A glass tower in Seoul’s business district
434 Rooms / 50 Suites
Yeouido is often called the Manhattan of Seoul, an island in the Han River that hosts the city’s financial district, the tallest building in the country, the National Assembly and Conrad Seoul, one of the city’s finest hotels.
Within the Yeouido Business District and near Seoul’s airports, the hotel is nicely situated for those who want to mix business and pleasure, from the elegant meeting spaces and 37th-floor Executive Lounge to the kitted-out spa and range of restaurants. Perhaps the biggest perk is its location near Yeouido Station, a major bonus in this busy city.
High, dramatic ceilings are a common theme throughout Conrad Seoul, beginning with the bright, airy lobby. A long spiral staircase, a symbol of the Conrad’s “connectivity” theme, stretches from the ground floor to the fifth. The ceiling is adorned with amber-colored ginkgo leaf chandeliers, which represents fortune and wellness in Korea. This ginkgo leaf motif stretches throughout the luxury hotel, on rugs, walls and as pieces of art.
The hotel’s Wellness Zone is exactly that — a sleek space where you can workout in the 24-hour fitness center, do laps in the indoor heated swimming pool, relax in the steam room and sauna, or get pampered at the adjacent luxury spa.
Glass elevators with views of the river sweep up to the fifth, sixth and seventh stories, where most functions take place. On three is the Grand Ballroom, which can hold between 800 and 900 people and features huge windows that flood the area with natural light. On the fifth floor is the Park Ballroom, which hosts 400 to 500 people, has a magnificent foyer, and is most often used for weddings. And on the sixth floor is the Studio Floor, where there are 11 function rooms plus one large boardroom, with plenty of space to rest and relax between them.
Each 517-square-foot standard room in the Seoul hotel features two queen or one king bed, and a marble bathroom with double vanities, a soaking tub and mirrors with inlaid televisions. Rooms and suites also have a “magic glass” between the bathroom and the bedroom — a button turns the window from clear glass to frosted. Eighty percent of the rooms have river views, which are particularly beautiful at night when the bridges are lit up.
There are 47 1,033-square-foot Corner Suites, with views both of the river and the financial district, including the iconic 63 Building. The two Conrad Suites are located on the 34th and 35th floors. At 1,550 square feet, they feature very large living and dining rooms, a big bedroom, and a huge bathroom and walk-in closet, plus a small kitchen.
Finally, the 36th-floor Penthouse Suite is the ultimate in Conrad luxury, the preference of Hollywood stars on location. At 3,100-square-feet, the bedroom is like a suite of its own and everything else is luxuriously enormous — the living room, bathroom and walk-in closet. There is a small kitchen and bar, and a separate standard room is attached, often used for personal assistants, bodyguards or even as a private gym.
The Food and Drinks
There are two lounge cafes, Flames and 10G, the latter offering casual food and drinks. On the second floor is Zest, a buffet split into four sections: Japanese and Western food; mixed Asian; Korean food and Western barbecue; and a dessert bar. Particularly popular is the sushi and sashimi at the Japanese station, and the housemade gelato at desserts station.
Across from Zest is Atrio, a classy, beautifully lit Italian restaurant with fresh pasta, a pizza oven and live jazz in the evenings. On Sundays Atrio has a night dedicated to pimaek (a hybrid word combing “pizza” and the Korean word for “beer”), during which it serves unique table-length pizzas and brews.
Finally, on the 37th floor is the 37 Grill & Bar, which affords spectacular views of the city, day or night. The 37 is divided into a restaurant section, with two open kitchens, two private dining rooms and a British chef who specializes in tomahawk steaks. On the bar side there is a variety of seating, from intimate booths to large tables for groups. A DJ plays soft music on weekends.
And there’s more to come: Two new restaurants, one Japanese and one Korean, are due to open this summer. A premium Korean grill dining experience at Kyungbokkung as well as modern Japanese dining at Sapporo will be located on L1, with direct access to the hotel.
In addition, VVertigo sky lounge on the 9th floor is open throughout Summer, offering signature cocktails, grilled foods and contemporary live music in the hidden gem amidst the high-rise buildings of Yeouido.