Banyan Tree Resort & Spa $$$
San 5-5, Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
COST: More than ₩150,000 per night
SUBWAY: Dongguk University (Line 3)
The high room rates keep this property out of reach for most travelers, but for those who can afford to splurge there’s no better place to do it.
The Banyan Tree took over the husk of an unremarkable midrange hotel that enjoyed a stunning Namsan location and totally revamped it, introducing facilities like a golf driving range and indoor pool and a stylish, Asian-tinged design aesthetic.
With only a handful of beautifully appointed rooms (₩486,000-706,000), privacy and serenity rule supreme here. The spa, which specializes in treatments using local products like green tea and ginseng, is a renowned place to unwind even for nonguests.
© Jonathan Hopfner from Moon Seoul, 1st Edition