Dec 04, 2013

    Getting there


    Many airlines fly to Seoul, with even some budget ones getting in on the action. We were pleasantly surprised with China Eastern Airways, which flew us out on a red-eye, thus letting us start bright and early on our first day in. The planes are nice and new, with plenty of legroom, even in Economy.

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    For a unique experience, check out the Imperial Palace Seoul in the now-famous district of Gangnam.

    The hotel has an opulent Art Deco style so it's no place for a minimalist. But if you desire comfort and thoughtful service in a great location for a reasonable price, you can't go wrong here.

    From arranging itineraries to suggesting places for a romantic anniversary dinner, the staff are attentive and ever willing to go out of their way to help.

    I even found little takeaway snacks of fruit and biscuit that accompanied a typed note of things to buy in Jeju - just because I had mentioned to the concierge that we were headed there.

    For great rates and benefits, book your stay through the Preferred Hotel Group at


    Alternatively, go local and check into a Hanok-style house. A Hanok is a traditional Korean-style village home with wooden floors, paper walls and a stone courtyard.

    We like the Soriwool Guesthouse in Bukchon where the owners are fine musicians and serve a warm, organic breakfast during your stay. There's also a killer dumpling-noodle place just two doors down.

    Reserve your room in advance at