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The new JW Marriott is all about space

Oct 12,2018
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The sculpture “Ivory Double Necklace” by Jean Michel Othoniel is at the entrance to the renovated JW Marriott Hotel Seoul. [JW MARRIOTT HOTEL SEOUL]
The feeling of open space — this is what the newly remodeled JW Marriott Seoul suggests a true luxury lifestyle is all about. The hotel in Seocho District, southern Seoul is now ready to welcome guests to most of its facilities, including the two luxury penthouses with an open view of the Han River as well as Mount Namsan, which opened on Wednesday.

Starting from the first floor entrance, the hotel focuses on giving guests enough space to look around. The hotel’s check-in area has moved to the eighth floor, and the first floor is now home to two pieces of art; “Ivory Double Necklace” by Jean Michel Othoniel and “PixCell-Maral Deer” by Kohei Nawa. The necklace sculpture is about 15 meters (49 feet) long, and falls directly from the ceiling to the floor. This is the first thing a guest sees when entering the hotel. The rest of the area is open for now to provide a space to breath away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The ultimate luxury is offered at the Presidential and Ambassador Penthouses, which are two-story units on the 32nd and 33rd floors. Both have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an unhindered view of the Han River and northern Seoul from the living room area as well as the bathroom. The Ambassador Penthouse even has a separate music room, where one can listen to music or sing along to karaoke to relieve stress.

The JW Marriott has renovated all of its restaurants and cafes, as well. Its signature The Margaux Grill and Mobo Bar is surrounded by a garden area where guests can enjoy their food and drinks. More private and even quieter is the tea room inside Japanese restaurant Tamayura.

The hotel is connected to Shinsegae Department Store’s Gangnam branch as well as the Express Bus Terminal, which takes people to regions outside of Seoul. The underground floor of the hotel now has duty-free shops for international guests looking for quick and easy shopping.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]