Incheon Transit Hotel

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01. Introduction: To Taipei with Star Alliance and SkyTeam business class awards
02. United Airlines 737-900/ER first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03. Asiana A380-800 business class Los Angeles to Seoul
04. Incheon Transit Hotel
05. Eva Air A321 regional business class Seoul to Taipei
06. Grand Hyatt Taipei
07. The quiet serenity of Taipei during Chinese New Year
08. China Airlines Dynasty Lounge, TPE, Terminal 1
09. China Airlines 777-300/ER business class Taipei to Seoul
10. KAL Prestige Class Lounge, ICN
11. Korean Air A380-800 Prestige Class (business class) Seoul to Los Angeles
12. Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class Los Angeles to San Diego

I’m going to go down on record as saying that my one-night stay at the Incheon Transit Hotel was without a doubt the most practical and convenient part about this entire trip to Taipei. Notice that I didn’t say “best”…it was good, yes, but it’s pretty hard to beat being spoiled rotten by the amazing flight crews of some of the best airlines in the world.

I was faced with a 14-hour overnight layover at ICN between my LAX-ICN and ICN-TPE segments, and while I did consider going into the city and cramming as much Korean culture as I possibly could into my short stay, I’m too getting too old for that kind of thing and I’m all about comfort and convenience these days. The Incheon Transit Hotel excels in comfort and convenience admirably.

Located smack dab in the heart of the main terminal at Incheon airport, it’s the perfect retreat for weary-eyed travelers such as myself who need to get some rest before continuing on with the rest of their journey. You can’t stay in this hotel if you don’t have an onward flight connection, so be prepared to show proof in the form of a boarding pass or itinerary. I simply showed the front desk agent the email itinerary on my phone, and that was good enough.

The best part about the Transit Hotel is the fact that you do not need to clear customs or security to reach it. It’s integrated right into the international departures terminal, so you can literally walk off your flight, check in, sleep for a bit, and then wake up 30 minutes before your onward flight begins boarding. It truly lives up to it’s name!

Incheon Transit hotel entrance

The Incheon Transit hotel is located smack dab in the center of the terminal – no need to clear passport control and customs!

ICN Transit Hotel entrance

ICN Transit Hotel entrance – looks like kind of a funky place, eh?

Before I get to the pics, let me just say that I apologize for shooting everything with such a wide angle / fisheye lens. It was done out of necessity actually – everything about the Incheon Transit Hotel is very tiny and cramped. From the main lobby to the restaurant, to the individual rooms – this is a tiny place.

ICN Transit Hotel main lobby

ICN Transit Hotel main lobby.

Incheon transit hotel Matina lounge

Adjacent to the lobby is the Matina Lounge, which seems to be a good place for a decent meal. Note that I took this pic at 5am when I was checking out, but it was quite busy at 7pm the night before.

ICN transit hotel hallway

The high-style and funky design ends abruptly as soon as you pass the front desk.

ICN Transit Hotel room number

Room 124 was mine for the night.

ICN transit hotel room

Walking in and seeing the room for the first time.

ICN transit hotel room

Nothing fancy here – just a place to sleep!

ICN transit hotel room

The room was a bit smaller than I expected, but it didn’t matter – I wasn’t expecting a 5-star experience.

Incheon transit hotel room

The desk was large and convenient.

US-style electrical outlets ICN transit hotel

US-style electrical outlets. Boy was I glad to see this! I didn’t have a Korean-style electrical plug adapter with me, and my phone was in dire need of a recharge.

ICN transit hotel room

Everything about this room was bare bones. But like I said – it didn’t matter, since all I needed was a place to sleep.

ICN transit hotel room

Looking back towards the main entrance.

ICN transit hotel bathroom

Yes, there are full-size private bathrooms in the ICN Transit Hotel.

ICN transit hotel bathroom

Full-size shower too. Nice!

As you can see, the overall experience was more akin to a college dormitory rather than a luxury hotel. And there isn’t a thing wrong with that. All I was looking for was a place to shower and sleep, and I found this place to be perfect for that, and far more convenient than an offsite airport hotel (such as the Incheon Hyatt that I stayed at nearly three years ago).

It should also be noted that since this is a transit hotel situated in the middle of a gigantic international airport, you’ll have to deal with the noise of other travelers coming and going at all hours of the night. I didn’t have earplugs with me on this trip, but they would have come in mighty handy during my stay here. I was woken up countless times all though the night by the sound of people dragging their luggage down the hallway, slamming doors, yelling for their kids to hurry up, etc. It’s an active place.

Despite the noise and activity, I found the convince to outweigh the bad by a pretty far margin. I would stay here again without even thinking twice about it…though I will be sure to have industrial-strength ear plugs in my bag.