June 18, 2017

Review: Asiana First Class Lounge Seoul (ICN)

Planning & Booking
Planning & Booking II
Star Alliance First & Business Class Lounge LAX
Asiana First Class A380 LAX to Seoul (ICN)
Asiana First Class Lounge Seoul (ICN)
Asiana A330 Business Class Seoul (ICN) to Kyoto (KIX)
Kansai-Airport Express Haruka Green Car Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
JAL Sakura Business Class Lounge Osaka (KIX)
Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300 Kyoto (KIX) to Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge Hong Kong
Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Hong Kong to San Francisco
Hyatt Regency SFO

After a great flight from LAX in Asiana First Class, we headed over to the first class lounge near gate 42.  At this point, it was around 6:15AM local time so we would only have an hour in the lounge before boarding commenced for our flight to Osaka.

We've both visited the lounge before so this visit was very utilitarian - drink water, shower, and catch up on work.  We were welcomed into the lounge which was basically empty at this hour.

The lounge is basically one long space with showers and massage chairs in the back corner.  The shower rooms seem to be self service.  There are three of them and during each visit I've just walked into an open room and showered.  They are fairly large although the air temperature is typically on the warm side.

The main seating area consists of several kinds of comfortable chairs and to the right side of the space there are chaise lounges that overlook the terminal.

For a first class lounge, the food buffet is a little on the small side.  We didn't  eat during this visit but I recall the food being high quality.

Wifi is fast and we both caught up on work before it was time to head down to the gate for our quick flight over to Osaka.

Final Thoughts:
I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Asiana's First Class Lounge at Incheon but if you are transiting, it's a perfectly comfortable place to eat, drink, work, and shower.  Last time I was escorted from the lounge to my flight but we were flying first class from Seoul vs. business class this time around.  I do wish Asiana did something to differentiate themselves the ground but with cost cutting at the airline, their lounge experience is unlikely to improve.

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