I have traveled to Seoul for years and have stayed at the Lotte Hotel Seoul often as it’s centrally located, surrounded by business districts, museums and markets. But this trip was different; the Executive Tower at the Lotte Hotel is now fully open for guests after a complete renovation.
The Executive Tower has its own entrance into the cream, marble lobby where a dedicated tower staff greets you and guides you up to the Sky Lobby for check-in. The brightly lit lobby is enormous, offering plenty of couch areas and beverage service to enjoy while you quickly check in. The staff also asked how they could help with my stay, including booking dinners, museum tours and the like, which I found helpful.
My Junior Suite was located on an upper floor, and upon entering into a long hallway of warm wood, I felt the mix of modern and classic luxury. The décor and colors were just my style.
The brightly lit hallway held a mirror and large closet space with lots of extra cushioned hangers for my blouses, and the most interesting piece of technology I have seen in a hotel so far. The LG Styler looks like a slim fridge but actually can “Refresh Garments in Minutes with Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Steam Clothing Care System.” It was easy to use daily to refresh and steam my coats and anything else I wore that day. However, guests receive free ironing service for two garments, just in case. On the other side of the hallway, a well-lit, gray, marble bathroom featured a dual sink vanity with Dyptique amenities and a three-paneled mirror. The frosted glass-enclosed shower area included a rainfall showerhead, one of my favorites, and a spa bathtub sat adjacent.
The room opened into a living area filled with natural light and city views. A large, modern chandelier highlighted the décor and provided great lighting over the seating area and a large desk with extra international outlets for all your gadgets. Across the room a fully stocked bar offered American classics and local spirits as well. I spent most of my time working and lounging in this area.
A king-sized bed with plush linens dominated the bedroom and gave me an excellent night’s rest. An HD LG flat-screen TV sat across from the bed. The bright neon screens atop the buildings in the area give off some extra light at night, so I recommend using the blackout curtains.
I took almost every meal during my stay at Le Salon, the lounge area for Executive Tower guests. It opens for breakfast, light snacks and tea in the afternoon, and cocktail service for happy hour. Since the area is exclusive, it’s a bit quiet with a few businesspeople and small families coming through, making it a bit reserved for a solo traveler. However, the bustling staff at the cooking stations were kind, and the spread of dim sum for breakfast along with waffles made my mornings bright. For happy hour, I indulged in Champagne and charcuterie.
The gym is shared between both towers, but is honestly a trek to get to; however, its rows of state-of-the-art equipment, including a sauna for a cool-down treatment, will please any guest.
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea
tel 82 2 771 1000
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