2 Dec 2010
Ella Marshall
I am a self-confessed foodie, I am always seeking to test my taste buds.

Firstly, thanks to everybody for the lovely comments on my last post- they were heartwarming and it’s hard to imagine life after this without speaking to you readers everyday and hearing your very helpful feedback.

I thought I would use this post to share with you, what I can only describe as heaven on earth: the Park Hyatt Seoul. First of all, money talks. At about 250EUR a night the hotel wasn’t cheap (we had budgets for each city, so before you think that Finnair gave me a load of money just for this hotel, they didn’t- I just stayed in some cheaper hotels along the way in order to balance out the total spend). I can definitely say that each penny was well spent:

Pure. Luxury. Everything has been thought of. Flat screen television in front of the freestanding bathtub? You got it.

Bathroom stocked with fresh flowers and quality toiletries, the kind that make you a little embarrassed about the products you brought with you? You got it.

Big comfy bed with the softest sheets? You got it.

Amazing views? You got it.

I think  you get it. Notwithstanding the fact that the room is the size of a standard apartment, everything about this hotel and the service it provides is spot on. Staff that greet you by name. The fact that the hotel will pay for a taxi to take you to the airport bus terminal. Proper fresh fruit in your room everyday. A reception that doesn’t put you on hold when you call for assistance. I could go on, but I won’t. The most obvious thing that stood out to me, was the Park Hyatt’s successful accomplishment of pure simplicity. No design gimmicks. No complicated TV/internet systems. A clear layout and inoffensive room interiors. Simple and easy. I believe that this is what travellers want but it just shouldn’t be reserved for the top five star hotels. In fact, I think it’s easier to be ‘simple’ on a budget which is why I am always dismayed when hotels get it so wrong!

But.

It seems that our old friend has come back to haunt us dear readers. Cue horror movie music:

No…

No…

Nooo!

Really? I lost count of how many light switches there were and this is the only thing that lets the room design down. Otherwise, I can say that this is one of the best encounters of quality I have come across on this journey. It’s a shame that it is a bit on the expensive side, especially since we have found on this journey that quality hotels are achievable at a low price- remember the Sokos Hotel in Levi?

So what do you think ? IS 240EUR per night too much for a hotel? Have any readers stayed at a Park Hyatt? What did you think?

And what was your best hotel experience?

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  1. It depends in part on what the going rate is for ‘lesser’ places that you might choose instead. Also, in part on less clear cut factors. So, can you be guaranteed by going Park Hyatt that you will always have a quiet room (I’ve stayed in premium hotels where the room was next to an incredibly noisy lift shaft), if you are famous do people pester you, if you have a complex requirement can they handle it etc. Personally though, most times I just want somewhere that is quiet, clean, smells fresh, and has a decent mattress.
    BTW, the ergonomics of those switches looks horrible. Beats me why hotel rooms don’ just go for designs that a new customer can instantly understand and use.
    My best hotel experience was staying in a sculpted ice room in Sweden. Well, most memorable may be the better term. I’ve loved many ‘B&Bs’ around the world for being invited in to the family for the night(s). But really, my best nights stays have always been in a tent or bag, under the stars, somewhere remote. Can’t beat free(dom) for quality…

    Michael C, Thursday, December 02, 2010 10:55

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