The Luxury Collection by Marriott is making its debut in South Korea with the opening of Josun Palace, Seoul Gangnam.
The historic building was built in 1914 as one of Korea’s first luxury hotels, the Chosun Hotel. The location is in Gangnam, one of Seoul’s most vibrant and energetic districts, steps from popular shopping and entertainment attractions — including the COEX Mall and Apgujeong – convenient to business travelers and those attending key industry conferences. The hotel serves as a gateway to some of Seoul’s more charming and unexpected experiences, including Bongeunsa, a peaceful Buddhist temple and Samneung Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Josun Palace’s upgrade and design was led by Humbert & Poyet of Monaco, so guests will find some powerful Korean design elements in strong lines and bold geometric patterns. The olfactory senses are awakened through use of special incense that enhance the experience of the palace’s interiors.
Each of the hotel’s 254 rooms and suites offer views over Seoul and are furnished with upgraded amenities for added comfort and convenience. Beds are outfitted with Frette’s exclusive “Andrea” line. Each room and suite also features toiletries and bath amenities by The Luxury Collection’s signature “Le Chemin” line by BYREDO.
Josun Palace Grand Masters Room
As for dining and refreshment, guests have five elevated, on-site food and beverage options. For authentic modern Cantonese fine dining, The Great Hong Yuan serves curated seasonal menus, while new Korean contemporary food is showcased in the bright and airy spaces of Eatanic Garden. Constans is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves local and international menu favorites. 1914 Lounge & Bar honors the modern cultural heritage of the old Chosun Hotel, which played host to distinguished guests in the early 20th century. The bar serves tea and light meals in the afternoons and elegant cocktails and classic spirits in the evening with its nine-meter-high glass windows framing stunning views of the city. Josun Deli the Boutique serves delicious, freshly baked pastries and cakes, along with gourmet coffee and tea for an afternoon treat.
Josun Palace offers Signature Luxury Collection programs, such as epicurean moments with hors d’oeuvres served daily at the Grand Reception. Then there is the Josun Wellness Club, which features a heated indoor pool and a deck area with panoramic views over the Gangnam skyline.
“Seoul is a vibrant and culturally rich city, making it a natural fit for our expanding footprint as we continue to offer our global explorers captivating home bases from which to explore all corners of the world,” said Philipp Weghmann, VP and Global Brand Leader for The Luxury Collection. “Josun Palace will draw on its storied legacy.”
Meetings can become memorable through use of Josun Palace’s bespoke function rooms and event facilities. These include The Great Hall that features an extra-large media wall and seats up to 300 guests, with a lavish foyer for pre-function cocktails. For more intimate affairs, the it’s the Royal Chamber with seating for up to 140 guests, or the Private Chamber that accommodates small to medium-sized social gatherings of up to 110 guests.
As Seoul continues to hold its place at the forefront of COVID containment and mitigation, Josun Palace adheres to Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean. Additionally, Josun Palace has installed automatic UV-C sterilization devices in all rooms. Guests also have the option to request for hotel services via their smart devices as well as their in-room smart TVs. A robot butler is also available 24/7 to deliver hotel amenities and convenience items to guests.