With Korean pop music and films finding new popularity in the United States it’s only fair that American boutique hotels should feel at home in Seoul. The Mondrian Seoul Itaewon is the SBE group’s first hotel in Asia, and it’s a remarkably self-assured debut. The design is true to the original modernist-inspired vision, while the rooms and suites benefit from the latest in high-tech comforts. Cleo, the Mediterranean restaurant, aims to adapt the old Hollywood glamour of the original Mondrian for 21st-century Seoul, and the rooftop bar, unashamedly named Privilege, serves single-malt whiskeys and fine wines with an extraordinary view of the city.
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