Thanks to a dedicated, design-driven mayor, Seoul has shed its once gritty image to become a glittering metropolis, paving the way for future cities. The South Korean capital has a booming contemporary art scene, fashionable stores throughout its urban landscape, and a thriving pop and youth culture that now rivals that of other Asian capitals like Tokyo. When you leave your Seoul hotel, do check out the art and architecture marvel, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art with its impressive art collection housed in buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, and Mario Botta. But perhaps the centerpiece of this urban renaissance is the neo-futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza designed by Zaha Hadid. The city also has its share of sleek bars and sophisticated clubs that will keep you away from your Seoul hotels until the wee hours of the morning. It explains the popularity and existence of “pojangmachas”—late night street restaurants. Below find a list of our selection of boutique and luxury hotels in Seoul.