Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Singapore Changi

Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Singapore Changi

Contributed by Hirofumi Suda
Contributed by Hirofumi Suda
Hirofumi is a Japanese aviation enthusiast based in Delhi, India. Besides finding joy in trying out as many airline products as possible, he is also running a travel agency focused on providing tours within India especially to the Himalayas. If you happen to read Japanese, also make sure to check his personal blog here.

At its hub – Singapore Changi airport – Singapore Airlines operates separate lounges for business class passengers and for Star Alliance Gold members.

As I was travelling through Singapore in premium economy during my recent round-the-world trip and I am a Star Alliance Gold member, I had access to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Terminal 3.




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Singapore KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Entrance

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge entrance.

I got to the lounge around 8AM and spent about thirty minutes there to have a quick breakfast before heading to the gate where my next flight, to Los Angeles via Tokyo, was about to depart from.

Lounge Overview

Before visiting the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge, I read many negative comments about it. Among other things, the lounge’s overcrowding issue, lack of washroom and shower facilities, as well as limited choice of food offered were mentioned over and over again.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Overview

Lounge overview.

And, while it’s true that the lounge does not have a washroom, there is an easily accessible not-so-crowded one right outside of it. While not a perfect solution, I did not find it to be overly bothering.

Other than the bathroom issue, though, I found the lounge to be fairly quiet (at least during the time I visited) and the food selection decent (more about that later).

In fact, the first thing I noticed about the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge was how “new” and “airy” it felt. It didn’t come as much of a surprise though, since it was renovated just recently.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge

The lounge offered some apron views as well.

Food and Drinks Selection

Drinks on offer in the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge included canned soda and beer, bottled water, soya bean milk, as well as some beer on tap and a selection of liquor.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Drinks

Soft drinks.
Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol selection.
Soya Bean Milk

Soya bean milk.



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On the hot side, there was the obligatory coffee machine. And, there was also a selection of TWG teas. Kudos to Singapore Airlines for serving TWG – a high-end Singaporean tea brand.

TWG Tea

TWG tea bags.
Coffee

Coffee machine and beer on tap.

As for the food, during my visit, the breakfast selection was offer. Below, you can see all the items that were available during my visit. They included a selection of Western, Chinese (Singaporean) and Indian dishes.

Congee

Chicken congee.
Bread

Bread and croissants.
Dim Sum

Dim sum.
Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs.
Pancakes

Pancakes.
Dim sum

Dim sum.

 

Poha and sambar

South Indian breakfast: poha and sambar.
Fried noodles

Fried noodles.

Out of all the available choices, I decided to go for a light breakfast, as I was expecting a lunch on the next flight soon. I had some excellent congee and my all-time favorite soya bean milk, as well as a Virgin Mary.

KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Singapore Changi Terminal 3 Summary

I actually thought the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge was better in terms of design than the more prestigious SilverKris Lounge reserved for premium class passengers. I found the latter to be a bit dull when I visited three months ago.

In comparison, the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge felt more homely – as if I was resting in someone’s living room. Perhaps, it was because of a display of traditional handicrafts on a shelf near the lounge’s entrance… Combined with the ample food selection that included local items made for a comfortable visit.




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My breakfast

My breakfast selection.

If you are looking to take a shower, though, you will not succeed in this lounge. Instead, you might want to go to Ambassador Transit Hotel where you can take shower and have a non-alcoholic drink for 16 SGD.


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