The Great Seoul/Incheon (ICN) Priority Pass Lounge Crawl, Part 1 – Main Terminal

Since its opening in 2003, ICN has always been ranked as one of the best airports in the world.  That there are eight Priority Pass lounges at ICN reinforces its high ranking in my view.

Several credit cards, including Citi Prestige and American Express Platinum, provide Priority Pass membership that includes free access to the priority Pass worldwide network of over 1,000 lounges.  Priority Pass memberships can also be purchased by visiting its website.  With nearly six hours between flights, I decided to use my free lounge access for an early morning lounge crawl.

The ICN Main Terminal has five Priority Pass lounges: one Asiana Business Class lounge, two Matina Lounges and two Sky Hub Lounges.  The Korean Air Prestige Class Lounge in the Main Terminal is not a Priority Pass lounge, thank God.  That lounge is crowded enough as is.

Concourse A has three Priority Pass lounges: one Asiana Business Class lounge, one Sky Hub lounge, and one KAL/SkyTeam  lounge.  Other post about the lounge crawl and flight from ICN to Detroit, MI in Delta One 747 upper deck:

The Great Seoul/Incheon (ICN) Priority Pass Lounge Crawl, Part 2 – Concourse A

Lounges?…We Don’t Need No Stinking Lounges! The Great Seoul/Incheon (ICN) Priority Pass Lounge Crawl Part 3

Delta One 747-400 Upper Deck — The World’s Best Business Class Cabin (I Say)

Asiana Business Class Lounge – Main Terminal

All of the ICN Priority Pass lounges are above average Priority Pass lounges.  The Asiana lounges are the best of the bunch.  The Asiana lounge in the Main Terminal is located across from Gate 28.

 

Seating and decor are comparable to a first class lounge.  The lounge also has nice showers and massage chairs.  The lounge hours are 5:00 – 00:00 daily.

 

Massage chairs and shower amenities.

In the morning, this lounge has a chef who prepares waffles.

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Asiana lounge waffle station

Asiana lounges also have the highest of high-tech toilets.

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If you read Korean, this toilet will do everything except wipe your butt.

This is the nicest Priority Pass lounge in the Main Terminal.  Here is my recent review for this lounge from a prior trip to Korea.  Asiana Airlines Business Class Lounge Seoul/Incheon, Republic of Korea (ICN) Main Terminal – Priority Pass Lounge Review

The new lounges for me on this crawl in the Main Terminal were the Matina and Sky Hub lounges.

Matina Lounge West Wing

This lounge is located on the fourth floor opposite Gate 43.  Hours are 0700-21:00 daily.

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Escalator to Matina Lounge

While the Asiana business lounges have superior decor and facilities, the Matina lounge and Sky Hub lounges have a wider food selection.

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The Matina Lounge is in the Transit Hotel
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Matina Lounge Seating

The breakfast display was pretty impressive for Priority Pass compared to Asiana and Korean Air business lounges.

 

In addition to a good buffet, the Matina Lounge offers wifi, newspapers, fax, showers, and alcohol.  The fax and shower facilities are subject to a fee.

Matina Lounge East Wing 

The Matina Lounge in the East Wing of the Main Terminal is located on the 4th floor opposite Gate 11.

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East Wing Matina Lounge entrance
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In addition to Priority Pass, many others have access to the Matina Lounges

This lounge has the same hours and services and food and beverages as the the West Wing Matina Lounge.  The Matina Lounges are essentially lobby lounges for the transit hotel.

Sky Hub Lounge East and West Wings

The Sky Hub Lounges are also located on the 4th floor at ICN.  The West Wing lounge is located next to the transfer counter opposite Gate 42.  The East Wing lounge is located by the transit counter across from Gate 11.  Those without Priority Pass may access the Sky Hub lounges for a reasonable $35 charge.

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Curiously the Sky Hub Lounges are open from 07:00 to 21:30 and 22:00 to 06:00.  Perhaps the closures help to enforce the five-hour time limit for staying in the lounge.

Sky Hub Lounges in the Main Terminal have good food and beverage options.  It was easy to create a full and satisfying breakfast from the selection of continental breakfast items and breakfast entrees.

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Soft drinks, coffee and noodles

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Hot breakfast entrees

Alcohol was available for the crawl but with a limited selection.

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Some of the beer and wine that was available.

 

Seating is comfortable and plentiful.20170814_212441_resized

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Final Thoughts

One can have a great lounge crawl with Priority Pass in the main Terminal at ICN.   Of the five lounges, the Asiana Business Lounge has by far the best look and facilities as well as agents who can help with flights for those flying Asiana.  The waffles at Asiana’s morning waffle station are delicious, but there is not much in the way of desirable breakfast entrees other than that.  The Sky Hub and Matina Lounges have better food. My recommendation for those with limited time is to visit one of the Sky Hub Lounges for food and then spend the remaining time enjoying the comfort and elegance of the Asiana Lounge.

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