The Ritz-Carlton Seoul, Korea: Luxury Hotel with Gangnam Style

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul has everything a luxury traveler could want

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Why Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul Hotel in South Korea?

Note to readers: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul closed for extensive renovations on January 1, 2017. Its reopening date is to be determined. It is also unknown whether the hotel will still be a member of the Ritz-Carlton brand. Meanwhile, Seoul is laden with five-star hotels from brands including Park Hyatt, Banyan Tree, and Grand InterContinental. See a list of Seoul luxury hotels.

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul is an American-managed luxury hotel in Seoul, South Korea's enterprising, energetic capital city.  F or North American business and leisure travelers, staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul makes a lot of sense.

This is a property managed by the America's most famed luxury hotel brand, the Ritz-Carlton. It has American management, English-speaking personnel, and a global attitude and clientele.

A Tranquil Mid-Sized Hotel Offers You a Lot t o Do, But Is Also a Place to Relax

Ritz-Carlton, Seoul offers a myriad of in-house activities and attractions. It is an oasis for guests who want their Seoul hotel to be a tranquil retreat in this hectic, 24-hour mega-city.

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul has 328 guest rooms and 47 suites. The suites feature Seoul's only hotel terraces. You can also expect exceptional international dining; an outstanding fitness center with a lap pool and a rooftop golf driving range; and  Thermae Spa, whose Korean scrub-and-massage treatment is unforgettable.

Will You Like The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul?

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul may be the right South Korean hotel for you if: you are loyal to the Ritz-Carlton brand, and like its marble-and-gilt style signature, superlative Ritz-Carlton service; you prefer large, full-service grand hotels to boutique hotels; you want to stay in Seoul's Gangnam area; you need superior fitness facilities in your hotel; you may even take advantage of the hotel's golf driving range; your list of things to do in Seoul has "Korean spa treatment" on it.

You may not love The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul if: you prefer casual, social boutique hotels to larger, dignified Ritz-Carlton hotels; you prefer modern décor to the traditional Ritz-Carlton look; you like compact hotels with minimal walking The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul occupies two wings connected on only two floors).

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul Is in Gangnam (of the Famous "Gangnam Style" Video)

The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul is set in the Gangnam ("South of the Han River") region of Seoul. This neighborhood, celebrated in Psy's "Gangnam Style" video, is thought of as Seoul's midtown. The multitude of corporate headquarters in Gangnam make the hotel especially convenient for traveling execs.

And luxury travelers love the fact that The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul is amidst great shopping, making the hotel a good base for Seoul visitors intent on "retail research," with 24-hour malls aplenty and designer boutiques in the adjoining neighborhood of Cheongdam-dong. Seoul's four highest-end department stores are also nearby.

For guests who want to do some sightseeing in Seoul, the Gangnam subway station is less than a 10-minute walk from The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul.

In this hotel, guests experience The Ritz-Carlton's trademark superlative service. Hotel housekeeping is impeccable, with warm greetings, devoted concierges, and nightly turndown service.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level offers a typically excellent Ritz-Carlton club-floor VIP lounge. It serves food and beverage presentations four times daily, buffet-style. Cocktail hour, from late afternoon to early evening, brings out wine and liquor. Breakfast is very good here. Club Level guests enjoy attentive concierge services plus amenities like laundry and pressing. See if a club-floor upgrade is worth it to you.

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, the author was provided with complimentary services for review purposes.