2021.1.20 Hotel Events
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas
Through Feb. 14: Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas introduces the pre-order “Lunar New Year Special Grab & Go” lunch boxes and “Chef Special Premium Ceremonial Table for Ancestors,” featuring holiday dishes prepared by chefs specializing in Korean cuisine. As this Lunar New Year holiday expects to see a drop in holiday travelers returning home due to social distancing, the hotel decided to offer holiday takeout products for safer and more convenient preparation for the holiday. The single-serving lunch boxes will be available via drive-thru for those who will spend the Lunar New Year holiday at home. The premium ceremonial table takeout set, prepared with domestically sourced top quality ingredients, will be delivered directly to the customers' doorstep by hotel staff.
Grand Kitchen's “Lunar New Year Special Grab & Go” is a premium Korean cuisine lunch box consisting of popular holiday dishes such as three-colored vegetable pancake, abalone seafood japchae (stir-fried noodles), three-colored seasoned vegetables, grilled beef ribs, perilla seeds taro soup and more. Priced at 39,000 won ($35), the lunch box can be reserved through Naver or by phone, and will be available for pick-up for a week from Feb. 8 to Feb.14. Customers can collect their lunch boxes at Grand Kitchen, located on the first floor of Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas, or at the drive-thru zone at the pre-booked date and time.
To mark the Lunar New Year, Grand Deli, located on the first floor of the hotel, will present the premium ceremonial table dishes prepared with domestic ingredients by the InterContinental chefs specializing in Korean cuisine, along with the Lunar New Year gift sets each consisting of about 40 types of carefully selected top-end items until Feb. 14. The “Chef Special Ceremonial Table” is the premium ceremonial dish incorporating the finest domestic ingredients including dried yellowtail fish, Korean beef, octopus and more. The InterContinental chefs will prepare generous portions of nine dishes that are traditionally eaten during the Lunar New Year holiday, including beef radish broth, meat jeok (skewered food), fish jeok, meat pancake, sea bream pancake and more. The hotel staff will deliver the food safely to the customers’ doorstep. It is priced at 790,000 won and should be reserved at least 48 hours in advance.
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas: (02) 555-5656
Teheran-ro 521, Gangnam District
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul
Through Feb. 14: JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul presents "JW Holiday To-Go", the perfect way to enjoy premium traditional cuisine and deliver ritual food offerings without the stress of preparation. The unique seasonal takeout service is available until Feb. 14.
Embracing Korea’s changing traditional food culture and increasing demand for pre-prepared cuisine, the "JW Perimium Holiday To-Go and JW Holiday To-Go" services are crafted by master chefs at Tavolo 24 for a perfect balance of taste, nutrition, abundance and convenience.
"JW Premium Holiday To-Go" and "JW Holiday To-Go" are comprised of eight or nine dishes and common menus include bulgogi, galbijjim (braised short beef ribs), borigulbi (dried yellow corvina) or yeonggwang chamgulbi fish, braised meat, assorted Korean pancakes, parboiled octopus, three-colored namul (seasonal vegetables) and japchae.
For "JW Premium Holiday To-Go", bulgogi, galbijjim and japchae are replaced by hanwoo bulgogi, hanwoo galbijjim and hanwoo japchae, handmade yakgwa (traditional Korean cookie) and one liter of persimmon punch are also included.
All Holiday cuisine To-Go combines meticulous preparation with the convenience, hygiene and portability of individual containers for each dish.
Additionally, Tavolo 24 offers 10-percent off as an early bird event until Jan. 27.
JW Premium Holiday To-Go is priced at 400,000 won including 10-percent tax, JW Holiday To-Go is priced at 220,000 won per set including 10-percent tax and additional dishes are available to order for the price charged.
Orders must be placed at least three days in advance by telephone, online via Naver Booking (in Korean) or in person at the hotel. Sets can be picked up in person from Tavolo 24, delivered by car-based Quick service or drive-thru. Quick delivery fees vary according to distance.
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul: (02) 2276-3000
279 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno District
Andaz Seoul Gangnam
Ongoing: Jogakbo, the restaurant and bar at Andaz Seoul Gangnam, presents the "hip flask to-go" cocktail promotion. As Covid-19 has lasted longer than expected, people’s consumption trends have changed, and they are staying home rather than going out. As a result, dining trends are changing dramatically. However, there are still not many options for drinks, so the hotel's head bartender is presenting to-go cocktails so that people can enjoy high-quality cocktails and spirits for reasonable prices at home. The bar's list has 11 kinds of spirits including Martin Miller’s Gin and Glen Allachie and Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye, all of which are served in a bottle that contains four portions. Prices start at 45,000 won. Cocktails are bottle-aged and include the Martini, the Negroni and the Old Fashioned. These international cocktails, as well as customized cocktails, are available for order. Each bottle contains a portion suitable for two cocktail glasses, and the price is 25,000 won. All prices include a 10-percent tax.
Andaz Seoul Gangnam: (02) 2193-1234
854 Nonhyeon-ro Gangnam District
Announcement: Marriott International continues to expand its portfolio, expecting to open 100 properties in the Asia Pacific in 2021, bringing more brands and experiences to new destinations for guests across the region. In 2020, the company celebrated its 800th milestone hotel opening in the region with 75 properties added to its portfolio during the year, representing more than one opening per week across the region. Nearly 27,000 rooms were added to the region’s development pipeline in 2020 alone, in addition to the signing of Marriott’s largest branded residences project with close to 4,200 units.
Greater China has led the global recovery to date, and the company expects to soon celebrate its 400th hotel in greater China and its 50th hotel in Shanghai with the opening of JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian in spring 2021.
According to a joint report by consultancy firm Bain & Co. and Alibaba’s Tmall Luxury unit, mainland China is on track to become the world’s largest personal luxury market by 2025 even seeing year-over-year domestic growth in 2020 despite the pandemic. To leverage this trend, Marriott International continues to strengthen its luxury portfolio with expected openings in 2021 such as W Changsha, W Xiamen, St. Regis Qingdao and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigou. With the anticipated opening of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, China will be the first country in the Asia Pacific to house all of Marriott International’s luxury hallmarks.
Marriott’s leisure bookings in China have been particularly strong, up over 25 percent year-on-year in the third quarter in mainland China, demonstrating the resilience of demand once consumers are comfortable that the virus is under control and restrictions can safely be lifted. The company is introducing more travel experiences across its brand portfolio, including at popular leisure destinations such as Mianyang in the Sichuan Province with the expected opening of Sheraton Mianyang, as well as in the culturally rich destination of Nanjing with the anticipated opening of The Westin Nanjing Resort & Spa.
Beyond greater China, Marriott International continues to strengthen its footprint, with several expected brand debuts across Asia Pacific in 2021. In Japan, W Hotels is expected to debut with the opening of W Osaka, while The Luxury Collection is also slated to debut in Australia with the opening of The Tasman in Hobart. The iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is expected to celebrate its debut in the leading resort destination of the Maldives in early summer, bringing legendary service to the picture-perfect archipelago.
Further expanding Marriott’s presence in breathtaking resort destinations, the JW Marriott brand is slated to bring its warm luxury experience to Korea's Jeju Island with the planned opening of JW Marriott Jeju in late 2021. The company’s signature wellness brand, Westin, is also highly anticipated to debut in one of India’s top beach destinations, Goa, this summer.
To support domestic travel in Japan, the company plans to open six additional Fairfield by Marriott hotels throughout 2021 alongside "Michi-no-Eki" roadside stations aimed at revitalizing the country’s local sightseeing spots. Japan expects to have more than 30 Fairfield by Marriott hotels by the end of 2023. Touted as one of the best cities in the world for art, culture, music and food, Australia’s Melbourne is expected to see the opening of the country’s second W Hotel with W Melbourne in spring and the opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands in early 2021.