Arriving 15 minutes early off of my Chicago – Seoul flight gave me a two hour connection. I headed straight for the Korean Air first class lounge which is centrally located in the terminal, one level up from departures.
Korean Air is unique in the amount of first class they offer — not just on the bulk of their long haul flights, but even on many of their short- and medium-haul services too. I was even connecting from first class to first class for my onward flight to Singapore.
I showed my boarding pass and was welcomed to the lounge. It’s really just several large seating areas, and a few small seating areas, plus a mediocre buffet.
Normally I’d go right for the showers after a long flight but since I was flying on a weekday without internet access I had a half day’s messages and news to catch up on, and only a limited amount of time to do it in before my next flight with no internet so I had a seat by the window and plugged in my laptop.
The lounge is bright with fantastic views, which is really the only great thing you can say about it. There aren’t any servers to assist you, though plenty of staff are around to bus tables. And there aren’t any ‘plus’ features to speak of either.
There’s a buffet, with an unimpressive array of food offerings. However I wasn’t hungry since I had a meal a couple of hours before landing, and I knew I’d be have food on my upcoming flight, so didn’t graze the offerings.
Several years ago I had custom luggage tags made in the lounge but that’s really the only plus feature I’ve ever found here.
After an hour and 20 minutes of catching up on work I headed out to my connecting gate. The lounge was fine for what it was, a nice bright atmosphere to catch up between flights and a place for a shower. But it’s really more of a business class lounge that’s not too crowded than a first class lounge.