ICN: Seoul Asiana Airlines First Lounge

 
Incheon Main Concourse Asiana First Class lounge March 2009
Seoul Incheon Asiana First class lounge
This lounge is on the left hand side of the lounge pair, and as you cross the bridge above the Seoul Incheon terminal, you are slowly sized up by the girls on the entrance to see if you've got the right type of plastic to get in. The First lounge is certainly a step up from the business section: it is good to see Asiana maintaining the difference between the two. There are large bookshelves along the walls (although spot that there are only about 5 different books, with dozens of copies of each), and its obvious the designers tried to make it look like an English country house drawing room. As you walk in there is a huge flat screen TV (normally on BBC World), and in the central area there are lots of very comfortable sofas. Along the windows four smaller more private sitting areas, rather like having your own cabin on a ship, although the view of the planes is restricted by blinds here. Finally, at the far end in front of the dining area is a grand piano, although it is never played.
Incheon Main Concourse Asiana First Class lounge March 2009
Seoul Incheon Asiana First class lounge bar

Food

The significant difference in the First lounge is the food. At the far end, past the dining area, there is a chilled cabinet with salmon, ham, and seafood. Beside it there are some some amazing deserts. To the right of this there are three hot food cabinets (with breakfast in the morning, noodles in the afternoon) which are continually topped up by the chef who has a kitchen around the corner. On the left is an ice cream cabinet with lots of Häagen-Dazs bars & tubs.
Incheon Main Concourse Asiana First Class lounge March 2009
Seoul Incheon Asiana First class lounge.
Note the small private seating areas on the right.

Bar

The drinks section are impressive, with spirits including Johnny Walker Blue, plus Bombay Saffire Gin, Baileys (not chilled) Jack Daniels, Martini, Smirnoff Red Vodka, Campari, and Bacardi Rum. Champagne is Moet, in an ice bucket, however there is only one type of white (again in an ice bucket) and two reds beside the spirits, which is a bit disappointing considering the rest of the selection. You may hunt in vain for wine or champers glasses: in fact the very pretty ones on the shelf which look as if they are just for decoration are for use.
Incheon Main Concourse Asiana First Class lounge March 2009
Seoul Incheon Asiana First class lounge

Business Facilities

As you enter the lounge on the right is a computer room with four laptops, a printer and a photocopier. Straight ahead as you walk through is a newspaper rack, although the selection here is very poor, with only a few Korean papers, and some travel magazines. There are two more magazine racks in the small private sitting areas.

Bathrooms

At the far end on the right are the showers: there is never a queue, and the woman handing out towels is often glad for something to do. On the left is the bathroom, with classy square taps. Finally, if you double back at the far end there is a DVD viewing room, with four large comfortable seats and good flatscreen TVs. DVDs are available from reception, and there are also normally some left in the drawers below the players.

The staff in the lounge are very attentive: sometimes too attentive. You only have to wander over to the food area and someone will ask if they can bring you anything. While this is a nice touch, if you are bored and just wandering over to see what there is, you do get the feeling of a nagging servant at your arm.

Asiana Airlines Seoul
Asiana Airlines Lounge rated: 4 out of 10
from 25 visits by loungeindex taking 3 images.
 
 


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