The Asiana Airlines business class lounges at ICN are in the Priority Pass lounge network. Access to the more than 1000 Priority Pass lounges is free with a number of premium credit cards including, Citi Prestige, American Express Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards.

Note:  After January 1, 2018, Priority Pass members will be able to access this lounge only when flying Asiana.

I was flying business class on Korean Air from Bangkok, Thailand to New York, NY and had access to the Korean Air Prestige Lounge at ICN.  Instead of using the Korean Air lounge I took the opportunity to visit the Asiana business class lounge for the first time.

This lounge is easy to find.  It is located in the Main Terminal near gate 28.  (There is another Asiana Priority Pass lounge near gate 119 on the A Concourse.)20170611_114943_resized The lounge is one level up from the concourse.  20170611_112846_resizedAfter getting off the escalator proceed to the desk where agents are available for check in and to answer questions. The lounge is open from 05:00 to midnight daily.

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This is also where you can get the WiFi code, electrical adapters, and check availability of showers.

There are seating and dining areas to the left and right of the check-in desk.  Immediately to the right of the desk is a luggage storage area.20170611_115632_resized

Business Center

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A more private business center is located near the rear of the lounge on this side.20170606_230123_resized

Seating Areas

There are stylish and comfortable seating areas on both sides of the check-in desk.  Each area has views of the tarmac and runways.

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Right side seating area with grand piano
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Right side seating area

The left side of the lounge offers very nice seating as well.20170611_115217_resized20170611_114832_resized

The left side of the lounge has private cubicles.

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Individual cubicles

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The lounge also has quiet areas with massage chairs with runway views.

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It would be so easy to go to sleep here and miss a flight.

Dining Areas

Each side has its own dinning area with a large buffet.

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Breakfast buffet
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Alcoholic beverages

Each side has a seating area for dining.

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Dining area on the right side of the lounge

For breakfast, the food service consisted of cereals, juices, tea and coffee, pastries, fruit and a couple of hot entrees.  The part I liked best was the station where a chef made waffles on order.

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Waffle station

Showers and Bathroom

For passengers originating or connecting on long international flights, one of the most important features of a lounge is showers.  A shower before a long flight relaxes me and improves my attitude.

This lounge gets an A+ for its showers.  Other than the Cathay Pacific first-class lounges in Hong Kong, I’m unable to name any lounges that have nicer showers.  In fact, many first class lounges that I have visited have showers that are inferior.

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Hand-held and rainshower shower heads
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Asiana supplies shower slippers which is unusual for lounge showers.

The shower has a sink, phone, hair dryer, personal amenities, shaving mirror and high-tech asian toilet.  The personal amenities include all of the items one would expect o find in the locker room of an expensive health club or spa.20170309_052626_resized20170309_052949_resized

 

Shaving, dental and other personal hygiene amenities

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The heated toilet does everything including wiping your butt (with a jet of warm water).

The men’s bathroom was also very well done.

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I imagine the ladies bathroom is also quite nice.

Overall Impression

I really liked the Asiana Business Class Lounge.  ICN is a terrific airport for Priority Pass lounges.  There are eight of them.  I did a lounge crawl once and posted about the Priority Pass lounges in the Main Terminal and Concourse A.  The Asiana lounges are the best.  I would choose this lounge even over the Korean Air First Class lounge here. Anyone who travels internationally at least a few times a year should get a credit card that provides free Priority Pass lounge access for yourself and guests especially if you fly in economy class.

This lounge is a good advertisement for Asiana Airlines.  Based on my time in this lounge I am determined soon to fly Asiana in business class and first class to sample its in-flight product.  Plus, if this is Asiana’s idea of a business-class lounge, I’ve got to see its first class one.

Other posts about the business class trip from Charlotte, NC to Bangkok, Thailand and return:

Delta CRJ 900 First Class, Charlotte, NC (CLT) to New York, NY (JFK) and a “Midfield” Takeoff

Delta Airlines SkyClub, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 4

China Eastern Airlines Business Class New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG) – Terminal 1 Check-in and Expedited Security Process

Quick Look, Korean Air Lounge, New York, NY (JFK) Terminal 1

China Eastern 777-300 Business Class, New York, NY (JFK) to Shanghai, China (PVG)

Transfer at Shanghai, China (PVG) and China Eastern VIP Lounge, Terminal 1

China Eastern 777-300ER Business Class, Shanghai, China (PVG) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)

Bangkok Hotel Review – The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel

JW Marriott, Bangkok, Thailand — The Best Hotel Lounge Buffet

Review — Air France/KLM Lounge, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand

Korean Air 777-300ER Business Class, Bangkok, Thailand(BKK) to Seoul/Incheon, Korea (ICN)

Korean Air A380 Business Class (The Celestial Bar), Seoul, Republic of Korea (ICN) to New York, NY (JFK)

 

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