Hotel King

Hotel King (2014)

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Cha Jae Wan, holds resentment towards his father who left him and his mother. He grows up to be very levelheaded character and a perfectionist at his job. Ah Mo Ne, an heiress who tries to save her father's legacy, the one and only seven-star hotel in the nation, Hotel Ciel. Cha Jae Wan, the hotel manager becomes an enemy to his own father in order to help the heiress.

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Oct 28, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
If I could only use 2 words to review Hotel King those words would be EPIC DAEBAK! (yes, in all caps!) I honestly loved this drama. If you are looking for a romantic story about an ambitious hotel manager who falls in love with an heiress, you've picked the wrong show. If you are looking for an over the top, borderline campy, drama filled with secrets, betrayals, tragedy, passion, murder, revenge, star-crossed read more lovers, super villains, and some witty banter for balance, that just happens to take place in a hotel, then this drama is perfect for you!

What I loved most about this drama is that the story just kept getting more and more extreme as it went on, and I just kept getting more and more sucked in! For 32 episodes I couldn't wait to see what crazy thing would happen next so, unlike other viewers, I was never really bored. I also liked that all of the major characters had a dark side, or were flawed, which made them a lot more interesting.

Lee Dong Wook's Jae Wan was a fun character to watch unfold, even though he was damn near robotic. This drama is basically his tragic story, and it's a doozy! At first I was turned off by how cold he was, but I liked him more and more as more of his story was revealed. Eventually his need to keep his composure seemed haunting.

Lee Da Hae as Ah Mo Nae was extremely annoying, even as she started to mature, but I thinks she was a great character. Kudos to the actress for making me want to smack her through the screen several times. I also really loved the forbidden romance between Jae Wan and Ah Mo Nae, especially early on when it was technically "very" forbidden. I think they had great chemistry, although they do much more crying than flirting.

Lee Duk Hwa as Lee Joong Goo had not a single ounce of redeeming quality in him, so It was fun to watch where his extreme evil would lead. Just when I thought he couldn't get more cutthroat he would surpass his last action tenfold. I thought he was excellent.

My favorite character by far was Kim Hae Sook as Baek Mi Nyeo. It took a lot of range to pull that character off. She was manipulative, mentoring, backstabbing, sympathetic, ruthless... she'd make me drop my jaw one minute and boo-hoo cry the next. Very few actresses can pull off a role that crazy, but she definitely did. It's not the most realistic character, but again, that's why this drama was so much fun.

There is nothing subtle about this drama, it is melodrama at it's finest. I loved the cast. I loved the music. The writing may not be perfect, but considering all this story tried to take on, I was impressed.

32 episodes is a huge commitment, but I didn't mind because I didn't want it to end. I would also watch all 32 episodes again, which should tell you how much I enjoyed it the first time. I definitely recommend this to any one who likes their dramas to be filled with DRAMA in ALL CAPS.
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Jul 29, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Let's keep it simple. This is a drama that had a lot of potential due to its amazing cast, solid story, and incredible production. It had all the makings of a 10/10, but therein lies the issue. For some reason, Dramaland loves to stretch out any drama that has such potential; "why have 16 episodes when we can have 32?" they must say amongst themselves, "of course the fans will want more read more of the same!" This way of thinking has ruined or subtly damaged several dramas for me, Hotel King amongst them.

The two leads - favourites of mine since My Girl (2005) - were good, don't get me wrong. They are two very attractive people with acting ability?---but after watching Lee Dong Wook repeat the same crazed or sobbing face a million times over, ANY expression of strong emotion got boring. It no longer evoked any sense of compassion, just "this again?"

Which leads us to the plot. This is a good 'un: a delicate, emotional plot about the bonds and power of blood. The twists are foreseeable, ESPECIALLY for a seasoned drama-watcher, but the true strength of this drama is more how these twists are delivered. Alas, over time these twists are exhausted and there is so much surface back-and-forth that the drama doesn't really progress and spends a LOT of time just floundering and filling time. I feel like I've spent 32 episodes watching Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae repeat the same conversations about the same issues, which unfortunately cheapens every breakup that happens and ruins every reunion because you doubt - either way - it will last.

Overall, the experience was undeniably a good one---if mediocre despite its outstanding potential. I'm glad I've watched it and I'm sure it will influence dramas to come, but I will not be watching it again.
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both dramas are driven by revenge plot device but love blooms against all odds. The male lead ends up protecting the girl instead of exacting his planned revenge.
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    naccu 8 days ago - edited

    I'm on episode 18 and I want to murder a few characters... Am I allowed or will I go to jail? xD

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    iamsarah 13 days ago

    This is one of the best melodramas I have watched, it feels so complete and wholesome. I'll miss my lovely main leads and the awesome cast and exhilarating storyline.

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    Caroli Zfn Feb 22, 2017 - edited

    hey guys what is the name of that drama trailed in this drama last episode having villain female lead of K2

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    Faa Jan 23, 2017

    i hope people will consider this to be on their to be watched list soon because LDW in here is so hot bruh and the story line is really unpredictable and mind blowing

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    heavenlene Jan 20, 2017 - edited

    another story of a cheabol??? oh, please

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    Fansugirl Jan 15, 2017

    I'm at episode 10 and think this deserves much better rating than 7.8.. It's definitely one underrated drama...I'm glad I came to this when it's actually a 2014 drama. Story line is great. casts are beautiful. probably acting can be better but it's acceptable since everything else is awesome! love Lee Dong Wook and Lee Dae Hee... gorgeous pair <3

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    Reean Jan 7, 2017


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    I just finished watching this and DAEBAK soooo good . I watch this because of Lee Dong Wook pairing again with Lee Da Hae . I love them together eversince My Girl. Good story and great actors and actresses. I terribly cried a lot when Mother and son finally reunited.

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    namopanik Dec 8, 2016

    This drama suffers from an uneven writting and character building. It can only handle one part of the pair at once, but does it sometimes unexpectedly. The most boring second male lead ever (and I'm extremely prone to 2nd lead syndrome, so it's quite a feat to make me uninterested here) is counterbalanced by a likable (strong, bitchy in a classy way, self-respecting yet able to suspend her pride and be on a weaker, more vulnerable position when it comes to relationship) 2nd female lead. There are ambiguous, multi-layered antagonists and a fascinatingly messed up, laced-up male lead. Lee Dong Wook looks so fine in this, thin and sharp. Female lead is just typical airhead, tender, poor rich girl and her personality seems the most disjointed of them all - some qualities just emerge when needed for the plot never to be seen again.
    It drags terribly. I wish it had half the episode number and more substance - just throw the comedic relief fillers out. And yet I feel like everyone falls in love too quick, so it's hard for me to relate or treat them seriously. I wouldn't mind dragging the angst from around ep 7-8 longer.
    After 1/3 it seems to go downhill.

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    neens Nov 7, 2016

    my first ever makjang themed drama and honestly the chemistry between the two leads were as perfect as My Girl. I hope to see them in more/other fluffy angsty dramas in future!

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    Mari Ela Sep 4, 2016

    eveyrthing was sooooo goooddddd, i mean really, the storyline was superb ecept for the weak character of the female lead, nevertheless, the other characters was able to make up for it, but one thing i hated was the unclear ending, it's not even a cliffhanger at that. it was just like watching and entirely different drama

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 13, 2016

    What was with that wedding? They teleported to a cliff.Should have just shown the wedding.

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    MarjieJavier May 28, 2016

    I do not regret spending 32 hours in this drama. Danggg!

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    funfan Apr 8, 2016

    Though lengthy very good drama and wonderful understanding and chemistry between the leads none of those idiotic compulsory breakups or clingy sec hero heroine though got draggy in the last few episodes, good drama to watch if you looking for melo with not much nonsense

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    Marooya Mar 16, 2016

    Good drama but it needs patience and energy, you need to be willing to watch none endless of crazy things happening all the time. This is not romance focused drama and it is very dark so you have to be a real melo fan to enjoy this :)


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    South Korea
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    Apr 5, 2014 to Jul 27, 2014
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    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 3,493 users)
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