on July 29, 2000
This is the best hotel in Korea, the only true 5-star property in the country. (The Hyatt is good but the rooms are small. The Ritz-Carlton is nice, but the staff is not up to the level of their surroundings.)
Except for the ho-hum lobby, this is a fantastic property, from the surrounding gardens to the spectacular rooms. Restaurants are pricey, but the selection is great and quality is high. Since this hotel is owned by Samsung, it's filled with the newest and best gadgets. The TV volume decreases when you pick up the phone. The lights raise and dim gradually--a big plus when you get up in the middle of the night.
If you can afford it or are going to Korea on someone else's tab, you can't go wrong here.
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