Facing the vast East Sea and located at Gyongpodae, Gangneung, the Seamarq Hotel, designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier, is positioned as a “luxtige hotel” (luxury + prestige) hotel featuring superior facilities. The hotel has been newly rebuilt as part of the region’s revitalisation ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in the neighboring city of Pyeongchang.
Rooms I was treated to a panoramic view across the open sea from my balcony, which was quite a sight to behold, what more with the sun emerging gently from the clouds as I awoke in the morning.
The thoughtful, original modern architecture executed by Richard Meier is unmistakably luxurious. I relished in the abundance of natural light, which I understand to be a standout feature of the hotel’s interior spaces. Think floor-to-ceiling windows which allow daylight to stream in, while a subtle but sophisticated material palette of polished stone and timber veneer reflects the light further. Coupled with the vast spaces in the room, I honestly thought I might have caught a tiny glimpse of heaven.
My room was also fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and they all come with a private bathroom with a hot tub and bath, with bath robes and slippers provided.
MICE facilities As for meeting facilities, the grand ballroom, which can be divided into two, can accommodate 500 guests in theatre setting. In addition, there are two smaller ballrooms which can sit 288 and 126 delegates respectively in theatre setting. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property as well.
Other facilities One of the signature spaces there include the infinity-edge pool that provides panoramic views of the ocean. There are also two restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool in this smoke-free hotel.