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Posted : 2013-08-01 18:07
Updated : 2013-08-01 18:07

The Shilla reopens after 7 months

A view of a room embodying timeless modernism that was designed by Peter Remedios. The hotel reopened to the public on Aug.1 after seven months of renovations. / Courtesy of the Shilla Seoul


By Kim Ji-soo


The Shilla Hotel, wrapping up its seven-months long renovation, opened Aug. 1.

The leading hotel, which closed in January, to carry out the renovations of its rooms, executive lounge, swimming pool and fitness center, has set out a lofty aim to become a "lifestyle destination."

"Today is a meaningful day as we, a Korean hotel brand, aim to become top in the Asian market with better services than the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton," said Choi Tae-young, general manager of the Shilla Hotel, in a press conference, Wednesday.

The Executive Lounge that is located on the 23rd floor is one of the core features of the hotel's renovations.


World-renowned designer Peter Remedios, responsible for the rooms of the Four Seasons in New York, has created timeless-modern rooms that are larger in size. The smallest rooms sized 26.45 square meters are gone, and there are three types of rooms now: deluxe room at 36 square meters, a business deluxe room measuring 43 square meters and the grand deluxe room measuring at 53 square meters. The emphasis in the rooms are in the private bars instead of the mini ones but also on the sleep-friendly rooms where the sheets feature 400 thread counts and a feather pad between the mattress and the blanket for maximum sleeping experience.

The interior of the Korean restaurant Rayeon

Hotel officials chimed on about the Executive Lounge, which has been moved to the 23rd floor. "This is our core element in aiming as the global luxury hotel," said the general manager. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the lounge sprawls 243 square meters including meeting rooms, a kitchen and bathrooms.


The outdoor pool has been renovated as "Urban Island," where the pool will be operating four seasons with outdoor bistro, bar and luxury cabanas. The Urban Island is not only to offer relaxation but function as a venue for meetings, conventions and exhibitions. The Urban Island was designed by the American architecture firm WATG. The company designed the outdoor swimming pool at Jeju Shilla Hotel in 1998.

The newly-renovated outdoor swimming pool will be open during all four seasons.


The Fitness Club was renovated under the partnership with Sitaras Fitness Club in New York.


French restaurant the Continental reopened to meet guests under new décor and fortified menus. The Korean restaurant Rayeon returns to guests since its closure in 2005

The hotel has also upgraded its service. Vowing to provide "door-to-door service," the hotel has upgraded to a Mercedes Benz S500 series as its airport limousine service and the Mercedes Benz Sprinter for the hotel's luxury van.


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