A Dragon City Rises in Seoul

French multinational firm AccorHotels prepares to launch what it calls South Korea’s first “lifestyle hotel-plex.” Inspired by the name of its location Yongsan (“dragon hill”), Seoul Dragon City is a real estate development showcasing four hotels that range from economy to luxury.

The world's first "lifestyle hotel-plex"

Seoul’s first “lifestyle hotel-plex.” All images courtesy of AccorHotels.

Opening on October 1, the four properties have a combined number of 1,700 rooms, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, and two multi-function grand ballrooms. It also has what the developer says is a first in the world: four full floors of entertainment in what is dubbed as the Sky Bridge that’s suspended between two towers.

Seoul Dragon City - Grand Ballroom

One of the two ballrooms in the development

Travelers can choose from different properties that fit their needs and preferred price point. The Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan is a 202-room property made for families and long-stay guests who prefer to stay at a serviced residence. Featuring warm colors, its rooms come with locally-inspired furnishings.

Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Those who need more space can consider Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan, which comes with 286-open planned suites.

Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Right next door, Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan comes with 621 rooms with minimalist modern interiors.

Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Lastly is the bold and bright ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan, which comes with young-ish looking 591 rooms. Of the four, this property is the only one marketed to airline crews.

ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan

Guests can grab a cocktail at King’s Vacation, the Bridge’s lounge bar inspired by European watering holes. Bonus: the bar has its own indoor swimming pool.

Then there’s Sky Beach, a private beach club reminiscent of party hot spots in Spain, Greece, Singapore, and Las Vegas.

The development is around 57 kilometers away from Incheon International Airport. It provides easy access to malls, shopping centers, movie theaters, and embassies, and its location is within close proximity of districts such as Yeouido, Gangnam, Itaewon, and Myeongdong.

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