Alex Catarinella

Hotel Cappuccino

with Alex Catarinella
  • Where:Seoul, South Korea

  • Why:Seoul Fashion Week! And to stock up on K-Beauty, of course.

  • When:March 2019

  • Who:Me

Highs & Lows

  • It’s a majorly eco-friendly hotel, and it’s often featured in Seoul’s Michelin guide. Even the bath products, made by “STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!” are eco-friendly.

  • Their restaurant, Hot Eatsue, is fantastic. I loved the breakfast, which included healthy breakfast-y options with a twist. Also, a major plus: pho for breakfast! You can choose what you want in your Pho, and the chefs make it for you right then and there. Oh, and no walls, just floor-to-ceiling windows, showcasing those stunning Seoul views.

  • The super stylish rooftop bar (order gin cocktails) and its wrap-around terrace. Again, the views!! Truly breathtaking -- I made sure to be there for sunset.

  • Many rooms are dog friendly! And even the dog beds are made from recycled parts, fabrics, etc.

  • The beds, made by Korea’s #1 bed manufacturer, ACE, are sublimely perfect.

  • Nice, inexpensive rooms.

  • Amazing lobby (massive, and designed in a minimal, earthy manner) replete with a cute cafe serving perfect caffeinated drinks and bites.

  • My room was tiny. Which was fine for me, because I spent the majority of my time hitting the shiny Seoul streets. And sleeping in the supremely comfy bed.

  • Gangnam is not my favorite part of town. But there’s plastic surgery clinics and walk-in Botox spots everywhere, so, if that’s your thing, you’ll love it.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Plastic Free

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Hip, charming, majorly eco-conscious, dog-friendly boutique hotel...with dope rates.

  • Vibe

    It gives me Arlo Hotel with a side of Ace Hotel vibes.

  • Location

    (Ga-ga-ga) Gangnam (style!)

  • Rooms

    141

  • Music

    Bops in the lobby.

  • Year Opened

    December 2015.

  • Designed By

    UDS Ltd. And the interior designer = Kidea Partners.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool, tiny gym.

  • Restaurant

    Fab restaurant Hot Eatsue on the 17th floor which comes with STUNNING VIEWS. The yummy menu is mostly Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese-focused, with some Korean dishes as well. There’s also CAFFE CAPPUCCINO in the sun-drenched, plant-filled lobby, which attracts a hip crowd who type away on their laptops at the massive wooden communal table.

  • Bar

    You must check out their rooftop gin bar. Again, city viewssss!

  • Minibar

    Just a mini fridge and complimentary water in my Cappuccino King room.

  • Wifi

    Fast and free.

  • Children

    I prefer puppies over children, please.

  • Price

    Fantastic prices for the iconic location.

Take a cab or the very reliable public transportation to Seoul’s best, most stylish hidden gem, Parc, which serves traditional Korean dishes and is located in my favorite neighborhood, Itaewon. (Kate Moss stopped by during my trip…!)

Parc Seoul

Parc, Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Take a cab or the very reliable public transportation to Seoul’s best, most stylish hidden gem, Parc, which serves traditional Korean dishes and is located in my favorite neighborhood, Itaewon. (Kate Moss stopped by during my trip…!)

Take a five minute walk to Olive Young, which is basically a K-Beauty skin-saving supermarket. I swear there’s more of these than there are Starbucks in Seoul.

Olive Young

Olive Young, Myeongdong-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Take a five minute walk to Olive Young, which is basically a K-Beauty skin-saving supermarket. I swear there’s more of these than there are Starbucks in Seoul.

The absolute best/craziest gay club in Seoul.

Trunk

Trunk, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The absolute best/craziest gay club in Seoul.

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