Intercontinental Hotels Group has reopened the Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas in South Korea after an 11-month renovation.

The refurbishment was led by British interior design group 1508 London and included a transformation of the hotel’s exterior, the Club Intercontinental Lounge and all guestrooms from the seventh to 33rd floor.

The design was inspired by themes of ‘Return to Nature’, ‘Balance’ and ‘Crafted Detailing’, and also incorporated Korea’s unique lines and warm colours into the décor. IHG states that the hotel “aimed to become a design landmark with contemporary charm in the Gangnam area”.

The renovated rooms now feature panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, while the hotel exterior has been retrofitted with full-panelled glass which are also reinforced by insulating bars to improve energy efficiency.

The hotel’s 550 rooms will also now include a minimum 55-inch LED UHD Smart TV (regardless of room type) while all suites will offer a clothing steriliser to guests. The property has also fitted 20 rooms with two queen beds to accommodate up to four guests due to a rise in demand for leisure and family guests.

The Club Intercontinental Lounge has moved from the 26th floor to the 34th floor – the hotel’s top level – to “provide an elevated club experience”. The hotel’s three restaurants have also reopened.

Brian Harris, General Manager of Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas, commented:

“2020 has definitely been a year of change for our hotel with the major renovation that we’ve done to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this hotel.

“With Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts pioneering luxury travel across the globe since 1946, we will continue elevate the experience at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas to deliver an unprecedented lifestyle choice in the capital of South Korea.”