All in all, this is a very nice property. I stayed there for business last month. As far as the business traveler is concerned, it has everything you need. Wireless, nice business center, great conference facilities, very good restaurants, and a nice workout facility. It is centrally located so travel by cab etc is very easy. Here are some more detailed thoughts:
Expense - this hotel is not cheap. The food, although very good for hotel food, is expensive. Wireless is not free. The wireless is also a tad hit and miss, it will randomly shut down on you which is kind of a pain but not really awful. The business center services are incredibly expensive but the service there is top notch. If you need supplies, or bottled water etc, do not buy it at the hotel. Walk out the front, turn left at the frontage road and there is a little market place about a block away.
Service - very good, never had a problem. Most of the employees are fluent in English and very helpful. room service was also very quick.
Rooms - decent, good view. Although there was some updating needed in the bathroom, it is the typical hyatt room - which is nice.
Location - this hotel is centrally located, so it is really nice, probably one of the better located hotels in Seoul. Beware, although a subway station is nearby, it is a walk. The Marriott was much more convenient in this regard. The property is on the edge of insadong, which, for a tourist, is pretty useful. The restaurants and ex pat bars there are also nice and a change from the hotel. Do a little Internet surfing or pop into an ex pat bar and they will tell you where to eat. Don't stay in the hotel unless you have to. Mount Namsan is across the street - perfect for hiking and workouts. Really convenient.
Workout facilities - very nice, full gym, and pool. Marriott still better in this regard, especially w the Olympic sized pool.
Airport - the Korean air shuttle runs every half an hour. It makes about two stops prior to going to the airport and I think it was about 15 dollars, it is really nice.
All in all you are not going to go wrong staying here. If I were doing the tourist thing, this is probably where I would stay. As far as business I'd aim for something more like the marriott, especially if you had to leave the property. The one regard, business wise, where this hotel is really nice - it is fully functional - if you do not have to leave the property you can utilize all of the facilities and it is extraordinarily convenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hyatt Seoul, in the heart of the nation’s capital, is set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at the foot of historic Mt. Namsan. Commanding breathtaking views of the Han River to the south and Mt. Namsan to the north, the hotel is only minutes away from the downtown commercial district and within walking distance of Itaewon, one of the city’s renowned shopping areas. The hotel is 70 minutes away from Incheon International Airport, 50 minutes from Gimpo Domestic Airport, 20 minutes from the Samsung-dong business hub, with most all of the city’s key districts within close proximity to the hotel.Hotel accommodations include 601 contemporary, luxuriously designed rooms and suites, using a selection of natural woods and fabrics to create a comfortable, residential ambience. The hotel hosts The Spa and Club Olympus recreation centre, a sanctuary of calm offering spa treatments, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis & squash courts and an ice skating rink.As a “multi-functional lifestyle destination”, cuisine plays a focal role at Grand Hyatt Seoul. The hotel boasts some of Seoul’s most magnificent 11 restaurants and bars, each showcasing its unique style and authenticity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Seoul Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Seoul
- Seoul Hyatt