Sunday, January 10, 2010

Incheon Airport Guest House: Surprise!

Korean Air flight KE72 arrived as scheduled 17:15 January 10. It is –6C and snowy outside.

Because we’ll retrieve our backpacks in Bangkok, we go through customs, then ask the Information kiosk agent to call Incheon Airport Guest House (free call). (English is understood here by officials.) We are asked to go to exit 8 & await car #1517… The shuttle-van arrives within 5 minutes and we’re off, through snow-clad streets to the hotel.

Surprise! It’s not what we expect… The van parks in a sub-basement of a bleak high-rise. The driver whisks up to room 927, the office. Eric takes off his shoes to enter, gets the key to room 331 and confirms airport shuttle for 11:50 tomorrow. Our driver gives me 2 towels & I ask for a third, plus one bedsheet.

P1101903 Our room is spartan but surprisingly large: a double bed with two pillows & folded duvet, mattress pad and cover; tv; bathroom with shower plus laundry; kitchenette; fridge with two bottles of water. Once again, we take off our shoes and use slippers provided before stepping onto hardwood floor.

After finding English news channel we watch the 19h news then crash.