REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN

To begin, after years of dreaming, I finally made it to South Africa, specifically Cape Town. While there, I enjoyed three weeks in the country and did lots of exciting activities, such as a safari where I saw loads of magical animals, went to a penguin beach where I enjoyed the lovely little waddlers, dove with sharks and got my adrenaline rush, visited the Cape of Good Hope which was gorgeous, met lots of great people, and so much more! Nevertheless, after some time, I felt that it was time to get back to Asia, which had recently opened after the COVID pandemic lockdowns had eased.

 

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Undoubtedly, one of my favorite Asian countries is South Korea where I had lived previously, years before. After five years away, I felt it was time to return and enjoy this beautiful country, so I booked my ticket! For the journey, I did lots of research on potential flight routes. After analyzing the flight schedules thoroughly, and much deliberation, I decided to fly with Ethiopian Airlines, a Star Alliance Member.

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For one thing, Ethiopian Airlines was actually one that I had never flown with before. Consequently, I was very excited to experience what they had to offer, especially in business class!

Trip Itinerary

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To begin, I flew from Cape Town to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 846, which lasted six hours and 25 minutes. This was followed by a 30 minute layover in Addis Ababa. Secondly, I then boarded flight ET 672 for the remaining 11 hour and 40 minute flight to Incheon, South Korea. Boy was I excited!

Bidvest Premier Airport Lounge Cape Town

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Upon arrival to the Cape Town airport, I checked in at the Ethiopian Airlines desk smoothly, and then proceeded to the expedited security screening. Certainly I always get excited when I am on my way to a lounge, whether it’s in a luxury hotel or when I’m flying business class. Imagining all of the food and drink is enough to get me all giddy!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Next, I stepped inside the lounge to see a fairly modern and well designed space with numerous comfortable seating options. However, my eyes first went to the sizable buffet spread with both hot and cold dishes. For the pandemic protocols, everything was individually packaged and sealed.

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Equally as important as the food, I noticed that there was a vast variety of beverage options on offer. I honestly was impressed by the variety of alcohol that they had in addition to the soft drinks, tea, and coffee. I filled up my plate with a few tasty looking items and found a seat near the window. The high amount of flavor of each dish was certainly impressive. I didn’t expect such deliciousness! After about an hour of rest and relaxation in the lounge, I continued down to the gate to board.

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Cabin

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

 

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Of course, the anticipation and excitement to take-off was building! I was one of the first to board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787. Once onboard, I enjoyed the color scheme that really did the Ethiopian Airlines branding justice. The seats themselves were red, and the rest of the cabin was grayscale. This contrast was striking and aesthetically pleasing.

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Afterwards, I noticed that they matched the Ethiopian Airlines logo with green and yellow blankets. A nice touch indeed.

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Overall, the business class cabin was spacious, modern, and the staff were found to be very friendly (I will discuss them in more detail later.)

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Seat

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Along with being stylish, my seat on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 was very comfortable for the long haul flights. The controls were very responsive (unlike some other airlines that I dealt with recently) and I was able to lie completely flat, which is crucial. Therefore, this enabled me to get a great rest throughout the journey. There were multiple places to store my personal belongings, and charging ports just behind my head.

The provided blanket and pillow were incredibly comfortable as well. The blanket was quite thick and it was perfect for the temperature of the cabin. All in all, I felt it was a dream to relax here for the journey!

Lavatories

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea
Indeed, the business class cabin had a lavatory exclusively for business class travelers. The staff did do a great job at making sure it stayed clean throughout the long journey. That being said, on these Ethiopian Airlines flights, there weren’t many differences in-between the lavatories in business class and economy class.

Amenity Kit

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The first feature that I noticed when I sat down was the Ethiopian Airlines brightly colored amenity kit. The amenity kit had lots of items including a sleeping mask, comb, socks that doubled as slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and more. These items definitely made the journey a lot more comfortable. I wore the sock-slippers the entire trip!

Entertainment

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I deleted all of my music and videos off of my phone a few days before the flight. What a mistake! Lucky for me, Ethiopian Airlines had a wide variety when it came to entertainment. First of all, they included a pair of high-quality over the ear headphones which were very comfortable and provided great sound quality. I wore them nearly the entire trip and I always felt good!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

They had some of my favorite shows including Big Bang Theory, Friends, Anthony Bourdain, and Deadliest Catch. There was also a wide variety of movies, games, music, and informational content. I liked that they had Jazz and Classical mixed albums that were about an hour in length each. These were perfect for sleeping! All in all, this was enough to keep me entertained for the duration, so not having my phone content wasn’t that big of a deal after all.

Food and Beverage

As you know, I take my food and beverage consumption quite seriously. Consequently, even though I had been to Africa a few times, Ethiopian cuisine is not one that I’m well versed in. Therefore, I was very excited to try more during the flights with Ethiopian Airlines. Lucky for me, there was a chance to try some as well as a few other cuisines during the trip.

Leg 1: Cape Town, South Africa to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Just after I first sat down, things got started with the offering of orange juice and brut. Flying always goes better with a bit of a buzz, so I went for the brut and was very happy with it! I even got a few refills before we took off.

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Not long after takeoff, we were served our first complete 3-course meal. To start, the beverage cart arrived, which was well stocked with all types of optionss including beers that I’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, those beers will have to wait until my next trip because I went with a South African red wine. I actually enjoyed it a lot and drank it throughout the entire trip. I’m quite picky with my wine so this is definitely something worth taking note of!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The first course then arrived which included a mixed salad, a chickpea dish, meat, cheese, and a selection of bread. Although everything looked simple, I was impressed with the amount of flavor. Especially the salad, which included gherkins. We were off to a good start!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Afterwards, for the main course, I went for the Ethiopian option which had fish, rice, and greens. The sauce that the fish was in was simply to die for. I wasn’t super hungry because I ate so much of the starter, but it was really hard to stop eating. I must note, that the fish itself was good but perhaps a bit too “fishy” for myself. This could just be my personal preference, but I’ll let you decide.

Dessert

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Ethiopian Airlines truly knows how to create great desserts. Both of the desserts throughout the journey were fantastic. Seriously! On the first leg was a cake which was super moist and rich. In addition, if you’re not feeling a sweet dessert, it’s possible to enjoy a selection of cheeses instead. Or, live the high life and get both!

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Afterwards, the staff came around with digestifs. Consequently, I couldn’t resist getting a Bailey’s with my cup of coffee!

Leg 2: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Incheon, South Korea

The offering of food and beverage on the second leg of the trip was quite similar to that of the first. Of course, the food options did change but the style and format felt just like the first flight and this consistency was well-noted. I equate this to the fact that Ethiopian Airlines must have a fairly solid training program.

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During the second flight, I mixed up my selections a bit to give the various cuisines a full review. Once again the amount of flavor was just right but for this meal, the chicken was slightly dry. Still delightful.

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The second dessert was a custard with fruit topping. Once again, the desserts on both flights had just the right amount of sweetness and I enjoyed them thoroughly.

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In comparison, the main difference between the flights, was that on the second we were offered a sizeable breakfast just before we landed. There were several options to choose from, including French toast, pancakes, and congee.

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The breakfast was served first with fruit, choice of bread, cereal with milk, yogurt, and your beverages choice. I have to say my tastes tend to lean Asian, so I went for the congee. Although the congee looked basic in appearance, just like the other dishes, it was packed with flavor! It came accompanied with two red bean buns. I loved it all!

Service

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Moreover, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise that my journey had a stopover. This was because it gave me a chance to review two different Ethiopian Airlines teams of employees during two long-haul flights. In summary, there was a consistent level of service for the duration of each flight, well done Ethiopian Airlines! Obviously, the personality of the individual staff members changed slightly, but overall they were very attentive to my needs. There was never a time where I struggled to get assistance. Which is what I’d expect!

Conclusion

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

In conclusion, my first experience with Ethiopian Airlines Business Class was very positive. The staff were incredibly warm and it actually got me excited to visit the country of Ethiopia. There was lots of pleasant banter and warm smiles with both flights, which I greatly appreciated. The comfort of the flight itself was also just great. I had just the right amount of food to not be overwhelmed, and also not to be left hungry. Taking this all into consideration, I would have to say that I would be happy to fly with Ethiopian Airlines again, and also happy to recommend that you to do the same. Safe travels!

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11 Amazing Korean Foods You Must Try

31 Oct 2016

When most people think of Korean food, they think of only Korean BBQ. In reality, Korean cuisine is so much more than that. There are tons of dishes with a variety of flavors and most are very friendly to a majority of nationalities. There are so many items to try but I’ve picked out my favorite 11 that will give you a great overview of what Korean food really has to offer! Without further ado, I give to you 11 Amazing Korean Foods You Must Try.


Cheese Tteokbokki (치즈떡볶이)

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For those of you unfamiliar with Tteokbokki, it’s a type of Korean rice cake. I will admit that when I first saw it, my first thought was some sort of pasta. Tteokbokki is generally served in Korean chili sauce. My favorite is when there is a melted layer of cheese on top. This is a very difficult food to describe because I’ve never had anything quite like it but it’s magical. Often it will be served alongside fish cakes and instant ramen.


Naengmyeon (냉면)

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Naengmyeon is a cold noodle in ice broth. Often served with meat on the side along with a few condiments. These condiments are typically mustard and vinegar. Pierre loves his sour and salty foods so the more mustard, the better. This is the perfect dish for summertime when it’s hot outside.


Kimchi (김치)

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If you haven’t heard, Kimchi s fermented cabbage and comes in different levels of intensity. I personally prefer the more pungent and spicy varieties. However, Kimchi can be very mild. What it basically comes down to is how long the cabbage is fermented and how much seasoning is used.


Kimchi Jjigae (김치 찌개)

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Kimchi Jjigae is a Korean kimchi soup. This often comes out in a bowl that is boiling hot. The soup is comprised of kimchi, tofu and typically pork. I love spicy food so I love this!


Korean Chicken and Beer (치맥)

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I’m sure you have all had fried chicken. However, even though Korean fried chicken will look like what you’ve had, it definitely doesn’t have the same taste. The Koreans have come up with amazing techniques for creating the most crispy and flavorful chicken I’ve ever had! The sauces and seasonings that they use are a delightful change from the typical Western-style fried chicken.

There are two types that I recommend. The first is the typical dry and crispy fried chicken. This will be served accompanied with pickled radish. The second, is sauce chicken. The sauce chicken is truly unique. It’s deep-fried chicken and it’s coated in an amazing spicy yet sweet sauce. Accompany either choice with a giant glass of beer or 10 and you’ve got yourself a perfect evening!


Korean BBQ Meats (고기구이)

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There are so many types of Korean BBQ it’s hard to fathom! My favorites are Galbi (갈비), Bulgogi (불고기) and Chadol Bagi (차돌박이.) Galbi refers to marinated beef short ribs. Most people in the West have had Korean barbecue at some point in their lives. Galbi just melts in your mouth. You have to be careful because there are bones present but they really add extra flavor to the meat!

Bulgogi is similar to the ribs, however, it’s pieces of marienated beef without bones. It’s marinated with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and pepper. This is usually thin slices of sirloin or other prime cuts of beef. If you’re a lazy eater, this one might be a better choice because you don’t have to eat around the bones.

Chadol Bagi is beef brisket that is cut very thin and served rolled up. It cooks very quickly! It often looks like a larger quantity before it cooks down. What you’re left with are some very moist pieces of meat.


Korean Pancakes (전)

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Korean pancakes come with many different ingredients. When Westerners think of pancakes, they’ll think of something sweet, but these are different. Typically, they’ll have either seafood, kimchi or vegetables. My favorite would have to be the kimchi pancake. I love kimchi, so adding it to a pancake makes perfect sense. This is a popular drinking food and I would highly recommend try it as soon as possible!


Makgeolli (막걸리)

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Makgeolli and I have some great memories. Makgeolli is unfiltered rice wine and Korea’s oldest drink. It’s a little sweet which makes it very tasty. It looks a bit milky and has a little carbonation from the fermentation process. Definitely one of my favorites!


Bingsoo (빙수)

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This dessert is a little bit hard to explain. At first glance it appears to be a giant ice cream sundae, but in reality, it’s not! Actually, bingsoo is mostly made up of shaved milk ice stacked with heavenly toppings of your heart’s greatest desires. I’ve tried strawberry, mango, chocolate, blueberry, red beans and cheese! Sounds strange but seriously amazing!


Kimbab (김밥)

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When you first see kimbab as a foreigner, most would automatically assume that it’s sushi but you would be sadly mistaken! Kim means seaweed and bab means rice in Korean. Apparently, when made correctly, kimbab can be a flavor explosion! There are many different varieties but my favorite is usually filled with bulgogi.


Soju (소주)

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The most famous Korean alcohol is Soju. Soju is typically 20% alcohol but can be made super strong depending on the distillation process. It’s clear and traditionally made from rice. Nowadays, producers are using a variety of starches to create Korea’s famous alcohol such as potatoes and corn. For those of you who think the taste is a bit tough to take, there are now several flavored varieties. These are very dangerous because they taste so good!


Summary

Hopefully, now you can see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Korean food is much more than just grilled meat! Get out there and try all these amazing foods now!

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink

07 Sep 2016

I recently heard about the food tours offered by Seoul Gastro Tours, but later I learned that they offer a food and traditional Korean alcohol tour. This got Pierre very excited and intrigued. I wasted no time in signing-up!

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Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

The tour started in the Bukchon region of Seoul. It begins with a quick overview of the city’s traditional architecture. However, seeing that I have lived in Seoul for some time, I was already quite familiar and ready to get my drink on!

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Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Lucky for me, the next stop was the famous Samhae brewery. This was in a beautiful traditional style Korean building where they make all different types of Korean spirits. While there, we were able to sample a variety of alcohol and some packed quite a punch. The owner is a true professional and I really enjoyed his products. I have to admit that I left the building feeling quite pleasant. Wink.

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Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

Gastro Tour Seoul: Korean Culture Through Food and Drink Asia Blog South Korea Tours

The next stop was the Insadong area of soul at a restaurant called Jang Ja’s Nabi. Here, our wonderful tour group shared a traditional Korean meal. This was accompanied with more alcohol including Makgeolli which is the traditional milky Korean alcohol. The food was fantastic and I can verify that it was a very traditional meal which is a must when you visit Korea!

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Lately, I’ve been doing more and more tours while I travel and I must say that they have been very eye-opening experiences. If you don’t use guides it’s easy to miss a lot of interesting facts. During this this tour, I learned a lot and was able to sample some fantastic Korean food and drink. The guide was very personable and fun to be around. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially for those who want to learn about Korean culture during their next trip!

I recently heard about the food tours offered by Seoul Gastro Tours, but later I learned that they offer a food and traditional Korean alcohol tour. This got Pierre very excited and intrigued. I wasted no time in signing-up! The tour started in the Bukchon region of Seoul. It begins…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.8
Value - 8.3
Feng Shui - 8.1
Convenience - 7.6
Service - 7.5

8.1

Amazing Seoul!

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37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul

07 Sep 2016

While visiting the Conrad hotel in Seoul, South Korea I was able to visit their 37 Grill and Bar on the 37th floor. The view from the restaurant is absolutely exceptional. You have a 180 degree city and Han river view which helped create a wonderful evening.

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37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

To get the meal started, I ordered a Grizzly Bear Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Very tasty. To jump into the food department, we went with the tasting appetizer which had three items on it. Out of the three, I would have to say I enjoyed the crab cake the most.

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

For the main, we went with something that was visually quite impressive. But before I get into that, let’s talk about our weapon selection. We were offered our choice from a beautiful selection of French cutlery. For the main, we were served a skewer of meat, seafood and vegetables over a bowl of fried rice. I did enjoy the main although some seafood items were slightly under-cooked. As a whole, tasty.

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

The part of the meal that I enjoyed the most would have to be the dessert. For those of you who follow me, you know that I’m very much a fan of Bingsoo. This was one of the most extravagant Korean desserts that I’ve ever had! Just a beautiful presentation and many extras to make it super amazing!

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

In summary, I must say that the 37 Grill and Bar really has a nice offering. All the food was solid and combined with the full experience, was an enjoyable evening. The Bingsoo dessert was really impressive! Also, come on, look at this view! When it was all said and done, I can safely recommend you to enjoy a meal at the top of the Conrad hotel in their beautiful 37 Bar and Grill.

While visiting the Conrad hotel in Seoul, South Korea I was able to visit their 37 Grill and Bar on the 37th floor. The view from the restaurant is absolutely exceptional. You have a 180 degree city and Han river view which helped create a wonderful evening. To get the meal…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.2
Value - 6.9
Feng Shui - 8.2
Convenience - 7.5
Service - 8.1

7.6

Wow!

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37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

37 Grill and Bar: Dinner with a Breathtaking view of Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea)

06 Sep 2016

On my most recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, I had a chance to visit some of the city’s best hotels. Among the cream of the crop is the Conrad hotel located near Yeouido station. From the hotel, you can easily walk to the Han River and from the 37th floor you can observe a simply spectacular view.

 

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Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

It’s easy to tell by the design, that the hotel is relatively new. I must say that it is very aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Wink. My room was on the 18th floor, overlooking the beautiful river. The stay duration wasn’t very long, but in that time, I was able to witness beautiful sky views and capture some great photos.

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Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

At the top of the hotel is their executive lounge and 37 Grill and Bar. By far, this is the best view of the Han River that I’ve ever seen. This is also where we decided to have breakfast. During my stay I was able to enjoy a dinner at the 37 Grill and Bar which you will have to read about in a separate article.

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

The hotel also has some great facilities. However, it is important to note that the systems work slightly different than in other countries. In Korea, they tend to offer their gyms to the public with paid gym memberships. For hotel guests, this means that the gym will be quite busy during peak hours and you will have to pay extra to use facilities such as steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. The gym is however included for hotel guests and has a large amount of equipment that is very high quality. There is also a large pool available for hotel guests.

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Another facility that I enjoyed was the golf center but must also mention it will cost an extra fee. I must say that it is quite fun to brush up on your game indoors!

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Conrad Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Overall, the design of the hotel is really what impressed me the most. The views also were great but some of the Korean hospitality standards are bit different than other countries and I found this off-putting. It is important to be open-minded to different cultures and appreciate them for what they are. All in all, my stay at the Conrad hotel in Seoul was enjoyable.

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On my most recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, I had a chance to visit some of the city's best hotels. Among the cream of the crop is the Conrad hotel located near Yeouido station. From the hotel, you can easily walk to the Han River and from the 37th…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7
Value - 7
Feng Shui - 8.5
Convenience - 7
Service - 6.5

7.2

Solid.

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Conrad Hotel Seoul

Hotel

23-1 Yeouido-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 150-945, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-6137-7000

 

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul

05 Sep 2016

Pierre is always in search of a fantastic buffet. I heard about one inside of the JW Marriott Hotel in Dongdaemun, Seoul. If you’re wondering, I did review the hotel as well and you can read about that experience in a separate article here.

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Walking into the Tavalo 24 restaurant is quite impressive. The dining room is as long as a football field and the entirety looks over the beautiful traditional Korean architecture of the Heunginjimun gate. The buffet is jam-packed with a variety of cuisines. For the evening that we visited, they were serving special American-style barbecue items along with the normal options.

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Being in Korea, it was wonderful to find traditional Korean barbecue, which was my favorite food of the evening!

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

They also offer a wide variety of fresh seafood, including some super tasty sashimi. I can’t forget to mention an amazing part of the meal which was free-flow champagne. I had between 3 to 10 glasses which put me in quite the fantastic state of mind. Wink.

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

When it came to dessert, there were no shortages of choices. There were cakes, gelato and many small treats. Basically, anything that one could think of. I enjoyed a nice ice cream cone before calling it a night.

The experience was quite magnificent. Overall, I felt the quality and standard of food were quite high. The dining room is large yet very cozy because it is divided into sections and offers a superb view of the gate. The hotel is very well situated near the night market and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. All in all, the experience was wonderful! If you are looking for a great dinner buffet in Seoul, South Korea, I would recommend you to visit Tavolo 24 inside of the JW Marriott hotel Dongdaemun Square.

Pierre is always in search of a fantastic buffet. I heard about one inside of the JW Marriott Hotel in Dongdaemun, Seoul. If you're wondering, I did review the hotel as well and you can read about that experience in a separate article here. Walking into the Tavalo 24 restaurant is quite…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.5
Value - 7.8
Feng Shui - 8.3
Convenience - 9
Service - 9

8.3

Great!

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Tavolo 24

Restaurant

279, Jongno-gu, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno 6(yuk)-ga, Seoul

Phone: +82-02-2276-3000

 


Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Tavolo 24 Restaurant Review: International Dinner Buffet in Seoul Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min’s Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea)

04 Sep 2016

As you know from being my biggest fan, I lived in Seoul last year for six months, specifically in the Apgujeong area. For my latest review, I visited Min’s Kitchen which was only about a five minute walk from where I lived before. It’s also near Dosan Park which is one of my favorite places to be! The cuisine at Min’s Kitchen is described as being modern Korean cuisine. They’ve taken a lot of authentic tastes and presented them in a way that is different than I’ve ever seen before.

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

For dinner, to give the restaurant a fair shake, I went with “Set C” which is an extensive tasting menu. Starting out with some very potent soju. Typically soju is around 20% but this was 40%. It got Pierre to his happy place quickly. This was served alongside some warm beef jerky, which I could’ve easily ate all night. So tasty.

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The first more enjoyable thing I had after the beef jerky would have to be the tuna tartar. Tuna tartar is always very safe with me because I’m almost guaranteed to love it. Haven’t met a one that I didn’t enjoy. Refreshing and enjoyable. The next dish that I quite liked would be the Korean pancakes. There were three, all with different ingredients. I preferred the seafood and meat variations the best.

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The next dish that I have to highlight was the beef. This had a very traditional Korean taste but was presented in a very unique way. The meat was very succulent and melted in my mouth. It brought me to another world of enjoyment.

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

We were sure to finish off the meal with a light dessert of fruit, sweets and coffee.

Min's Kitchen Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

When it was all said and done, I enjoyed my meal at Min’s Kitchen. Overall, things I liked were the interior design, the new twist on Korean classics and of course little things like the jerky and soju. If you’re looking to try a new twist on Korean cuisine, I would recommend you to visit Min’s kitchen in Seoul, South Korea!

As you know from being my biggest fan, I lived in Seoul last year for six months, specifically in the Apgujeong area. For my latest review, I visited Min's Kitchen which was only about a five minute walk from where I lived before. It's also near Dosan Park which is…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.6
Value - 7
Feng Shui - 7.5
Convenience - 8
Service - 7

7.4

Wow!

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Min’s Kitchen

Restaurant

135-897 10-4, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Phone: +82-2-544-1007

 


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Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea)

04 Sep 2016

I recently stayed at the newest hotel I’ve ever stayed at! It opened just 2 months ago. It was also new in the fact that it was my first Courtyard by Marriott experience. This of course was on my trip to Seoul, South Korea. The hotel location is right next to an old market which is called Namdaemun and a major tourist attraction. It’s also overlooking the Sungnyemun gate. Overall, it’s just very centrally located but you will have to walk a few hundred meters to the nearest subway station.

 

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Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

There really was no difference between this Courtyard Marriott and any other Marriott. I felt that the quality was on the same level. The room was gorgeous. So fresh and new. As with the trend these days, the shower was in a glass box so everyone can see. You do however have the option to close the curtain, if you must. The view from the window was of course looking over the beautiful Namsan tower.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

I was waiting for a big difference between this tier of Marriott and the next but it was hard to find. The lounge was actually bigger than some of the normal Marriott’s lounges I’ve visited. To top it off, the food was incredible! It had such a wide variety I couldn’t stop myself from stuffing my face. This wasn’t just finger food, this was lasagna, salads and traditional Korean barbecue. Nobody would have trouble having a fantastic meal. Of course they also have a wide variety of alcohol. Wink.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

I stayed at the hotel for two nights so I tried both of their breakfasts. The lounge has such a great variety and I really didn’t need to leave. However, I did try the main dining room which offers a very sizable selection. There were many guests in the main dining room, if you’re into that sort of thing. Wink. The food was great but Pierre recommends taking your breakfast in the lounge.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Not sure if other Courtyard by Marriott hotels have pools, but this one does not. For Pierre, it’s not a big deal because I don’t often swim. They do offer a very amazing gym. When a hotel is this fresh, it makes me all giddy inside. All this amazing equipment, just for Pierre!

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

The hotel is designed in such a way that it has an open shaft running up the center. This does offer a very grand lobby and lounge area on the lower floor.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

When it was time to check out, I was genuinely sad. The Courtyard by Marriott in Seoul exceeded all of my expectations. It was straightforward, and even though it was only two months old, they were already poised to be an amazing hotel for years to come. The amenities are good, service great and the food was simply amazing. You will not be disappointed if you visit the Courtyard by Marriott in Seoul, South Korea!

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I recently stayed at the newest hotel I've ever stayed at! It opened just 2 months ago. It was also new in the fact that it was my first Courtyard by Marriott experience. This of course was on my trip to Seoul, South Korea. The hotel location is right next to…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.1
Value - 8.5
Feng Shui - 8.2
Convenience - 7
Service - 8

8.2

Amazing Seoul!

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Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun

Hotel

9 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu Seoul 04526 South Korea

Phone: +82-2-2211 8000

 


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Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea)

30 Aug 2016

The Four Seasons hotel in Seoul, Korea has a large list of dining options. One that I recently tried, was their authentic Japanese restaurant called Kioku.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The dining room is quite grand, including very tall ceilings. The design demands attention and guests have lots to look at and appreciate. There were so many options to choose from on the menu, I thought I would make it easier on myself and go with their Kai tasting menu. This had about seven courses. My stomach was quite excited for the marathon of eating. Also, it was a must to order some sake!

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The sake was called Tokubetsu Junmai “Gokuzyo Yoshinogawa” and was very delightful. I couldn’t help but compare sake to soju during this meal. Overall, sake is generally smoother than soju but not always.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The first super amazing dish had to be the assorted sashimi. Each piece of fish had tons of flavor and melted in my mouth. I can compare the way this melted in my mouth to Japanese beef, which is similar. Just perfect.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

The second dish that got me intrigued was the first plate of sushi. Not only did this sushi look beautiful, but the taste was fantastic. We got a wide variety of options to try and overall and were very happy with the selection.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Halfway through the meal we decided to try another sake. This one was slightly less smooth but still very pleasant.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Throughout the meal the staff were on their toes. For dessert we were served assorted fruits and tasty treats.

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

What really left a strong image in my mind, was the design of the dining room. Throughout the hotel, which you can read about in a separate article, the designs were very impressive. This restaurant was just magnificent in its appearance. Let’s not forget about the food! I enjoyed the meal overall, especially the sashimi and sushi. The evening was very pleasant. If you are looking for an all-around impressive Japanese meal in Seoul then I would recommend you to check out Kioku inside of The Four Seasons hotel.

The Four Seasons hotel in Seoul, Korea has a large list of dining options. One that I recently tried, was their authentic Japanese restaurant called Kioku. The dining room is quite grand, including very tall ceilings. The design demands attention and guests have lots to look at and appreciate. There were…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7
Value - 6.9
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 7.5
Service - 7.7

7.7

Wow!

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Kioku Seoul

Restaurant

97 Saemunan-ro
Jongno-gu, Seoul
03183
Korea

Phone: +82 (2) 6388-5000

 


Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Kioku Restaurant Review (Seoul, Korea) Asia Blog Food South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea’s Top Hotel

30 Aug 2016

This was the first time I’ve returned to Seoul in nearly a year. My first stop was at the Four Seasons hotel. This is a beautiful property where everything feels very fresh. The hotel is located not far from Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is great if you’re visiting.

 

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Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

I could already tell by the lobby and the hallways that the rooms would be nice. I love when I’m right. Opening the door I was thrown into a bright world of beauty. The color scheme used was lots of lighter tones which were very uplifting. The carpet was blue which is a nice contrast to the walls and very calming. I love how spacious the room was and all of its features. Fantastic coffee making area, a beautiful bathtub and a very bright shower with mirror inside which I really appreciated.

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

After checking in and seeing the room, it was time to head up to the lounge to see what was in store for the evening. Lucky for Pierre, it was cocktail hour when I arrived. This was a very large selection of alcohol folks. They offer a lot more than many competitors. This wasn’t any bottom of the barrel stuff either. During the stay, I was sure to frequent the lounge. Whether it was breakfast, afternoon tea or evening cocktails the Four Seasons lounge offered magnificent food, drink and atmosphere. Check out this view!

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Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

We ended up leaving the hotel for dinner and returning to get some sleep. The next morning I thought it was necessary to hit the gym and burn off some calories. I will go out on a limb and say that this gym is quite possibly the best gym in the entire city of Seoul. It is so extensive that it is mind-boggling. Not only is it extensive but it was quite empty which was perfect I could use whatever I wanted at any time. How convenient.

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Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Not only was the gym absolutely massive and gorgeous, so was the pool and relaxation areas. The pool was empty in the morning. However, in the afternoon it was super packed because it was holiday time in Korea. Pro tip: make sure you plan your vacation in Seoul when the kids are in school and not free to roam free. Wink. When I read that there was a golf area, I thought I made a mistake. Not the case! They have a complete indoor golf area so you can practice your golf game rain or shine. Beautiful. I almost forgot to mention that it’s included with being a guest!

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Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

The first morning’s breakfast was in the lounge. As you can guess, it was quite extensive, especially for a lounge offering some very high quality items including fantastic local and Western fare. They had some great olives and pickles. So tasty!

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Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

After breakfast, it was time to tour the rest of the hotel and head to the spa to relax.

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

I always get excited for spa treatments. This time was no different. After entering, we were given hot tea and then shown to the treatment rooms. I don’t think you can get much more aesthetically pleasing than this. The bathtub was extraordinarily beautiful. This was first time I’ve received a massage in Korea. I went with the energized massage. It was a little bit rougher around the edges than other treatments I’ve received in other countries but the result were still relaxation.

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

What a busy day, after the massage it was time for afternoon tea in the lounge. They really have a lot to offer in the lounge, seriously.

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

The next morning I wanted to get the full experience of the property so I headed downstairs to try breakfast in their Italian restaurant. Obviously, there was much more selection. However, this also came with many more people, especially because of the vacation period. They have all of the amazing buffet items including thick cut bacon which was great. I ordered a traditional Korean meal which which included bulgogi which is grilled and marinated beef.

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Overall, the stay was practically flawless. The hotel is brand-new and you really can’t go wrong with the amount of features. I believe they have about seven restaurants. We were able to sample the food in their Japanese restaurant and of course the breakfast. You must read about the Kioku Japanese restaurant in a separate article. In terms of the whole property, it really knocked it out of the park. A true home run! They brought the highest quality in all areas and this is why I must recommend you to visit the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea!

Reserve YOUR room at the Four Seasons Seoul Now!
This was the first time I've returned to Seoul in nearly a year. My first stop was at the Four Seasons hotel. This is a beautiful property where everything feels very fresh. The hotel is located not far from Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is great if you're visiting.   Click HERE…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 8.5
Feng Shui - 10
Convenience - 8.5
Service - 9.3

9.2

Top-Notch!

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Four Seasons Seoul

Hotel

97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Phone: +82-02-6388-5000

 


Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea

Four Seasons Seoul: Korea's Top Hotel Asia Blog Hotels South Korea