The Shilla Seoul – 7 Marvellous Moments You Will Experience at this Extraordinary Hotel
August 31, 2019
A prestigious global hotel combining traditional Korean aesthetics with modern sensibility, The Shilla Seoul is a premium lifestyle hotel that offers refined rest and relaxation. In harmony with the natural beauty of Seoul’s famous Namsan Mountain, The Shilla Seoul represents the elegance and beauty of South Korea. Besides offering guests rest and relaxation, The Shilla Seoul also encompasses elegant restaurants, arts and culture, beauty, shopping, weddings, and entertainment. The following are 7 marvellous moments my friend and I have experienced at this extraordinary hotel.
#1 – Be Captivated by the Lobby’s Design
Upon stepping into The Shilla Seoul’s lobby, your attention will be instantly drawn to the tasteful ornament hanging down from the ceiling. This harmonised elegance infused by thousands of crystal beads and light is the 8th dedicated art work by celebrated artist, Seon Ghi Bahk, in collaboration with The Shilla Seoul.
In case you do not know yet, Seon Ghi Bahk is a world-famous installation artist who has pioneered Asia’s contemporary art. His major works include huge installation artworks created by suspending a large number of acryl beads or various materials together by transparent strings and relieve works made by using perspective techniques. This work creates the endless flow of light suggesting the Milky Way in the night sky.
#2 – Enjoy a City View or the Namsan View at The Shilla Seoul’s Rooms and Suites
There are more than 450 rooms and suites at The Shilla Seoul, ranging from standard rooms, executive rooms, and a variety of suites. You’ll get to appreciate the “timeless modern” design of Peter Remedios, a world-renowned luxury hotel designer, no matter which room or suite you choose to stay in. The Executive Business Deluxe Room combines the spacious relaxed Business Deluxe Room setting with the services of The Executive Lounge. There is ample space for two persons.
#3 – Different Swimming Pools for Everyone from Young to Old
The indoor swimming pool is available to Shilla Fitness members and hotel guests. Enjoy a relaxing swim while taking in the panoramic view of Namsan Mountain through the glass dome. This area also features a dry sauna, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. You can store your valuables in the individual lockers.
The Urban Island, The Shilla Seoul’s stunning outdoor leisure area, houses a heated pool, Jacuzzis and a children’s pool. This recreational area, which takes relaxation and escape to a whole new level, is indeed a “luxury island in the heart of the city”. The unique theme changes every year, so you’ll always have something new to look forward to whenever you revisit Seoul.
#4 – Lounge at the Urban Island
Furthermore, there are cabanas and a rooftop garden at the Urban Island. The cabanas designed for families, couples and kids offer an ideal setting for relaxation and catching up while the rooftop garden, capturing the calm ambience of Namsan Mountain, offers cocktails and light bites. Please note that the access to the Urban Island Rooftop Garden is limited to guests aged 18 years and older who are using a package including the Rooftop Garden benefits.
#5 – Catch Up on Work at the Executive Lounge or Savour the Delightful Treats
The Executive Lounge is a guest-only business space created from the idea of a luxury penthouse living room. Located on the top floor of The Shilla Seoul, the Executive Lounge offers a picturesque seasonal view of the Namsan Tower and surrounding mountains, as well as, an excellent panorama of downtown Seoul. You can enjoy its four-times-a-day dining services from breakfast to light snack to afternoon tea to happy hour. The food offerings are extremely generous and delicious.
#6 – The Free Shuttle Buses Are Very Convenient
The Shilla Seoul’s shuttle buses offer three different routes – Internal Shuttle Bus, City Circle to Myeong-dong, and City Circle to Dongdaemun.
The Internal Shuttle Bus loops between the hotel’s main entrance, the hotel’s main lobby, the Shilla Duty Free Shop, and Dongguk University subway station Exit 5. This is available from 9.30am to 10pm, with a frequency of 10 minutes.
The City Circle to Myeong-dong is available on an hourly basis and begins at 9.30am and ends at 8pm. It starts from The Shilla Seoul to the entrance of Myeong-dong to ibs Ambassador at Euljiro il ga to Young Plaza to Shinsegae Department Store.
The City Circle to Dongdaemun has an interval of 30 minutes and is available from 9.30am to 8pm. It starts from The Shilla Seoul to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park to Doosan Tower to APM.
#7 – Shop till You Drop at The Shilla Duty Free Shop
The Shilla Duty Free Shop has an amazing selection of over 500 designer brands featuring luxury fashion, jewellery, cosmetics and other items. With an online counterpart offering even more convenient shopping and a rooftop guest lounge which often plays host to various cultural events, The Shilla has elevated duty free shopping to the ultimate shopping experience. You don’t even need to step out of The Shilla Seoul’s compound in order to get your shopping done.
If you’re looking to experience one of the most indulgent staycations in Seoul, The Shilla Seoul is the ideal place for you.
The Shilla Seoul
Address: 249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact: +82 2-2233-3131
Note that this is an invited stay, but the opinions are the writer’s own.