FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.


by Francis X. Gallagher

Jul 1, 2018

Arrival/Check-In: I flew to Seoul from JFK on Asiana Airlines’ flight 221, landing just after 5 p.m. at Incheon International Airport, helping you acclimate to the time change. Before checking into the SIGNIEL Seoul, I met my local colleague, Jeff Hwang, and his family at a local restaurant, along with Carly Allen, GT’s executive vice president, who arrived in Seoul a day earlier. After dinner, Jeff drove me to the massive Lotte World Tower, where staff appeared to be waiting for me and greeted me by name. I was taken to the 79th-floor lobby and then to the 95th floor, where I checked into the hotel in my room, No. 9581. Shortly thereafter my luggage arrived, and I quickly settled in for the evening. The room still smelled new with a clean, fresh scent.

Guest Quarters: I was impressed with the hotel’s understated Asian décor, clean and functional, using soft, muted colors and marble throughout. Near the entrance to the suite, a powder room on the left included a small sink; I find it nice to have that extra bathroom, especially when traveling with a guest. All the toilets were Japanese-inspired, offering all sorts of controls including sprays of various strengths and heated seats. Directly forward, the living area featured a built-in minibar (fully stocked) and a built-in sofa that followed the curvature of the exterior wall. A seating area with a tasteful marble coffee table held a nice welcome amenity of fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate and tea. A wall of windows central to the room offered beautiful views of the Han River. The righthand wall separated the room from the bedroom and held a built-in desk with a flat-screen TV hung above. In the bedroom the windows continued, and a king-sized bed included a control panel to operate nearly everything in the room (automatic draperies are a plus for those wanting to sleep late). Opposite the bed stood a flat-screen TV and entertainment area.

The bathroom was impressive, with dark marble and an open shower next to the tub. The shower and soaking tub afforded panoramic views of the city and the Han River below. I made a point of standing on the rim of the tub against the glass to gaze straight down 95 floors. The bathroom amenities for guests included shampoos and other accoutrements from the 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Diptyque brand.

Services/Amenities: Make a point to schedule time at the restaurants and bars at the hotel, as they are quite spectacular. Bar 81 is the Champagne-inspired bar on the 81st floor. I found it relaxing to have a drink and converse with the bartenders about their methods and signature drinks; one in particular has a brandy base and is delivered in a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The lobby-level lounge is always relaxing; enjoy French afternoon tea as well as casual cuisine and cocktails. On the 81st floor we had an amazing dinner prepared by Chef Elie Fischmann at Stay, Modern Restaurant. Each course was more spectacular than the last, served with Champagne and topped off with the Pastry Library, a Stay signature — absolutely decadent yet not overpowering after a large meal.

Suite guests can secure a reservation at the exclusive hotel membership restaurant, Signiel Club, on the 107th floor. Options include private dining rooms, Chinese cuisine under star chef Kyungok Yeo, the nine-seat Sushi-Bar and the Boutique Bar. We savored a one-of-a-kind sushi experience at the Signiel Club that will not be forgotten. The sushi chef, with more than 30 years in the industry, created handcrafted sushi and sashimi to our delight.

◆ The great bar on the 81st floor has a friendly and accommodating staff. ◆ Comfortable bedding follows in the footsteps of the Lotte brand.
◆ Enjoy VIP service at the Signiel Club.
◆ At a fine business lounge on the 79th floor, you can conduct a meeting and plan your day with your guests.


76F–101F 300 Olympic-ro
Songpa-gu, Seoul
South Korea
tel 82 2 3213 1000


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions


Insta Feed
Jun 14, 2024

Former 1940s-Era Italian Bank Transformed Into Rome EDITION Hotel

It is hard to resist the pleasures of Rome, a city filled with world-renowned paintings; sculptures; thousands of colorful cafés; and hundreds of ancient buildings still standing and often used as offices, homes and museums. Certainly, Rome is the cradle from which all that is best about Italy emerged. It is difficult to open a new hotel in Rome without connecting it to the city’s history, art and culinary tradition. When Rome EDITION opened last year, it was the perfect fit for a city that lives and breathes all things extraordinary.

Welcome to Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro

Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro, operated by Aimbridge LATAM, opened its doors, welcoming guests to one of the most iconic and traditional properties in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Boasting 229 rooms and suites, the hotel, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, is ready for discerning travelers. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the largest hotel franchise company in the world with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries.

June 2024
Jun 14, 2024

Loyalty Programs Revamp to Meet Changing Customer Preferences

Airlines and hotels consistently tweak loyalty programs to draw brand engagement based on shifting consumer habits, and the demands of younger generations make an impact. According to Chris Galloway, executive vice president, Strategy & Design, for brand loyalty experts Brandmovers, millennials are more active and engaged in loyalty programs than any other generation to date, and as Gen Z gains in buying/spending power, they also accelerate in their desire for loyalty and rewards programs.

Jun 14, 2024

Luxury Italian Farmhouse Launches 3 Seasonal, Hands-On Culinary Experiences

This summer, guests staying at Casetta Firenze, a luxury farmhouse in the Chianti region of Tuscany, can book three culinary workshops led by experts in the art of pasta making, traditional Tuscan dishes and vegetarian cuisine. Each workshop offers a multicourse meal, local produce and complementary wine.

Fill Your Heart with Ireland

Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?

Jun 14, 2024

Top U.S. States for Golfers

Relocation experts at My Baggage recently conducted a study to determine the top U.S. states for golfers by analyzing the distribution of golf courses, driving ranges, tournaments and golf coaches per 100,000 residents in every state, along with the number of platinum clubs. From there, each location was assigned a score and ranked accordingly.

Jun 12, 2024

Langham Hospitality Group Opens Cordis-Branded Hotel in Foshan, China

Langham Hospitality Group opened a new hotel under its upscale Cordis Hotels & Resorts brand, situated in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, a key urban center in the country’s Greater Bay Area. The Cordis, Foshan and Lingnan Tiandi Hotel is becoming a promising destination for both tourists and business travelers thanks to its planned upgrades and prime location in Lingnan Tiandi.

Why Buy Trip Cancellation Insurance?

Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:

eFlyer Reviews
Jun 12, 2024

Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs Review

It’s often declared Paris’ Left Bank, or La Rive Gauche, the local side of the Seine —  where bohemian and chic are used superfluously, albeit with some veracity. It only makes sense that travelers looking to stay on the Left Bank would seek as local an accommodation as possible — Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs is the new kid on the block and certainly delivers this with its design following the likes of a Parisian art collectors’ residence.