Heart & Seoul

Design Anthology’s top five for where to stay in the Korean capital

 RYSE  Image by Yongkwan Kim

RYSE
Image by Yongkwan Kim

 
 RYSE  Image by Yongkwan Kim

RYSE
Image by Yongkwan Kim

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RYSE

Situated in the heart of one of Seoul’s most youthful and vibrant neighbourhoods is RYSE — a member of the Autograph collection. The SCAAA-designed tower has Instagram-friendly interiors by London-based Michaelis Boyd who were inspired by the natural contrasts of the Korean landscape. Embracing their locale — the heart of Seoul’s publishing community and the home to one of the city’s art schools — the hotel has incorporated a decidedly old school print and artsy bent to their facilities and events program. An in-house team used a vintage risograph machine to create much of the in-room art collection, there’s a vinyl stamping machine for musicians to lay down tracks, the lobby ‘print culture lounge’ has a collection of hard to find indie titles, respected local gallery Arario has an outpost in the basement and room types include the ‘editors’ room, to the ‘producers’ suite. A great home away from home in the Korean capital for the young at heart, and those that value all things art.

130 Yanghwa-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; tel: +82 2 330 7700

 

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Four Seasons, Seoul

For a luxurious indulgence in South Korea's capital city, look no further than the Four Seasons, Seoul. Mindful of Korean architecture's ever-conscious relationship with its environment, LTW Designworks — who handled the interior design — strove for material harmony.  Thus, translucent back-lit panels cast soft light across the space and co-conspire with a palette of muted earth tones to create a sense of lightness and openness throughout — helped also by the fact that rooms here are the largest in the city. The hotel’s anchor restaurants — Kioku serving Japanese and Yu Yuan serving Chinese — were designed by André Fu and are destinations in their own right.

97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul; tel: +82 2 6388 5123

 Four Seasons, Seoul

Four Seasons, Seoul

 
 The Shilla Seoul

The Shilla Seoul

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The Shilla Seoul

The Shilla Seoul is a veritable institution. Constructed in 1973 and occupying a prominent hilltop position in the centre of the city, it stood as a pinnacle of progress as the country rebuilt. Under the direction of Peter Remedios, interiors have recently seen a full update, now dominated by soothing beige and taupe tones. The property’s traditional hanok is a popular venue for weddings, and Korean restaurant La Yeon — one of eight dining outlets — was awarded three stars in last year’s inaugural Michelin Guide for Seoul.

249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul; tel: +82 2 2233 3131

 

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GLAD Hotel

The only DESIGN HOTELS member property in Seoul, GLAD Hotel guarantees a classy stay in a design-fringed atmosphere.  The brand has two branches, one in hip Gangnam and another in Yeouido — Seoul’s financial district — with the latter offering luxuriously spacious rooms in a city facing ever-smaller hotel rooms. Ultra-comfortable beds, Italian designed Artemide lighting and a subdued, grayscale colour scheme with dark walnut flooring combine for a restful environment, ideal for a recharge.  A business lounge, gym and ground-floor restaurant and cafe round out the offerings.

16 Uisadang-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul; tel: +82 2 6222 5000

 GLAD Hotel

GLAD Hotel

 
 Hotel Cappuccino

Hotel Cappuccino

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Hotel Cappuccino

Conceived as a reflection of the growing importance attached by young millennials to sharing and communal values — and as an attempt to embody these in the realm of travel — Hotel Cappuccino offers a young and casual ambience. It also offers the unique amenity of suites where owners can host their furry friends, replete with a personalised chew toy at check-in and pet-friendly conveniences in the room. The 141-room hotel is spread across 18 floors with a hip cafe on the ground-floor and a rooftop terrace on the other extreme, which boasts sweeping panoramic views out over the Gangnam district.

155, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; tel:+82 2 2038 9500