The view from the 22nd floor restaurant and bar is spectacular. Photo by Todd Thacker

The view from the 22nd floor restaurant and bar is spectacular. Photo by Todd Thacker

Shin Jeju’s newest landmark, the 22-story Lotte City Hotel, opened Feb. 25 with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the mayor of Jeju City and other dignitaries.

The 90-meter-tall, 43,000-square-meter building is now the most prominent building in the area, standing tall in the cityscape and clearly visible from places like Halla Arboretum located to the south of the hotel.

Lotte City Hotel has 262 guest rooms. Suites are on the upper floors and measure 62 square-meters divided into two smallish rooms. These cost on the order of 700,000 won a night. Deluxe and superior rooms are 30 square-meters and located in the middle to lower floors of the building. These cost between 300,000 and 380,000 won a night.

Suites are 62 square meters and cost upwards of 700,000 won a night.

Suites are 62 square meters and cost upwards of 700,000 won a night.

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The first night will have about a 40 percent occupancy, according to one Lotte spokesman. This is in part due to steep discounts in some room rates to account for parts of the hotel like the outdoor pool still being under construction.

On the twenty-second floor there is a spacious 575-square-meter restaurant buffet and bar which seats 126 and has magnificent views of Mt. Halla and the ocean. The menu features Jeju dishes like black pork.

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Other facilities include a heated outdoor 24.5-meter by 5.5-meter pool and jacuzzi (which are not yet open) and fitness center with three running machines, a set of weights, and three stationary bicycles. These are located on the sixth floor, along with the hotel lobby and registration desk, and culture center, business corner, and meeting room.

The fitness center, large outdoor deck and heated pool are on the sixth floor, along with the lobby and registration desk.

The fitness center, large outdoor deck and heated pool are on the sixth floor, along with the lobby and registration desk.

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There is also Duty Free shopping, a number of ballrooms the largest of which seats 700 in a theatre configuration or 440 as a banquet, and a first-floor art gallery. Underground parking can accommodate 273 cars.

The hotel is just 5 minutes drive from Jeju International Airport, 10 minutes from Iho Beach, 40 minutes drive from Jungmun Tourist Complex and an hour from Seongsan Sunrise Peak.

 

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