Lounge Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul Incheon

Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul Incheon

 

This Asiana Business Class Lounge Review, Seoul is part of a trip report covering luxury travel in northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. For the prior posts please see:

SWISS Lounge JFK Terminal 4 Review

Review: Asiana First Class Suite NYC JFK to Seoul ICN

Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Review: Cornerstone Restaurant, Park Hyatt Seoul

 

Location and Access to Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul Incheon

The Asiana Business Class Lounge in the main passenger terminal is near gate 28. It is open 6am to 9pm daily, and access is available to:

  • Asiana and other Star Alliance Business Class passengers
  • Priority Pass members
  • Star Alliance Gold card holders

You'll go up an escalator to reception, where your boarding pass will be checked. If you'd like a shower, this is the time to request one, since there's often a wait and you may not get in if you don't have a long time before your flight–I didn't. You'll be given a buzzer when a shower is ready for you.

Review-Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul: Reception

 

Asiana Business Class Lounge Amenities and Seating

The Asiana Business Class Lounge is actually in two parts, a right hand side and left hand side, so altogether, there's quite a bit of seating. The right hand side tends to be a bit busier. Decor is similar although not quite as elegant as Asiana's First Class Lounge–that is to say, a faux library design.

Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul


The left hand side dining room was somewhat less crowded:

Asiana Business Class Lounge Review - Dining Room Seating


In addtion to free WiFi, there's a business center with work stations and a printer:

Review-Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul - Business Center


Relaxation chairs in cubicles, although they don't recline as much as the ones in Asiana's First Class Lounge do.

Review-Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul - Relaxation Chair

 

Bathrooms are very plain, but they do have high end Inus toilets (similar in functionality to Japanese Toto toilets):

Asiana Business Class Lounge Review-High End Toilet


Asiana Business Class Lounge Food and Drinks

I wasn't all that impressed with the food offerings even in Asiana's First Class Lounge, so I was even less impressed with the food offered in Asiana's business class lounge. 

There was green salad, so that at least is a plus for anyone used to the dry snack food at many U.S. domestic lounges:

Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul Review-Salads

 

At the time of my visit, sandwiches were running rather low, not that they looked very appetizing anyway. There was also ham, cheese and crackers:

Review-Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul - Sandwiches, Ham and Cheese

 

There were some basic hot food options, which again didn't look enticing. There was a Korean mushroom vegetable porridge, that at least looked quite nourishing, if bland.

Review-Asiana Business Class Lounge, Seoul-Mushroom Vegetable Porridge


Probably about the best thing I saw were the croissants; some other basic breads were also available.

Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul Review - Croissants and Bread

 

There were also cookies, near the tea bags:

Asiana Business Class Lounge Review - Cookies

 

And an espresso machine was available.

I did take advantage of some of the bottled water, and there were plenty of cans of tomato juice and chilled cans of coffee:

Asiana Business Class Lounge Review - Bottled Water and Tomato Juice


The Verdict

I liked that the Asiana Business Class lounge offered ample seating, thanks to fairly spacious right hand and left hand sides of the lounge. The overall design is fairly nice, with large windows on one side and a less sterile feel than in most lounges with the bookshelves. That said, plenty of business class lounges have space and are quite well designed; I feel the Asiana Business Class Lounge doesn't compare well to, for example, Cathay Pacific's The Wing Business Class Lounge, where I've always managed to get a shower, and which also has a noodle soup bar with more appetizing food than Asiana's lounge offers.

If you've been to the Asiana Business Class Lounge in Seoul, what was your experience?

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