Korea -- Asias first W Hotel opened here last month, in the resort
district of Walkerhill, close to downtown Seoul.
& Resorts 19th W, the 253-room W Seoul-Walkerhill, sits above
an underground entertainment complex that includes a casino, retail
shops, restaurants and theaters.
The hotel is next
to the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, but Starwood officials said the
W is expected to attract a different clientele, primarily Koreans
and leisure travelers from Japan, Hong Kong and Southeast
Since it opened,
the hotel has been popular with locals in their mid-20s to late-40s
who have gravitated to its restaurants, bar and spa, according to
Rates run about
$300 per night, making the W the most expensive hotel in Seoul. But
the Ws rooms are the roomiest in town at 138 square
The hotels 223
rooms and 30 suites come in four styles: Media Room, with a
circular bed, projection TV, theater system and Jacuzzi tub; Spa
Room, with a gray interior design and bathtub placed near a window;
Scent Room, with a guests choice of aromatherapy and outdoor
terraces; and Wonderful Room, with bold red and white
All rooms feature
signature W brand amenities such as 400-thread-count linens,
29-inch flat-panel TVs and high-speed Internet access. The hotel is
features what Starwood describes as the first full-service spa in
Korea. The 50,000-square-foot facility features 21 treatment rooms,
several water experience pools and an outdoor treatment area
overlooking the Han River.
The spa offers
more than 50 body, facial and wrap treatments, including
hydrotherapy, and Thai and traditional massages. Theres also a
Turkish hamam, an ancient Turkish bathing ritual administered by
therapists called tellaks.
The spa includes
the W brands signature fitness center, Sweat, featuring
cardiovascular and strength-training equipment and a
The hotel has
three restaurants, including Namu, which prepares modern
presentations of Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
Western fare is served up at Kitchen, which has family-style
seating and a gathering table that seats 20. Tonic, located in the
spa, offers a lighter menu.
or reservations, call (888) 625-5144 or visit www.starwood.com.
reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].