We are always on the hunt for unique accommodation during our travels, so when we found out we could stay in one of the tallest buildings in the world, we just knew to book a night at the Signiel Hotel, Seoul.
After completing our third visit to Japan, and a one-week getaway in Taiwan, we thought it was about time we finally made the trip over to Korea. Our reasoning? Everyone who has kept saying that our love for Japan will flow through to the vibrant mountainside city of Seoul.
Set in the Greater Gangnam Area, Signiel Seoul is located in the Lotte World Tower, soaring 123 floors, 555m above the city. All 235 rooms are found from the 76th to 101st floor in the 5th tallest building in the world.
If you are a member of Lotte Hotel Rewards you can earn reward points for your stay and purchases at Signiel Seoul.
Arriving at the hotel and checking in
After spending a few nights exploring the northern area of Seoul we found ourselves with one night to spare and decided to look for a hotel across the river and in the southern part of the city. We had heard of the Lotte World Tower, and had actually eaten lunch there on the 81st floor the first day we were in Seoul. But at that time we had no idea that you could actually stay in the tower.
We took a taxi to the hotel in the late afternoon, and were welcomed with a warm smile. Our escort showed us to the 79th floor lobby (after our ears popped in the elevator because we were so high up), where the check-in process was quick and smooth. We were surprised to find out that our room had been upgraded from the standard Grand Deluxe Room to a Deluxe Suite Room, which made our stay all the more exciting.
After we completed check-in, a member of staff took us up to the 87th floor and proceeded to show us the features of our stunning suite, with the view once again being the crowning jewel. The room was clean and fresh, with our porter offering us a welcome tea, which was a lovely touch to the whole process.
The room details: Deluxe Suite Room
- 59-73㎡ luxurious room
- Double/twin bed
- Super premium bedding system by Simmons
- Personalised pillows
- 60in HD TV
- Complimentary WiFi
- Bose sound system
- Mini bar
- Office desk, including stationery
- Diptyque bath amenities
- Two bottles of complimentary mineral water
- In-room capsule coffee machine and tea maker
- Free daily newspaper
- Free shirt ironing service (twice per day)
- Electric kettle
Located on the 87th floor, our beautiful suite room, with separate bedroom and living room, provided us with a relaxing stay along with incredible panoramic views. The room had an understated Asian decor look, clean and functional with muted colours, marble bathroom, and a small cherry blossom motif which gave the room a little pop of colour.
Our room had everything we needed and more. With a super comfortable king-size bed, accompanied by a huge bathroom with both rain shower and handle options, bathtub, futuristic bidet toilet, and luxurious Diptyque lotions.
When you first enter the room you are greeted by a lounge area, with a sofa, huge TV and large desk area, filled with stationery for your use.
As you walk around your bona fide apartment in the sky, you enter the bedroom area where you are met by the most stunning views of Seoul from the 87th floor. Underneath one of the TVs (yes, this room has two TVs) is where you will find your caffeine fix. A hotel room with a capsule coffee machine is always a bonus for us. The room was also fitted with universal power points, which saved us so much time fiddling with power adapters.
If you are a foodie, then the Signiel is the perfect hotel for you. If we are going to splurge on a hotel we always expect a good breakfast, and the Signiel delivered. Located in their in-house restaurant, Stay, the breakfast was a fusion of European and local Asian foods.
After being escorted to our table, which of course had jaw-dropping views of Seoul and the surrounding mountains, we were asked for our coffee order and then we made our way straight to the fresh pastry and pancake station. We can never resist.
Our buffet breakfast featured fresh juices, personalised egg station, local Korean delicacies, fresh bread and pastries and free-flowing cappuccinos. This is a breakfast you do not want to skip!
There are four restaurants throughout the building where you can enjoy lunch or dinner. The Lounge serves an all-day menu created by French chef Yannick Alleno. Stay, located on the 81st floor, serves delicious dishes influenced by European and Korean cuisine. Bicena is a Michelin-starred restaurant specialising in contemporary Korean cuisine.
The pool and gym
If you are looking for a workout, the Signiel has you covered. The gym is equipped with 60 pieces of equipment, and the area is divided into a Cardio Zone, Weight Zone, Free Weight Zone and Stretch Zone, and also has personal training and Pilates classes. The fitness centre is located on the 85th floor, open from 6am right through to 11pm, and has floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views, as expected.
The pool, located on the same level, is indoors and heated, which is perfect if you are looking to do a few laps even in wintertime.
From the moment we arrived we were completely blown away by the service in this hotel. The concierge took our bags before we even entered the hotel, the staff at check-in gave us an amazing room upgrade without us even requesting one, and the staff at breakfast were some of the friendliest we have encountered.
Since it’s one of the top hotels here in Korea, we were expecting service of this standard. But you never know what you are going to get, so we were very happy the moment we received such a warm welcome.
Besides our room and the pool, for us the most used area of the hotel was The Lounge, located just next to the lobby. In the evening we were treated to a champagne and light snack date night as we watched the sunset over the city, and following check-out we used The Lounge for several hours before departing to catch our late afternoon train.
During the day, tea and coffee facilities as well as complimentary soft drinks and light snacks are available. Here we caught up on work in the business centre, using the high speed WiFi and free coffee refills.
Lotte Hotel Rewards
If you are planning to stay at several Lotte Hotels, eat at their restaurants or do some duty-free shopping, then we highly suggest you sign up for the rewards program. Trust us when we say you will see a Lotte hotel or shop just about everywhere in Korea – they are a massive corporation.
Here are some of the details:
- 100 points = $US1 (so 10,000 points is a $US100 voucher).
- There are four membership levels: Classic, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
- Points expire after three years from the year they are earned.
- For hotel stays earn 3-6% of the amount paid (3% Classic, 4.5% Silver, 5.25% Gold, 6% Platinum).
If you are looking for a luxurious 5-star stay in one of the tallest towers in the world, we cannot recommend Signiel Hotel in Seoul enough. With excellent customer service, unforgettable views and plenty of facilities and restaurants to choose from, you won’t stop talking about your stay for years to come.