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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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.


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.


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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