Sunday, January 10, 2016

My top picks for Sleeping and Eating at Singapore's Changi Airport

One of the perks or inconveniences, depending how you look at it, of travelling from work when you're based out of Manila, is the lack of daily direct flight, which results in stopovers or layovers in either Singapore, Thailand, or Hong Kong.

Since our regional office is in Singapore, I tend to fly threw here more often, so I can dovetail some meetings as well. Of course, it can't be helped, that there are times when I need to sleep over at Changi Airport while transiting to my final destination, especially if I need to catch the first flight out of Singapore.

Here are some of my favorite things about transiting at Changi Airport.

1. My favorite airport hotel is Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
They really go above and beyond to make you feel welcome, even during my first stay with them.

The first time we stayed at Crowne Plaza, they gave me an IHG extra points voucher, because I am a member of the loyalty card they are affiliated with, and we were upgraded to a suite because they ran out of rooms with two separate beds.  
What a big suite it was!
There was a separate nook for the fridge, and mini bar,
as well as an illy coffee machine.
Every thing was free. Only the macarons were ours.
The bedroom was at the end of the hall way. They offered to make the extra bed
 in the living room but we said it wasn't necessary,
Huge walk it closet/clothes storage area.
Huge bathroom with shower stall, tub and 2 sets of sinks.

The best part is we had another toilet, for the living room.

The second time I stayed with them, I didn't get upgraded to a suite, and I didn't get any more free voucher points, but this time around they gave me a welcome drink coupon (claimable at the hotel bar) and there were even more free snacks in the room.
Hooray for the illy coffee machine, but this time around, the welcome
basket came with posh mineral water and an assortment of dried fruit
and nuts as well as the usual pear and granola bars.

On our first layover in Singapore, we squeezed in a late dinner in the city and an early brunch as well. Those two round trip taxi fares to civilization set us back by close to SG$100 charged to our personal account! No kidding. Hahaha. Good thing, we went out to get some sightseeing done for my friend, because if it's just good food you need, you don't need to leave the airport at all.

Two of our favorite restaurants when we lived in Singapore have branches in Changi Airport.

2. Saboten in Terminal 1
Saboten offers 10% of your food bill if you are in transit with a Singapore or Silk Air Boarding Pass, or anytime if you have your PPS or Krisflyer Membership card with you.  

They tend to be difficult and pretend you're not entitled to a discount if you are not transiting to depart on the same day, but if you show them the details on this link, they back down and give you 10% discount.

3. Paradise Dynasty in Terminal 3
No need to choose between Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao and Black Truffle Xiao Long Bao from Paradise Dynasty of the really yummy Carrot Cake, BBQ Pork Pastry and Taro Puff from Taste Paradise for weekend dimsum lunch when you're in Ion because you can have Paradise Dynasty when you're in Changi and the other yummy stuff when you're in Ion.  That way you get to have both.  

So, with a great hotel and yummy food picks, you don't actually need to get out of Changi. In fact, you can throw in shopping too. Especially when it's sale season. just saying.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
75 Airport Boulevard #01-01, 
Singapore 819664

Saboten Changi Airport (Public Area)
80 Airport Boulevard, #031-004 
Departure Check-in Hall Level 3, 
Changi Airport Terminal 1, Singapore

Paradise Dyanasty Changi Airport (Public Area)
65 Airport Boulevard 
#03-32 Terminal 3, Level 3 
Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore

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