Hotels have been cited as one of the best places to enjoy time off without leaving the city in recent years, as evidenced by a neologism "hocance" ― a combination of hotel and vacance (the French word for vacation) ― meaning spending a vacation in a local hotel.
Along with hocance, another phenomenon is growing here for Seollal, or the Lunar New Year, as an increasing number of people want to have a rest and relieve their stress during the traditional holiday, instead of spending it in a traditional way such as visiting their hometown to spend time with relatives, which sometimes involves food preparations and many hours of traveling due to a serious traffic congestion on the highways.
Riding on these two trends, local hotels have been rushing to release a variety of special packages and events for the Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 23 through Jan. 27 so guests can make their holiday an extra special one.
Lotte Hotel is offering various package products at its 16 outlets nationwide, featuring luxurious experiences and memorable leisure activities for guests.
|Lotte Hotel offers a variety of packages to celebrate the Lunar New Year at its 16 chains nationwide. / Courtesy of Lotte Hotel|
Signiel Seoul runs the World Tower Special that includes a one-night stay in a grand deluxe room and breakfast for two people in addition to two tickets for Lotte World, Seoul Sky, Aquarium or Lotte Cinema.
The package is available until Feb. 29, with the price beginning from 460,000 won ($395).
Lotte Hotel Jeju is offering a Staycation package that includes one-night stay in a deluxe terrace ocean room and breakfast for two people in addition to a free minibar and access to the Family Rock Bowling Alley.
Free dinner buffet will be offered if guests stay more than two nights. The package is available from Jan. 23 to 29.
Lotte Hotel Seoul offers the Cheyul collaboration package that includes a one-night stay in a superior room in addition to a tumbler of Cheyul, a luxury handcrafts brand in Korea, and a tea brand Osulloc's tea box.
The package is available from Jan. 17 to Feb. 1, with the price beginning from 268,000 won.
Lotte Hotel World offers a New Year Greeting package from Jan. 23 to 28, with the price beginning from 185,000 won. The package includes a one-night stay in a deluxe room and 4 yut sticks to play yutnori, a traditional four-stick board game.
The package also provides guests with a random lucky bag offering opportunities to win gift cards worth from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.
Lotte Hotel Ulsan has prepared a cost-effective Happy Holiday package whose price begins from 150,000 won. The package, which will be available from Jan. 17 to 31, will offer guests opportunities to enjoy the holiday at the only five-star hotel in Ulsan.
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul will run a large-scale event, dubbed Holiday Winery, during the Lunar New Year holiday at its Dynasty hall, offering opportunities to experience a variety of wine selections and dishes that enhance the dining experience. The event also includes popera (pop and opera) performed by tenor, baritone and soprano singers.
|The Shilla Seoul is preparing a large-scale Holiday Winery event at its Dynasty hall to mark the Lunar New Year holiday. / Courtesy of The Shilla Seoul|
The hotel said 10 kinds of wine, along with dishes that go with wine will be prepared during the event, in addition to rat-shaped macaroons to mark 2020, which is the Year of the Rat.
The event will kick off on Jan. 24 through 26, and will take place for two hours from 7 p.m., with performances being held for an hour from 7:30 p.m.
The package product includes one-night stay in a deluxe room, along with access to Holiday Winery and indoor swimming pool.
Mayfield Hotel is running three kinds of rat-inspired package products ― MIGHTY MICE, MIGHTY and MICE ― from Jan. 23 to 27, expanding options for guests.
The MIGHTY MICE package includes a one-night stay and Castle Terrace breakfast buffet for two people, in addition to special dishes for the Lunar New Year, prepared by the hotel's Korean restaurant Nakwon. The dishes include bulgogi, a grilled marinated beef dish, and Korean traditional tteokguk (rice cake soup).
The package also offers a 20-inch mickey mouse-inspired suitcase with four wheels in three colors ― pink, blue and black ― for children.
|Mayfield Hotel will offer bulgogi, a grilled marinated beef dish, for guests who use its Lunar New Year packages. / Courtesy of Mayfield Hotel|
The MIGHTY package includes a one-night stay and Castle Terrace breakfast buffet in addition to Nakwon's special dishes, while the cost-effective MICE package offers a one-night stay and Castle Terrace breakfast buffet.
The MIGHTY MICE package is priced at 327,000 won, while MIGHTY and MICE packages are 267,000 won and 220,000 won, respectively.
Those who book the packages by Jan. 17 can get free upgrades under the hotel's early-bird promotion.
JW Marriott Hotel Seoul
JW Marriott Hotel Seoul will offer the Welcome to the JW Mouse House package from Jan. 24 to 26 for guests with children.
The package offers one-night stay in a deluxe room in addition to lavish gifts for children and access to indoor swimming pool.
Guests will also be able to experience various programs prepared by "kids can," a company specializing in entertainment and content for children.
The package is priced at 285,000 won for parents with one child
and 310,000 won for parents with two kids.