Towering above the bustling city from the uppermost floors of South Korea’s tallest building, Signiel Seoul boasts some of the country’s most luxurious suites. Pamela Chow spends an indulgent night at Lotte’s newest luxe offering
Signiel Seoul packs 235 guestrooms on the 76th-101st floors of Lotte World Tower – South Korea’s tallest skyscraper and the world’s fifth-tallest building – in the premium district of Jamsil.
The hotel is directly connected by underpass to Jamsil Station, as well as Lotte-brand siblings, Lotte World, Lotte Department Store and Lotte World Mall.
There are nine room types, crowned by five suite categories. All rooms offer sweeping views of the city skyline and the Han River.
I stayed in the cosy yet spacious Grand Deluxe Room on the 91st floor that pampered me with a host of treats such as free access to the Salon de Signiel lounge, premium bedding, Diptyque toiletries and an automatic bidet.
Tall windows flood the room with the glow of daylight, illuminating its subtle Korean aesthetics: a cherry blossom mural painted and embroidered by hand, and framed by blue accents.
Apart from the rooms, lobby and Salon de Signiel, Stay restaurant on the 81st floor affords panoramic vistas of Seoul and its surrounds. It is run by three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno, who brings a creative blend of modern French cuisine to the restaurant.
Epicureans will be delighted to learn that chef Alléno also directs the hotel’s entire F&B division, from banquets to in-room dining.
For my breakfast at Stay, I was given an à la carte menu from which to order my main course, and I helped myself to a buffet line of cold cuts, cheese and oats. I was then presented with my own basket of fresh fruits to end the meal with.
Also situated on this level is Bar 81, which serves more than 80 varieties of champagne and chef Alléno’s contemporary Parisian menu. One-Michelin-star Korean cuisine restaurant Bicena has also recently moved into Signiel Seoul.
I was treated to a multisensory therapy session at the signature Evian Spa on the 86th floor. The massages are indulgent, and incorporate French skincare and ambient audio and visual immersion into the entire treatment experience.
In between appointments, I lounged in the quiet and private Salon de Signiel, which is fully stocked with beverages and afternoon snacks, including tasty green tea cookies.
Signiel Seoul also houses a gym and studio, an indoor pool and a sauna.
Every staff member is attentive and amicable. From entering the lift lobby to my room, I was escorted by name, served welcome tea and offered assistance if needed. The concierge was also helpful in calling for taxis and advising about travel around Seoul.
A truly opulent yet modern retreat in a comparatively quiet district of a busy global city.
No. of rooms 235
Rates From 380,000 won (US$340)
Tel: (82) 2-3213-1000