Review: Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport

Review: Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport

There are three Star Alliance business class lounges at Singapore Changi airport – two Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges (one in terminal 2 and terminal 3 each) and a Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge.

During my recent overnight transit at the airport, after visiting one of the SilverKris lounges, I had a chance to spend some time in the Thai Airways lounge right after it opened for the day. While the lounge is mainly meant to serve the airline’s numerous daily flights between Singapore and Bangkok, I visited it before a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong.

Continue reading this review to see what it was like.

Location, Opening Hours & Access

The Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore airport is located in terminal 1, however, it can be easily accessed even if you are departing from terminals 2 and 3 considering that they are all connected airside.

It can be found in the central part of the terminal, one floor above the main level. It’s in the same area as the British Airways, Qantas, and SATS Premier lounges are.

Escalators Leading to Royal Orchid Lounge in Singapore
Escalators to the lounge floor.
Singapore Airport Lounges
Heading to the Royal Orchid Lounge.

To enter the lounge, you either have to be flying in business (or first) class on Thai Airways or any other Star Alliance airline like Singapore Airlines or ANA, or you have to be a Star Alliance Gold status holder.

The lounge is open every day from 5:40AM until 7:15 hrs, as well as from 10:25AM until 8:30PM on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, it’s open from 10:25AM until 12:00PM and from 5:00PM until 8:30PM in addition to the early morning time slot.

In other words, the lounge’s opening hours are timed with Thai Airways’ flights to Bangkok. As such, if you are planning to visit the lounge when using a different Star Alliance airline, make sure to check the opening hours before going.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Entrance
Entrance.

Lounge Tour

As I arrived in front of the lounge around 5:35AM, I – as well as a couple of other passengers – had to wait for a couple of minutes before the glass doors opened and we were let in.

After the lounge attendant checked my boarding pass, I entered the lounge which was essentially one big room to the left of the reception.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Reception
Reception.

Near the entrance, there were some “Thai Airways purple” sofa chairs arranged in sets of four around coffee tables, and that continued more or less throughout the rest of the lounge.

While in the front it was more of an open seating, towards the back there were some partitions between groups of seats, and in the very back there were “boxes” with four sofa chairs each.

Besides the seats themselves, there were also a TV screening news and a selection of newspapers and magazines.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Seating
Seating near the entrance.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Overview
Overview of the lounge.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Changi Airport
Seating.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport
Seating in the back of the lounge.
Television in the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore
Seating near the TV.
Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Seating
Sofa chairs in the very back of the lounge.
Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Seating
“Box” seating area in the back.

On the right side of the lounge, there was a small buffet area with a limited selection of drinks and light food. More about that later, though.

Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Buffet
Buffet area.

Finally, behind the reception area, there was a smaller room with a counter on each side. That was the only other seating area in the lounge other than the main one described earlier.

Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Seating
Counters.

Food and Drinks

Drinks available in the Royal Orchid Lounge at Changi airport included canned soda, juices, and beer (Chang and Singha), as well as apple and orange juices in pitchers.

Hot drinks included coffee and a selection of Dilmah tea.

Finally, there were four kinds of liquor – Johnie Walker whisky, Gordon’s gin, Smirnoff vodka, and Bacardi.

Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Drinks
Canned drinks.
Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Juices
Apple and orange juices.
Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Coffee
Coffee.
Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Tea
Tea.
Liquro in the Thai Airways Lounge at Changi Airport
Liquor.

As for bites to eat, there were only lighter items. There were snacks like crackers and peanuts, as well as cupcakes, sandwiches, toasts, and warm pastries.

Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Snacks
Snacks.
Food in the Thai Airways Lounge at Changi Airport
Cupcakes.
Sandwiches in Thai Airways Lounge in Singapore
Sandwiches.
Pastries
Pastries.
Toasts
Toasts.

Other than that, there were Thai minced chicken congee and a variety of cup noodles.

Congee
Congee.
Cup Noodles
Cup noodles.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Singapore Summary

Overall, considering that Thai Airways only operates four or five flights a day out of the airport – and the fact that those are just two hours long – the lounge was decent.

It offered comfortable seating as well as a reasonable selection of drinks and light food.

That said, unless the Singapore Airlines lounge is too crowded, I would prefer spending time in that one – especially if I wanted to have something to eat – rather than in the Thai Airways lounge.

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