Ryan Gold (Kim Jae-wook) stays at this hotel’s Royal Suite Room after returning to South Korea in episode 1 of Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활) (tvN, 2019). Nearly in parallel, Sung Deok-mi (Park Min-young) and her best friend Lee Sun-joo (Park Jin-joo) find out that idol Cha Shi-an (One/Jung Je-Won) will also stay at this hotel (he had come back the same day to South Korea) and they try to book a room next to his. As Ryan already has the room, it does not work out. But Sun-joo tries to convince him, nevertheless, speaking about someone she loves but cannot show her love to. Later, when Ryan sees Sun-joo and Deok-mi together at a bar he thinks they are lovers and exchanges rooms with them to support their (otherwise probably discriminated) love — so he thinks.
This is shown as the exterior of ‘Donghwa Hotel’, which Cha Su-hyeon (Song Hye-kyo) is the president of in Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19), and where Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-gum) works at in the public relations (PR) team.
Various interior scenes were also filmed here, at selected ballrooms and conference rooms. For example, the PR team meets the models for the wedding photoshoot at the Athene Garden room in episode 13; in the same episode, Su-hyeon and Jin-hyeok meet clandestinely at the Crystal Ballroom, which is also where many big meetings are held (like the new employees’ welcome function in episode 2, where Su-hyeon sees Jin-hyeok again).
There is also a staged bus stop in front of this hotel at which Su-hyeon picks up a drunk Jin-hyeok in episode 2. Note that this bus stop does not exist in real life.
Also seen in Time Between Dog And Wolf (개와 늑대의 시간) (MBC, 2007).
Part of the Lotte Group chain of hotels, Lotte Hotel Seoul [롯데호텔서울] was the first to open in 1973. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Euljiro1(il)ga [을지로1가] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구]. The driveway and some interior scenes of the hotel were filmed at Nexon Korea Building [넥슨코리아].
30 Eulji-ro, Euljiro-1(il)ga, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30
(서울특별시 중구 을지로1가 1)
Geolocation: 37.565357, 126.980918
Geolocation of staged bus stop: 37.565900, 126.981277
Euljiro 1-ga Station [을지로입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 8 (direct)
— submitted by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, October 2019