I was looking for something light and fluffy to fill my romance comedy drama void. And when I heard so many people went oooohs and aaaaahs over My Secret Hotel, I got curious but I still wouldn’t let myself to watch it. For some reason, part of me was not turn on by Nam Goong Min oppa *ducks from oppa fans* and Yoo In Na chick. They just not my desired couple. And also the male lead. I don’t know him and I’ve never seen him. So the three of their faces on the cover of their drama poster didn’t entice me at all. And then they were teasers for the My Secret Hotel. Now, we all know how tvN is great at making teaser dramas. They are quite innovative, funny, cute, and very alluring and tvN are great at fishing viewers through teasers. But for some reason, I still did not buy it *shrugs*
One night, I was bored and have nothing to watch. My Secret Hotel was the last thing I have in mind but since several Kakao girlfriends of mine were so into it, I threw my towel away and started it. It was funny but not funny ha ha. It was cute but not swoon worthy. But I remember being all excited. By the end of episode 4, I started to feel exhausted. They were several scenes that keep on rolling from one episode to another to another. I mean why? To jolt our aging memories? By the end of episode 6, I started to lose interest. I saw my interest rolling down the hill and by episode 8, I decided that this show is so wasting my time I wanted to quit so badly. You know I’m not a quitter so I saw episode 9 and 10 last night. The writers and director must have heard the screaming and cussing of their viewers. They amp up the comedy and did some abs baring scene. What did I think? Sure, I laughed and swooned but by the end of the day, my facial expressions were nothing extraordinaire. I was still bored. And speaking of writers, the original screenwriter passed away after episode 4. She died before she was able to complete the drama due to cancer. Too sad. RIP to her.
This 16 episode drama is a failure in my opinion. The story plots are quite interesting but it wasn’t for me. My Secret Hotel told a story of a wedding planner manager, Nam Sang Hyo, who found out that the groom for the wedding is her ex-husband. And what’s worse is that the groom, Goo Hae Young, did not expect to see her and sort of still hold some feeling towards her. On the day of his wedding, a dead body, which is the body of the missing assistant manager, fell off the ballroom roof and landed on the aisle. Of course they had to cancel the wedding. The bride was upset and she immediately demanded for a refund. But the wedding planner was afraid that the hotel will lost its reputation and encouraged the couple to give the hotel another chance. Hae Young hesitated at first because of his connection with Sang Hyo. He disagree but ended up agreeing to the wedding to avoid humiliation. Two hours before the wedding ceremony, the bride disappeared and ran away with her own lover. Oh boy, this wedding was not meant to be… Her colleague, Eun Joo, replaced the bride with Sang Hyo because she knew the past relationship between Sang Hyo and Hae Young, and secondly, she’s trying to eliminate her competition since they both are interested with the hotel heir and president of The Secret Hotel, Jo Sung Gyeom.
Long story short, the wedding went on as planned. Hae Young still has feelings toward her but she sort of resent him. The president, Sung Gyeom, wants Sang Hyo back. She’s at lost, torn and confused by her own feelings suddenly. While this is going on, the murder investigation had let the detective to the accidental death case of the president’s father. After the first body, another murder case occurred to another employee. So what will happened next? How’s the love triangle between the three would end up and will the murder case get solved?
Like I said earlier, this drama is a failure. I do not like the OTP and the chemistry between the three of them are extremely weak. I do not feel the pitter-patter in my heart. I feel so sad. It has so much potential. Yoo In Na’s character as Nam Sang Hyo is definitely a turn off. Yeap…. this drama is a bust. Save your time and skip it.