Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul Inchoen Review (ICN)
I recently flew completely around the world – and one of my stops was Seoul, South Korea. This gave me a chance to visit Asiana’s Business Class Lounge – which is their flagship club for premium travelers.
Seoul is this carrier’s home base – so I was hoping to be wowed! |
Here’s a review of my visit:
First of all – the lounge is absolutely massive! It’s located on the upper level of the airport, has two wings, and a soaring ceiling.
The lounge has an elegant library motif – which gives it an air of refinement. I can’t really say if any of the novels are real and I didn’t see anyone reading (I was suspicious!). It did inspire me to purchase a book for my flight from Seoul to Sydney though.
Another sophisticated feature of this lounge is its grand piano. I’m sure it’s magical when there’s an impromptu concert!
I was there on a Sunday night – and the lounge was very busy (I guess business travelers were headed to Monday meetings all over the world). Nevertheless – there was plenty of seating – and I didn’t have any problems finding a place to plop down with a glass of wine.
Asiana had a bevy of bright orange Swan Chairs that they have to keep if they ever perform a reno! These gems from the sixties (originally designed for the Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel) amp up the glam factor in the lounge.
Food & Beverage
I wouldn’t say that the lounge has an ‘extensive’ selection of food and beverages – but you won’t leave hungry or thirsty!
There’s a large salad bar that has all the basic greens covered – and a few hot selections as well.
The highlight is actually the pasta bar. On my visit, the chief noodle chef was preparing Fettuccini Alfredo – and there was a long line up of past lovers. It was delicious – and well worth the queue.
One of the highlights of the lounge is their shower facilities. Not because of the design though.
In all of my international lounge visits, Asiana’s Seoul showers have the most extensive selection of toiletries I’ve ever encountered. Besides the normal selection of shampoos, conditioners, and soaps – there was a selection of shaving creams, hand lotions, hair gels, and styling mousses. A mini hair salon!
The actual showers need a little reno as they are showing a bit of wear – but the bath products more than made up for any deficiencies on that front!
The space and atmosphere in this lounge is fantastic. It could use a little work on the food and beverage front - but it’s still a fab facility to spend a bit of time before one’s trans-pacific flight.