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Baby Gangnam Style! Family friendly at Seoul’s Ritz Carlton

I am always on the hunt for fun weekend breaks from Hong Kong.  Having to watch endless repeats of Gangnam Style with the kids has brought the city of Seoul back on my radar.  Numerous airlines fly the 3.5 hr journey from HK including Cathay Pacific and Korean Air but for cheaper deals, check out Thai, Asiana and Air India (!)

Although I went sans kids many moons ago, Marisa recently took the trip with her husband and 5 month old son.

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Getting there
Last October, my husband, my then 5 month old son and I traveled to Seoul, Korea.  We flew Cathay Pacific Airlines and requested a baby bassinet for our son.  He spent more time playing with his toys in it than laying down but it still gave us some freedom to move around.

Staying… Gangnam Style at the Ritz Carlton!

We chose to stay at the Ritz Carlton hotel located in the trendy neighbourhood of Gangnam.  We really lucked out because the weather was just perfect!  Sunny skies with mild temperatures and no need for a jacket!

DSC_0374We arrived late and the hotel greeted us and quickly showed us to our room.  The room was very clean and a decent size.  Plenty of room for the cot and a king bed but not a ton of room to walk around since the suitcases and stroller took up some space.  The bathroom was a nice size.  There was a pack and play travel cot set up for my son with sheets and a pillow.  The hotel provided a beautiful baby basket filled with diapers, bath wash, shampoo, wipes, thermometer, baby lotion, baby oil and baby powder.  I actually rang the front desk to make sure it was complimentary!  There was also a small baby tub for bath time.

The hotel did have an indoor pool but sadly we didn’t have time to swim!

The staff were very friendly and accommodating to the fact we had a baby.  They put us in front of the line for taxis so we didn’t have to wait with him.

Out & about in Seoul
DSC_0281We did a ton of walking.  We carried our son in an Ergo carrier so that we could cover more ground.  The department stores offered strollers and we found many restaurants had high chairs.  One day we decided to take the stroller out to walk around the parks and along the water.  There were lots of activities for children to participate there.

The Namsan cable car is really fun for kids.  You have to climb many flights of stairs and then you get into the car.  We did it at night which was really neat because you could see the whole city below.  The cable car leads you to the N Seoul Tower where there are observation desks, restaurants and gift shops.

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In Conclusion….

We really enjoyed Korea and if we went back we wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Ritz Carlton again.  It is in a trendy neighbourhood with lots of restaurant choices.  There was a market across the street with baby food and diapers!

 

For more on what to do in Seoul with kids click here 

2 comments

  1. sylvia

    Did you bring a carseat? How did you get around in cabs? Just babywearing? I’ll be going next month and curious how to get around.

    1. Nicola

      Hi Sylvia, this was a post contributed by somebody else but I believe she just took the baby sling rather than the carseat. Have a great trip and if you fancy writing a review for me, please do get in touch!

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