Grand Walkerhill Seoul [그랜드워커힐서울]
opened in 1978 as Sheraton Grand Walkerhill; renamed to current name in 2017
Choi Sang-eun (Park Min-young) is a regular at this hotel’s lobby café where she usually holds the first meeting with her clients in episode 1 of Love in Contract (월수금화목토) (tvN, 2022).
Oh Soo-jae (Seo Hyun-jin) meets up with her boss and chairman of TK Law Firm Choi Tae-kook (Huh Joon-ho) at the lobby café in episode 2 of Why Her/Why Oh Soo-jae (Wae Osujaeinga/왜 오수재인가) (SBS, 2022).
A nervous Shin Ha-ri (Kim Se-jong) — pretending to be her friend Jin Young-seo — waits for her blind date Kang Tae-mu (Ahn Hyo-seop) as he reserves a room at this hotel (seen as ‘Imperial Hotel’) per her ‘request’ in episode 1 of Business Proposal/A Business Proposal/Sanaematsun (사내맞선) (SBS/Netflix, 2022). She accidentally knocks into a lady when following him, and to her shock, she gets accused for being a two-timer.
Go Seung-tak (Kim Bum) comes to the entrance of this hotel (seen as ‘Rose Gold Hotel’) in episode 8 of Ghost Doctor (고스트 닥터) (tvN, 2022) to meet the lawyer of chairman Jang Gwang-deok (Lee Moon-soo).
Na Jung-sun (Jang Na-ra) tails her husband Park Sung-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) to this hotel (seen as ‘Hotel Walker’) in episode 4 (full episode 2) of VIP/V.I.P. (브이아이피/Beuiaipi) (SBS, 2019), after their company dinner. Despite her driver’s advice of how she’d be “better off not knowing”, she gets off and heads into the lobby, where she spots him (and eventually, he spots her) at the hotel lounge/cafe.
The exterior of this hotel appears as the venue at which Kim Tan’s (Lee Min-ho) birthday party is held in episode 19 of The Heirs/The Inheritors (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들) (SBS, 2013).
Seen in Hotelier (Hotellieo/호텔리어) (MBC, 2001).
Grand Walkerhill Seoul — Aston House [그랜드워커힐서울 애스톤하우스]
The after party of Liyan Kindergarten’s entrance ceremony is held here in episode 1 of Eve/Ibeu (이브) (tvN, 2022).
Han Tae-sul (Cho Seung-woo) helps Kang Seo-hae (Park Shin-hye) to infiltrate a party under the name ‘Grace Park’ held by Quantum Time at this venue in episode 6 of Sisyphus: The Myth (시지프스: the myth) (JTBC, 2021) but her cover gets blown by the Control Bureau.
This appears as Hwang Geum-Bi’s (Seo Ye-hwa) house and Jung Saet-byul (Kim You-jung) is more or less forced by her friends to come over for a pajama party in episode 7 of Backstreet Rookie/Convenience Store Saet-byul (편의점 샛별이) (SBS, 2020).
Oh Nam-joo’s (Kim Young-dae) birthday party takes place at this venue in episodes 9-11 (full episodes 5-6) of Extraordinary You/Ha-Ru Found by Chance/A Day Found by Chance/Suddenly One Day (어쩌다 발견한 하루) (MBC, 2019) and where Eun Dan-oh (Kim Hye-Yoon) potentially changes the scenes and her life in the manhwa.
Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) and Oh Yoon-seo (Yoo In-na) are a sight to behold as they arrive together for Yeon Entertainment’s 10th anniversary event in final episode 16 of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019).
Ok Ji-young (Choi Yeo-jin) and Kim Young-min (Song Jong-ho) celebrate their engagement at this house in episode 5 of The Golden Bride/Bride From Vietnam (황금신부) (SBS, 2007-08).
Vista Walkerhill Seoul [비스타 워커힐 서울]
opened as W Seoul Walkerhill (or W Hotel [W호텔] for short) in 2004; renamed to current name in 2017
Luice (Kang Chan-hee/Chani from SF9) stays in the presidential suite for episodes 4 and 5 of Miracle/Milakeul (미라클) (Viu, 2022).
Oh Han-byul (Lee Sung-kyung) goes on a blind date with Park Jo-eun (cameo by Park Jung-min) at the restaurant Del Vino (델비노) of this hotel in episode 1 of Sh**ting Stars/Shooting Stars (Byeolttongbyeol/별똥별) (tvN, 2022), but has to leave in a hurry for work after the first introduction.
Kang Se-yeon (Gang Ye-won) brings her mother to a suite at this hotel (seen as ‘Mont Hotel’) in episode 3 of The One and Only/Only One Person (한 사람만) (JTBC, 2021-22), while Sung Mi-do (Joy from Red Velvet) separately wakes up in a bedroom alone after a night’s stand. Note: Both scenes were filmed in the same room – the Presidential Suite.
Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo) confronts Kang Cheong-mo (Lee Seung-joon) in front of this hotel in episode 1 of Undercover (Eondeokeobeo/언더커버) (JTBC, 2021).
Ki Seon-gyeom (Im Si-wan) lives in the Presidential Suite of this hotel in Run On (런온) (JTBC/Netflix, 2020-21) — as seen, for instance, in episode 3.
Hwang Sun-oh (Song Kang) comes for a drink at the Re:BAR [리바] of this hotel —the ‘Badge Club Lounge’ of the Love Alarm application— in episode 5 of Love Alarm (좋아하면 울리는) (Netflix, 2019) and calls Lee Hye-young (Jung Ga-ram) from here. In episode 6, he is back here with his new girlfriend Yook-ji (Kim Si-eun) to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Oh Eul-soon (Song Ji-hyo) and Philip Yoo (Park Si-hoo) have a writer/actor meeting at the ‘Presidential Suite’ in episodes 3 and 4 of Lovely Horribly (러블리호러블리) (KBS2, 2018).
The restaurant Del Vino (델비노) is also seen in Secret Forest 2/Stranger 2 (비밀의 숲 2) (tvN, 2020).
In episode 4 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17), Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) stays at this hotel. She stayed in the (formerly) ‘Extreme Wow Suite’.
CEO Jack Hee (So Yu-jin), a ‘client’ of Dokgo Ma-te (Jang Keun-suk), lives in the (formerly) ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ in Bel Ami/Pretty Man/Pretty Boy/Beautiful Man (예쁜남자) (KBS2, 2013-14) — as seen in episode 1.
Seo Joon (Jang Geun-suk) checks into this hotel in episode 10 of Love Rain (사랑비) (KBS2, 2012). When he cannot reach Jung Ha-na (Yoona/Im Yoon-a) anymore over phone, he runs out of the hotel in his pajamas and hails a taxi.
In Lie to Me (내게 거짓말을 해봐) (SBS, 2011), this hotel appears here as ‘World Hotel’ that’s run by Hyeon Gi-joon (Kang Ji-hwan). The lobby, bar, rooms, and restaurant were featured in the show.
The (formerly) ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ is also seen in Medical Top Team (메디컬탑팀) (MBC, 2013).
Phillip Rosenthal (Daniel Henney) stays in this hotel in Spring Waltz (봄의 왈츠) (KBS2, 2006).
Movie Filmed Here
Walkerhill Hotel & Resort [워커힐 호텔 & 리조트] operates a variety of businesses with their main focus on hotels. Two of them are the five-star hotel Grand Walkerhill Seoul [그랜드워커힐서울] and Vista Walkerhill Seoul [비스타 워커힐 서울], which are both situated in the same building complex.
Opened in 2004 as W Seoul Walkerhill and part of Starwood’s W Hotel chain, Vista Walkerhill Seoul was relaunched in April 2017 with design changes made to the entrance. ‘W Hotel’ was selected in 2012 as one of 100 regular filming locations for movies and dramas by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Film Council, and featured in the brochure The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell in Love With (영화가 사랑한 서울 촬영지 100선). This hotel is also one of the 380 traditional and modern-contemporary buildings in Seoul that were selected for the The Seoul Architectural Guide (2013, page 146-47).
A video tour of the current hotel, along with its Presidential Suite, can be viewed here. The lobby of Grand Walkerhill Seoul was designed by designer Lee Eun-lee of Seoul-based architecture company Danaham (다나함) with the concept ‘modern & luxury’ in 2013.
Grand Walkerhill’s Aston House [애스톤하우스] is a building a bit further down the street from the two hotels and serves mainly as a wedding venue. This was where, among others, actors Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young tied the knot in 2013, and where G-Dragon’s sister, Kwon Da-mi, also got married at in 2019. Hyun Bin and Son Yi-jin also held their wedding ceremony here in March 2022.
The building complex is mainly located Seoul’s neighborhood Gwangjang [Gwangjang-dong/광장동], in the Gwangjin District [Gwangjin-gu/광진구]. Some of the buildings, though, are located in nearby Guri, in the neighborhood Acheon [Acheon-dong/아천동].
177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 광진구 워커힐로 177
Geolocation: 37.554500, 127.111035
Address of Aston House
1 Achasan-ro, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 구리시 아차산로 1
Geolocation: 37.559991, 127.113216
Gwangnaru Station [광나루역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 2
(2 min. by car/taxi; 14 min. by public transport – note that there is still a 7 min. walk to the complex.)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 24/09/2022
— Lovely Horribly added by Thom Musni