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We arrived to Seoul for the very first time late at night after almost 24 continuous hours of flying and we were looking toward familiar luxury comforts and the JW Marriott did not disappoint. Its location within Seoul is excellent, the hotel is not a skyscraper but a stylistic building looking over one of the city’s most scenic and busy squares.
We were received into the lounge and checked in with a very competent and friendly staff. Their training was impeccable and warm. The lounge is a very cozy space with city views, a balcony and a designer kitchen space where breakfast and dinner delights are served daily. The staff took time to remember our preferences each day too.
Our first room (we were waiting for a promised upgrade the next day) had a unique corner view but was quite tiny. It felt even smaller than many of the standard rooms on offer. Thankfully we weren’t there too long, but it was an inconvenience.
The suite which we were upgraded to was spacious and modern. There were floor to ceiling windows, an office, several rooms, and marbled bathrooms.
The hotels winning feature however is the expansive spa and wellness center. Spanning almost 3 whole floors of the hotel it reflects the importance of bath culture in Korea. There are sauna, steam, hot and cold jacuzzi options in abundance. The decor is pure luxury and refreshments are available in the relaxation area as well as loads of salt scrubs, lotions, soaps and all sorts of personal care products.
As a compliment to this the gymnasium is first class with every sort of machine one can imagine, aerobics classes and an eager training staff to help. There are wellness machines such as scales, blood pressure measurements and other fitness advisors.