Since we were spending our 4-year anniversary in Seoul, I decided to book us in a hotel I knew Mrs. Selfish would love: the Westin Chosun. After staying at the Westin Munich and the Westin Bangkok, Mrs. Selfish and I were solidly in the Westin camp, thanks largely due to their “heavenly bed.”
The Westin Chosun was a great pick. Not only did it match the Westin brand (even maintaining the Westin smell, which is kind of creepy), but the location is extremely convenient. It’s within walking distance of many of Seoul’s historic sites, and only a short metro ride away from Gangnum and other areas.
It also gave me an opportunity to take advantage of Starwood’s buy 4-nights, get 1-night free redemption policy. The Westin Chosun is a category 5 hotel, so booking a room cost us 48,000 SPG points.
Getting There & Check-In
Getting to the Westin from Incheon Airport was a very smooth process, thanks to the airport limousine bus service, which departs from bus stop 4B/11A. Mrs. Selfish and I purchased two tickets on the bus for about 15,000 won each (around $14.50), and only had to wait 5 minutes. An hour later, we arrived at the Westin!
The Check-in status was short and sweet. Since it was our 4-year anniversary I emailed the hotel ahead of time to request an upgrade to a club level floor, which they happily fulfilled. After spending so much time in China I was immediately impressed by how courteous and professional the staff was (although we had gone over 6 hours since hearing someone hock or spit, so perhaps I was still in shock).
The club level room was tastefully decorated, though not as nice as the Westin Munich or the Westin Bangkok. It did, however, come with a nice welcome gift of wine, cheese, and fruit plates. As an added benefit the entire floor was smoke-free.
The bathroom was nice, but pretty standard (apologies for the pictures, but the space was a little cramped). It also came with two bottles of water, which was nice since we were still a little leery of tap water after 3.5 months of traveling in Asia.
The biggest surprise, however, was the anniversary cake! The Westin Chosun has a full bakery in their bottom floor, and unbeknownst to us they decided to whip up a full-on cake. Not just a small one either – this bad boy was big enough for 16 slices!
Didn’t even come close to finishing this delicious cake – scout’s honor.
The Lounge & Breakfast
Since we were on the club level, we ended up getting access to the lounge. As an SPG gold member, I typically don’t receive this benefit, so we were pretty thrilled to check it out.
The lounge happy hour runs for about 3-4 hours in the afternoon, winding down around 8pm. Unfortunately Korean beer is pretty awful, but the spread was great – especially the chips and guacamole which I had started craving as soon as we left the States in December.
The breakfast selection was actually pretty small compared to most of the Hilton or Marriott breakfasts we had enjoyed, but was decent. I stocked up on yogurt and cereal, while Mrs. Selfish spent the time sleeping instead since breakfast closed by 10am.
I’d recommend the Westin Chosun for anyone looking to visit Seoul. With top notch service, and a great location it’s easy to see why this is a category 5 location. Even better, getting to and from Incheon airport is a snap since the airport limousine drops you directly at the Westin’s doorstep. And if you’re hurting for French pastries, they even have an Eric Kayser in the underground mall beneath the Westin!