Accor has opened the first property under its M Gallery brand in South Korea’s capital Seoul.
The 196-room Hotel Naru Seoul – M Gallery Ambassador is located in Seoul’s Mapo-gu district, and offers views of both the city’s skyline and the Han River.
Features include an outdoor infinity pool and second indoor swimming pool, as well as a fitness centre, sauna, and meeting and events space including a media wall in the ballroom.
F&B options include French bistro Restaurant Voisin, The Lounge and Deck for locally harvested tea, handcrafted coffee, wine, and river views, and ground-floor café, Mapo Eight.
The hotel has also commissioned several artworks, including giant sculpture The Present of the Century by local artist Jeonghwa Choi positioned outside the hotel, and “cascading aluminium art installation” Airy Navigation in the 20th floor lobby area, created by artist Haegyu Yang and “reminiscent of Mapo’s history as a historic port location”.
Commenting on the news Garth Simmons, chief executive officer of Accor Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, said:
“Each M Gallery hotel has a strong identity with a singular design that is steeped in the stories of each location. Hotel Naru Seoul – M Gallery Ambassador has been authored by its surroundings and history, so it will become more than just a place to stay but an outstanding story to be lived.
“We are excited to offer an inspiring hotel journey that will leave passionate explorers with memorable moments at our first M Gallery hotel in South Korea.”
Hotel Naru Seoul – M Gallery Ambassador is the latest in a series of M Gallery properties to open in the Asia-Pacific region this year.
In June Accor unveiled its first M Gallery property in Hong Kong, situated on the city’s Lantau Island, and last month the group reached the milestone of 400 hotels in Australia and the Pacific, with the opening of The Porter House Hotel – M Gallery in Sydney.