Hotel del Luna

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Hotel del Luna
Hotel Del Luna.jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul호텔 델루나
Created byStudio Dragon
Written by
Directed byOh Choong-hwan
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Kim Kyu-tae
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time73–94 minutes
Production company(s)GT:st
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 13 (2019-07-13) –
September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)
External links

Hotel del Luna (Korean호텔 델루나; RRHotel delluna) is a 2019 South Korean television series, starring Lee Ji-eun and Yeo Jin-goo as the owner and manager, respectively, of the eponymous hotel that caters only to ghosts. Written by the Hong sisters, it aired on tvN from July 13 to September 1, 2019.[1][2][3] It is the eighth-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history.[4]


The Hotel del Luna (formally referred to as the "Guest House of the Moon"), located in Myeong-Dong, Seoul, is not like any other hotel: its clients are all ghosts, and it is not visible in its true form during the day. Humans can only come across the hotel under special circumstances, for example, during a Lunar eclipse.

During the Goguryeo era, a rebel named Jang Man-wol (IU) went through a series of tumultuous events that led to her committing several sins. She escaped from her captors and began her search for the "Guest House of the Moon" as she felt that she had wronged those who died because of her and held a strong grudge. She drank a liquor made with "Moon flowers" offered to her by a deity (Mago) that unknowingly turned her into the guest house's owner while she was traveling to find it. She has been stuck to the "Moon Tree" ever since and has been running the hotel for more than a 1,000 years before meeting Koo Chan-Sung (Yeo Jin-goo), the new manager. Koo Chan-Sung was deemed to be just the right person for the job by Mago as Mago believes that he holds the key to the freedom of Jang Man-Wol from the guest house.

The 16 episodes of the series depict how Koo Chan-Sung adjusts to his new ability to see ghosts, his new job, and the tantrums of his fickle new employer. The hotel has several staff members, the oldest being the bartender Kim Seon-Bi, the head wait-staff Choi So-Hee, and the doorman Ji Hyeon-Jung. Over time Koo Chan-Sung wins the hearts of all the members working in the hotel and together they serve their guests by trying their best to give them a satisfactory experience before they leave for the afterlife.

The "Moon Tree" that had seemed to be dead for a thousand years sprouts leaves and blossoms as the bond between Koo Chan-Sung and Jang Man-Wol deepens and they begin to date. The leaves and flowers begin to shed once Jang Man-Wol realises the problems and risks her hotel's manager has to face because of her and she begins to fear for his life.

Jang Man-Wol comes across several people she was acquainted with in the past which brings up bitter memories. But with the help of Koo Chan-Sung and her hotel staff, she overcomes them and moves on. Jang Man-Wol leaves the hotel to drop-off a person from her past to the bridge to the afterlife.

The days roll by and soon enough the branches of the "Moon Tree" are bare. Jang Man-Wol returns to the hotel after a month much to Koo Chan-Sung's happiness. The hotel staff and the guests leave one by one as they have each gotten their closure and because the time for Jang Man-Wol to leave the hotel forever has arrived.

Jang Man-Wol and Koo Chan-Sung share an emotional farewell as Man-Wol leaves for the afterlife alone after they both promise to meet each other in the next life. After she leaves, the hotel closes down as well.

Time goes by and Koo Chan-Sung tries to move on. He goes abroad while hoping for the best. Meanwhile, Mago has found a new owner for the "Guest House of the Moon", a man who names the place "Hotel Blue Moon". The series ends with a sense of mystery.



Lee Ji-Eun and Yeo Jin-goo during an interview for Hotel del Luna
The beautiful but cold owner of Hotel del Luna (Guest House of the Moon) for 1,300 years.
The new general manager of Hotel del Luna, succeeding the previous manager, Noh Joon-suk. He is a handsome Harvard MBA graduate, who is hired as an assistant manager at one of Korea's top hotel. However, he later becomes the general manager for the Hotel del Luna due to a deal his father made with Jang Man-Wol twenty years ago.


At the Hotel del Luna[edit]

The hotel's general manager for 30 years who is retiring; Chan-sung's predecessor.
The longest employee of the hotel and the Sky Bar's bartender. He lived during the Joseon dynasty as the scholar Kim Shi-Ik, who committed suicide after being removed from his position for writing stories about the lives of commoners. He waited for 500 years to clear his name.
The housekeeper and room service provider with an extrovert personality. She also lived during the Joseon era as a nobleman's wife. When she gave birth to a girl instead of a boy, the family took her child away to starve the baby whereas her husband slept with another woman to have a baby boy, in order to carry on the family name. She was driven to insanity after her daughter's death and was killed later on by her husband's men. She vowed to see the family tree die out and wishes to take the last heir of the family with her to the afterlife.
The hotel receptionist. He is nice and polite but does not like his job. He was accidentally killed by his friend during the height of the Korean War and cares very deeply for his younger sister. He starts dating Jung Soo-Jung.
  • Kang Mi-na as spirit of Jung Soo-Jung/Kim Yoo-Na (residing inside Kim Yoo-Na's body)[7]
A rich and arrogant student, whose physical body becomes the residence of the spirit of Jung Soo-Jung, a schoolmate that Yoo-na bullied and murdered by pushing her off a bridge. Yoo-Na's spirit is obliterated by her parents, and so Soo-Jung decides to remain inside Yoo-na's body and assume her identity to be able to live. She is hired as an intern.

People around Jang Man-weol[edit]

A soldier during the Goguryeo era who fell in love with Man-Wol. He was forced to marry Princess Song-Hwa and to capture the rebels to rid the king of suspicions and to spare Man-Wol from punishment. Just after his marriage to Song-Hwa, he intentionally allowed himself be killed by Man-Wol out of his unwavering love and guilt towards her.
Man-Wol's fellow rebel who is like a brother to Man-Wol. He was captured and killed under the lead of Goo Chung-Myung, which led to Jang Man-Wol developing a deep grudge against the latter. He is reincarnated as police officer Park Young-soo, who becomes Lee Mi-Ra's boyfriend (reincarnation of Princess Song-Hwa).

People around Koo Chan-seong[edit]

  • Jo Hyun-Chul as Sanchez[8]
Chan-Sung's friend when they were studying at Harvard. He is a millionaire and owns a pizza shop. He lives with Chan-sung in Seoul. He eventually learns the truth about the Hotel Del Luna after his girlfriend's death.
A princess during the Goguryeo era who was attracted to Chung-Myung and later marries him. She was slain by Man-Wol on her wedding night. She is reincarnated as Chan-sung's squandering ex-girlfriend Lee Mi-Ra, who later becomes Park Young-soo's girlfriend.
A rich guy who was Chan-sung and Sanchez's schoolmate in Harvard. He had defamed Sanchez but was thwarted by Chan-sung, which resulted in him being Sanchez and Chan-sung's nemesis. He later commits suicide after being outed for committing a heinous crime and becomes a vengeful spirit who aims to haunt Chan-sung and his acquaintances for revenge.


She controls the life and death of people passing through the hotel and appears in many forms.
He guides the souls staying at the hotel to the afterlife and often makes deals with Jang Man-Wol to capture wandering evil spirits.

Special appearances[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Hotel del Luna OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists

Part 1[edit]

Released on July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)[19]
1."Another Day"
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Noheul
  • A10tion
2."Another Day" (Inst.) 
  • Noheul
  • A10tion
Total length:7:16

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 20, 2019 (2019-07-20)[20]
1."Lean On My Shoulders" (나의 어깨에 기대어요)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Lee Seung-joo
  • Choi In-hwan
2."Lean On My Shoulders" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Seung-joo
  • Choi In-hwan
Total length:7:04

Part 3[edit]

Released on July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)[21]
1."A Poem Titled You" (그대라는 시)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
2."A Poem Titled You" (Inst.) minGtion 3:30
Total length:7:00

Part 4[edit]

Released on July 27, 2019 (2019-07-27)[22]
1."Only You" (너만 너만 너만)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Yoda
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Midnight
Yang Da-il4:15
2."Only You" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Midnight
Total length:8:30

Part 5[edit]

Released on July 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)[23]
1."Can You See My Heart" (내 맘을 볼수 있나요)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Yoda
  • Choi In-hwan
  • Lee Seung-joo
2."Can You See My Heart" (Inst.) 
  • Choi In-hwan
  • Lee Seung-joo
Total length:7:32

Part 6[edit]

Released on August 3, 2019 (2019-08-03)[24]
1."At The End Of You" (그 끝에 그대)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Noheul
  • A10tion
2."At The End Of You" (Inst.) 
  • Noheul
  • A10tion
Total length:7:30

Part 7[edit]

Released on August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)[25]
1."Remember All My Days And Then" (기억해줘요 내 모든 날과 그때를)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
2."Remember All My Days And Then" (Inst.) 
  • Kangaroo
  • Rocoberry
Total length:7:38

Part 8[edit]

Released on August 10, 2019 (2019-08-10)[26]
1."See the Stars" (어떤 별보다)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Yoo Song-yeon
  • Jay Lee
Red Velvet3:51
2."See the Stars" (Inst.) 
  • Yoo Song-yeon
  • Jay Lee
Total length:7:42

Part 9[edit]

Released on August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)[27]
1."Can You Hear My Voice" (내 목소리 들리니)
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
2."Can You Hear My Voice" (Inst.) Rocoberry 4:32
Total length:9:04

Part 10[edit]

Released on August 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)[28]
1."So Long" (안녕)
Paul Kim3:46
2."So Long" (Inst.)  3:46
Total length:7:32

Part 11[edit]

Released on August 17, 2019 (2019-08-17)[29]
1."Say Goodbye"
  • Ji Hoon
  • Park Se-jun
  • Ahn Young-min
  • Lee Seung-joo
Song Ha-ye3:05
2."Say Goodbye" (Inst.) 
  • Ahn Young-min
  • Lee Seung-joo
Total length:6:10

Part 12[edit]

Released on August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)
1."Done For Me"Ji HoonLee Seung-jooPunch3:52
2."Done For Me" (Inst.) Lee Seung-joo 3:52
Total length:7:44

Part 13[edit]

Released on August 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)
1."Love Del Luna" (러브 델루나)Ji Hoon, Park Se-jun, Peter PanA10TIONTaeyong, Punch4:28
2."Love Del Luna" (Inst.) A10TION 4:28
Total length:8:56

Special Soundtrack[edit]

Released on (N/A)[30]
1."Happy Ending"Lee Ji-eun (IU)Kim Je-hwiLee Ji-eun (IU)2:36
Total length:2:36

Chart performance[edit]

Title Year Peak
Remarks Ref.
"Another Day" (Monday Kiz and Punch) 2019 20 Part 1 [31]
"Lean on My Shoulders" (나의 어깨에 기대어요) (10cm) 13 Part 2 [31]
"All About You"(그대라는 시) (Taeyeon) 1 Part 3 [32]
"Only You" (너만 너만 너만) (Yang Da-il) 33 Part 4 [33]
"Can You See My Heart" (내 맘을 볼 수 있나요) (Heize) 2 Part 5 [33]
"At the End" (그 끝에 그대) (Chungha) 18 Part 6 [34]
"Remember Me" (기억해줘요 내 모든 날과 그때를) (Gummy) 1 Part 7 [34]
"See the Stars" (어떤 별보다) (Red Velvet) 50 Part 8 [35]
"Can You Hear My Voice" (내 목소리 들리니) (Ben) 3 Part 9 [34]
"So Long" (안녕) (Paul Kim) 1 Part 10 [34]
"Say Goodbye" (Song Ha-ye) 22 Part 11 [31]
"Done for Me" (Punch) 1 Part 12 [31]
"Love Del Luna" (러브 델루나) (Taeyong & Punch) 46 Part 13 [36]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[37]
Nationwide Seoul
1 July 13, 2019 7.327% 7.749%
2 July 14, 2019 7.633% 8.857%
3 July 20, 2019 8.281% 9.478%
4 July 21, 2019 7.736% 9.024%
5 July 27, 2019 7.023% 7.883%
6 July 28, 2019 8.701% 9.949%
7 August 3, 2019 8.052% 8.772%
8 August 4, 2019 9.131% 10.469%
9 August 10, 2019 8.349% 10.266%
10 August 11, 2019 10.009% 11.779%
11 August 17, 2019 8.590% 9.746%
12 August 18, 2019 10.407% 12.178%
13 August 24, 2019 8.750% 9.892%
14 August 25, 2019 9.995% 11.986%
15 August 31, 2019 9.892% 11.255%
16 September 1, 2019 12.001% 13.875%
Average 8.867% 10.197%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

International broadcast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Best Original Soundtrack "All About You" (Taeyeon) Nominated [43]
Lifetime Achievement Award Jung Dong-hwan Won [44]
21st Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "Remember Me" (Gummy) Won [45]
"So Long" (Paul Kim) Nominated
2nd Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Drama Series - Regional Hotel Del Luna Won [46]
11th Melon Music Awards Best OST "Remember Me" (Gummy) Won [47]
2020 29th Seoul Music Awards OST Award "All About You" (Taeyeon) Pending [48]
"Lean on Me" (10cm) Pending
"Can You See My Heart?" (Heize) Pending
"Remember Me" (Gummy) Pending
"So Long" (Paul Kim) Pending


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