Review: Asiana First Class Lounge, Incheon, South Korea

The Asiana First Class Lounge in Seoul Incheon was a classy and tranquil space, much like it’s Asiana First Class first class product. During our visit, I resisted the urge to play the grand piano; believed to be the only grand piano in the Star Alliance Lounge system.


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Review: Asiana First Class Lounge, Seoul Incheon, South Korea

“The flagship Asiana First Class lounge offered a quiet location set in an old school library space.

While the lounge was tranquil, there were few features other than a bright space that differentiated it from many other First Class Lounges. As a result, it was peacefully forgettable.”

We disembarked among the first of our flight as the rest of the aircraft were held back and we ended up on the lower arrivals concourse at Incheon. We had one hour and fifty minutes connection time. After seeing some long immigration lines, we decided not to brave the Korean Immigration for a collector passport stamp.

After a security check, we were immediately up the escalator into in the International Departure Hall. I could hear in the background, those same familiar computerized English flight announcements from that irritatingly cheery woman who also makes those computer announcements in Toronto YYZ and Calgary YYC. It seems she is still employed with Incheon from my last visit through here in 2007.

After a visit the Incheon’s fabulous duty free, we headed for the Asiana First Class Lounge. Passing along the concourse, I was saddened to see that the old SQ Silver Kris Lounge in ICN has now been converted into a 24 hr food court.

Incheon Airport Flight Boards
Concourse Access to the Asiana First Class Lounge

Accessing the Asiana First Class Lounge:

We presented our F boarding stubs and were given same day access immediately. The lounge attendant didn’t even really care to see our connecting Business Class boarding pass and waved us in. At the time of our visit, Asiana First Class passengers and Star Alliance First Class passengers along with Asiana Lifetime Diamond or Platinum Plus members were granted access.

Asiana First Class Lounge Signage
Entry Gantry for the Asiana First Class Lounge
Asiana First Class Lounge Entrance
Asiana First Class Lounge Entrance

Inside the Asiana First Class Lounge:

As we entered, the lounge was nothing short of fabulous. Tastefully decorated in the old world library theme, it had plenty of space and ambience. A grand piano was the centerpiece. In all it was very empty, as there were only a few Asian business men off to one corner.

Asiana First Class Lounge Seating
The Asiana First Class Grand Piano
Asiana First Class Lounge Seating

Overall the space was quite grand and accented by large floor to ceiling windows that let in a lot of ambient light. This is one of the better features of the lounge, since it allows for day light making it easier to work or relax. Thanks to the large foot print of this particular space, it would rarely feel like it is busy in here since there aren’t that many eligible visitors that can gain entry.

Food and Beverage:

There seemed to be lots of food on offer and the bar was self service. I would have loved to have a shower but instead I opted for a glass of the Piper Heidsieck champagne. I also tested out a glass of the Johnny Walker Blue to see what all the fuss was about. It was exceptionally smooth, but I don’t know if I’d find the price point of this whiskey as smooth as its lovely taste. The Johnny Walker Blue was only on offer in the First Class portion of the Asiana Lounge whereas a lower grade was made available in the Asiana Business Lounge.

Food and Beverage – Asiana First Class Lounge

After a brief lounge visit, we headed off to the gate for our last flight of the day.

Overall:

The Asiana First Class Lounge in Incheon, South Korea was a peaceful place to spend some time in between your flights. Thanks to its large foot print and configuration against the small amount of First Class flights that are actually eligible to enter the lounge, it almost guarantees that you’ll have a quiet experience in here.


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