Richard M. Saul has become the JW Marriott Seoul’s new general manager.
The 48-year-old Australian native took his first job in the hotel industry in 1978 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. For the 25 years since, Saul has had a wide range of experience in various departments.
He joined Marriott International in 1996 and was appointed as general manger of the Renaissance Palm Garden Hotel in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 34. Serving as general manager at several Marriott and Renaissance hotels, mainly in Asia, he won prizes such as “Hotel of the Year,” “General Manager of the Year” and “Rookie General Manager.”
“I’m very excited to have taken up this post in Seoul, a dynamic Asian city. In 2012, we will not only establish ourselves as Seoul’s best business hotel but also bring customers service of the highest quality that can only be found at JW Marriott Seoul,” Saul said.
The Shilla Jeju
The Shilla Jeju offers a Music Isle package from Feb. 10 to 18, with concerts performed by world-famous musicians including the Euro-Asia Philharmonic Orchestra music director Gum Nan-se.
The chamber concerts will be presented with Gum’s interpretation every evening, with a cocktail reception available. The package includes two tickets to the concerts (worth 100,000 won), free use of the winter spa zone and the private beach house, and two tickets for an event in the garden where guests can sample wines from seven regions in France.
With breakfast for two being included, the package is priced at between 280,000 won and 350,000 won. For more information, call 1588-1142.
Millennium Seoul Hilton
The Millennium Seoul Hilton’s Mediterranean all-day dining restaurant Cilantro is holding a shellfish festival, Crustacean Sensation through the end of January.
The restaurant offers crustaceans and shellfish from king mussels to oysters and prawn to king crab. The buffet is priced at 51,000 won for lunch and 55,000 won for dinner.
Cilantro also hosts Friday Seafood Night, and the restaurant’s buffet will be augmented with seafood delicacies such as Alaska crab meat salad, whole bigeye tuna sashimi and giant king clams. It costs 60,000 won or 73,000 won with a glass of champagne. For more information, call 02-317-3062.
Renaissance Seoul Hotel
The Renaissance Seoul Hotel’s Japanese restaurant Irodori presents the Chef’s Lunch Bento Box that includes a delivery service until March 31.
The lunch box includes appetizers, sashimi, braised fish or vegetables, grilled fish and assorted tempura. Targeting businesspeople at offices surrounding the hotel, Irodori offers a takeaway and delivery service to help them save time.
The boxes are priced at between 45,000 won and 55,000 won. For delivery, an order for a minimum of five boxes is required at least two days in advance. For takeaway, the service charge is excluded from the total payment. For more information, call 02-2222-8659.
Lotte Hotel Seoul
All restaurants of the Lotte Hotel Seoul will participate in Restaurant Gourmet Week from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, offering great dining deals just like New York City’s Restaurant Week.
Each of the hotel’s five major restaurants ― Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul, Mugunghwa, Momoyama, Toh Lim and Peninsula ― will offer a special dinner menu composed of guests’ favorite dishes and a glass of red wine. The dinner menu is available for up to 20 guests per day on a first-come-first-served basis, so advance booking is required.
The course menus are priced at 80,000 won, except for Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul, which will cost 100,000 won. For more information, call 02-771-1000.