Banyan Tree Seoul

Banyan Tree Seoul: Inside the $1,000 Room

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Are you visiting Seoul and are looking for a hotel with luxurious amenities, indulgent dining, and stunning Seoul skyline views? Banyan Tree Seoul checks all of these boxes. I recently had the opportunity to stay at this wonderful hotel and absolutely loved my experience.

About Banyan Tree Seoul

Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul is an urban oasis in the middle of Seoul. The 5-star luxury hotel overlooks Seoul’s striking Mount Namsan, combining Banyan Tree’s signature warmth with Korean hospitality.

The Banyan Tree brand was established in 1994 in Singapore. The hotel chain is one of the world’s leading international operators in the hospitality and spa industry and has more than 48 resorts and hotels, 64 spas, 74 retail galleries, and three championship golf courses in 28 countries.

How to get to Banyan Tree Seoul

Address: 60, JangChungdan-Ro, Jung-Gu, Seoul 100-857, South Korea

From Incheon International Airport
  • Banyan Tree Seoul is located 65 kilometers from the Incheon International airport and it takes about an hour by local taxi.
From Gimpo International Airport
  • The Hotel is located 30 kilometers from the Gimpo International airport and takes about 30minutes by local taxi. You can also take subway line 5 to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and take a bus (no. 420 or no. 04) to the hotel.
From Seoul Station
  • Seoul’s main train station is 6 kilometers from the hotel and takes 15 minutes by local taxi, or 27 minutes by the number 2 Namsan circle route bus.
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ROOMS AT A GLANCE

During my stay at Banyan Tree Seoul, I tested their Namsan Pool Deluxe Room, which is the ideal option for travelers seeking extra space and luxury. The room truly feels like a home-away-from-home – but better.

It goes for around $1,000 USD per night.

The Namsan Pool Deluxe offers 53 square meters of space, featuring a king-sized bed, relaxation pool, and awe-inspiring views of Mount Namsan and the city of Seoul.

The eye-candy of the room really is the big relaxation pool, from which you have splendid views of Mount Namsan and the famous Namsan Tower.

Banyan Tree Seoul really focuses on health, wellness, and spa. This is why their rooms with relaxation pool are modeled after traditional Korean spas, making the hotel a haven for body and mind.

RESTAURANTS AND DINING

Banyan Tree Seoul invites you to gourmet dining right at the foot of Mount Namsan. The hotel has some of the finest restaurants in all of Seoul, offering Korean and Western delicacies.

FESTA by Mingoo at Banyan Tree Seoul

Luxury Dining in Seoul

Festa by mingoo is the signature restaurant of Banyan Tree Seoul. The restaurant is run by renowned Chef Kang Mingoo (of 2 stars rated Michelin restaurant Mingles), offering urban green dining with contemporary European cuisine.

Luxury Dining in Seoul

We had the elaborate green lunch course menu at FESTA by Mingoo at Banyan Tree Seoul. The restaurant is located just next to the hotel’s main building in a European-style villa.

On the one side, you have beautiful views of the lush green garden and terrace, whereas, on the other, you can see the oasis pool or ice rink (depending on the season).

The lunch course menu is quite elaborate with appetizers, delicious breads, salads, a choice of main dishes, and coffee and dessert. At 70,000 KRW per person, this course is surprisingly affordable and ideal for special occasions.

What I loved was the colorful menu and the indication of the place of origin of the dish written next to it.

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, the staff is super accommodating and the chefs adjust the menu to your preference.

My lunch course menu looked as follows:

  1. Sicily | Arancini
  2. Rome | FESTA burrata cheese caprese
  3. Tofu and sesame endive salad
  4. Bologna | Seared abalone & white ragout ravioli
  5. Charcoal grilles 1++ Korean beef with seasonal vegetables
  6. Today’s dessert (which was tiramisu on that day)
  7. Choice of coffee (I had a delightful cappuccino)

Indoor Swimming Pool

I love when city hotels feature a large pool – and Banyan Tree Seoul’s pool definitely doesn’t disappoint. 

If you visit in the autumn or winter months, you will be able to experience the main indoor pool, as well as a separate adult relaxation pool and two children pools. Swimming lessons and aquaerobics classes are also available for those looking for exercise.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

For those staying at Banyan Tree Seoul in the spring and summer months, you will find a large outdoor pool to have fun at. Extravagant pool parties with some of the finest DJs in Asia also take place here.

In the winter, the outdoor pool area is covered and replaced by a fun ice rink!

Come and stay at Banyan Tree Seoul

If you are looking for a luxurious city stay in a green and relaxing atmosphere, Banyan Tree Seoul will not disappoint. The excellent guest service, private pool in the room as well as the great location right next to Namsan Tower are the perfect combination for a relaxing getaway.

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Linda

Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

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