Thought this would be helpful to all those people who are considering/have decided to fly with Korean Air with a scheduled overnight stopover.
There is a general lack of information associated with this 'scheduled stopover'. Our travel agent could give us no information, the air hostess on the plane could not give us any information, and all we were told was to go to 'the transfer desk'.
Well there was great confusion among the transit passengers. This was made worse by a number of delayed flights all landing in Incheon at approximately the same time. Due to the snow/weather conditions of December 2010.
There was no signage as to where to go!! When we eventually worked out that you needed to go through immigration (but do not collect baggage - as this was directed to London) and then into the Arrivals Hall to then find the 'Transfer Desk'.
We eventually found the correct transfer desk, then waited with a mass of people and were finally given a sticker to place on our clothing that identified us as 'transit passengers requiring accommodation'. Because of the number of passengers in this position we were told to stand in a particular area with other passengers and were finally herded onto a bus. No idea where we were going!!
Ended up in a hotel in Incheon town proper called Paradise something. We drove past the Hyatt which was located in an isolated spot outside the airport.
In the end, our hotel was OK, but we arrived very late at night and had no access to any food - sorry the hotel restaurant is closed, understandable. There was a vending machine but we had no Korean money and didn't really want to get any as we were leaving the next morning.
Getting up early the next morning we enjoyed a wonderful walk through the restaurant area (closed) near our hotel and then a walk up a beautiful park (on a hill) which provided lovely views of the working harbour. Here we saw a number of local Koreans walking/running/exercising (there were some very innovative exercising machines available for the public to use free of charge which uses a person's own body weight).
Overall we loved our trip with Korean Air. The staff were fantastic and the service and food excellent. We would fly with them again with no hesitation and are actually thinking of going to New York with them for our next holiday and extending it with a proper stop over in Korea.
Just a little bit more information about the scheduled stop over and hotel procedure would give Korean Air a 100% rating.
Well done overall.