For our recent trip to Seoul, my primary objective was to geek out at museums, eat a lot of great food and just relax a little before getting back into the grind of the rat race, so when I was deciding on hotels, I decided I wanted a suite and after researching a long time, the Conrad Seoul was my hotel of choice.
By taking advantage of the CitiPrestige 4th night free – the Grand Executive Suite was priced relatively reasonable about 500USD a night – especially when you’re talking about nights in Asia during a public holiday weekend. The flight was slightly delayed and the ride to the airport by transfer is normally about an hour – but our driver must’ve been an ex-formula 1 driver because he shortened the ride to about 35mins by driving about 150kmph in snowy weather…
When we arrived, it was about 9:30 in the evening and thankfully the reception area was empty and felt really warm with the wooden texture.
Check-in was smooth and staff were professional – although lacking a little warmth (compared to the more casual Intercontinental staff) – we decided to walk ourselves to the room (always not a big fan of being “guided” to the room) – overall – the design was excellent.
When we got into the room, both Ms. Buddha and I were thoroughly impressed – the space was once again more than adequate for 2 people, there was even a separate loo (my loo when Ms. Buddha uses the main one) – there’s also a semi-walk-in wardrobe area.
In addition to that, the room had a very comfortable “living room” area for you to just relax and watch a bit of TV – the couches were amazingly comfortable and when you pair that with the view – perfect!
Ms. Buddha walked into the bathroom when I was looking at other things and she asked me to come to the bathroom – which she immediately fell in love with! There was the double sink; Toto style loo; and a really really nice bath that I made very good use of!
Finally came the bedroom – which was massive in its own rights and housed a King size bed – although not Intercontinental comfortable – it was comfortable and I have to say I slept very very well during our stay there!
Now onto the little things, unlike the IHG properties where I’m guaranteed a gift, the Conrad is a Hilton property and I’m not ensured a gift, non-the-less, they still left a box of incredibly tasty chocolates in the room to thank me (I’m not sure whether it’s because we were in the Suite). In addition to that, in most places we stay at, Ms. Buddha and I request for gym clothes from the hotel gym when we check-in, and it’s always a hit or a miss whether we do get the clothes – but for Conrad Seoul – they were perfectly laid out in the room – excellent!
Now onto the very best part of the room – where most places have you facing a building or a view where you’d rather just close the curtains, the room we had really had an amazing view – to the point where every morning we were met with this – truly amazing.