Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge – Seoul Incheon Airport

Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge – Seoul Incheon Airport

By |2018-12-31T00:57:14+00:00September 25th, 2017|Categories: Airport Lounge Reviews, Asia, Asiana Airlines Lounge Reviews, South Korea|Tags: |

Introduction:

My business class flight on Asiana Airlines arrived in Seoul a little bit early, and I had about 3 hours before boarding my first class flight to Los Angeles on the Asiana Airbus A380! The airport felt really busy when I arrived, and the line for transit security was deep. I was a bit surprised there was no ground service since I was arriving and departing on Asiana in premium cabins, but oh well. The airport was very nice, and I took the opportunity to look around and marvel at the architecture!

After transit security, I made my way to the first class lounge in the main terminal. I was greeted by two friendly staff members couldn’t have been happier to see me! They scanned my boarding pass and I was on my way. The lounge was nice, but not really my style. There was a lot of dark wood with ornate looking furniture, and overall it felt a bit tired for a flagship first class lounge. Seating was plentiful, as there was only a handful of other passengers in the lounge.

Plenty Of Empty Chairs

Plenty Of Empty Chairs

Semi-Private Family Seating Areas

Semi-Private Family Seating Areas

I selected one of the more private areas up against the window facing the airside operations. Unfortunately the views were limited due to the screen on the window (to block out the sun I guess).

Lounger With A (Partial) View

Lounger With A (Partial) View

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The view was a bit better if you stood up and angled your eyes (or camera) just a bit..

Restricted Airside views

Restricted Airside Views

I couldn’t get over how quiet this lounge was! What it lacked in modern decor it made up for with privacy. The entire time I was there (2.5 hours), I rarely saw any other passengers and the entire space felt like a cross between a museum and a library. The dark woods and warm lighting grew on me, and I ended up really enjoying the space!

Semi-Private Nook With Outside Views

Semi-Private Nook With Outside Views

The nooks alternated between comfortable loungers (pictured above) and more formal sitting chairs. All of them featured restricted airside views and the rich wood cabinets with library-like decor.

More Formal Sitting Area

More Formal Sitting Area

The Library Decor grew On Me

The Library Decor Grew On Me

I wasn’t terribly hungry after my flight, but I was thirsty! There was a modest choice of spirits and a small selection of wines and champagne. I decided on the Moët!

Small Bar Selection

Small Bar Selection

Always An Easy Choice!

Always An Easy Choice!

The food selection was a bit disappointing for a first class lounge, but I wasn’t too hungry, so it didn’t phase me much (I was saving my appetite for the flight to Los Angeles anyway). The buffet spread was across the wall with a limited selection of hot and cold items. I decided to nibble on some chicken wings (which were delicious).

Buffet Food Selection

Buffet Food Selection

Fruit And Smoked Salmon

Fruit And Smoked Salmon

Selection Of Bread And Bagels

Selection Of Bread And Bagels

Delicious Chicken Wings!

Delicious Chicken Wings!

After a snack, I went and explored the rest of the lounge. There were shower rooms available (though I didn’t use them) and the bathrooms were spacious with a few basic amenities.

Shower Rooms Available

Shower Rooms Available

Spotless Bathroom With Basic Amenities

Spotless Bathroom With Basic Amenities

The showpiece of the lounge had to be the beautiful black grand piano! I suddenly regretted not knowing how to play…

Does Anyone Use This??

Does Anyone Use This??

Although the lounge didn’t have complimentary massages like the Thai First Class Lounge in Bangkok, it did feature a massage chair, similar to the one Tyler enjoyed in the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge in Tokyo!

Massage Chair

Massage Chair

About 20 minutes prior to boarding I decided to head to the gate. I wanted to be the first to board to get lots of pictures, and I also wanted to buy as many Korean face masks as possible (mission accomplished for both). On the way out, I grabbed a magazine to go!

Decent Magazine Selection

Decent Magazine Selection

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Bottom Line:

Ok, it’s no Lufthansa First Class Terminal. It’s probably not even as good as the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX or the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Vancouver. What I did love, though, was just how quiet this lounge was! The food selection and service was no better than most business class lounges, but the space felt very exclusive with not more than 10 passengers at any given time. Also, the furniture and decor, while dated, felt quite luxurious and rich, and kind of grew on me over time.

I probably wouldn’t make a special connection through ICN to experience this lounge again, but if you happen to have access, it’s definitely better than waiting at the gate, or spending hundreds of dollars on duty-free face masks!!

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About the Author:

Brad recently completed his Bachelors of Education at the University of British Columbia and is now enjoying his career as a high school teacher. When he’s not putting in long hours in the classroom, he relishes the chance to fly first class around the world with Tyler, or growing his tropical plant collection at home.

2 Comments

  1. Walther von der Vogelweide February 19, 2018 at 4:42 am - Reply

    After having visited the lounge in total maybe 40 times I can’t confirm that this lounge was found to be quiet. The lounge itself might be quiet, yes. But especially the resting rooms are located just above the floor with the duty free shops. And since there is no noise protection at all one can easily hear everything from the floor below. In 50% of the cases where I have been there some staff of the duty free shop was advised to attract customers for some new released product. He/she was yelling all the time, this was hell :-(((((
    And the lack in ground service is another thing, only the foreigners do have that poor experience. Just keep watching and you will find a couple of situations in a day where Korean premium customers arrive. Believe me, you won’t believe that it is still the same staff at the lounge. Immediately they will behave completely different, kinda submissive. I am wondering if they even accompany those Korean VIP’s to the bathroom to open and close the trousers. I am somewhat sure they would do …

    • Tyler Weatherup February 19, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment!

      Didn’t get a chance to try the resting rooms – that doesn’t sound great! I’ve experienced the lack of interest from ANA ground staff in Tokyo (not that it was bad, just not engaged) and witnessed them flocking over seemingly important Japanese men. Personally I don’t like the extra attention, so it works for me, but completely understand that service should be the same for all premium cabin passengers!

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