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Seoul Classic

June 25, 2007 By: Mark Rogers Travel Agent

The Park Hyatt Seoul offers Zen sophistication

The Park
Hyatt Seoul
(82 2 2016 1234), built two years ago, is a stunning hotel—one
that Seoul
residents even refer to as "our six-star hotel." The 185-room
property has a hip, Zen-like ambiance and is flooded with natural light. The
Park Hyatt Seoul is in the stylish Gangnam-gu district across the river from Seoul's city center.
Gangnam-gu is a good example of the incredible economic growth South Korea has
experienced. Back in the '70s, Gangnam-gu was an agricultural area—now it's a
real estate powerhouse with one upscale high-rise after another. It's also the
site of many corporate headquarters, making it a popular destination for
business travelers, who account for 80 percent of the Park Hyatt Seoul's guests
(although the leisure market is also growing). U.S. visitors account for 45
percent of the total guests and these are exclusively business travelers. The
hotel has six meeting rooms, which cater to this type of clientele.

 The Diplomatic Suite has a clean design

The entrance is unimpressive for such a stunning hotel,
although any doubts are quickly allayed when arriving at reception on the 24th
floor. The lobby restaurant provides light Korean cuisine in a relaxed setting
with city views.

The hotel has 10 rooms on each floor. The hallways are lined
with white oak, and inset display cases exhibit Korean artifacts and antiques.
The 138-square-foot guest rooms are also lined with white oak, and each room
has two large floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning city views and lots
of natural light. Blackout curtains are standard in guest rooms.

"As far as which side of the hotel has the best views,
that depends on the guest's preference of what they want to see," says
Jennifer Lee, director of marketing, Park Hyatt Seoul. "The west side of
the hotel offers a view of urban excitement, while the east side is less

Guest rooms have a dining table, work area, high-speed
Internet and a king bed with Egyptian cotton linens. Bathrooms have such perks
as a granite bath with a rain shower, soaking tub, Aesop amenities, television
and Yukata robe and slippers. "The bathrooms are like a spa,"
observes Lee.

Lobby view from the Park Hyatt Seoul

The hotel has a staff of 200 for its 185 guest rooms. Lee
notes that guests give especially high marks to the hotel's service and quality
of the food. A cornerstone is the hotel's signature restaurant, serving grilled
meats and seafood prepared in wood burning ovens. Timber house is the main bar,
offering light meals.

Guests of Park Hyatt Seoul have access to the
1,870-square-foot Park Club Spa and Fitness Centre, located on the 23rd and
24th floors. The spa, which utilizes Comfort Zone products from Italy, has
three treatment rooms, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and plunge pools. The indoor
heated swimming pool features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall providing natural
light. The hotel's spa manager is Ki-Jun Kim ([email protected];

Lee notes that travel agents can request special rates or
fam trips through Hyatt's main office. Industry rate ranges between 20 and 30
percent off the rate of the day, depending on seasonality.

Jennifer Lee is also the travel agent liaison; she can be
reached at 82-2-2016-1251 or [email protected].

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