Seoul, South Korea: Hotel Karashy
I love boutique hotels—the individuality and uniqueness of each property is something I always look forward too. When I found Hotel Karashy online, I knew Amanda and I had to stay here. The design of this hotel is beyond beautiful. The masculine and industrial design gives a "moody" vibe to the property and I love it. The different textures are found not only in the guest rooms but throughout the hotel itself. The entire hotel literally made for the perfect photo shoot backdrop :D Aside from being perfect for our "outfit of the day photos" the hotel has a rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of Seoul and a delicious European inspired restaurant.
During our time at Hotel Karashy, Amanda and I noticed that this hotel seemed to be a "hot spot: with Seoul locals. We saw a couple different groups of girl's doing "girl weekends" and couples having dinner dates. The Deputy Manager, Jinsoo Song, informed us that its a hot spot for bachelorette/bachelor parties and I don't doubt it.. that rooftop bar would definitely make for a great last fling before the ring.
Aside from the beautiful layout and decor of the hotel, our stay was amazing. It was one of the best hotel experiences I have had. From the moment you walk through the hotel doors, you are greeted with warm welcoming smiles from the Front Desk team. For all you foreign travelers, no need to fret because some members of the Front Desk team speak English, so no need to worry about a language barrier. I love the vibe the lobby gives off, it reminds me of an English Members Only Lounge. The mini library, dark wood and rich leather tufted couches give off a very sophisticated feeling without coming off as snobby or pretentious.
On the day we checked in the moment we walked into the room we were in complete awe. Simply put, the room was BEAUTIFUL. I've never seen a hotel room designed this elaborately. The mixture of industrial and rustic elements complimented each other perfectly. I honestly couldn't pick what my favorite thing about the room was because I loved the gorgeous deep free-standing tub that was perfectly positioned to give you the most amazing views of Seoul, the beautifully rustic sliding barn door that separated the bedroom from the bathroom but I also loved the industrial metal walls that accented the room. Hotel Karashy's vision for the guest rooms was executed so beautifully and elaborately. No detail was spared. The hotel room came equipped with a laptop, huge television, iPod stereo and a electric water kettle. Even the bathroom amenities were "first-class". Following the structured kbeauty and skincare regiment the bathroom amenities even offered toners and emulsions. That is something I have definitely never seen before.
I didn't think we could get an even better view from Seoul than the one I got while taking a hot and relaxing bath, however when I made my way up to the rooftop that notion had changed. The view from the Rooftop Bar was beautiful. It was incredible during the day and could only imagine the beauty from the Seoul lights at night. It is definitely the perfect way to decompress from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. I would definitely recommend having a drink up at the rooftop before heading down to dinner at Bel Ami, the hotel restaurant.
Bel Ami is a European inspired restaurant with a delicious dinner menu consisting of salads, pastas, pizzas and steak entrees. The night Amanda and I had dinner at Bel Ami, she ordered the Vongole and I ordered the special Bel Ami pasta. The Bel Ami pasta was a creamy pasta dish with seafood that was baked with a bread crust covering the dish—it was sooooo rich and cheesy and I loved every bite. Restaurant service was just as excellent as the service received throughout the hotel, but the thing that made our dinner even more memorable was they had a movie being projected throughout the dinner service. I thought it was such a great addition and I've never really seen any other restaurants do that. I thought having a movie projected during dinner was an awesome touch. Amanda and I ate breakfast every morning at the breakfast buffet that Bel Ami offers and the breakfast was delicious. I love Korean food but the American in me, sometimes I just want some scrambled eggs, toast and a tall glass of orange juice which is why I was up bright and early every morning for the American style breakfast buffet they offered.
The hotel and all its offerings itself is reason enough to stay at Hotel Karashy but some added perks was the location, close proximity to the Seoul Metro and I loved the easy convenience to coffee shops and neighborhood restaurants. You really felt like you were staying in a neighborhood community at Hotel Karashy as opposed to being cycled in and out of a revolving door of a chain property. I would definitely recommend this hotel for those of you visiting Seoul for the first or 22nd time.
Hotel Room Photos:
Views from Hotel/Rooftop:
Bel Ami Photos:
HOTEL KARASHY Information
Address: 15, Dongjak-daero 1-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea // 156-827 서울특별시 동작구 동작대로1길 15 호텔카라쉬
Phone: +82 2-588-2000
How to get here
1. Take Seoul Metro and get off at Sadang Station, Exit 8
2. Make a left out of the underground and Hotel Karashy will be the the 3rd (?) building on the left hand side
**Disclaimer: Our stay was sponsored by Hotel Karashy, however all the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.