Stunning guest lounge area at the lobby entrance from valet
Just barely a year old, The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul in one word is breathtaking. Every floor, every corner, every detail…just so stunning. It doesn’t take long to realize that no expense was spared in building this hotel and likewise, nothing was placed anywhere without purpose. My words nor photos will not do this hotel justice, however, I will attempt to paint you a picture of my wonderful stay there.
I literally walked into the hotel and my jaw dropped to the floor. It pretty much remained on the floor even as we entered our rooms. The high ceilings of the hotel entrance, the exquisite floral arrangements by Bergmann, the in-house flower shop, the modern but chic plush sofas and chairs, the sharply dressed hotel staff, and white marble encompassing almost everywhere, everything was what you would expect from a five star luxury hotel.
Amazing floral display and high ceilings near the check-in area
Another floral display when entering the revolving doors from the valet
Spa and pool floor check in display
We booked two adjoining club rooms on the Executive Club Lounge Level floor, meaning we had access to the Executive Club Lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea, and hors d’oeuvres and light dinner snacks available throughout the day. The rooms are extremely sizeable (we got one King room and one double room), with plenty of space between the beds, writing desk, and chaise lounge. Everything from the beds to the in-room amenities were very luxurious and high tech (they even have a Nespresso machine for morning lattes and iPad minis to request hotel services). We were greeted with handwritten notes on the mirrors and milk and cookies for the children. Fresh fruit and sugared dried fruits also welcomed us to our rooms which are always a nice touch after a long day of travel. Other than the generous size of the rooms, I love the large floor to ceiling windows that provide radiant natural light and views of the bustling city below. To see more information on the spacious rooms, click here.
King size club room (another view)
Stationary and multiple electronic cables for your use
Double queen club room (another view)
Signature Four Seasons beds with daily fresh fruit provided by the staff
And can we talk about the bathroom? Italian white marble heaven! A opulent freestanding tub complete with bath salts, bath tray, and premier bath products by Lorenzo Villoresi Firenz steals the show. I spent many nights in the spa tub relaxing away while gazing into the bedroom watching my children through the sliding partition. The walk-in shower is exquisite as well with the rainfall showerhead delivering just the perfect amount of water pressure.
Beautiful bathroom vanity with double sink
Freestanding tub surrounding by marble
We spent a lot of time at the Executive Club Lounge and I would have to highly recommend reserving the lounge level for families with young children just for the ease of feeding them. The lounge is one of the nicest and sizable lounges I have been to with amazing floor to ceiling windows showing views of Namsan, Seoul Towel, and Gwanghwamun. The breakfast is more continental, not the Korean food I would have expected, but still a good assortment of yogurts, pastries, made to order eggs and pancakes. I love that they have an espresso machine with easy to figure out directions on all sorts of coffees, lattes, Americanos, etc. Tea time is the most sparse out of the meals offered, but nevertheless an adequate selection of finger sandwiches and quick bites if you are around the hotel and want to satisfy your tummy for a bit. The light supper has an ample variety of wine and spirits as well as champagne. We stayed at the hotel for about a week and the food served at the Executive Club Lounge hardly changed which made for many repetitive meals (my only complaint), but it was still more convenient to use this lounge than to go out and get food otherwise. In addition to all the food and drinks, there is also a private concierge available at the Excecutive Club Lounge to address any minute needs.
Executive Club Lounge main dining area
Spacious rooms in the Club Lounge for more private dining and conversations
The fitness center is unlike any hotel gym I have ever seen. It covers almost the entire floor and is enormous! There is a large selection of free weights, cardio machines, TRX, and anything you would need in a regular gym (not just hotel gym). It also has a juice bar located towards the hotel’s indoor pool. For the golfer in you, there is also the Golf Experience where you can “play” on the world’s best courses and a simulator analyzes your swing and posture.
Enormous gym with plenty of machines and weights for guests
Putting green inside the Golf Experience
The indoor pool is just as stunning as the rest of the hotel with panoramic views of the Gwanghwamun area, but be warned, if you are swimming in the main lap pool, swim caps are a must. Fortunately, they can be borrowed from the hotel at no charge along with child floaties, slippers, goggles, and even swimsuits (totally full service here). There is a small, shallow, wading pool for toddlers that has beautiful lights that shine under water looking like stars in a night sky. There is also a “Vitality” pool which features three metal lounge chairs inside the jacuzzi which have their individual jets for a bubbling massage. The pool also features a sauna room where you can dry off and relax after a day of swimming. Other than the sheer fact of not having to put on sunblock, the pool was lovely to spend a few hours and relax while being catered to by the staff.
Vitality pool with lounge chairs and individual jets
While many meals were eaten at the Executive Club Lounge, The Four Seasons Seoul houses seven notable restaurants, all different in menu and style, yet all equally impressive in interior décor and thoughtful presentation. Kioku is a Japanese multi-level restaurant designed by infamous Andre Fu. The mezzanine and upper area encompasses the sake bar and the intimate sushi counter while the booths are on the level below admidst beautiful bamboo screenings. If there is one restaurant you have to try while staying here this is the one.
Boccalino is the hotel’s Italian restaurant and the interior decor just left me speechless. Floor to ceiling white marble fills the enormous space. Rich, elegant, dark leather chairs and booths make for intimate conversations in comfortable luxury. Across the hall is the Boccalino Wine Bar for a more informal gathering during the day, which turns into a lounge and opens till late in the evening.
Boccalino table seating with street views
Boccalino booth seating with floor to ceiling marble
Baccalino Wine Bar room and wine fridge
Yu Yuan is an upscale Cantonese restaurant with its entire decor reflecting the opulence and glamour of Shanghai in the swinging 1920s. As you enter the restaurant you are greeted by a window showcasing Yu Yuan’s signature Peking ducks. The restaurant has a very opulent vibe, and it’s intimate space makes you feel like you are royalty dining there.
On the bottom floor of the hotel lies The Market Kitchen, which gives Las Vegas buffets a run for their money. Here they feature a show-stopping buffet that serves pan-Asian and international cuisine at “build-you-own” stations and a massive selection of meats, fresh sushi and seafood, variety of charcuterie cheese platters, and made-to-order selections from the noodle and pasta bars. One of my favorite features of this restaurant other than their expansive food options is their flooring. Clear, window-like sections of the floor throughout the restaurant reveal the underground parts of the hotel showcasing the groundwork of the building.
The Market Kitchen’s dim sum display
Pastries, fruit, and juice display
The Four Seasons Seoul also has lounges such as Maru, on the lobby floor, and Charles H., a speakeasy concept bar named after the American cocktail writer Charles H. Baker. Needless to say with kids on this trip, I didn’t get to explore these lounges and bars as I would have liked to (there is always next time).
I’ve stayed at several Four Seasons hotel properties before, but The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is by far the most incredible hotel thus far. The reason we chose this hotel was not only for the implied luxury and excellence that all Four Seasons properties are known for, but also for the location of the hotel. The Four Seasons Seoul is close to many of the historic attractions as well as to the Dongwha Duty Free Store and many local eateries right outside of the hotel. We were walking distance to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheonggyechweon Stream, and Bukchon Hanok Village. Not only does the Four Seasons Seoul check off all the requirements of a luxury hotel, it also checks off all the requirements of a blogger’s dream with so many Instagrammable walls and furnishings. The cool and modern décor blends well with Seoul’s past and present and it truly is a property where not only travelers come to stay, but also where locals come to eat, drink, and mingle. I am seriously planning my next trip to Seoul just so I can stay here again!
// Pros and Cons //
Pros | Location, Restaurants, Luxury and Service, No Tipping
Cons | Staff could be a little more smiley (perhaps the culture)
Would I Recommend | Yes for sure!
Would I Stay There Again | Emphatic Yes!
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03183
+82 (2) 6388-5000
Wow! The suite looks amazing. I love the decor. The food looks delicious too. 🙂
Thank you Jennifer! The hotel is definitely one of the best I’ve stayed at and so happy to be able to share it with others, especially since it is on the newer side.
Thanks for sharing!!! xx
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Thank you for reading this post Hadasah!
Looks like you had such an amazing time girl! I have always been fascinated by Seoul, and its definitely on travel bucket list 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check out this hotel when I visit! Have a great rest of your week
Thanks Jessi! OMG, you would so slay in Seoul! It is definitely up there as one of the most fashionable cities and you would use the streets as your runway! If you ever find yourself there you have to stay at the Four Seasons! You won’t be disappointed at all!
Simply breathtaking! I’m planning a Korea trip next summer. Looks like I just found my hotel. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Are you really Jennifer? Awww, Korea is amazing and not just because it is the motherland for me. I love the shopping, skincare, food…I am so excited for you! This is definitely hands down the best hotel there so check it out on the website!
Are you on vacation 24/7, 365 days of the year? It sure seems like it!! Or maybe this is your job to review such wonderful hotels. I sure hope it is because you are so excellent at catching all the details and reviewing everything so thoroughly. I love all your gorgeous photos and whenever I visit a hotel. which is not very often, I always look at the gym and this one seems so exceptional!! Thanks for sharing Christine!!!
Thanks so much Jen! I wish I was on vacation all the time, but sadly I am not. You are so sweet with your compliments. I love interior decor and as a blogger, I definitely see things differently and look for those Instagrammable areas and this hotel has it all!
Oh wow! I would love to stay there! Everything looks so beautiful ♥
Thank you Jen, it truly was a dream hotel stay!
You always find the best hotel, this place is breathtaking. I did like to sleep there all day lol. Great post beautiful.
Awww, thank you Deddeh! I did want to sleep in all day long!
What an amazingly beautiful hotel. Four Seasons is a great company with beautiful hotels but you did an exceptional job with your photos & descriptions. How could anyone not want to stay here ? I completely see why you don’t want to leave !
Thank you Gracie! I do love the Four Seasons resorts, but this one so far takes the cake!
Super random, but those berries on the bed that you’re about to eat look so big and juicy. LOL!!! Anyway, this hotel looks amazing and you look so comfortable! Seriously so jelly that you got to experience such an amazing stay 🙂 I haven’t been to Seoul for several years now but I want to go back to check out the sheep cafe… I’m determined, lol. Hope your week is going well hun! xo, sharon
Haha, they are Korean grapes! =) I know, I am sorry we didn’t make it to the sheep cafe for you…the kids were scared of just the dogs at the dog cafe and we had to leave. The sheep would have terrified them for years after! Haha.
Wow, what an incredible looking hotel. That indoor pool is everything. I’d love to spend a week or 2 in this hotel. Thank you for all these stunning pics 🙂
The pool was fantastic here too! A week is definitely a must but I’ll take two weeks here any day too!
Such a gorgeous hotel! The floor to ceiling windows really add so much. And that bathroom – so luxe! Looks like such a great place to stay. Hope you had a wonderful time!
I am a huge fan of floor to ceiling windows. All that natural light is so perfect and I also love a great marble bathroom. Wish I could live here! =)
this is so amazing! hope you had a luxurious and relaxing time at the 4 seasons!
Thanks Samantha. I did have an amazing time there and mostly due to this fabulous hotel!
Oh my goodnesssssss just shove me in your suitcase.
I’ll be your photographer and videographer. 😉
You are too cute. Yes, I need both so next trip? =)
I enjoyed reading this review more than any other hotel review I’ve ever read. You always stay at the most luxurious places and this one is no exception. I’ve never wanted so badly to jet off to a new place just for the sake of staying in a certain hotel hehe. Thank you for sharing your in-depth experience!
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Thanks so much Stephanie! Staying at hotels has always been fun for me because as I child I rarely traveled because we didn’t have the means to. So it is very nice and extra special for me to go on vacation and enjoy these things.
Absolutely gorgeous hotel. We’ll be in Korea next month and thinking about changing our hotel to The Four Seasons. How did you like the location? Was the neighborhood safe? Is the hotel close to a lot of tourist attractions?
Hi Violet! Yes, the hotel is actually very safe. It is located in a very nice area next to several historical attractions as I mentioned in the blog post. It is safe because it is near to some government buildings and many of the other places like Gangnam, DDM, Itaewon, Myongdong, etc are a short cab ride away. Cabs are pretty cheap there so we took those instead of buses or the subway.
Wow what a stunningly beautiful hotel! Wish I could stay there right now 😀 I love when hotels add that personal touch to make you feel welcome. The handwritten notes and cookies and milk for the kids just won me over! How sweet!
It truly is a dream hotel there. Everything is so luxe and every corner took my breath away.
Oh my gosh, swoon!! I want to be here right now. All these photos are a DREAM!!!
Thank you Lily! I want to go back now too!
This looks like a gorgeous hotel. Loving your photos. I love when a hotel has great amenities and a nice bar. This really does look instagrammable from every corner!
It truly is Miki! You would love it here!
You look beautiful in every photo! It looks like you had an awesome stay at this gorgeous hotel and I am amazed by the decor!
Thank you FeSamaia, the decor is something amazing and I still dream about this hotel!
Are you sure you are not a photographer as these images are stunning? You always stay at most luxury hotels even when you came to Houston last month and I love reading all the reviews! I always tell my friends that Asia has best hotels comparing to the ones we have here. If I ever make it to Seoul, I would definitely consider this hotel as my daughter would love the cookies and milk :).
You are too kind Jo! The Four Seasons Seoul makes it easy to take good photos because literally every angle is gorgeous there! Asia does have amazing hotels you definitely have to check them out if you are ever in Korea!
Looks like an amazing place to stay! Will definitely stay in this hotel the next time my boyfriend and I are going to Seoul. Thank you for this review.
Yes you have to Mary Lynne! You definitely will not regret it one bit!
I loved this post. Next time I go to Seoul I will check this place out. Thanks!! I entered giveaway!
You would love it here Julie!
on my list of possible places to stay (at the VERY least visit to take selfie’s lol) next year on our korea trip. thanks for the opportunity neighbor 🙂 xo!
Yes, this place is perfect for your family Jinha and you would love it there!
When traveling, I always make sure to stay at the Four Seasons! Great post!
They have the best hotels and in all the best cities!
This was an awesome review of the hotel, my fiancé and I are planning a visit to Seoul and we would love to stop by this sleek hotel. I think the best thing that won me over was the freestanding tub. Haha thinking, bubble bath relaxation . Thanks for sharing your detailed experience, as always!
You have to at least stop by the hotel and try one of their many restaurants. It is nearby many tourist locations so when you are near there, pop in!
OMG I’d never want to leave this hotel either! It’s so breathtaking!! Milk and cookies for the kids is such a soft touch! I’ve never seen golf in a hotel before hehe so that was a nice addition. That pool is absolutely gorgeous!! Korea is definitely on my list, and if I ever go, I’d LOVE to stay at this hotel! Hehe and it’s crazy that it’s only been open for a year!
It truly is Jenn! Korea is such an amazing city not only for their food and fashion and beauty, but culture as well. You would love it there and definitely stay at this Four Seasons!
Oh my goodness!! I want to go to Seoul JUST to stay at the Four Seasons! This place looks incredible and you did a marvelous job at capturing the beauty of it all! I am so happy you had the best time! Thank you for sharing! xx, Adelina
Me too! LOL. This hotel is so stunning and I think I barely captured its glory with this post, but it definitely is a must see and stay hotel if you are in Seoul!
Wow it is beautiful. I love that they have their own putting green! haha how cute! I would be dining with that view over the street up in the trees for sure.
Your trip looked so fun! Korea is on my list.. hope you are well.
The hotel looks unbelievable!! Stunning everywhere you turn! I love the use of high ceilings with its minimal design to compliment the structure. Must check this place out one day!!!
You always stay at the best hotels seriously! How gorgeous! Love the suite and the bathroom is so luxurious. I like when a hotel pays attention to the little details aka the Nespresso and Mini iPads! How cool!
Also that lounge chaise! I would not want to leave this place!
You start by saying no pictures or words can make this place justice, but when reading about your experience and seeing the beautiful pictures it makes me wonder how beautiful it is once you see it for yourself. Seoul is definitely on top of my travel list and this is a great tip for me regarding where to stay! 🙂
This hotel looks amazing.
I’ll love to stay there. The swimming pool makes me dream.
Thank you Margot. I know you went to Korea recently so the next time you go, make sure you stop by and visit the hotel!
You are making me so freaking jealous, the pictures and your description makes me want to go there right now! The floor to ceiling windows, the swimming pool and the restaurants look amazing, what an incredible place to stay at!! They give iPad minis on request, whoa that’s a first time I have heard something like that. Seoul is definitely on my list and hope I get to stay in a place like this…
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It is literally a dream hotel Kusum! If you are ever planning a trip to Seoul, it is a must-stay place or at least even a must-see!
I love the Four Seasons! I had no idea there was one in Seoul. I travel quite a bit in Asia and will be sure to check out this hotel next time I’m there. Thanks for sharing.
What’s not to love about the Four Seasons hotels? But truly the Seoul one is magnificent and a must-stay!
this place looks perfect. u look so cozy in the bed and robe!! thats my fave part always of hotels
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Hehe, me too, I love the comfy beds and their robes. What’s not to love about being waited on hand and foot? =)
This hotel is breathtaking! I need a vacation ASAP!
Haha, doesn’t it just make you want to go there Michelle?
Okay, this is the most detailed blog post I have ever read about a hotel. Seriously, you’ve captured a gorgeous gallery of hotel photos from the gym to the lobby to the dining area and more! <3 I haven't been stayed at Four Seasons before, but I have tried their desserts once and it was absolutely AMAAZZZZINNGGGG. I can tell from your last picture that you didn't want to leave – I wouldn't wanna leave either, haha 😉
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Thanks Michelle! I wish my pictures and my description could really capture how amazing the Four Seasons Seoul is, but I am glad you found my review thorough. I definitely want to go back to Seoul someday soon and will for sure be staying here again!
WOW CHRISTINE! I love all your review and wish my review will be as good as yours. Also how do you manage to travel looking good ? also do you bring your kids? I adore your style and blog!
Awww, you are so sweet Darlene! Yes, I do bring all of my kids with me which is why it is harder for me to take OOTD photos on my trips. But I do love hotels that are accommodating to my family and this is definitely a great place to stay!
What an amazing hotel. Such beautiful and chic rooms, love this.
Thank you Charissa, the rooms and the entire hotel are just so lovely!
What a great place! I hope you enjoyed your stay! Would love to go to Seoul one day, studied Korean at University for one year 🙂
This place looks so beautiful and like a great experience to have. Thanks for sharing babe! Xx, Gina
Looks like you had an amazing stay! I’m so jealous!!!
oh my! this hotel is just SO stunning!! so glad you enjoyed your stay, thanks for sharing!
This entire hotel just screams decadence and class! Wow Four Seasons is truly an amazing hotel worldwide. My favourite is the Art Deco style bathroom.
This hotel looks so luxe and you always look amazing in all your hotel shots babe! I’ll need to check these guys out when I visit Korea now thanks to your awesome photo diary.
WOW! That looks sooo fancy, I’m so happy for you babe <3
I want to visit Soul so badly! The hotel looks incredible! I feel so inspired now!
OMG I have never seen such a nice hotel before, love that putting green and indoor pool! I wouldn’t want to leave either! 🙂
How fancy is this hotel!!!!! The room is really spacious and luxe! You are so lucky!
Thanks Margaret. It definitely is fancy and lovely!
The interior of the Four Seasons looks soo fancy and beautiful! I’m so jelly of all your hotel stays lately. You’re seriously giving me the wanderlust to go pack a suitcase and do a little more traveling of my own. I’m in serious need of a vacation.
Thank you Atsuna! Yes, you would love Korea!
Wow this hotel looks incredible for sure will add this one to my bucket list places to stay!!
The pictures are incredible. hope you enjoyed your stay beautiful.
Thanks Marcy! It really is an amazing place and you would love it there!
I am so jealous to see how much you are traveling .. loved all the pictures
That’s one hell of a review girl! Was just in Seoul and my hotel was fairly new and quite nice but wow, that just doesn’t compare to Four Seasons at all. Seems like an awesome stay and yes, I agree, it’s a cultural thing. Korean staff don’t seem as bubbly as say the ones in Western culture.
I love this place! I stayed at the Four Seasons Seoul, in large part, because of reading this blog post a few months ago. So glad I did. Your photos and review are amazing. But it’s even better in person. One of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed and I’ve been to many. The modern architecture and design was just wow! And the dining options. Heavenly! My favorite part was the pool / spa area. Gorgeous!
I enjoyed reading your review. Our family is heading to Seoul this summer as part of a 2 week Asia trip. I’ve been researching hotels in Seoul and came across your blog. It looks simply breathtaking. I really like that they’re kid friendly too. I’m going to talk to my husband about it and if he gives me the green light, we’re booking for sure. Thanks again!