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Hotel Review: Westin Seoul Chosun

by on November 15, 2012 · 13 comments

in Hotel Reviews, Starwood

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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.”

The Westin Chosun’s Club Lounge.

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 room had a Nespresso machine, and Gold status meant not having to pay 22,000 Won for internet.

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.

The bar area at the club lounge, which served cocktails and canapes from 5-8pm daily.

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.

The pool at the hotel’s beautiful health club and spa.

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.

The view from Westin Seoul’s Executive Club floor over breakfast.

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!

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  • Michael

    great info — although why he wouldn’t go for cash + points makes no sense to me: $373 room rate v $90 + 4800 points is 6 cents per point value!

  • SK

    I agree, and even an outright redemption makes a lot of sense at 3.1 cpm.

  • thepointsguy

    It was a corporate stay so no reason to waste valuable points!

  • BR

    The free iPhone is cool! Do you get free data with it?

  • http://twitter.com/darrinearl Darrin Earl

    A number of “foreign business visitor hotels” in Seoul give you local phones, since a number of older GSM phones won’t work in South Korea (similar to Japan).

    The Westin Chosun is in an awesome location for shopping, with 2 of Seoul’s largest department stores (and food floors!) within a couple blocks, and a major pedestrian mall nearby.

    It’s a remarkably high-end, high-service hotel, easily a standard bearer for the best of the Westin brand.

  • Grant

    The iPhones are new – when I spent twelve nights there this past May, all they had were worn-out white flip phones.

    I’m also surprised there was no mention of the amazing Toto heated toilet seats with motorized bidets. Talk about superfluous but easy to get used to!

  • Brian(J)

    I have tried many times to use cash-and -points but the message is always ‘not available at this property’. Could you verify that it is possible?

  • Brian(J)

    Darrin,
    The owner of that Westin, Madam Lee, also owns those two department store and is a part of the Samsung family.

  • Al

    i thought SPG gold status is pretty much useless…

  • http://twitter.com/keith_mar Keith Martin

    Stayed there the last few days in a suite (suite nights upgrade). Great large room with good views, two bathrooms with proper bathtub and separate shower, etc. Perfect central location with a significant subway station nearby (City Hall). Lounge breakfast is top class – best I’ve ever seen in a Starwood lounge. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Korean Airlines Limousine bus drops you right at the hotel, which is very convenient. And TVs in the rooms can take HDMI/VGA inputs (my biggest pet peeve is when they don’t).
    All in all, a great Starwood property in a great location.

  • NYCWahoo

    The oldest hotel in Seoul did a great job renovating the lobby, fitness and Exec lounge. As Plat, you have a choice of breakfast at their all-day buffett restaurent, Aria, in the lower level or lounge. Make sure you check out Aria–so good. Also, Lotte Department store’s food hall(basement level) is less than 2min walk from the hotel.

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  • seoulbound

    I am moving here in a couple months and just tried to book a birthday weekend at this property. SPG said they do not offer cash and points at all here… ???

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