We faced a tough choice: floor-to-ceiling views of Namsan, Seoul’s iconic city peak, or an expansive view of the Han silhouetted by the skyscrapers of Gangnam.
Option 1: Namsan
Option 2: Gangnam Style
Similarly seductive options greeted us during our stay: authentic Japanese at Akasaka or European sophistication of the Paris Grill, two of the highlights among the Grand Hyatt Seoul’s 10 restaurants and bars.
As for nightlife, two neighborhoods beckon: a short walk down the hill leads to the restaurants and boutique bars of Gyeongridan, one of Seoul’s trendiest areas.–You may wonder, what does the mother of an infant know about nightlife? Point taken. I will say the few times I have been out, it has been on its bar-lined streets, often ending up at Flower Gin.
The good news is that you can have it all if you stay a few days at the Hyatt.
We called the hotel home for three nights at the tail end of a three year stay in Seoul. We chose the hotel for its convenience to Yongsan Garrison, a competitive U.S. government rate, and the views. By the way, choosing the room was the toughest choice: Baby and I often walked up Namsan for our afternoon walks. We still chose the Han River view in order to wake up to the city in which we have thrived for the past several years. From our room on the 16th floor you can see the traffic pulse across the Hannam bridge and savor the pink light of sunrise as it hit Gangnam’s skyscrapers.
For food, we wanted to go out with a bang for our last night in Seoul. We savored a 4-course meal paired with wine and a deliciously pink sunset at the Paris Grill. The restaurant’s sommelier included an interesting dry riesling from Germany’s Nahe wine region to go with a tuna tartare appetizer.
VIB: Very Important Baby
There’s something for baby too: enjoyed the French baby amenities from Biolane, which allowed us to leave our baby skincare regime at home. As you may know from my previous posts, I am a big fan of destinations that allow one to pack light. There are also strollers available for use.
Older kids have lots of activities to choose from
There is no shortage of activities for older kids. The Hyatt has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, an ice skating rink during the winter seasons. This summer from July 15 to August 15 the hotel will again introduce the “Grand Camping” program in the forest area outside of the hotel, where kids can enjoy time outdoors and learn about the environment.Grand Camping’ offers a variety of activity programs for children ages 5 to 12, such as making water rockets, solar lanterns and accessories, playing with bubbles, and treasure hunts. ‘Grand Camping’ is only available to the children of hotel room guests and is priced at KRW70,000 per child, including tax and service charge.
Great U.S. Government Rate
The Hyatt receives a number of guests from the U.S. military and other government officials given its close proximity to Yongsan Army Garrison–the base is a short walk down the hill–and the fact it offers a government rate. For those on U.S. government orders that you can stay anywhere you would like when provided with a temporary lodging allowance, so why not choose somewhere nice?
For the rooms, I loved the wood paneled accents with fabric wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling windows. Fresh bamboo accents the entry to every guest room on the property.
For breakfast and a cocktail, the Terrace offers superb views of both Namsan and the Han. I first thought it was an outdoor restaurant, until I noticed a slight glare from the spotlessly cleaned windows.
Can’t wait to go back…