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Continuing our Seoul Hotels series (other reviews include the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and W Walkerhill), we continue with this dispatch from TPG reader Daniel, who just stayed at the Westin Chosun Seoul. While nothing flashy, according to Daniel, this Westin features an Executive Club floor which can take your stay from “good” to “great.”
He booked a standard king room through American Express Travel at a rate of 405,000 KRW a night (roughly $373 USD a night). The hotel is an SPG Category 5 property requiring 12,000 Starpoints for an award night, or 4,800 points + $90 for Cash & Points. He chose to pay the rate rather than redeem Starpoints.
The standard kings are your usual Westin fare – i.e. sensible rooms that cater to hard-working business travelers looking to relax after a long day. They include 32-inch LCD TVs, oversized work desks, anti-allergy carpets, wooden flooring and espresso machines, and the Westin Heavenly bed of course.
However, Daniel is also a Gold status member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, so he received an upgrade to the SPG Executive Club floor along with complimentary access to the Executive Club and Spa. That also got him free breakfast in the club, along with afternoon snacks and a 5 – 8pm cocktail hour. The spa, which is connected to the gym and pool, features a sauna/steam room, a few hot tubs and, so he says, lots of nice toiletry products.
Considering a stay here? Daniel gives us some of his top highlights from the hotel:
– Convenient location in central Seoul (didn’t stay at the W for that reason).
– Each room includes an iPhone for free local calls during your stay (I didn’t use it since it’s just one more device to potentially use and I wasn’t making any local calls, but imagine it would be helpful for some).
– In-room Nespresso machine.
– The Club was great – I got breakfast there both days and came for an evening cocktail one of the evenings I was there.
– Loved the gym/spa/pool. Ended up going down there, watched the presidential debate in a bathrobe. They provide workout clothes and bathrobe/bathing suits.
– On day three, I was craving a pizza and a Sauvignon Blanc — both of which can be hard to find in Seoul. Thankfully there was an Italian/American place (one of six restaurants and bars) in the lower level of the Westin which was excellent.
Sounds like a mix of straightforward Korean hospitality, standard Westin amenities and some Western touches that hit the spot. Got your own take of the Westin Seoul to share? Please let us know! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.