Our office building looks down at the Yongsan district, a domestically renowned electronics market. Since the very first day we moved here, we have been observing a huge construction site right across the street. It was the Seoul Dragon City (SDC), a lifestyle hotel-plex situated with hotels, restaurants, bars, convention halls, shopping centers, and cultural spaces. Particularly, it consists of 4 hotel brands: Grand Mercure, Novotel Suites, Novotel and Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan.

Seoul Dragon City has a unique shape which resembles a dragon. Our first impression of the hotel was that it is truly massive and classy. We actually counted our steps during the inspection, and at the end we had walked over 7,000 steps! The rooms add up to 1,700 in total, which is a volume that has never been introduced in Korea until now. In accordance with the abundant number of rooms, SDC shows immense space for meetings and conventions. With suited facilities and great location, it is a perfect fit for both MICE and leisure tours.

The specialty of Seoul Dragon City is their vast space for meetings and conventions. So far, it is the largest among Korean hotels, installed with 2 multi-function ballrooms, 17 meeting rooms, and 8 private dining rooms. The two largest ballrooms accommodate 840 seats by banquet seating, which means it can hold over 1,000 people standing ! Generally, ballrooms used to shoot beam projector from the back, but SDC is equipped with high quality LED screens to present clear pictures. Meeting rooms vary in size greatly, and accommodate from 10 to 130 people by banquet seating. Since there is an escalator from the 1st to 5th floors, these convention spaces are all very accessible even from outside the hotel.

Seoul Dragon City has direct access to IPark Mall (a shopping complex) and HDC Shinsegae duty free shop. SDC is near Itaewon, a district full of exotic shops and crowded clubs, presenting to visitors the city that doesn’t sleep. Also, by car it only takes 10 minutes from SDC to Yeouido, the representative business district. Additionally, SDC’s location is very convenient regarding transportation. You can find three subway lines (1, 4, 6) heading to well-known shopping highlights in Myeongdong, Namdaemun, and Dongdaemun. Yongsan railway station with two major trains (ITX, KTX) is nearby, and Seoul Express Bus Terminal is just 20 minutes away as well.

Now getting into more detail, the 4 buildings all share different characteristics. The Grand Mercure is a residence hotel ideally suited for long term stays. From their traditional Korean decorations on the window frames to the elevators, you can deeply sense the exotic, oriental mood. Interestingly, they allow pets, which is still not very common in Korean hotels. All rooms are spacious, equipped with full kitchens. There was literally everything. I mean, you don’t normally expect to find an oven in a hotel room ! Among the many facilities, the swimming pool was the most remarkable. With a high ceiling and glass walls covering all sides, the clear view of the city skyline was just wonderful.

Novotel Suites and Novotel are located in the same building with a rather modern design. Novotel Suites starts from the 26th floor with a front desk and an EFL lounge for guests staying over at executive rooms. This lounge floor is absolutely amazing with open space in both directions, getting plenty of sunshine during the day, on top of a splendid view. Extra benefits that Novotel Suites’ guests receive include free access to business centers. There are 3 rooms available for such purposes on the same floor, and they are privatized with lots of natural light. Each suite has a washing machine and small kitchenette with a microwave, which makes the rooms suitable for longer stays as well.

Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan has larger rooms than average Novotel rooms. For all 4 hotels, the toilet and shower are separated, and this space in total can be completely covered by a blinder or a sliding door. But Novotel’s sliding doors with full mirrors were especially aesthetically pleasing. We also noticed a familiar shiny black Nespresso machine in the room. It turns out that Novotel, Novotel Suites, and Grand Mercure rooms all provide one coffee capsule per person every day. A big yes for a rich morning with a capsule of Nespresso..! In addition, Novotel, Novotel Suites, and Grand Mercure will provide a new “handy service” which is a premium amenity service offering unlimited data usage and free international phone calls.

Ibis Styles, as it is well known as a design hotel, shows 4 types of rooms (pocket ball, puzzle, chess, and arcade). From the lobby to the hallways, urban design welcomes its guests. It is noticeably more spacious than other Ibis hotels, and the restaurant is also exceptionally large. The restaurant is all white and modern, leading to a terrace where you can manage an outdoor barbecue party surrounded by a small garden.

Last but not least, one of the virtues of Seoul Dragon City is that you can enjoy the peaceful view of both the Namsan Mountain and the Han River from the top floors which are full of excitement. The Sky Bridge between Grand Mercure and Ibis Styles is 4 floors of entertainment presented in various themes. They have bars that resemble an English social club, tailor shop, and even a private beach. The beach concept rooftop, 150m above the ground, has an indoor poolside bar lounge and outdoor swimming pool with real sand that accommodates up to 1000 people !

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About the authors :

Rosa KIM
Currently an undergraduate majoring in French and business, Rosa is very open to challenges and changes. She is always looking for new excitement, and loves socializing, traveling. Her next destination is France, where she hopes to have exotic and beautiful experiences.

Elodie SOLIGNI

Born in France, Elodie has always been fascinated by travels. At the end of her studies, she decided to trip all around Asia : a great challenge and personal experience ! She now wishes to promote tourism in South Korea, her “second” country with numerous qualities.

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