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What’s the best lounge in Changi T3 for economy passengers?

What’s the best lounge in Changi T3 for economy passengers?

Star Alliance Economy passengers passing through Changi Terminal 3 with Gold status and Priority Pass membership  have a choice of two neighbouring lounges to entertain themselves in – Singapore Airlines Gold Lounge or SATS Premier. On my last flight out of Changi I visited both so here we have my definitive comparative review – the lounge-off!

SATS closest to camera. Gold is at the end
SATS closest to camera. Gold is past the divider towards the end

Singapore Airlines Gold Lounge

SQ Gold

SQ Gold is upstairs in the lounge district of T3. It sits opposite  DBS Treasures and round the corner from SQ’s SilverKris Business Class lounge. [Side comment: Normally Silver comes below Gold in the pantheon of precious metals, but not in Singapore Airlines lounge designations. Gold is definitely inferior here.]

Two thirds of the Gold lounge is enclosed with mostly armchair seating, plus a few bar stools and a lonely set of table and chairs. Plug sockets are few and far between in the armchair section but well provisioned on the bar seating.

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Gold

There is nice, if small, selection of hot food and, during the day, scones and cream. Drinks include excellent teas from TWG, a coffee machine and the standard selection of basic alcohol.

 

Tea & Scones!
Tea, scones & bread pudding!

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The lounge also has a large balcony section open to the wider terminal and overlooking a beautiful koi pond.

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Wifi is good.Gold

Toilets are, well, outside in the main terminal a few minutes walk away. Go before you enter. Showers are also sadly absent if you are in transit.

SATS Premier

Plaza Premium

The Premier sits next door to SQ Gold so shares some design features with the same partially enclosed section and a large open balcony within the wider terminal.

Most seating inside and out is low armchair style similar to the Gold, but there are far more power sockets available. Close to the buffet section are high bar style seats.

SATS Premier SATS Premier

Food is pretty good with a large selection of hot meals and a self service laksa station. There is tea from Twinings and coffee machine. Alcohol is the standard non-premium selection.

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Wifi is mediocre. I actually got a better signal from the Gold lounge next door, but that could just have been where I was sitting. Either way it was fine for web browsing.premier

There are a row of desks along one wall which are useful for working, though you will probably want noise cancelling headphones as it is not a quiet environment.

There are also a few massage chairs if you fancy some automated poking and prodding.

Massage

Now brace yourself for a shock – this lounge has both toilets and showers! Yes, we do indeed live in a golden age of indoor plumbing.

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Verdict

So, welcome if you skipped straight to the end of this article – I have a conditional result:

  • If you have a day flight and want afternoon tea head straight to the Gold lounge for great TWG tea and scones.
  • At any other time head to Plaza Premium for better food, working facilities, and running water.

 

 

 

 

EVA Star Lounge TPE Review

EVA Star Lounge TPE Review

EVA have multiple lounges scattered around TPE airport with the spacious Star Lounge dedicated for Star Alliance Gold, EVA’s Infinity Silver and Gold members and some random Taiwanese credit car holders.

tldr; The Star Lounge is pretty good.

Star Lounge Location

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Head up the escalators and turn left

The lounge is airside and upstairs in the international terminal. Walk past the fancier looking Club and Garden lounges and you will reach the joint entrance to the Infinity and Star. KrisFlyer Golds on Economy or Premium Economy tickets will be politely directed left down a corridor away from the Infinity to the large, and quite nicely lit, Star.

The Lounge

There is plenty of low lounge seating placed around coffee tables, plus a few recliners tucked away in a corner for passengers on longer layovers. There is a large dining area with tables and chairs which is well setup for eating, though work could be challenging as there are limited power plugs. There is no shortage of plug sockets around the low chairs.

From the dining area you can look down onto Departures where at certain times of the day large tour groups from the mainland mill around adding to the busy airport experience.

View from Star Lounge

There is also a small office with a few Windows desktops ready for use. I think you would have to be pretty desperate to use them though due to the risk of viruses and keyboard loggers. I would treat them as a hostile environment.

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Strangely lit office

On the way in are toilets and showers and even a locker room for larger bags. Take note Singapore Airlines – toilets and showers in a lounge dedicated for frequent flyers. Whatever next?

Wifi is password free and perfectly usable. I am writing this article on it!

The lounge was pretty busy when I arrived around 6pm but it quickly emptied out. There were still plenty of seats to chose from and I settled myself in the dining area to get some food.

Food and Drink

Buffet
Buffet

The lounge has a large buffet area supplying western and local dishes. I went straight for the Taiwanese Beef Noodles which were pretty good. I immediately followed this with Haagen Das and red wine. Like a boss.

The bar was self service and contained the standard selection of non-premium beverages. The red wine was fine and I had some Twinings tea.

I skipped the sausages
I skipped the sausages

Summary

If you are Star Gold on a regular ticket flying out of TPE there is really no reason not to go to EVA’s Star Lounge. It has plenty of comfortable seating, decent food and passable drinks. It puts Singapore Airline’s efforts for Gold members at Changi to shame.