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"Felt like staying at a Mall"
As an experienced traveler, I have come to expect a level of service and offering for 5 star hotels that just wasn't met at the Shilla. Its overrun with Duty free shoppers and other non hotel occupants. But perhaps the most disappointing element is that everything is not only overpriced, but a la carte. The pool and gym have an absurd additional pricing for hotel guests if you want to use the hot tub, sauna and outdoor pool. I don't recall ever staying at a 5 star hotel where the things of this nature were no included in the pricing.
"Not just a Wedding Hotel"
I stayed at the Shilla Seoul before but this time I had to attend my friend's wedding held at the hotel's outdoor gardens It was my first time at a Korean wedding with full K-Pop glamour & was a mix of western & Korean style wedding The rooms at Shilla Seoul are always wonderful to stay in-modern, clean, & user friendly The breakfast is what sets the Shilla apart from all the other 5 star hotels The breakfasts & Sunday brunch are a must & you have to book way in advance for their famous Sunday brunch The spa is one of a kind & very spacious with really nice decor The duty free store beside the hotel is just too convenient & you can do your shopping free from crowds I highly recommend Shilla Seoul
"Top hotel, exceptional place to stay"
Hard to find anything to fault. Superb room, comfortable and well appointed. We were on 17th floor so view at night was magnificent. Staff throughout the hotel perhaps the most attentive i have encountered anywhere in the world. Great breakfast with a wide choice of cuisines. Great coffee. Overall this hotel's attention to detail is top draw. We dined at la yeon, their korean restaurant, a 3 star Michelin. Not to be missed but must book well in advance. Hotel is in a good location near to a line 3 metro station. Getting round therefore easy, and walk down a fairly steep set of steps to the metro can be avoided by a taking a small shuttle which makes a 10 minute circuit around the hotel environs. A great hotel with style, expensive but met expectations and made our 5 day stay in seoul very enjoyable.
"Afternoon high tea"
This review is for the afternoon high tea only at the Shilla. I was duly unimpressed with afternoon tea at the Shilla. I make it a point to arrange to have afternoon tea in every city that I visit. Afternoon tea is 79,000won/2 people. You get a selection of pastries which I think is too overpowering with sweets and not enough savory. The only savory choices were the sliders and croissant. I was overwhelmed with all the sweet pastries that I was starting to get food coma from all the sugar. I think it would have made it more bearable if we were offered more than 1 selection of teas. However, the price includes one 1 selection of tea per person. This is the first afternoon tea where only one selection of tea is offered--defeats the purpose of afternoon tea, IMHO. If you are considering having tea here, I would save you the trouble and skip it! You may get more bang for your buck having the 42,000 won bingsu. Next time I am in Seoul, I would love to try the Park Hyatt for tea time.
Stayed 2 nights, on business, in this very efficient hotel. The location is very central, but anywhere is a taxi ride away, which are cheap and readily available 24/7. The rooms are very modern with lots of gadgets however, beware, no iron in room. Laundry is great but if you need stuff quick it's expensive. We didn't get chance to eat here but it looked good. Drinks were very expensive. With taxes etc a pint of Asahai was $32....
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Check-in: 3:00 AM , Check-out: 12:00 PM