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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
After breakfast, it was time to tour the rest of the hotel and head to the spa to relax.
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.
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.
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.
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!
97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul