If there’s any doubt that a citywide design accolade can spark a stylish hotel to spring up overnight, just look at IP Boutique Hotel. Replacing the lackluster Itaewon Hotel, this artsy-luxe property is unmissable from the street thanks to its playful Lego-style colored-glass façade, conceived by an avant-garde design professor at Seoul’s Hongik University. The interior is equally adventurous: the lobby features green cushions on low-hanging swings, oversize lamps, cross-shaped white vinyl couches and Japanese mixed-media art by Shintaro Ohata. A memorable ride up the elevator—which resembles a giant suitcase—brings you to one of 133 chic rooms: icy-white décor is punctuated by red carpets and vibrant pop art; while bathrooms are transparent glass, from showers to sinks and faucets. The pièce de resistance is IP’s outdoor soaking pool.
737-32 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
Telephone: +82 2 3702 8000