The Luxe List 2016: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Reserved opulence at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Reserved opulence at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

One of the four restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

One of the four restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Given Seoulites’ champagne tastes—per capita consumer credit card spending here outstrips everywhere else—you would have thought that there would be a bevy of five­-star­-plus hotels catering to its glitterati set. But there wasn’t until the Four Seasons, a sleek 317­-room tower of reserved opulence, opened in the business district in late 2015. Cool and contemporary, its 43 massive suites—complete with customizable beds, marbled bathrooms, and Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries—wrap around the building with floor-to-ceiling views of the city, the mountains, and Gyeongbokgung Palace. The pick of the property’s seven dining outlets and bars is Michelin­-starred Japanese chef Sawada Kazumi’s Kioku, an elegantly muted Kyoto­-style restaurant and sushi bar. You’ll also want to make your way down to the recesses of the hotel, where, behind a secret door, lies the Charles H. bar. Named for the American cocktail writer Charles H. Baker, who counted Heming­way among his friends and who crisscrossed the world chronicling cocktails long before most people cared about such things, it’s the perfect spot for a discreet tipple. (82­ 2/6388­ 5000; fourseasons.com; doubles from US$390).

This article originally appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2016: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul”).

 

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