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Korea: are there luxury properties outside Seoul and Busan?

Old Nov 16, 2022, 9:40 am
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Korea: are there luxury properties outside Seoul and Busan?

I am researching a 2023 trip to Korea. We already have discussions in this forum about properties in Seoul and Busan. Are there special properties elsewhere that I should consider?
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Old Nov 16, 2022, 1:37 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K
I am researching a 2023 trip to Korea. We already have discussions in this forum about properties in Seoul and Busan. Are there special properties elsewhere that I should consider?
The only one truly outside of the major cities that might merit consideration could be HDC's Park Roche (Jeongsun, Gangwon-do) but it is more of a 3-4 star property to this forum. The property has Park Hyatt underpinnings since the same owners as PHs Seoul and Busan but the property struggles to keep high service levels (even for Korean standards) and English is not widely spoken other than senior management.

I suspect Capella Yangyang (2025) will experience a lot of the same problems (lack of English, room maintenance, luxury level training) as Park Roche does and will only be a luxury Korean staycation spot.

Jeju has a lot of Korean luxury properties (Shilla hotel, etc) but their abilities to cater to foreign guests are minimal or non-existent. The Grand Hyatt there is a gaudy casino property.

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Old Nov 16, 2022, 6:00 pm
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Thank you, [MENTION=646662]Aventine[/MENTION]. It's not what I expected to hear, but it does help focus my trip planning.
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Old Nov 17, 2022, 7:39 am
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K
Thank you, [MENTION=646662]Aventine[/MENTION]. It's not what I expected to hear, but it does help focus my trip planning.
Daytrips out of Seoul might be best using KTX.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 2:11 pm
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There used to be a Hyatt on Jeju Island. I believe there is a Lotte Hotel and several other luxury properties. I will try to find out and let you know.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by korea71
There used to be a Hyatt on Jeju Island. I believe there is a Lotte Hotel and several other luxury properties. I will try to find out and let you know.
They cost a lot but their luxury service levels would probably fail this forum.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by korea71
There used to be a Hyatt on Jeju Island. I believe there is a Lotte Hotel and several other luxury properties. I will try to find out and let you know.
The old Hyatt closed but recently re-opened as Parnas Hotel Jeju (https://www.parnashoteljeju.com/en/main.do). I believe they remodeled the original building the Hyatt was in and built a new wing. There is also a Shilla Hotel, Lotte Hotel and Grand Josun Hotel in that area. My last visit was to the Shilla about 6 years ago so I couldn't give you my opinions on these properties but those are the suspects you will probably be looking at.
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Old Nov 29, 2022, 3:11 pm
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Is Daejeon an interesting area to visit?

Hotel Onoma, Autograph Collection - Daejeon, South Korea [Master Thread]
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Old Nov 30, 2022, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K
Daejeon itself is a nice hub to visit the ancient Baekje tombs in Buyeo and Gongju. The city itself is pretty unremarkable. Onoma is a Shinsegae owned business hotel that does a lot of local staycationers. Best in town for Daejeon and Central Korea but belongs in the Marriott forum.
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We are finishing a 2 night stay at the JW Marriott Jeju, opened within the last two months. It's a Bill Bensley design, though I think that the Chinese owner had a strong hand in the design. Some of his personal pieces of art are on display. I'll report on it more fully in the Marriott forum, but it truly is a luxury property. I've been blown away by how good it is, from the exquisite design of the property to attention from staff, to the quality of food. The property has some 200 rooms but gives a sense of great intimacy. It overlooks the water from the south side of the island. We see a small rocky island from our room. I haven't seen any other caucasians though obviously it has been discovered by locals. I highly endorse it. We booked a guide from Tours by Locals, our first time to use that service. It was a bit pricey but well worth it to me as we easily and comfortably saw a number of the sights on the east side of the island.
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Old Jun 3, 2023, 4:15 pm
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We are finishing a 2 night stay at the JW Marriott Jeju, opened within the last two months. It's a Bill Bensley design, though I think that the Chinese owner had a strong hand in the design. Some of his personal pieces of art are on display. I'll report on it more fully in the Marriott forum, but it truly is a luxury property. I've been blown away by how good it is, from the exquisite design of the property to attention from staff, to the quality of food. The property has some 200 rooms but gives a sense of great intimacy. It overlooks the water from the south side of the island. We see a small rocky island from our room. I haven't seen any other caucasians though obviously it has been discovered by locals. I highly endorse it. We booked a guide from Tours by Locals, our first time to use that service. It was a bit pricey but well worth it to me as we easily and comfortably saw a number of the sights on the east side of the island.
JW Marriott Jeju is one of the finest hotels and resorts in all of Korea. No expense was spared in its construction and I believe it certainly captured a sense of place for Jejudo.

And I say this as someone with a generally low opinion of Korean Marriott properties.
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