The Shilla is a grand old hotel with a wonderful staff and many amenities. It is not in the best location in modern Seoul and getting from the hotel to many business engagements can be complicated by traffic. But, it is a very fine hotel where one is treated with great care and efficiency by an exceptionally well-trained staff.
The hotel is old and, in some places, shows its age. The rooms are not ultramodern and are not setup to accommodate the electrical needs of a modern business travelers. But, the rooms are relatively large, very quiet and laid out to make you feel comfortable and even "at home". It also has wi-fi and other communications amenities that make up for the complications of finding sockets.
The fitness center at the Shilla is one of the best that I have ever used. Even though it has a big local following and is frequently crowded, I never had a problem getting access to a treadmill or other equipment. The center's staff is better than average and are very attentive to your fitness and other needs (like broken shoe laces).
The Shilla has a range of restaurants including excellent French and Chinese rooms. It also has an all-day, buffet centered restaurant that is really first rate. For breakfast, the choices are immense as they are for dinner. Okay, buffets are not everyone's cup of tea but this one is exceptional and worth a try.
The Shilla has a wonderful old-fashioned bar that features a very fine jazz ensemble most nights. And, unlike many Asian establishments, the bar has a nonsmoking section and actually enforces the rule.
i like this place a lot. Not hip or cool in any way; it is a classy old style hotel with almost perfect service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shilla Seoul represents the best hotel in Korea, with contemporary design blending well with traditional patterns and style used back in the Shilla Dynasty. Next to the main building stands the former guesthouse that was once used to welcome special guests from around the world. The main building is replete with restaurants offering outstanding international cuisine, a shopping arcade featuring global brand goods, a pool, and a luxurious spa while in a separate building within the property lies a grand duty-free shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shilla Seoul Hotel Seoul
- Shilla Hotel Seoul
- The Shilla Hotel Seoul