For the art-lover, Le Méridien Seoul is a must-stay. For one, there are 13 key items by South Korean and worldwide artists scattered all through the resort for discovery, together with the foyer’s Bloom paper sculpture by Kim Hee Kyung, and the Maple Garden’s ultra-modern Gather + Build LED set up. And that’s not all, the M Contemporary Art Center of Modern Art – that reveals tremendous artwork, new media, and varied parts of structure, science and humanistic know-how – can be situated on the premises on the primary ground.
The resort’s areas are designed by the award-winning David Collins Studio
You don’t should journey far to fulfill famed South Korean chef Edward Kwon, who has made a reputation for himself after varied stints in Seoul, China and Dubai, in addition to internet hosting his personal tv present. Kwon has two eating places, Elements and Lab XXIV, nestled within the resort. The former serves Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian dishes – there’s even a sushi counter and a Korean BBQ choice. The latter, alternatively, is featured in Michelin Guide Seoul 2017 for its modern French menu and tremendous wines.
Mid-century meets fashionable design
All of the resort’s interiors faucet on Korean design parts of symmetry and asymmetry. There are additionally woven metallic particulars impressed by an historic strategy of weaving and knotting thread (often called maedeup), handhammered metallic door handles, and intricately patterned materials used for home windows. East-meets-West is a transparent theme too: the structure right here relies on a reimagined colonnade, and the recurring geometric grid sample brings to thoughts the long-lasting Le Bon Marché of Paris.
There are 336 rooms and suites – all with views of the Gangnam space, and embellished in soothing shades of pale blue, lavender and inexperienced. Equally spectacular: The ten completely different room sorts (of which seven are within the suites class). Le Meridien’s first resort in South Korea can be the one one in Seoul to boast rooms with balconies.
No element is simply too small right here, and also you’re certain to search out one thing you weren’t in search of. There’s a 24-hour resort soundtrack taking part in that was accomplished in collaboration with French bossa nova band Nouvelle Vague. Bath facilities are by hip American model Malin+Goetz, which makes use of solely pure elements. Finally, you may benefit from the resort’s signature sweets, in addition to glowing cocktails and mocktails, that are thoughtfully made with native elements. The Injeolmi Éclair makes use of conventional Korean tteok (rice cake), whereas the Black Sesame Éclair was designed as its star ingredient is usually featured in Korean delicacies.
Le Méridien Seoul, 120 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06124, South Korea.
This article was initially written by Ian Lee of L’Officiel Singapore.