At approximately 5:30 AM, I took the KAL limousine shuttle from the Hilton Seoul to Seoul Incheon International Airport. The comfortable ride took about 40 minutes from door to door. The airport was surprisingly busy and check-in, passport control and security took about 45 minutes to clear.
There are two Asiana business class lounges at Seoul Incheon Airport. I have only visited the lounge in the main passenger terminal but there is another one is the west departure/satellite terminal. Fellow UPGRD blogger, Rocky, has reviewed both of them. You can read his reviews here and here. Matt has also reviewed the main passenger terminal business class lounge. You can read his review here.
The Asiana Airlines Business Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon Airport is located in departure area #3 near gate 28. It’s located on the fourth floor of the international terminal and is open to business class passengers on Asiana Airlines and Star Alliance partner flights, Priority Pass members and Star Alliance Gold card holders. The lounge is open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
The business class lounge is very similar to the Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in design and decor. However, the first class lounge is a more intimate space, less crowded and has a better food and alcohol offering. They are both beautifully decorated and reminded me of elegant libraries. The mahogany walls, high-back chairs, baby grand piano and clean colors created a warm yet very luxurious space and the large windows made the lounge feel bright and airy with views of the gates and runway.
As you go up the escalators and enter the lounge, there is a long reception desk to the front and a very beautiful A380 model. There are two sides to the lounge (on either side of the central reception desk) and you can go back and forth between the two sides. The right side of the lounge is slightly larger than the left side and you will have more amenities such as business centers with PC computers, relaxation rooms with massage chairs and shower rooms.
Whereas the left side is bit quieter with a main seating area and small individual seating pods that provide for additional privacy.
There are luggage storage lockers on both sides of the lounge. The lockers are huge and can store all of your belongings. They are also programmable with your own personal combination to secure all of your belongings during your stay; no keys to lose or random combinations to forget.
There are two business centers on the right side of the lounge. The first set of workstations are located adjacent to the luggage storage lockers and the second set of work stations are located further back in the lounge. The business center in the back of the lounge is much quieter and more private if you need to get any serious work done. There are also printers, copiers and fax machines for your use.
Food-wise, there are self-serve bars and food stations on both sides. There was a decent selection of hot and cold dishes including scrambled eggs, stir fry noodles, salads, pastas and cereal for breakfast time. The alcohol selection wasn’t the most extensive but had some beers, wines and spirits.
Universal electrical outlets were located throughout the lounge and Wifi was available free of charge.
Overall, this was a decent lounge and a nice place to rest and relax before your flight. The lounge was clean, comfortable and spacious. There was a steady flow of people during my visit but at no time did I have a hard time finding a seat or table. However, the food did go pretty fast and it took the employees a little time to replace the hot items.
Other trip reports in this series:
- Introduction: How we booked our trip using United miles
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX
- Air New Zealand Lounge at LAX
- Air China “Forbidden Pavilion” first class Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER
- Air China first class lounge at PEK
- Air China business class Beijing to Seoul, Airbus A330-300
- Hilton Seoul
- United Airlines “BusinessFirst” Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita, Boeing 787-8
- Asiana business class lounge at ICN
- Asiana business class Seoul to Tokyo Narita, Airbus A330-300
- Conrad Tokyo
- Hilton Tokyo
- ANA business class lounge at NRT
- Thai Airways “Royal Silk” business class Tokyo Narita to Bangkok, Boeing 747-400
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge at BKK
- Thai Airways “Royal Silk” business class Bangkok to Auckland, Boeing 777-200
- Hilton Auckland
- Emperor Lounge at AKL
- Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at AKL
- Air New Zealand “Business Premier” Auckland to Shanghai, Boeing 777-200
- Air China business class lounge at PVG
- Air China business class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330-300
- EVA Air Evergreen Lounge at TPE
- EVA Air “Royal Laurel” business class Taipei to Los Angeles, Boeing 777-300ER