You don’t have to be flying First or Business Class to enjoy a few hours of drinks, food and relaxation in the luxury of an airport lounge before departure or during a transit. In most civilised airports, including Seoul’s Incheon Airport, there are pay per use lounges open to all travelling regardless of travel class – (unfortunately this trend hasn’t reached Australia yet 😦 )
With a myriad of dining choices at Incheon International Airport, including a Hello Kitty Cafe…… there are no shortages of interesting places to eat, drink and relax. However when I came across the HUB Lounge and discovered that entry, which includes everything, was a mere USD$35, I decided this is where I wanted while away the few hours before my flight.
Incheon has many places for the transit or departing passenger in the Transfer Services Complex such as the Transit hotel, free shower room and free internet desks, free tours to the city and two HUB Lounges – one located East and the other West in the 4th floor complex.
The main area overlooks the airports check-in concourse and with massage chairs, a lounge area with big screen T.V’s and a row computers with free WiFi, there is plenty of room for work or relaxation, while departure display board update you of your flights departure.
Attached to the main room is a smaller alcove with a few tables and chairs set up for one or two people, this is where I found myself a discreet corner where I settled in for my visit.
There were quite a few food choices from the hot and cold buffet including soups, noodles and rice dishes, battered and fried prawns and spring rolls, a seafood and a pork salad and even a make your own salad bar complete with your choice of dressings.
The drinks included tea, coffee and water, post-mix soft drinks and juice, Miller Genuine Drought Beer, red wine and Johnny Walker Black Label. I indulged in a few scotch whiskey’s during my visits to the buffet.
When it was time to leave and make my way to the gate for departure, I was completely relaxed, I’d caught up on some news from home on the net, had a variety of delicious food and a few drinks in a quiet, peaceful and relaxing environment – I wish every airport had these lounges – (although I’d hate to think what the price would be if introduced in Australia!)
Sadly, I had such a relaxing time at the HUB Lounge, I missed out at dining at the Hello Kitty Cafe…..
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I wish all airports had a buy in lounge. Sometimes you’re just stuck for so long and a lounge is the best way to pass the time. I wonder why Sydney airport doesn’t? I bet it has to do with money making 😛
Ive paid USD$50 in the US (you can pay to enter most airlines private lounges if you are a passenger) and other Asian ports, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali for between USD30-USD60 – could you imagine the cost in Australia probably be over $100!