Hongdae is Seoul’s creative district, known for its arts school. Showcasing self-expression and individuality at every turn, the new RYSE hotel captures the neighborhood’s neon candy box aesthetic in a sophisticated way. A member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, interiors (designed by Michaelis Boyd) fuse bare concrete and industrial brass metal with 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 offers 272 guest rooms, including 14 suites; each designed to highlight a prominent art piece from an exclusive collection for the hotel. Some suites have been specially customized by creative masterminds such as fine art photographer Laurent Segretier, collage artist Charles Munka; a Seoul based sculptor who defines space with light and polychromatic films Yeojoo Park, and multimedia storyteller Maekan. The 2300 square foot (217m2) Executive Producer Suite, located on the 20th floor, features handpicked art works and a graphic wall by renowned Korean graphic designer Na Kim.
RYSE feature three f&b venues. Casual gourmet restaurant Long Chim takes Thai street food and turns it into a culinary journey, delivering authentic, spicy and fresh tastes straight from Bangkok. Made for sharing and socializing, it is a concept by Chef David Thompson of Michelin-starred Nahm. Tartine Bakery & Café from San Francisco serves homemade treats. In addition, 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, the Side Note Club. With stunning view, guests can experience world-class creative cocktails and stylish music carefully curated by famed Korean DJ, DJ Soulscape.
There is a fitness center and almost (5380 square feet/500m2) of flagship retail that features boutique streetwear linking high fashion to street culture and art. Art book library.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 272 rooms (29-43m2) (312-463 sq ft), including 14 suites (58-217m2) (624-2,335 sq ft) • hotel opened: June 2018 • architecture: SCAAA • interior design: Michaelis Boyd • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk