My Hotel, its Scenic Views, and.....the Eerie Connection to Toto! :-)

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View of Seoul Tower at night from my room

Holy Crap!  We got to the hotel and I was stunned at how gorgeous it was.  We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul which has an incredible view of the Seoul Tower as well as back into the city area.  The front desk told me the rooms had just been renovated a couple days prior and wow.....what an awesome job they did.  The views were the most breathtaking  - I slept with the shades open every night just to see the Seoul Tower and watch the lights change. The only disappointment with the view though is the skies in Seoul are incredibly hazy and it was incredibly difficult to see too far off in the distance.  Apparently there is this yellow dust that blows in this time of year from the Mongolian desert - it was very remisicent of the Los Angeles smog I grew up with!  

So, I had to check out the whole room and take photos of everything because I figured I would write a review at some point!!! :-)  As I am snapping photos around the bathroom of their fancy new modern counters and fixtures, something catches my eye.

The unofficial tub of Toto...LOL
...could it be?!?  No, the toilet and bathtub are not made by Toto...oh yes they are!!! I about shrieked seeing that and said, this is a sign of things to come....and some type of fate!  I was meant to be in Korea, in this hotel, and watching Toto at their last show, possibly forever!! Whoo Hoo. 

Since it was Friday evening by this time and I was a bit tired, we opted to wander around the hotel a bit and check out one of the restaurants before calling it a night.  Since it was almost 10pm, our dining options were somewhat limited.  We opted to try their cafe which was open until 2am. I guess I am used to a different type of cafe in the states!  We walked in and everyone there was dressed in suits and here I was in jeans and tennis shoes!!! Ooops!  Well, once I saw the menu and accompanying prices, I understood why!  Club sandwich was $20, sodas were $8, and beer such as a bud light were $9.

Entrance to cafe
  $9 for a bud light?!?!?!  It's not even worth $1, let alone $9!  LOL.  Well, since it was late, I opted to suck up the expensive prices anyways - had the Bulgogi Beef for $34 with a glass of Tempranillo from Argentina for $13.  Of course, it came with all the kimchi and although expensive, it was a fantastic meal!  I didn't even touch the dessert menu....that would've probably put it at $70 a person plus service and tax!!

After dinner, we wandered around the hotel a bit and checked out their shopping arcade which was all very high end stores.  There was a karoake bar downstairs but after our experience at dinner, I figured we would most certainly be underdressed!  We ended up watching the live music in the piano lounge for a bit before calling it a night so we could be up early for a long morning of sightseeing and be refreshed for the concert Saturday night!

cheritraveler says:
Cool blog! I'm enjoying your trip!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2008
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View of Seoul Tower at night from …
View of Seoul Tower at night from…
The unofficial tub of Toto...LOL
The unofficial tub of Toto...LOL
Entrance to cafe
Entrance to cafe
Cant believe it...Im in Seoul!
Can't believe it...I'm in Seoul!
room hallway
room hallway
Awww...comfy! Gotta have my down p…
Awww...comfy! Gotta have my down …
Now..viewing this as a Rorschach t…
Now..viewing this as a Rorschach …
Flat screen and mini bar
Flat screen and mini bar
Power converted we had to get from…
Power converted we had to get fro…
The lounge area
The lounge area
The mirrored tub
The mirrored tub
LOVE LOVE LOVE these sinks!
LOVE LOVE LOVE these sinks!
The fancy restroom!
The fancy restroom!
Beautiful vanity
Beautiful vanity
The Toto Toilet!
The Toto Toilet!
view from table at the hotel cafe
view from table at the hotel cafe
Beef Bulgogi with kimchi.....could…
Beef Bulgogi with kimchi.....coul…
my little buddhas! :-)
my little buddhas! :-)
The hotel entrance
The hotel entrance
sculptures in hotel entryway
sculptures in hotel entryway
Im ready for bed....zzzzzzz
I'm ready for bed....zzzzzzz
Day view from the room
Day view from the room
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
The left part of the view from the…
The left part of the view from th…
The Seoul Tower through the haze..…
The Seoul Tower through the haze.…
View from the room on Saturday Apr…
View from the room on Saturday Ap…
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
Room view April 5th
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