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December 16, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Park Hyatt Seoul Opens In City Centre

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The opening of Park Hyatt Seoul gives the capital of Korea a new address that redefines comfort, elegance and sophistication with contemporary accommodation and exceptional service. Park Hyatt Seoul is ideally located in the city’s central business district of Gangnam, directly opposite to COEX – the Convention and Exhibition centre, and right next to the major business and commercial centres of Seoul.

With a 24-story building fashioned like a glass box, the celebrated Japanese design firm, Super Potato, has made the idea of the hotel’s exterior and interior one and the same, which makes for an impressive presence from street level and stunning panoramic views from within the hotel. Super Potato’s concept melds Eastern and Western influences of tradition and innovation using nature as a guideline. Japanese and Chinese natural stone, light Myanmar oak, dark maple wood, water, and plenty of natural light are key elements throughout the hotel.

The Park Hyatt Seoul experience begins at the top – the 24th floor. Stepping off the elevator, guests are greeted by a reception area made of Japanese Aji Stone, and a large rectangular lounge area with orange leather chairs, Myanmar oak tables, and floor-to-ceiling windows to the left. At the end of the Lobby Lounge, there is a direct view of the 17 metre indoor heated pool through a glass wall, which continues past to a view of the city through the pool’s outer glass wall.

Park Hyatt Seoul’s 185 guestrooms include one Presidential Suite, two Diplomatic Suites and 35 Park Suites. The 52 square metre Park Deluxe Rooms are the largest guestrooms in the city. All guestrooms and suites are designed in a contemporary style residence with 3.4 metre floor-to-ceiling windows, simple, neutral tones and exquisite artistic elements. Each guestroom has custom-designed feather bed, 32- inch flat screen television, DVD player, multi-line telephones and high speed Internet access. The spacious in-room personal safe is suitable for a laptop.

For additional pampering, guests can visit the 570 square metre Park Club spa and fitness centre located on the 23rd and 24th floors, which includes three luxuriously appointed treatment rooms, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and plunge pools. The fitness studio has the latest equipment from Techno Gym and features stunning views of Seoul. The indoor heated swimming pool on the 24th floor next to the hotel lobby also features floor to ceiling glass wall and natural light.

Cornerstone, the hotel’s signature restaurant, specializes in grilled meats and seafood prepared in dramatic wood-burning ovens and open kitchens. Overseen by Chef, the restaurant offers stylish seasonal home-made dishes by using the finest Italian ingredients. A walk-in Wine Cellar features over 3,000 bottles of French and Italian wines, and two private rooms are available for exclusive gatherings. Cornerstone is located on the ground floor of the hotel and also accessible from a dedicated street entrance.

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