ones. The Grand Hyatt sits on top of a hill about two or three city blocks from the Han River. It is also just a short walk, albeit hilly, from the Itaewon shopping district. Not as cheap as it used to be but still are some bargains to be negotiated. It is also close to the Korean War museum, something that is not to be missed for History buffs like myself. Last time I was in Korea was 1995, was very surprised to see how this city has changed into one of the most modern and hectic places I've been in awhile. Kind of got away from the Hotel there a bit... the staff is excellent, very helpful and responsive and didn't meet one that didn't speak English.
Directions: Close to Itaewon shopping district
If you are in Seoul with business in Itaewan, the Hyatt is a great option for you. It has a great location in Itaewan-2-dong, close enough to the shopping and restaurants, but high enough up the hill to avoid Itaewan's sleaze factor. The area immediately around the Hyatt has some very high class restaurants and boutiques for the fashion-conscious. Namsan is also just a short walk to the north if you want some exercise.
The hotel itself offers a good variety of restaurants (including a fantastic buffet, as well as Korean, Japanese, and European restaurants). J.J. Mahoney's is a very famous nightspot in Seoul for drinking and dancing.
Room prices range from 200,000 Won (~US$200) to 500,000 Won (~US$500).
Directions: Visible from anywhere in Itaewon, Yongsan and beyond. It is at the edge of Namsan park on the south side of the mountain.
The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul has many advantages and is a wonderful place to stay. The service is great and the rooms are well-appointed, thoug small. It has an unsurpassable view, especially at night when the neon of Seoul emerges. It has an excellent outdoor pool in the summer and a skating rink in the winter, and several indoor opportunities like a gym, restaurants and bars. However, given a choice of equivelent hotels, I rarely choose the Hyatt. For me, it is too isolated, a decent walk down a steep hill (and back up it when you're done -- not a happy experience in Seoul's saturated summer air) to anything -- including the subway. Since I like to spend more time roaming the city then enjoying the hotel, that is a huge drawback for me.
Directions: At the top of a hill overlooking Itaewon on the south side of Namsan Park.
Pulling up in their chauffered driven limos, stepping out in their head to top gucci, blinging up as they flash their Cartiers. These are the stylist clientelles that struts through the lobby of this distingusihing 5 Star establishment.
So why was I there, i was fortunate enough to score free room because of my employments with the Hyatt chain.
But still, after staying there and being about to witness Seoul from sunrise to sunset from your elegant room, you would feel that the money spent there was well spent.
Unique Quality: The room were small but homely. The staffs was fantastic, friendly and as expected very polite. Also, there is a shuttle service that takes to the tourist spot.
The Grand Hyatt is one of the best hotels in town. Its splendid location provides you with an unforgettable view across the Han river and Southern Seoul.
The below price indication is for a standard Deluxe Room with double occupancy!
Prices vary by season and special discounts are frequently on offer. Check out the below website!
Unique Quality: --
a) Unique view across Seoul
b) Aerobics room with daily classes
c) Indoor and outdoor spa
d) Outdoor tennis courts
e) Squash courts
f) Massage services
g) The outdoor swimming pool is transformed into an ice rink during winter season
h) Includes one of Seoul's best clubs: JJ Mahoney's
Directions: Located on Namsan's Southern side, in the heart of Seoul.
Take the shuttle limousine bus no.2 from Incheon Airport which stops directly at the Grand Hyatt.
Cost: 12,000 KRW; approx. 90 minutes (depending on traffic!).
Loved this hotel. I had a great view of the city below. Was on the club level, so the breakfast was great. Scrambled eggs, bacon, lunchmeats, cheeses, oatmeal, juices, coffee.
GREAT spa. I recommend a salt scrub, which was only USD25.00. WONDERFUL! The lotion they had (Happy Bath) to use in the dressing room, afterward, was heavenly! You HAVE to have a salt scrub.
6 restaurants to keep you busy, too.
They even freeze the pool between December and February, and you can skate on it!
Unique Quality: spa was great.
Placed on top of the hill above Itaewon, the Grand Hyatt is a first class hotel with all conveniences one could expect from the famous Hyatt chain. Catering to the business traveler and Japanese Tourists, this is not a hotel for the budget minded. JJ Mahoneys in the basement is a great bar but get ready to pay the price. Its packed on Friday and Saturdays with top class young Koreans and the slimey stock broker looking for a hooker. The Paris Grill is a great restaurant but again, way over priced for Seoul. The summer BBQ on the terrace is not a bad deal, especially with the view over the city and the Hahn River.
Directions: All the cabbies will undestand but make sure you say Grand Hyatt Hotel.
This was my home for 6 months and it was a fantastic place to call home.
You are in the lap of luxury from the moment you walk in the door and there is no need that will ever go unfulfilled here as all you have to do is ask at the desk and they will take care of it for you.
Unique Quality: Down stairs, under the hotel, is one of the best-known discos (clubs) in the entire city. It is hard to get in but if you are staying at the hotel you can always get in no matter how busy it is.
The hotel is just a 5 min. walk to Itaewon, the shopping district
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