01. Introduction: San Diego to Seoul on United, Air China, and Asiana
02. United Airlines economy class San Diego to San Francisco
03. United Global First Lounge San Francisco
04. United Airlines Global First San Francisco to Beijing
05. Air China First Class Lounge Beijing
06. Asiana Airlines business class Beijing to Seoul
07. Hyatt Regency Incheon
08. Three days in Seoul
09. The Plaza Hotel Seoul
10. Air China business class Seoul to Beijing
11. Air China business class Beijing to Los Angeles
12. United Express (Skywest) economy class Los Angeles to San Diego
I chose this hotel for the sake of convenience more than anything else, as I knew that I wouldn’t have much energy to take the 1 hour trip into Seoul once I landed. The plan was to spend one night at the Hyatt, recharge my batteries, then switch to another hotel in the heart of the city the next day.
Once through passport control and customs at Incheon, I proceeded to the arrivals hall to catch the shuttle bus to the Incheon Hyatt. All of the research I did online prior to this trip led me to believe that catching the shuttle bus would be dead-simple and very convenient. All I would have to do is go to the designated shuttle bus stop and wait 20 minutes max for the bus to arrive.
But…I’m ashamed to admit that I couldn’t figure it out. Walking out of the arrival hall was a confusing mess of people, bus stops, and traffic. I couldn’t find any sign that said “hotel shuttle” or anything similar to that, and the one airport employee I asked was difficult to understand because of his broken English. Within 10 minutes I felt defeated enough to hop into a taxi for the short 2-minute ride to the Hyatt. Fail. And you know what? Just as the taxi was pulling away, I saw the big black Hyatt bus pull into the terminal. I honestly felt like I failed myself as a seasoned traveler, and I was totally ashamed for not having the patience to wait and figure things out. Oh well…the taxi ride was short and cheap and I was at the hotel within minutes.
I was met at the door by a Hyatt employee and escorted directly to the check in counter. That’s service! I had my room key within minutes and was again escorted to the main elevators which would take me up to my room on hour 8th floor. Although totally unnecessary, I totally dig the escort service – it’s a very small detail that leaves a pretty big impression on a weary traveler!
The room itself was a pretty run-of-the-mill airport hotel room, looking pretty much like a thousand other hotel rooms I’ve stayed in. It was clean and comfortable, which is all I really needed at that point – the only purpose of my stay was to sleep!
I was in bed by 10pm, and awake by 6am the next morning. I took my time getting ready, knowing full well that I was in no rush to check out – because if I left too soon, it would be too early to check into the next hotel. So I just took things slow, watching planes land at nearby Incheon airport from the window and working on this trip report. I eventually got things together and went downstairs for breakfast in the hotel buffet restaraunt at about 9:30.
Back in the room after breakfast, I worked on this trip report again until about 11:45am. I packed up my remaining items, then went downstairs to check out.
While the room itself was nothing very exciting, The entire staff at the Incheon Hyatt was exceptional – I know they were just doing their job, but they were extremely kind and helpful to me with every interaction, making me feel like a bit of a rock star.
Would I stay here again? You betcha.