The W Hotel
May 11, 2018
The W in Walkerhill might be a hotel but it’s also a futuristic architectural masterpiece containing three restaurants and several bars that resemble the set for Bladerunner. Perhaps most impressive is the 10,000 square foot WooBar in the atrium-like Living Room at the entrance , where egg-shaped chairs hang down from an illuminated ceiling. Here the focal point is the gleaming white 18 metre bar the longest in Korea. Interactive art displays, a multimedia set up, and a spaceship-shaped DJ booth are designed to ß-wooß- your senses. It’s not all about the aesthetics either the bar offers 40 different types of vodka and 200 wines. If you can drag yourself away from sampling WooBar’s sophisticated cocktails, further exploration of the hotel reveals the glassed-in mezzanine lounge with its cabanas, river views and Asian-meets-Western design. The hotel as a whole follows a colour scheme of white and grey, offset with rich contrasts a vibrant red bar stool here or a burnished copped chandelier there. Attention has been paid to every detail, and with such style and pizzazz to be found at every turn it’s not hard to see why the hotel has become a destination in itself. The restaurants – Namu, Kitchen and Tonic – (the latter located in the hotel’s spa) – serve distinctive variations on Asian cuisine, while the smashing fresh fruit cocktails and general other-worldly air of the space attract Seoul’s film, fashion and art crowd. Oh, and they have hotel rooms too so you don’t even have to leave at the end of the night.