Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge, Incheon Airport Terminal Two

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Location

After you exit passport control, turn right and the escalator to the lounge is a short walk. It is across from gate 248.

The lounge sits above the concourse, with raised windows, so it offers limited views but at least some natural light.

Amenities

The main part of the lounge is given over to seating in a variety of chair styles. These look good but are not all comfortable. For example, the reclining chairs are inflexible and when I tried one it felt pretty uncomfortable. There are powerpoints but no clothes hooks, annoyingly.

There is a seated dining area with tables, next to the food area. There are several television screens throughout the lounge, which detract from its premium atmosphere as well as the quietness.

There is a shower room. It is spacious and has a good shower, though the design is a bit odd – the towels are at the opposite end of the room from the shower.

There are no business facilities such as computer or printer, which I would expect in a first or business class lounge. The reception desk offers printing.

When I visited the lounge was not busy but the shower was not ready and several unoccupied tables were dirty.

Food and Drink

The food selection is middling in size but is good quality and certainly one could have a decent meal here. In addition to the buffet options pictured, during my visit the a la carte menu proferred by a staff member ran to five different dishes, including Asian and western.

The drinks options are disappointingly limited. The wines are very mediocre, and the spirits almost non-existent. Rémy XO is a beautiful cognac, but cannot carry a lounge on its own – much more variety would be welcome. I was particularly surprised to see no Asian spirits. The beers are also mediocre, but that is par for the course in Korea.

Conclusion

This is a small step up from Korean’s old first class lounge in terminal one in terms of design, but it is still not well thought through in terms of needs, comfort and look. The drinks selection is a big let down. I’d be happy to pass half an hour here waiting for a flight but would not make a special effort to spend time here.

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