South Korea’s capital is one of Asia’s most vibrant and economically powerful cities, with a skyline whose architectural innovation reflects its pioneering spirit. It’s not easy keeping up with this futurama, but the Shilla Seoul succeeds with a combination of comfortable elegance and cutting-edge technology. The location is unbeatable: at the heart of the city and bordering the 23-acre Janchungdan Park. Interiors are a flawless blend of East-meets-West, with soaring public spaces and European-style guestrooms, many with views of Namsan Mountain. Equally top-notch is the Guerlain Spa, the first of its kind in an Asian hotel, overseen by Paris-trained therapists. The facilities also include an outdoor swimming pool, a luxury in the fast-paced city.