Review: Korean Air Lounge ICN Airport

I recently stopped in the Korean Air business class lounge airside next to gate 115 at Incheon International Airport on the tail end of a trip to Korea.   I was taking Delta back to Detroit and decided to hang out before my flight.  I'm familiar with US domestic lounges and some SkyTeam lounges in Europe so I'll compare wherever possible.  

I was greeted by a freidnly front desk attendant who quickly proceeded my entry.  I had one guest with me, a colleague who I've been working with while in S. Korea.  The lounge is a decent size.  A couple of rows of couches and chairs line the windows overlooking the planes.  There are tables and ample power outlets if you're looking to work.  The couches look like they would be terribly uncomfortable, but they're not bad.  The lounge has a modern simple design.  

What impressed me about this lounge is the food.  There is a small hot buffet that includes vegetable fried rice, chicken and broccoli, and another meat dish.  There are also muffins, sandwiches, fresh fruit and a few other snacks.  I was also happy to find fresh salad. 

Drink options include a couple of beers (nothing spectacular), a small self service bar with liquor and wine, a wide assortment of soft drinks and coffee.  I really like the coffee machine, which makes a great espresso, much better than the coffee machines in Delta SkyClubs or any US domestic clubs for that matter.  

The lounge features WiFi, private bathrooms, showers, a smoking room, a TV room and a few quiet rooms if you want to get away from the main seating area.  

I visited the lounge during the late afternoon, right before a 7pm flight.  The lounge was about half full, but never seemed crowded like you often get at SkyClubs in the US.  My last SkyTeam lounge was the Swissport lounge in Athens, Greece and this beats it hands down.  The KAL lounge is large, has better food options and is airside.  

You can get into the KAL lounge if you are a SkyTeam EitePlus member flying on an international itenerarg or flying on a business class ticket with a SkyTeam partner.  They also accept Priority Pass, which is free for American Express Platinum card holders.