There were several factors that made Royal Hotel Seoul an ideal choice for us to stay in Korea. Firstly, location. The hotel is situated right in Myeong-dong, a hugely popular and trendy area with tons of shopping and restaurants. We were planning to do a lot of shopping in Korea, so being able to drop off stuff at the hotel so easily was super convenient.
This was an especially fun trip for us as we were joined by two of our friends, Queenie and Fion. This trip was to be their first venture into premium cabin travel, which was really exciting, not only for them, but for Peterson and I as we showed them what was possible with the hard-earned miles they’ve collected.
Although it was the end of my trip, I was looking forward to this flight back home to Vancouver. As we were travelling back from Hong Kong with my grandma, I was excited for her to be experiencing a premium cabin for the first time! I was able to upgrade her economy ticket to a business ticket two weeks before departure.
The Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge at Incheon is one of the two OneWorld lounges that the airport offers. The other OneWorld lounge is the Korean Air Business Class Lounge, and judging from OneMileAtATime’s review, I think the Cathay Pacific Lounge is the safer option. I had an hour or so to check it out before my flight to Hong Kong.
Our flight from Hong Kong to Seoul was in one of Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ERs that were fitted with the international seat configuration. This meant that the seats were in a reverse herringbone layout, which are much more private and comfortable than the 2-2-2 business class seating in the domestic 777s.