Great Brazilian BBQ located on the parallel street one block north of the KFC. Maria is offering our crew members a free glass of wine or local beer with dinner.
Deviating In: Go out exit 11. Ticket booth is on your left. Tell them you’re going to the Grand Hyatt. 16,000 Won. Nice bus. Stops at a few other hotels first. GH is the stop just after the Hilton. Took about 1+15, but taxi/limo would be in the same traffic. Bus is no. 7602 at gate 11a. Biggest negative is it only leaves about every 30 mins.
Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 181-8 2nd Floor. Seoul, South Korea
Best food I’ve had in Korea. The tacos are the best I’ve had anywhere. Chef from southern California. Get out of your room and try it!
It’s a 15 minute walk over the hill from the Grand Hyatt in Itaewon. It’s a $3 cab ride either direction if you don’t want to climb back up the hill.
Yongsan-gu Itaewon-don 181-8 2nd Floor, Seoul. South Korea
Between door 4 and 5 exiting the terminal. 16000 Won one way. Leaves about every thirty mins to Grand Hyatt. It took me exactly an hour. Trans also goes from the hotel to airport.
Well, I finally made the journey to Songtan to see the old shopping/bar street from back in 1993. I was surprised to see Mr. Ohs tailor shop is still there. Tiger Embroidery changed it’s name but they still have all the cool patches. I was there in the day time on a weekday so not much happening. But it was a good experience. I learned a few valuable lessons. To get there it is best to take the bus from Nambu Bus station in Seoul directly to Songtan bus station. You can take the metro or a cab to Nambu Bus station. Go inside the bus station and there are several walk up windows. Tell the lady you want a bus ticket to Songtan. It cost about 3850 won. Yes, that’s only about $3.50 US. It’s pretty cheap and you’ll be able to sit in a seat the whole time. I made the mistake of taking the subway on the way down. The only benefit was it was cheaper. (2350 won) However, it made many stops and you have to make 2 transfers. Total time on the subway was 2 hours. Coming back on the bus was 45 mins. Once you are in Songtan, jump in a cab and tell them to take you to Osan Main Gate. All the bars and restaurants are directly outside the gate. The cab only cost 3000 won. That’s about $2.50 US. You can walk it if it’s not too hot. About 15 min walk. But if it’s your first time you won’t know where to go so just take the cab. They say that the best time is on a Friday or Saturday night. You’ll either need to take the last bus back to Seoul around 10:30pm or the morning bus at 6:30am. Still lots of food, bars, and lots of shopping. (Clothes, gifts, guitars, shoes, blankets, leather goods and more) Hope this helps. Have a good time.
***This gouge is for the Grand Hyatt Incheon Airport hotel, not the Grand Hyatt Seoul where we usually stay.
The hotel is pretty nice overall. The rooms are clean, quiet and fairly modern. However, the hotel is pretty isolated compared to most of our other layover hotels. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t ***anything*** around it, you just need to explore a bit. It’s definitely not anything like Itaewon though.
There is a grocery store in the building next to the hotel. To find it, go out the front door and turn right, then turn right again just before the elevated train tracks. Walk to the end of the hotel building and you will see a sign for “eMart” just ahead. (You can also walk through the “8” restaurant in the hotel, and exit through the back door.) The eMart store is on the lower level of what appears to be an abandoned shopping mall. Enter the building through the glass doors. All the stores are abandoned on the ground floor, but turn to your right and go down the escalators to find the grocery store in the basement. It’s surprisingly modern and well stocked.
If you’d rather eat at a restaurant, then just keep walking past the eMart for a block or two. There are quite a few traditional Korean restaurants, several Chinese ones, one Indian, and a Thai place. There are also a few coffee shops. I didn’t find a Starbucks, but there was a “Starback”. There are also a few bars that looked reasonably descent. There’s a bar called “Russian KGB Bar” just outside the Best Western. I was intrigued, but I didn’t go in. Some of the restaurants had “24 hour” signs on them, but I can’t verify that’s true.
Overall, this hotel is adequate for short layovers. I wouldn’t want to spend a long time there, but it beats the 1 1/2 hour ride to Itaewon if you’re not planning for a late night on the town.
One last thing… it shows up on the VIPS pairing as KAL Hotel Network instead of Grand Hyatt Incheon.