Bar Studio renovates Grand Hyatt Seoul’s guestrooms and suites to maximize the panoramic city vistas

Following 10 weeks of refurbishments, the Grand Hyatt Seoul in South Korea has launched its renovated “Premium” guestrooms and executive suites that maximize the panoramic city views. Australian design firm Bar Studio oversaw the renovation of all guestrooms and executive suites on floors 15 to 18, with the redesign embracing and maintaining the integrity of the original concept by interior architect John Morford.

Though the room layouts were adjusted to reflect changes in guest demands, the distinctive golden-oak finish and clean lines of Morford's original design were retained, while references to Korean culture were introduced. The property also integrated the next-gen technology into the rooms.

The guestrooms now have a more open feel, with large windows that let plenty of natural light into the space. A sofa and table are by the window.


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Guestrooms also have a custom-designed white-painted glass panel that connects the bathroom and bedroom and brings light (and views) into the bathing area. Based on geometric patterns found in traditional Korean bojagi wrapping cloth, the panel adds a local, artisanal element to the space and acts as a lantern at night.

The fish-themed ink-brush paintings from the original guestrooms were reinstated, serving as inspiration for local artist Chang Eung-bok who was commissioned to create aquatic cushion designs. Fish also appears as lamp bases in the executive suites.

The new Premium executive suites have a separate living room, with a room divider with retractable sliding doors allowing guests to enjoy an extended panoramic view.

Adrian Slater is the GM of Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Photo credit: Grand Hyatt Seoul