Where to stay in Seoul: Cool stylish hotels in South Korea
So hip it hurts
Let's talk about the city that's on everyone's lips lately: Seoul. Yes, Seoul Fashion Week may be over, but the veritable city has been spearheading a class act as one of the most innovative and creative destinations in Asia.
Design concept stores, maze-like museums, and how about some appreciation for the cool cats caught on the street style lens? Even the kids are getting their own time in the limelight. The hotels don't stray too far either. In fact, these stylish abodes might just be cool enough to convince you to stay indoors, lounge around and order in. Yes, that can happen even when you're in Seoul.
As a tribute to Korea's cinematic history, the hotel is dotted with film-inspired art pieces on every level. Be enamoured by their marble flooring and unwind in bathtubs that are elaborately furnished in Deluxe King rooms. If you have extra cash to spend? Experience the luxe life in the Director's Suite that is outfitted in an all-Hermès mien — we're talking from furniture to fabric and tableware. Other notable features? Get a glimpse of local artwork that is exhibited in the gallery or mingle with other guests in the library or on the rooftop garden.
Aptly named after having their entire hotel designed by 18 different interior designers, no two rooms are alike here. Pick the trippy-looking Milky Way room where you get to sleep inside a giant light installation or wander into the campsite-themed Camp Ruka-baik room that is decorated with a tent, deck chairs and a teepee. If that doesn't pique your interest and make it to your list of accommodations in Seoul, surely the convenient 50-minute drive from Gimpo International Airport will.
You know you're in swanky quarters when you're staying in Gangnam. The ever-thriving district is home to local and global luxury brands, the city's vast Olympic Park as well as Glad Live Gangnam hotel. Grounded on eclectic design aligned with Seoul's vibrant nightlife experiences, all 210 rooms and suites are decked with contemporary art and sleek monotones.
The word 'Loft' should be seducing enough. Yeongdeungpo's Hotel Loft reminds us of those trendy Soho apartments in New York City; just minus the cringe-worthy prices. Think spacious rooms adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and kinfolk-worthy interiors.
Okay, this isn't exactly in Seoul. But it isn't too far away from the city — neighbours almost. Nest Hotel sits on the island of Yeongjongdo, as a 370-room edifice in a cube-like structure. Guests are treated to sweeping views of pine trees, reed fields and the calming Yellow Sea. Clearly, this is where to go if you're seeking a break from the hustle and the bustle. When you're in Nest Hotel, you're in a retreat.
It's boutique, but it's fancy. Two important things we love to hear. But more importantly, Hotel Karashy's secret weapon boils down to their indulgent bathrooms. Read: huge tubs where you can afford to take hour-long baths. Lights are kept dim and moody so clearly it's all about making sure you never see the light of day. That's the whole point isn't it?