In 2019, Singapore Airlines announced plans to completely refresh its lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, in a project that would cost the airline $50 million SGD.
There’s an exciting update — while the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge (open to Star Alliance Gold members) and the SilverKris Business Class Lounge (open to all Star Alliance business class passengers) have already been opened, the SilverKris First Class Lounge and The Private Room are opening their doors as of 6PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Between the four lounges, Singapore Airlines now has over 65,000 square feet of lounge capacity at Terminal 3, and the lounges can seat over 1,000 guests at any given time.
Let’s take a look at what we know about the two lounges opening on Tuesday.
New Singapore Airlines The Private Room
The Private Room is Singapore Airlines’ most exclusive lounge, as it’s open to Singapore Airlines Suites and Singapore Airlines first class passengers. The old lounge was certainly exclusive, though had its quirks, and fortunately most of those have been addressed with the new lounge.
The new lounge is 10% larger than the old one, as it’s roughly 950 square meters (10,000+ square feet), and has seating for nearly 80 guests. Let’s go over some of the key features, and what has changed about the lounge:
- The Private Room is in the space that the SilverKris Business Class Lounge used to occupy; on the plus side, the lounge is now accessible directly from the entrance (rather than having to walk through the SilverKris Business Lounge, to the SilverKris First Lounge, and then to The Private Room), though unfortunately this part of the lounge also lacks natural light
- The Private Room has four shower suites; unlike before, each of the shower suites has a toilet inside of it, which is a huge improvement
- The Private Room has four private day rooms, featuring either a bed or reclining seat; they can be reserved on a first come, first served basis for a period of two hours, so it’s awesome to see Singapore Airlines finally offering beds in lounges
- The Private Room has a la carte dining as before, so you can order all food and drinks from staff
- The Private Room decor and design has been completely reimagined, with one main lounge area that has lots of nooks for privacy, as well as a dining room
New Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge
Singapore Airlines’ First Class Lounge isn’t actually the lounge intended for Singapore Airlines premium cabin passengers, but rather it’s for Star Alliance first class passengers as well as Solitaire PPS Club members. So it’s less exclusive than The Private Room.
The new lounge is the same size as the old lounge, as it’s roughly 1,100 square meters (11,000+ square feet), and has seating for over 130 guests. Let’s go over some of the key features, and what has changed about the lounge:
- The SilverKris First Class Lounge is also in the space that the SilverKris Business Class Lounge used to occupy; that means the lounge is now accessible directly from the entrance, though it also means that there’s no natural light
- The SilverKris First Class Lounge has six shower suites, each of which also has a toilet
- The SilverKris First Class Lounge has four private day rooms, featuring either a bed or reclining seat; they can be reserved on a first come, first served basis for a period of two hours
- The SilverKris First Lounge has a buffet, so there’s no a la carte dining
- The SilverKris First Class Class Lounge has a bar with barista-made coffee (in the mornings) and signature cocktails (in the evenings); I find it strange that barista-made coffee and specialty cocktails are only being served at certain times, when you have people traveling from all parts of the globe
My take on Singapore Airlines’ new lounges
I’m thrilled to see that Singapore Airlines has completely refreshed its lounge experience at Changi Terminal 3, as it was long overdue.
For one, these lounges seem like a major improvement, and address many of the shortfalls that the lounges previously had. It was rather un-premium how shower rooms didn’t even have toilets in them, and it wasn’t terribly convenient how you had to walk through two lounges to get to The Private Room.
These new lounges look much, much better. I love the improved shower suites, I love that there are finally nap rooms, and the design looks beautiful and much more modern than the old setups.
That being said, Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s best airline brands and has one of the world’s best first class products. Given that these are brand new from-scratch lounges opening in 2022, they seem… kind of unremarkable?
- Many airlines have a la carte dining in business class lounges nowadays, while Singapore Airlines only offers that in The Private Room
- There are no amenities that will really “wow” you here; it’s nice to have a couple of rooms with beds in each lounge, but it’s not like there are any spa treatments or other features that really set this apart
- Aside from the lounges, Singapore Airlines’ premium ground experience is generally lacking at Changi, as not much priority is given to first class passengers
Singapore Airlines has finally finished renovating its lounges at Changi Terminal 3, and that’s great news for passengers. Not only has the lounge footprint been expanded significantly, but the lounges also have some great new features.
The Private Room and SilverKris First Class Lounge now both have an updated design, nap rooms, proper shower suites, and much more. I look forward to checking out these lounges myself soon.
What do you make of Singapore Airlines’ new lounges?