Desperately Seeking Seoul

 

Nothing makes a near 24-hour journey more bearable than a deliciously sumptuous hotel room to immediately collapse in upon arrival. The sleek, sexy Four Seasons Hotel Seoul provided me with exactly that.

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Photo credit: Four Seasons

The beds. Oh, the beds.

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I remember drawing a bath in the deep soaking tub, and then I remember slipping into the crisp sheets and sinking into the bed’s soft, king-sized embrace, watching the city lights twinkle through my room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. And then I blacked out for approximately 12 hours.

When I awoke, breakfast was calling me.

Downstairs, the Market Kitchen — a massive space that feels more like a food hall than a restaurant — is divvied up by regions of the world. It’s not your typical breakfast buffet — many options, like lobster and pho, are made to order.

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After lingering over a few cups of coffee, I made my way to the gym, which covers three floors and includes a Pilates studio. Post yoga session, I wandered into the hotel’s traditional Korean spa, a delightful waterpark of plunge pools, whirlpool jets, and waterfalls.

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In Gwanghwamun, Four Seasons Seoul is the perfect jumping off point to explore many of the city’s most popular sites, like Gyeongbokgung Palace, just a few blocks away. The 14th-century palace is a dizzyingly massive compound where young Koreans often stage elaborate photo shoots in their candy-colored hanboks.

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