This edition of Between the Sheets will be a little different. The majority of the time when I travel it’s by using hostels and the occasional budget hotel. This is typically because I am generally destitute and the fact I see my accommodations as a place I simply sleep; I don’t intend to hang around and so why would I waste money on amenities? Well, sometimes you need a staycation and a random hostel won’t cut it. So if you’re looking for comfort and luxury in Seoul… you should head to The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill.
The first thing that struck me as I headed towards the hotel on the free provided shuttle, as the view. We twisted up a mountain, the misty view of Seoul sprawling outside my window. A nice view is always wonderful, and I sort of like the idea of still being in the city, but you’re just a little removed from it. My time at Walkerhill provided many of these gorgeous views, all as lovely as the next. This included the mountain(ish) view from my room, which I actually liked as I actually felt like I was somewhere secluded away from the hustle and bustle.
I had the lucky fortune to nab one of the Sheraton Club rooms, which had a number of perks to it:
1. Private check-in and check-out service at the Club Desk.
2. Complimentary breakfast at the Club Lounge
3. Complimentary pressing for one suit, shoeshine service, newspaper delivery
4. Happy Hour (17:30~19:30)- Complimentary Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres
5. Complimentary Access to the Health Club
6. Butler Service (06:30~22:30)
7. Free Internet service offered for Club rooms only
I’ve stayed in Sheratons before, and they’re always nice. There’s that confidence in the brand that shows and I was not disappointed as not only was the service above and beyond, but everything was nice, fresh, and clean. Like any poor kid who gets to treat themselves once in awhile, I plopped on the bed with a giggle. And not just because I could see into the bathtub from my bed.
One thing I’m still getting used to being back in Asia is all the crazy gadgets, and it took me forever to figure out how to turn off the lights. There’s a console, at least in my room, that has a variety of buttons that control everything from individual lights to the AC to the alarm and more. Everything is in multiple languages, so there’s no concern about accidentally calling the police by pressing the wrong button.
There’s room service, of course, but try and check out the many restaurants available on the premises. The grounds at Walkerhill are sort of enormous and not only are there multiple restaurants and cafes inside of the hotel itself, but are additional places to gorge yourself around the mountain. Pizza Hill is rather famous, nestled up above the hotel overlooking the city, and there’s a traditional Korean restaurant a stone’s throw from the entrance should you wish to dine on some galbi.
If you have a few thousand to spare you can also rent out one of the many villas that are on Walkerhill’s property. A tour of Aston House left me salivating with the desire to win the lottery (more than I already have on a daily basis mind you). The grounds are beautiful with a lovely vista of the city, and the interior is luxurious. If anything, it’s a truly lovely wedding venue if any rich businessman wishes to propose to me.
I attended a concert down in Olympic Park the night I stayed here, and I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to get to come back to a plush bed. I think I fell asleep with a smile. The breakfast provided was extensive with everything from cereal to scrambled eggs to salad to pastries. You won’t be leaving hungry, that’s for sure, and as it’s included it’s definitely a great deal.
We all need a bit of pampering every once in awhile, so if you find yourself desiring that while in Seoul, this is the place you need to go.
Location: 177, 워커힐로 광진구 서울특별시 | 77 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu Seoul, 04963 South Korea
Phone: +82 (2)455-5000