WALKERHIL HOTELS & RESORTS
Walkerhill Hotel is constantly pursuing excellence and promises its
guests heart-warming and stimulating experiences in the unique Walkerhill nature preserves and through its services.
Walkerhill is Established
Walkerhill, named after Korean War hero and
commander of the Eighth US Army Walton H. Walker, is the largest hotel in all of east Asia.
SK Group (previously Seon-gyeong Group)
The SK Group acquired Walkerhill in March 1973, aspiring to "grow into a world-class hotel". ter steady investment into facilities, Walkerhill became a luxury hotel two years later.
New hotel is built, and the brand is changed
The SK Group entered into a franchise agreement with global hotel brand Sheraton, and opened the massive Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel with 538 rooms spanning 22 floors. With a total area of over 52,000 square meters, and equipped world-class facilities like a performance/dinner theater that can hold 720 people, restaurants, casinos, the hotel quickly became known as one of the best hotels in Korea.
Convention Center Opens
By opening the biggest convention center in Korea at the time and then hosting major international conferences, including the IPU General Assembly and the IMF General Assembly, the Sheraton Walkerhill became known for its ability to host large-scale international conventions.
Kimchi Research Center is established (SUPEX Kimchi)
The Walkerhill Kimchi Research Center was created in 1989 and became the first hotel-run institution dedicated to researching the wide range of flavors and nutritional aspects of Korea's fermented vegetable dish. Using state-of-the-art automation, by expanding our production facilities and introducing hygiene management systems, we continue to produce some of the best Kimchi available.
The Sheraton Towers Open
We opened the Sheraton Tower with state-of-the-art facilities and premium services, including a dedicated registration desk and business center.
The first industry academy is opened
Walkerhill opened the first service education academy in the domestic hotel industry, and has become a CS (Customer Service) pioneer by cultivating hotel service professionals, providing professional CS consulting and training solutions, and developing a customized "Only One" service.
5 more business lines established
The Walkerhill lobby and restaurant underwent a complete renovation and the hotel bar Sirocco, the French restaurant Del Vino, The View, The Pavilion and Le Passage were opened to provide great dining options for our guests.
Brand is changed to Sheraton Grande
In November, we acquired 'Grand' status, the highest rating for Sheraton hotels, and changed our name to 'Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Seoul'.
The first W Hotel in Asia is opened
Walkerhill opened 'W Seoul Walkerhill' as the first lifestyle brand W Hotel in Asia, leading the trends introduced by world-class hotel group Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and quickly became a comprehensive resort in the city center.
SK Networks Inc. and Walkerhill Inc.
merge to create SK Networks Walkerhill Co., Ltd.
The Walkerhill subsidiary merged with its parent company, SK Networks, to create synergies in the consumer goods industry.
The Faro Grand opens in the Mirae Asset
Center One Building, located in Jung-gu, Soo-ha-dong
Walkerhill created the sky lounge 'Faro Grand',
the first Japanese and Chinese fusion fine- dining establishment.
The exclusive Grand Walkerhill Seoul Brand is introduced
Based on the decades of hotel operation knowhow, the SK Group set out to create a strong, independent hotel brand with potential to grow internationally. As the end of all contracts with all overseas hotels, they opened Walkerhill's exclusive brand 'Grand Walkerhill Seoul'.
Darakhyu Capsule Hotel Opens at Incheon
International Airport Terminal 1
To better accommodate Incheon International Airport passengers in transit, Walkerhill opened 'Darakhyu', the first capsule hotel in Korea with a hourly rate system.
The exclusive Vista Walkerhill Seoul Brand is
The conceptually unique Vista Walkerhill Seoul opened after renovations of the building formerly housing the W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel. In the rooms state-of-the-art digital technology
was used to ensure a comfortable stay, while the Vista Walkerhill Seoul collaborated with world-famous plant hunter Nishihata Seijun to create the rooftop garden "SKYARD" and create
a media art exhibition centered around an 800 - year - old ancient tree.
Darakhyu Capsule Hotel Opens at Incheon
International Airport Terminal 2
With the newly opened Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 came the second Darakhyu capsule hotel, with further upgraded facilities and services, creating a stepping stone for
expansion into other major tourist destinations.
Douglas House Renewal Complete
Douglas House, a part of Walkerhill for many years, underwent major renovations and reopened as a new hotel with focused on providing a true relaxing respite to busy guests.
Darakhyu Luxury Hotel Opens at the Yeosu
A popular tourist destination attracting over 15 million visitors each year, Yeosu World Expo Center became the location of the next capsule hotel, 'Darakhyu Yeosu'. Targeting young travelers seeking reasonably-priced accommodation with quality service, the in-room facilities and amenities are simple, but the comfortable hotel lounge serves as a cultural and social hub for travellers.