Where: Seoul Icheon (ICN) – Concourse A
Seating: It should take a lot to fill up this fairly large Asiana Business Class lounge so you’ve got a good shot at finding a place to sit. Most seats are standard leather loungers, some near tables for easy snacking and others set up in rows for watching a shared TV. Most seating is nicely arranged in this library-themed space. If you’re looking for semi-seclusion there’s a cubed-off area in the center of the lounge. The problem with seating inside this half-wall of security is that seats are jammed in pretty tight and don’t scream “C’mon! This’ll be comfortable!”
Everything near the buffet was under the careful watch of lounge attendants so snapping pictures was sure to be met with friendly scolding. An area with cafe seating is in the same general area, so you’ll have to take my word for it that there are cushioned, armless chairs surrounding a number small tables ideal for dinner time.
Food/Drink: A little of this, a little of that. Korean entrees, pasta and a salad bar were featured in a fairly hearty business buffet. I sampled finger sandwiches and pasta alongside a bunch of snacks just so I could sample everything.
The beer, wine and spirit selection appears adequate but nothing spectacular. With all the flying left to do on this trip I was all about clean living and staying hydrated, so I don’t have much testimony.
Wi-fi/Connectivity: Free with good speed on our visit. Stop staring at that screen and go play “chopsticks” on the center-lounge grand piano again.
Service: Front desk staff was polished and professional. They glossed over my boarding pass and pointed me away from the first class lounge to the right-side business lounge. Once inside, just trot over to the food area where attendants are watching like hawks to make sure there’s plenty of ranch dressing for salads and to answer any questions you may have about how to operate a buffet.
Showers: We didn’t try them on our quick visit but they do have them. Wait times appeared minimal so if the lounge is only slightly crowded you should be able to secure one quickly.
Summary: It’s not bright and sunny but we like it here. Good food selection, friendly attendants and comfortable surroundings combine to make this lounge above average in our book.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5).
How to get in: We were flying Star Alliance partner Thai Airways in Business Class so admission was complimentary. The same is true if you’re flying Asiana or a Star Alliance partner in Business. If you’re booked in economy or don’t otherwise qualify for entry, you can use an Airport Angel or PriorityPass membership for entry You may already have these or a similar membership through your credit card so check before signing up.