SEA 2014: Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge Review (SIN)

While there are a number of reviews of the Singapore Airlines Private Room at Singapore Changi airport, I don’t really recall seeing many reviews of the First Class Lounge (I’ve reviewed the business class lounge in the past).

Part of the reason for the dearth of reviews of the first class lounge is likely because of the lounge access rules. If you’re departing SIN in Singapore Airlines first class, you get access to the Private Room; if you’re departing SIN in first class on a different Star Alliance carrier, then you only get access to the first class lounge. And what points/miles blogger is really going to depart SIN in first class on a carrier besides Singapore? Or perhaps more accurately, what points/miles blogger is going to dawdle in a first class lounge when he (let’s be real, most of us/them are male) has access to a more exclusive area which will further bolster his fragile ego and provide ammo for the next dick-measuring contest?

Anyway, this isn’t going to be as detailed of a lounge review as I normally do as I didn’t sample the food since I had eaten so much previously and was hoping to save a little space for the flight, but I do have some pictures that should hopefully be helpful.

Because you'd forget if it weren't on the wall

Because you’d forget if it weren’t on the wall

Not so different from the business class side

Not so different from the business class side

Generic seating

Generic seating

The first class lounge felt a lot like the business class lounge. It’s a bit smaller since there are fewer first class passengers, but the look and feel is largely the same.

Bar area

Bar area

Bad shot of the dining room

Bad shot of the dining room

The dining area is where the first class and business class lounges differ–the first class lounge has better food options, including made-to-order food. It’s not as extensive as the menu in the Private Room, but you can at least get made-to-order eggs instead of globs of scrambled eggs from the buffet.

Since it was breakfast time, they had made-to-order eggs and waffles

Since it was breakfast time, they had made-to-order eggs and waffles

Hot food buffet

Hot food buffet

Cheese

Bread + cheese

Ben and Jerry's ice cream

Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

I think part of the reason why Singapore Airlines’s ground services for first class feel lackluster is because their offering for business class passengers is already quite solid. The SilverKris lounges already have ample seating, good service, extensive food options, and decent showers, and so the step up to the First Class Lounge or the Private Room doesn’t seem that high, even though those are both very good lounges in their own right. Cathay Pacific suffers the same problem to some extent: the Bridge is already a great lounge available to business class passengers, so the Wing doesn’t feel as special to me.

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