For those looking for simplicity in a land of plenty, the Tea Tree Hotel may be just the ticket. This understated stay is smack in the middle of trendy tree-lined Garosu-gil, a stretch of designer boutiques and cafés frequented by celebrities and local cognoscenti. Its Haussmann-like facade, inspired by owner Sainy Chun’s time living in London, Paris and Rome, belies the low-key interior: all tranquil tan and white, with 38 rooms that are best described as chic Euro-spartan—think bare, blond-wood floors, white beds and furnishings, and plenty of space. The hotel’s coffee shop is fine for breakfast or an espresso, but remember that some of the Seoul’s best international bites are just round the corner: try the albóndigas and Serrano ham at tapas bar Spain Club.
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Telephone: +82 2 542 9954