The sprawling and vibrant metropolis of Seoul in South Korea is a premier destination for business and leisure travel. It’s easy to look at the city as it is now with its impressive modern architecture and imposing skyline and forget that the city has a storied history dating over two-thousand years. The massive economy and cutting-edge tech scene provide plenty of opportunities for business travel, but whatever the reason for the visit, it is important to stay in style.
We share our favorite spots to set up shop in Seoul:
The Westin Chosun
Strategically located in the business district, this world renowned five-star hotel is at the top of many traveler’s lists of places to stay. The hotel is situated within walking distance of several embassies, municipal buildings, and financial institutions, making it a convenient choice for meetings and networking. Aside from the convenient location, the facilities include a state-of-the-art business center and meeting rooms and an abundant selection of elegant dining options. The recently refurbished hotel also offers some of the best suites in the city with an excellent spa for relaxing after stressful days of productivity.
Banyan Tree Club and Spa
For a more relaxed stay, the Banyan Tree Club and Spa is a great choice for anyone traveling for leisure that wants to explore the natural beauty of the city. The uniquely-designed hotel offers breathtaking views of Mt. Namsan and the Han River, and there is even a driving range for practicing your stroke. The namesake Banyan Tree Spa offers sensuous Asian treatments to help you recharge, and the resort transforms its pool into an ice skating rink during the winter months. It’s a quiet getaway in one of the most busy metropolises in the world.
Imperial Palace Hotel
Another unique hotel in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace Hotel, is an impressive landmark in its own right. The suites most certainly live up to the name and look more like royal bedrooms than hotel accommodations. The hotel is situated in the business district and has facilities to accommodate business travelers as well as a variety of on-site restaurants that will cater to nearly any taste from Asian dishes to Spanish cuisine, and there’s even a steakhouse. As impressive as it is expensive, this hotel is a superb choice for experiencing the city while still getting a bit of work done.