Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Review: Park Hyatt Seoul

 

This Park Hyatt Seoul Review is part of a trip report covering luxury travel in northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. For the prior posts please see:

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The Park Hyatt Seoul is a Virtuoso hotel, so TravelSort Clients receive these benefits when booking a qualifying paid rate:

  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Food & Beverage credit of KRW50,000 once during stay
  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine in the Guest Room
  • 12 Noon early check-in and 4 pm late check-out, subject to availability
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (from Park King to Park Deluxe)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Park Hyatt Seoul Location, Check-in and Lobby

The Park Hyatt Seoul is located at 606, Teheran-ro in Seoul's Gangnam district, of course immortalized in Psy's Gangnam Style song and music video. While in a pricey neighborhood, it's not the easiest place to get from Seoul Incheon Airport, since the airport train goes to downtown Seoul. I instead took one of the airport limousine buses, although it hit rush hour traffic and took nearly 1.5 hours to get there.

I was dropped off across a busy intersection, so snapped this photo before taking an underpass to get to the hotel entrance:

Park Hyatt Seoul in Gangnam District

 

I was greeted upon entering, and ushered into one of the elevators to the Park Hyatt Seoul lobby, which is on the 24th floor. The lobby, which I had a better view of the next day, has floor to ceiling windows and a nice view no doubt, when the weather's nice. It was pretty cloudy during my stay, but there was good natural light at least.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Lobby Lounge

 

Check-in was quick, and I given my room key, which was actually a couple floors down. I have Hyatt Platinum status via the Hyatt Visa, and thanks to this was upgraded to a Park Deluxe King, not that I was focused on this since I was traveling solo and only overnighting.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Reception Front Desk

 

Park Hyatt Seoul Park Deluxe King Room

Park Deluxe King Rooms are a generoud 48 to 52 square meters, or about 516 to 560 square feet, spacious for urban hotels, although even entry level Park King Rooms are good sized, at 42 square meters, or 452 square feet. There's an emphasis on clean lines, with warm hues of wood in the living room/bedroom, and natural stone in the bathroom.

As I entered, the bathroom was on the left, a closet and the mini bar on the right, and straight ahead was the bedroom / living room area.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Park Deluxe King Room

 

The bed was quite comfortable, although I was so tired by the time I finished work that evening that I could have slept almost anywhere. Importantly, there were good black out shades.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Park Deluxe King Bed

 

As a welcome amenity, there was a single big apple on the table, which came in handy as breakfast the next morning, when I didn't have time to grab anything before rushing to an appointment.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Apple Welcome Amenity

 

The bathroom consisted of a sink and vanity, enclosed high tech Toto toilet across from it, and a walk-in shower with a separate deep soaking tub.

Review-Park Hyatt Seoul - Park Deluxe Room Bathroom

Review-Park Hyatt Seoul-Bathroom Sink and Vanity

 

I liked that the bath products were Aesop, the same Australian brand Cathay Pacific First Class uses for its amenity kits.

Review-Park Hyatt Seoul - Aesop Bath Products

 

Another nice thing about better Asian hotels, including the Park Hyatt Seoul, is the more comprehensive selection of bath amenities, including toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, and even a hair band. 

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Toiletries


The mini bar area included a Nespresso machine and capsules:

Nespresso Machine and Capsules, Park Hyatt Seoul


Park Hyatt Seoul Swimming Pool and Fitness Center

While I didn't have time to go for a swim, the swimming pool, which is on the 24th floor lobby level, looked beautiful, if rather exposed. Personally, I can't imagine traipsing through the hotel lobby in bathrobe to go to the pool. Very awkward, and perhaps that's why I didn't see any swimmers during my time there.

Review: Park Hyatt Seoul

 

That said, there were a couple men in the fitness center, just adjacent, which wasn't huge but had a decent array of machines and free weights.

Park Hyatt Seoul Review - Fitness Center

 

Cornerstone Restaurant and Dining

I'll cover weekend brunch at Cornerstone in a future post. Breakfast at Cornerstone is served daily 6:30am-10:30am, weekday lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, weekend brunch 11:30-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and nightly dinner 6pm-10pm.

 

The Verdict

While I wouldn't call the Park Hyatt Seoul a destination hotel by any stretch, it's a very nice urban hotel, and in addition to being a Virtuoso hotel, it was a great use, as a Category 4 Hyatt, for the annual free night certificate that comes with the Hyatt Visa (which may only be used at Category 1 -Category 4 Hyatts). Note that Virtuoso benefits, of course, are only available with fully paid rates, and not with award bookings.

With the Hyatt 2015 Category Changes, the Park Hyatt Seoul is becoming a Category 5 property effective January 22, 2015, so if you plan to redeem for an award night here, do so by January 21, 2015.

If you've stayed at the Park Hyatt Seoul, what was your experience?

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