A Lazy Summer vacation

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A Lazy Summer vacation

by: NAHEEN MADARBAKUS-RING, GROOVE KOREA MAGAZINE | .
Stripes Korea | .
published: July 15, 2016
The gold lion emblem which is synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton brand shines brightly from under the rain clouds as we approach the hotel from Sinnonhyeon Station, exit 4. I have always been intrigued in what lies inside this fantastic fifteen floor building and after a mere seven and a half years in Seoul, it was finally time to find out.
 
The Ritz-Carlton Seoul is located a stone’s throw away from Gangnam and offers a tranquil break away from the city without leaving it. The luxurious lobby area is full of light and crystal chandeliers coupled with greetings and friendly smiles as we approach the desk for check-in.
 
A quick and painless form and a couple of key cards later, we find ourselves heading toward the elevators. Safety first, the card is already needed to request our floor as I excitedly press number ‘8’. The floor itself lines 20 rooms or so and as we find ours, I can’t wait to see what lies behind the door.
 
As the door opens, I see a hallway which has a separate dressing area and a huge wardrobe which overwhelms our one-night stay needs. A bathroom with old fashioned taps and a welcoming bathtub makes for an inviting bathroom and then there’s the main room. The Superior Deluxe offers a modest and very comfortable king size bed with pillow trimmings for any sleeping need. A large flat-screen TV is at the foot of the bed with a mini-bar and in-room safe to boot.
 
The gold lion emblem which is synonymous with the Ritz-Carlton brand shines brightly from under the rain clouds as we approach the hotel from Sinnonhyeon Station, exit 4. I have always been intrigued in what lies inside this fantastic fifteen floor building and after a mere seven and a half years in Seoul, it was finally time to find out.
 
The Ritz-Carlton Seoul is located a stone’s throw away from Gangnam and offers a tranquil break away from the city without leaving it. The luxurious lobby area is full of light and crystal chandeliers coupled with greetings and friendly smiles as we approach the desk for check-in.
 
A quick and painless form and a couple of key cards later, we find ourselves heading toward the elevators. Safety first, the card is already needed to request our floor as I excitedly press number ‘8’. The floor itself lines 20 rooms or so and as we find ours, I can’t wait to see what lies behind the door.
 
As the door opens, I see a hallway which has a separate dressing area and a huge wardrobe which overwhelms our one-night stay needs. A bathroom with old fashioned taps and a welcoming bathtub makes for an inviting bathroom and then there’s the main room. The Superior Deluxe offers a modest and very comfortable king size bed with pillow trimmings for any sleeping need. A large flat-screen TV is at the foot of the bed with a mini-bar and in-room safe to boot.
To the side of the bed, a comfortable one-seater and an accompanying ottoman rest neatly against the wall, next to the wonderful floor to ceiling window. The view, looking across Seoul, is amazing with the Namsan Tower in check and a host of other rooftops that can add to hours of people watching entertainment.
 
At 1 p.m., comes an expected knock at the door. In comes a room service Maitre D, rolling in an impressive looking in-room brunch trolley. We watch in amazement as he uncovers hidden compartments of food and serves up a mélange of both hot and cold dishes. In a matter of moments, he is heading towards the door, constantly wishing us a good brunch.
 
And we do. It’s amazing. From the freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a healthy serving of both tea and coffee are also on the table. The hot dishes serve up an omelet or scrambled eggs (of your choice) and ham, bacon, asparagus, mushroom and potato which is seasoned beautifully. The banana pancakes are lightly dusted with icing sugar with a side of maple syrup which fully complements the palate cleansing fruit plate of watermelon, pineapple and orange. If there’s still room, a mixed pastry plate and salad are also there to fill those voids.
 
The brunch table can be ordered at any time and is delivered straight to your door. There is no rush and once you are ready, simply call down to reception to have the trolley removed. Although the smells in your room may cause concern, the fully air-conditioned control unit on the wall will work well to cast away those odors.
 
Barely being able to move, it’s time for a bath to soak away those stresses. The fully functional bathtub comes with a rain shower and fills in minutes. Once soaked, the bed is in a perfect position to catch up on some TV, with a range of satellite channels available for all viewing needs, or simply get comfortable with a book or kindle in tow.
 
The Lazy Summer package is just that, with everything in just one room. Enjoy a gorgeous brunch without leaving the room, then take a soak in the tub before having a nap or two in the afternoon. Undoubtedly, staying in is the new going out. 
 
So, whatever your relaxation needs, the Ritz-Carlton, Seoul has something in store for you.
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