by Sanjay Surana | June 29, 2016

Located in a Central Business District building designed by Heerim Architects and Planners, this spanking new tower property features seven restaurants and bars, a three-story spa and fitness complex, and extremely tasteful meetings spaces. Its prime location in Sejongro Square places it near financial institutions, government offices, shopping venues, and historic sites, while interiors have a finely curated art collection. 

Front Desk

On the street level, and with a strong palette of black and gold, the cool, contemporary lobby draws inspiration from Seoul of the past and the future, meshing classic Korean motifs with a modern design. Next to it, the lobby lounge features a fireplace in its centre.  

Room Service

The highlight among the 317 rooms and suites are those with views of the nearby Gyeongbok Palace and the landmark N Seoul Tower. In all accommodations expect clean design, bright spaces, and thoughtful features like motorised window coverings that offer the option of complete darkness, veiled natural light or clear views across the city when raised. Deluxe Rooms, specifically created for couples or business travellers staying multiple nights, include a walk-in closet and smartly designed bathrooms with white Italian marble. On the top three levels, Club Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and provide access to the Executive Club Lounge, on the 28th floor, which also has a dedicated check-in for Club guests and a boardroom that guests can use gratis for two hours per stay.  


With bars and restaurants designed by notable names like André Fu and AvroKO, anticipate a visual and gustatory feast at every meal. The vibrant Boccalino has an open kitchen that produces classic Italian dishes, and comes with views of the city street scene; cocktails and Italian wines are the speciality at the sultry Bar Boccalino next door. In a space inspired by 1920s Shanghai, and named for the famed garden in Old Shanghai, Yu Yuan focuses on Cantonese fare. Eight private dining rooms include one that can host up to 24 diners. The loft-like, three-storey Kioku has a busy sushi bar, while Market Kitchen has multiple cooking stations that recreate a European-style market hall. Charles H is a modern take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy.

As expected in a country obsessed with wellness and beauty, the spa is a true sanctuary, with signature treatments including the Um Yang Ritual, a botanical cure using herbs found in the ancient healing bible Dongui Bogam. Extensive facilities also include a 765-square-metre gym with rooms for classes and personal training, a juice bar, a members' lounge, three pools, and an indoor golf simulator that brings the world's top courses to the user.

Meeting Point

The property offers a choice of bright, natural-light-filled rooms, with the ability to accommodate groups as small as 10. The Grand Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art technology, while additional venues like the Garden Terrace with views of towering skyscrapers and the city lights offer interesting alternatives to the standard boxy, unwelcomingly lit event space. The hotel's meetings team works with event hosts and planners at every stage, from the initial planning to the execution.


A gleaming new property from one the most widely recognised global luxury hotel brands, the Four Seasons Seoul ticks all the boxes for a small- or mid-sized event. The meetings and event spaces are extremely polished, the food and drinks options sublime, and accommodations as refined as expected. Plus, the hotel's location could not be better, with the city's rich history and its pulsing financial centre right outside.