Imperial Palace Seoul Hotel Lobby

REVIEW: Imperial Palace Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

The multi-award winning Imperial Palace Seoul exudes luxury and extravagance from top to bottom, featuring a noble renaissance European aesthetic, complete with velvet arm chairs, pricey antiques and elegant paintings. It stands out from the competition for its unique interior design, meticulous attention to detail and impeccable service, delivering on their motto’s promise: ‘The Best of Everything’.

Location

Located in the lively and interesting central neighborhood of Gangnam, an important business and entertainment district in the city, the Imperial Palace enjoys easy access to most of Seoul. There is a direct limousine bus from Incheon Airport (the ride takes about one hour), and convenient public transport connections are just steps away in the Hak-dong (Exit 1) and Gangnam-gu Office (Exit 2) metro stations. The immediate surroundings themselves boast abundant restaurants and bars, both on the major avenues and in the smaller alleys, where workers from nearby office buildings blow off steam after hours.

Services and Facilities

The staff at Imperial Palace was among the best prepared and most helpful and attentive we’ve encountered. The hotel’s impressive fitness club comes fully equipped with a gym, spa, golf range, rock climbing wall, squash court and outdoor pool (a true rarity in Gangnam). The hotel grounds also feature a 24-hour business center, a luxury shopping arcade (complete with a barber shop) and a medical center, which includes a skin clinic, a dental clinic and interpreter services for foreign visitors.

Rooms

Seoul Imperial Palace Hotel Suite

Imperial Suite

The hotel’s various room types all feature their own unique aesthetic, décor and color scheme. Regular guest rooms come in Deluxe, Business and Superior variants, while Spa rooms are more traditional in their presentation, with low beds and large bath areas, decorated with marble and ondol (Korean floor heaters).

Imperial Palace Seoul

Duplex Suite

Opting for a Club Room comes with its own unique perks, such as access to the Club Imperial Lounge for meals and leisure, which showcases traditional Korean décor, as well as free access to internet and a sauna. All of the above rooms follow the hotel’s meticulous design and extravagance, evoking the interior of a grand European palace of old.

Dining

Familia Buffet at Imperial Palace Hotel Seoul

Buffet Familia

The hotel boasts a wide array of dining options, the centerpiece of which is the buffet restaurant with its seven live stations (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Other options include Chinese and Japanese restaurants, the opulent lobby café, the garden terrace and poolside BBQ, as well as an ambient and elegant bar.

Imperial Palace Seoul

Chinese Restaurant Cheonsan

As previously mentioned, Club Room guests can enjoy their breakfast in the privacy of the Club Imperial Lounge.

Club Imperial Lounge

Why we love it:

It’s easy to recommend the hotel that has been awarded numerous international distinctions, including being selected as the best hotel in Korea by Tripadvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice, but what makes it really stand out from the competition for us is its impeccable presentation, service and attention to detail. The style and character of the Imperial Palace are unique in Seoul, and offer the rare opportunity to feel like old-time European nobility. It is definitely worth splurging on a stay at the Imperial Palace to live in style during your visit to Seoul.