Seoul's Hongdae neighbourhood showcases self-expression and individuality at every turn, and the RYSE hotel cleverly celebrates the neighborhood’s neon candy box aesthetic in a sophisticated way. Interiors feature bare concrete, industrial brass metal, glossy pink flooring and modern art installations. The hotel’s art concept starts from an artistic outdoor mural and continues through the lobby where pop-up exhibitions feature unexpected hanging sculptures.
The hotel is located 300 m from Exit 9 of Hongik University Subway Station (Line 2, Airport Railroad and Gyeongui-Jungang Line). Gimpo International Airport is a 20-minute subway ride, while Incheon International Airport is a 55-minute ride.
Each of the rooms and suites is designed to highlight a prominent art piece from the exclusive collection for the hotel. Some suites have been specially customized by artists such as fine art photographer Laurent Segretie, collage artist Charles Munka; a Seoul based sculptor who defines space with light and polychromatic films, and multimedia storyteller Maekan. The 2300 square foot (217m2) Executive Producer Suite, located on the twentieth floor, features handpicked art works and a graphic wall by renowned Korean graphic designer Na Kim. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, Bluetooth speakers and a safety deposit box. Private bathrooms have walk-in rain showers and bathrobes. 24-hour room service.
Daily breakfast is served at Long Chim, where Thai cuisine is featured for lunch and dinner. Made for sharing and socializing, it is a concept by Chef David Thompson of Michelin-starred Nahm. Coffee and snacks are available at Tartine Bakery & Cafe from San Francisco. In the evenings, guests can enjoy music and drinks at Side Note Club where three bartenders from Seoul’s hottest and most recognized bar, Le Chamber, are teaming up to bring their world championship skills to the rooftop bar & lounge. RYSE features an exclusive fitness center and flagship retail that features boutique streetwear linking high fashion to street culture and art. Art books library.
• 272 rooms, including 14 suites
• Hotel opened: June 2018
• Interiors: Michaelis Boyd