The tallest staircase in Korea spirals 40 meters up from the lobby of the Conrad Seoul, affording views of the long reach of the Han River, the regal peaks of Inhwangsan and Bukhan, and the city’s bristling skyline. It makes for a suitable dramatic introduction the modern chic of this 434-room newcomer, which is as well appointed as any hotel in the capital with the added advantage of being kitted out with the latest in-room technology. Other highlights include a 25-meter indoor pool, a hushed spa with eight private treatment rooms, and three restaurants, including the 37 Grill & Bar, which boasts a 180-degree view of the city from the hotel’s 37th floor.
23-1 Yeouido-dong, Youngdungpo-gu; 82-2/6137-7000; Conrad Seoul website; doubles from US$220
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