I was about to experience something new. I have heard glowing reports on Asiana Airlines service, especially in First Class. I was excited to finally try it for myself.
After my quick stay at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, I returned to the airport, and proceeded directly to Asiana First Class Check in. By this time in my trip, I had accumulated quite a bit of extra items, so I decided to check a bag. I was impressed to see my checked bag was wrapped in a heavy duty yellow plastic bag denoting Asiana First Class. I was also given access to the First Class lounge. I decided to walk around the terminal a bit before going ot the lounge, but once I was there, I found a nearly empty lounge. Maybe this was foreshadowing…
The Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge has already been given an thorough review here on Upgrd by James. I’ll try to put on my own take on my visit there. Clearly he has done a better job of keeping up with his reports soon after travel better than me!
The lounge was nicely appointed with a rather classic motif. I prefer a more modern look, but it was plenty elegant. When I first arrived, I nearly had the lounge to myself, and by the time I left, there were only a few other people there.
The main part of the lounge was one large room, but there were several smaller more private areas as well. In addition, there were a few separate rooms for sleeping, lounging and TV.
A massage chair in the Asiana First Class Lounge
I found a place to sit near the windows facing the tarmac, in an area with dark walls, and bookshelves. It seemed like an old library.
“Library” seating area
As I found out despite the nice looking books, they weren’t much for reading:
The books are real, but there isn’t any printing on them…
Despite the window seat, it was hard to get a good photo due to the shaded windows.
This was the 747 that I would be taking to Frankfurt.
The seating areas were cozy, and the ambiance was nice, but I was also quite impressed with the food options. There is a buffet of various hot and cold items. Nothing too amazing, but I was excited to see fresh passion fruit. Not something I see much in the US. The hot items were in small portions, and were constantly refreshed during my visit. There was a selection of Korean items as well as western (and eastern) items such as the Chicken Tikka with mango.
Fresh fruit options includes passion fruit!
Chicken Tikka with Mango in the Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge
There was a decent selection of drinks as well. There were a few wines along with a self serve alcohol selection. Given the early hour, I did not try any of the countless liquor options. There were also a few beers, and I laughed at the Budweiser along with the Korean selections.
Like passion fruit, green tea/matcha flavored items are something that I rarely can pass up. Too early for alcohol, but not too early for Green Tea ice cream. Things like this are why I run nearly every day, especially when traveling and eating like this.
Green Tea Haagen Dazs, yes please
After enjoying the elegant lounge, and more than a few snacks, it was time for me to head to the gate for my flight to Frankfurt. I declined the offer of an escort to the lounge, so I apparently this also meant that no one would be taking my way to the gate. No big deal, as obviously I can find my own way.
This was a very nice lounge, and a peaceful way to relax before a flight. It is not as over the top as some other First Class Lounges such as the Lufthansa First Class Terminal (and Lounges) and the Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge, but I’d be happy to return in future travels. Better yet, I would like to experience the remarkable Asiana Airlines First Class in flight. That story is coming soon.
Incheon Airport departure board
Other posts in this series:
Around the world in a week
Air Canada to Toronto and The Maple Leaf Lounge
First Class all to myself: Lufthansa Inaugural Toronto to Munich
Munich Lufthansa First Class lounge then transiting Frankfurt
Thai Airways Royal First Class on the Airbus A380 Frankfurt to Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien
Malaysia Airlines economy from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap
The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap
A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap
Best Western Amaranth for a short layover in Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa
Thai Airways Royal First Class Bangkok to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul
Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport
Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul (this post)
The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt
The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
The best lounge in the world? Back at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto