Now Taking Reservations: The New Four Seasons Hotel Seoul


Be Among The First To Experience The Newest Four Seasons: In Celebration Of Its Grand Opening In Seoul, Four Seasons Is Extending A Special Opening Offer, As Well As a Bed and Breakfast Package.

All Images Courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotels Seoul Communication Department

Constantly surprising, always captivating, Seoul is a city of contrasts, where deep tradition lives in harmony with innovative technology and leading-edge fashion, imaginative pop culture and fiery food, trendsetting style and a playful attitude. Now, in the heart of it all and welcoming the world for the first time, is the new Four SeasonsHotel Seoul.


At nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, the ancient walls echo with the ritual sounds of the changing of the royal guard, and colourful banners whip in the breeze as they have for centuries. Just beyond the walls of the palaces, Seoul’s modern skyline rises on all sides in a beautiful juxtaposition that lays bare the essence of modern-day Korea. The country has rapidly gained prominence as a technological and creative hub, resulting in a capital that pulses with innovation and energy. Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, from its perch in the middle of the central business district, taps into this energy to provide travelers with a range of authentic Seoul experiences.

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Seoul has emerged as one of the most exciting, inventive and inspiring cities in the world, and Four Seasons is right in the centre of the energy,” says General Manager Lubosh Barta, who oversees the 317-room hotel, an eclectic collection of seven unique restaurants and bars, a three-story spa and fitness complex, and more – all at one fabulous Four Seasons address.

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul  Lobby Lounge

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Lobby Lounge

The new building in the Korean capital’s Central Business District, designed by Heerim Architects & Planners, is also home to the city’s best choice of event venues ranging from elegant ballrooms to myriad private entertaining options. Opening his first shop in Korea within Four Seasons, celebrated Tokyo-based floral designer Nicolai Bergmann’s beautiful creations are on display throughout the Hotel, complemented by an expertly curated art collection in rooms and public spaces created by LTW Designworks.cq5dam.web.1280.1280

One of Korea’s most revered religious landmarks, The Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearing the teachings of members of the former royal family. Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century. The shrine is a symbolic structure that conveys the legitimacy of the royal family, where the king visited regularly to participate in the ancestral rites to wish for the safety and security of the people and state. Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal ancestral shrines, with a unique spatial layout that has been preserved in its entirety. It was originally built in the late 14th century, but was destroyed during the Japanese invasion during the 16th century, and was rebuilt in the early 17th century with a few expansions made to the buildings thereafter.

Jongmyo Shrine © CHA

Jongmyo Shrine © CHA

Jongmyo and its grounds occupy a 19.4 ha oval site. The buildings are set in valleys and surrounded by low hills, with artificial additions built to reinforce the site’s balance of natural elements, in accordance with traditional pungsu principles. The main features of Jongmyo are Jeongjeon (the main shrine), and Yeongnyeongjeon (the Hall of Eternal Peace, an auxiliary shrine). Other features include Mangmyoru, a wooden structure where the king thought about the ancestral kings in memory; Gongmingdang, the shrine to the Goryeo King Gongmin, built by the Joseon King Taejo; Hyangdaecheong, the storage building for ritual utensils; and Jaegung, a main hall with two wings, where the King and participants waited for the rites to take place. Jongmyo was built faithfully abiding by the Confucian ideology of ancestral worship and its ritual formalities under strict royal supervision, and still maintains its original form dating from the Joseon Dynasty.

Myeong-dong Shopping District

Myeong-dong Shopping District

Myeong-dong Shopping District

Myeong-dong Shopping District

One of the primary shopping districts in Seoul, Myeong-dong is a maze of streets and alleys that draws you in with a unique energy that is unmistakably Seoul. At night, the area is awash in neon, with signs advertising name brand shoes, clothes, accessories and beauty products, and the delicious aroma of Korean delicacies wafts through the air from the many small restaurants and street stalls. The neighborhood also includes some of Seoul’s most well-known department stores, including Lotte Department Store and Shinsegae Department Store.

Local Seoul Food Market

Local Seoul Food Market

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Jongmyo Shrine

The Jongmyo Shrine

The Sensual Style of Four Seasons in Seoul

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul invited some of today’s most creative minds into a world of possibility guided by an unwavering commitment to quality, and the result is truly extraordinary. Sensory delights abound from the finest textures and finishes to the carefully chosen music in each area of the Hotel and the signature scent created exclusively for Four Seasons by Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze.

In 317 rooms and suites, guests will find a private sanctuary for rest and relaxation. The new, fully customizable Four Seasons Bed is in every room, and thoughtful features include motorised window coverings that allow guests to instantly choose between complete darkness, veiled natural light or crystal-clear vistas across the city – including unobstructed views of Gyeongbok Palace and the landmark N Seoul Tower from selected suites.

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul - Deluxe Room

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – Deluxe Room

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul - Marble Bathroom

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – Marble Bathroom

The look is a modern reflection of Korean tradition, with light-filled spaces and every modern convenience at hand. More than 160 contemporary artworks feed the soul, while attentive Four Seasons staff ensure every need and want is met.

Among the world’s most impressive hotel suites, the penthouse Presidential Three-Bedroom Suite at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul encompasses an expansive 413 square meters (4,445 square feet). Every detail has been custom-designed to the highest residential standards – embellished with a curated art collection featuring sculptures, blown glass and paintings from celebrated local and international artists.

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul - Palace-View Executive Suite

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – Palace-View Executive Suite

From the formal foyer with powder room, step into an extra-wide living and dining room with the backdrop of a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, including views of the N Seoul Tower. Adjoining are a complete kitchen, media room and private office. With dazzling corner views, the oversized master bedroom includes a sitting area and desk, a large walk-in closet, as well as a steam shower, sauna and a treatment room allowing for private spa therapies. Two additional bedrooms complete this extraordinary suite – also enhanced with access to the Executive Club Lounge. Continue reading

Sartori® Cheese Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sartori Cheese will be releasing their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano, with a guaranteed $10,000 donation to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). This is the third year Sartori has partnered with NBCF, an organization dedicated to aiding women by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer.

“Community is one of our core values here at Sartori,” shares Director of Marketing, Sue Merckx. “NBCF gives women a fighting chance by providing early detection, education, and support services. We are honored to contribute to their mission.”

Hand rubbed with crushed peppermint candy, the limited edition cheese sports a vibrant pink rind – the symbolic color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although it may seem like an unlikely pairing, the marriage between the sweet and minty flavors makes a surprisingly mouthwatering combination.

Sartori Cheese releases their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (PRNewsFoto/Sartori Company)

Sartori Cheese releases their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (PRNewsFoto/Sartori Company)

Sartori’s Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano cheese will be available for purchase at specialty retailers across the United States as well as online at the Sartori Cheese Shop beginning in October.

Sartori has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades for the Specialty, Retail, Ingredient, Restaurant and Food Service markets. Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori has an impressive array of award winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across their entire line. For more information, please visit or call directly at 800-558-5888.

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the NBCF’s mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for 11 years, NBCF provides women “help for today and hope for tomorrow” through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF Online Support Community, and Breast Cancer Research programs. For more information, please visit

The Peninsula Chicago Celebrates The Holiday Spirit Of Giving With Surprise Gifts And Special Events For the Whole Family

The Holidays Are Nothing Short Of Spectacular at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO, With Delicious Cuisine, Festive Décor, Joyful Celebrations, A Visit From SANTA and PETER BEAR and THE PENINSULA SKY RINK’s Seasonal Return – All Providing The Perfect Backdrop For This Festive Season.

This year, the TREES OF HOPE FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE takes on a designer makeover. The Peninsula’s lovable holiday ambassador SnowPage returns for 2015 – but this time in an inventive new guise. Luxury toy brand Papinee has exclusively designed and created 10 limited edition Peninsula SnowPage plush toys representing each Peninsula destination around the world. Inspired by Chicago’s iconic architecture, The Peninsula Chicago’s SnowPage by Papinee features the jovial snowman with his signature Peninsula Page cap wearing a richly patterned and embroidered jacket with inspiring architectural designs.10-logo-the-peninsula-chicago-1024x1024

Priced at US$ 75 each, the desirable SnowPage gift boxes include the chance to win surprise seasonal gifts. Hidden inside some of the boxes are “Golden Tickets” for memorable Peninsula experiences for all the family. Lucky guests have the chance to win the grand prize of a two-night stay in a Junior Suite for four including dinner, daily breakfast plus a bespoke Peninsula Academy activity or an additional prize of delectable dinner at The Lobby restaurant for four people.

The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage

The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage: Chicago Architectural elements adorn the stylish blue and white jacket worn by The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage.

The limited edition of 300 SnowPage toys by Papinee, plus the classic SnowPage custom crafted glass tree ornament, priced at US$ 75 each, will be available for purchase at The Peninsula Boutique, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois.logo-dark-bg

PAPINEE began as an incredible Toy & Art Collective with a Social Mission to spread the Gift of Imagination to children the world over. In a short time, through its many collaborations, partnerships and installations, with artists, designers, ambassadors & storytellers, PAPINEE has evolved into a Creative Movement. From the small streets of Bassano de Grappa the journey began. And from the seas of Puntala to the islands of Gocek and Patmos, from the sun of Istanbul to the Thai oceans to the pearl of the orient, Hong Kong, the PAPINEE team of storytellers, brand gurus, craftsmen, artists, and magicians worked tirelessly to create visionary toys and books, gifts and objets d’art to fuse creative inspiration and ideas and cross-cultural education with the appreciation of art and craftsmanship that would last generations and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.DSC_5716

PAPINEE Toys are the best in the world and PAPINEE have worked on incredible projects during Art Basel, at the amFAR – Cannes Film Festival, with Louis Vuitton, at Monocle, Sultan Gallery, Shanghai Fashion Week, ICC Elements, Xintiandi and many more. PAPINEE collections are available at Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, SKP Beijing, Harvey Nichols, and others. To learn more about PAPINEE’s gift of imagination, visit

The Peninsula Sky Rink

The Peninsula Sky Rink

The Peninsula Sky Rink

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 the hotel will officially open THE PENINSULA SKY RINK for the 2015 to 2016 winter season. The 2,100 sq. ft. (200 sq. m) hybrid rink is the only hotel skating rink in Chicago and has been a popular attraction since its debut in December 2012. The skating rink’s outdoor menu features a selection of hot beverages and snacks for purchase. All monies collected (US$ 15 for adults and US$ 10 for children 12 and under) will be donated to two Chicago children’s charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Hephzibah Children’s Association.

Holiday Rates and Winter Packages

Value The Experience

Perfect for an urban escape in The Windy City, guests can enjoy an overnight stay with American breakfast for two and overnight parking with rates starting at US$ 470 per room, per night, plus tax for a Superior Guest Room. For those wishing to experience a newly renovated room, Premier Superior Guest Rooms are available starting at US$ 605. The “Value the Experience” is available now through March 31, 2016.


Guests can pair any of The Peninsula’s holiday festivities with an overnight stay to create a wonderful package to enjoy or give as a gift to someone special. Seasonal room-only rates start at US$ 399 per room, per night, plus tax, or US$ 530 for a newly renovated Premier Guest Room valid January 1 through March 31, 2015.

To make reservations or for more information and additional packages, please call direct at +1 (312) 573 6620, toll-free at +1 (866) 288 8889, visit or e-mail Terms and conditions apply.

The Peninsula Holiday Desk

The experts at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO HOLIDAY DESK are on hand to assist with selecting perfect presents for family, friends and loved ones. Nothing surpasses the gift of a Peninsula experience, and gift cards are easy to customize by calling or visiting the Holiday Desk, located in the lower lobby.

Holiday Desk Hours:

December 1 through 24, 2015

Monday through Friday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Guests wishing to purchase a holiday gift card may contact the Holiday Desk directly at +1 (312) 573 6985.

The Peninsula Chicago The Lobby Christmas

The Peninsula Chicago’s The Lobby Christmas Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

To kick off the holiday season, The Peninsula Chicago will host a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 27, 2015. Guests enjoying the holiday afternoon tea will witness The Lobby’s magnificent Christmas tree being lit for the season. Celebrating the “season of giving,” guests can decorate The Peninsula Chicago’s Christmas tree with a special holiday ornament. Each festive season, Peninsula hotels worldwide raise funds for community charities by embracing the holiday spirit of giving with the “Trees of Hope” campaign. Ornaments are available with a donation of US$ 20 each from the Front Desk with all proceeds donated to The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Illinois.

Dining Offerings

Thanksgiving Brunch

For the perfect way to start the holiday season, guests can join The Lobby’s famous elaborate THANKSGIVING BRUNCH, which will feature traditional turkey preparations, a grand seafood buffet, and an array of desserts and holiday specialties. Entertainment features a string quartet as well as a special, designated children’s lounge for young patrons. The cost is US$ 160 per adult and US$ 55 per child, 12 years old and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Enjoy the spirit of the season with the holiday afternoon tea at The Lobby amid live music around The Peninsula’s joyous Christmas tree and indulge in special delicacies including a selection of house-made scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. For those with dietary restrictions, there is a vegan afternoon tea or a gluten-free afternoon tea option. In addition, each guest will receive a special SnowPage holiday ornament with the purchase of afternoon tea. Commencing Friday, November 27, 2015 the price of the holiday afternoon tea is US$ 75 per adult, including a glass of Prosecco and US$ 35 per child 12 years and under. With each purchase of afternoon tea, a donation of US$ 5 will be made to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Illinois. In addition to the holiday afternoon tea, The Peninsula Chicago also offers a CHILDREN’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA priced at US$ 75 for 12 years and under. Available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning December 5, 2015 and until Christmas, children can listen to stories from Mrs. Claus and decorate holiday cookies among other festive activities. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Christmas Eve Dinner

For an early Christmas present, food lovers can dine at The Peninsula Chicago and enjoy live music in The Lobby while savoring a prix fixe, five-course dinner. Children under the age of 12 can choose from The Lobby’s children’s menu. Dinner is served on December 24, 2015 from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm and is US$ 145 per person. Guests interested in traditional Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine may visit Shanghai Terrace, where a special celebratory menu for the occasion will be available from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, priced at US$ 108 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Christmas Day Brunch

Celebrate Christmas with an elaborate brunch buffet in The Lobby. The exquisite CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH features a variety of carved meats, a grand seafood buffet station, sushi and sashimi, charcuterie and cheeses, and a dim sum station. Eggnog, hot chocolate and a vast array of sweets including crêpes, macarons and pastries will be presented for dessert; while a children’s station with child-friendly delicacies will be available. Entertainment includes The Peninsula string quartet, a children’s lounge and a magician for young patrons, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus under The Lobby’s magnificent tree. The Lobby will offer three seatings from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The cost is US$ 160 per adult and US$ 55 for children 12 years and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Dance the night away and ring in 2016 at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO’S BLACK TIE GALA. Guests begin their evening with a welcome reception from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm. After a five-course dinner, attendees will celebrate and dance to the sounds of Front of House, Ken Arlen’s premier 12-piece big band performing in The Lobby.

As midnight approaches, guests will celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop, midnight Champagne toast, dancing and revelry. Dinner and dancing is US$ 325 per person, or US$ 405 per person with wine pairings. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

The Shanghai Terrace will serve an à la carte Shanghainese and Cantonese menu as well as a celebratory New Year’s Eve menu from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, priced at US$ 108 per person. Meanwhile, The Bar will be open and serving guests without a cover charge. Guests can enjoy classic libations, creative elixirs, premium ports, seasonal cocktails, and single-malt Scotch whisky and Scotch flights in front of the roaring fireplace.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Guests can begin their New Year’s resolutions after savoring the extravagant NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH in The Lobby, kicking off the New Year to the sounds of a string quartet with an indulgent feast of favorite festive foods including a complimentary Bloody Mary, served from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm and priced at US$ 115 per person and US$ 45 for children 12 years and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

For reservations to the above referenced dining outlets, please call +1 (312) 573 6685 or e-mail