Korea’s “Love Hotels” Out, “Party Hotels” In.
They used to be called “Love Hotels” until visitors took it literally, a stigma followed, and “Party Hotels” were born. South Korea is known for it’s zany-themed hotels, and the introduction of party hotels brings more than just “glorified DVD rooms” that look like porn sets.
Love hotels were often picketed as they started to crop up in conservative neighborhoods. Now, love hotels are gone, and party hotels are getting a warmer reception.
Party hotels are going a bit more upscale and loaded with way more amenities and features than love hotels ever had. The new breed of hotels are offering in-suite swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, karaoke machines, pool tables, and even barbecue grills!
In a society where the city’s youths and adults live with their parents before marriage, there is a great demand for spots to just hang out and an even greater need for places to throw parties.
The best part about party hotels are the “motel” prices. Party like a rock star at indy-pop prices.
The price to party is as little as $10 per hour – nice! What’s not so nice is the fact that they expect you and your party out by 11:30 pm on the weekends.Regardless of the “weekend curfew” limitations, listed below are some of the top party hotels in Seoul and why they should be your party hotel of choice.
Jade Hotel – They pride themselves on cleanliness. Most everything is white to give the feeling of freshness, something not always associated with this class of hotel. If you can, book the popular eighth-floor Royal Suite that features a rectangular jacuzzi that seems to command its own party.
Chezlee Palace – This spot is the most reminiscent to the old “love hotels” and is sometimes described as “camp luxury,” as it’s all about the fantasy themed-rooms: Arabian, Egyptian, Pirate. And all rooms come with personal computers, free Internet, and best of all – free drinks!
Seoul Mate Hotel – This was voted Korea’s best boutique hotel. It is known for concentrating on little details that make guests feel extra-specially welcomed and is the spot for cool tea rituals.
Hotel Nox – One of the more popular spots is the Nox. This hotel offers excellent facilities and services, acting more like a 5-star establishment than the 3.5 that it is. Guests partying here get star treatment, while still paying party “motel” prices.
Party on people!