President of Lotte Hotels and Resorts
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Hotel Lotte opened its first business hotel in Mapo, Seoul, today.
The Lotte City Hotel Mapo has 284 rooms, a buffet restaurant including a lounge and bar, a conference room, fitness center, indoor pool, a medical clinic and a spa.
The hotel has four underground floors and eight floors above ground, in a Lotte apartment building near Gongdeok Station on subway lines 5 and 6. By 2010, the direct rail link to Incheon International airport will also connect with the station.
``The polarization of the local hotel market will grow and competition among business hotels will be more fierce,'' said Jwa Sang-bong, the Lotte Hotels and Resorts president and CEO at a press conference Wednesday. ``Thus, we focused on differentiation from other mid- and low-priced business hotels.''
The rooms are larger than other hotels, from 25 square meters to 33 square meters. All are equipped with both shower booths and bathtubs. The hotel provides free Internet acces, vending machines and coin-operated laundry services for an economic stay.
Still, the hotel does not forget its basic object ― providing the best accommodation. ``We care about bedding and ensuring a comfortable rest. The mattresses of this hotel are the same as those used by five-star Lotte Hotels,'' said a manager of Lotte City Hotel Mapo.
The room rate is 150,000 won for double rooms and 160,000 won for twin and ondol rooms. Call (02) 6009-1000 for more information.