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Lounge Review: Ambassador Transit Lounge Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 (SIN)

There are two interesting features of the Ambassador Transit lounge in Terminal 2 of Singapore’s Changi airport: 1) it has a gym; and 2) there’s an outdoor seating area near the (accessible to the public) sunflower garden.

Entrance to the Ambassador Transit Lounge

When I visited the lounge, I was one of the only passengers there. But the lounge is actually a pretty large space with lots of seating, although the furniture was a bit old.

Seating

Lounge seating

Seating

Unfortunately, if you want to use the gym, you have to pay extra. I accessed this lounge using Priority Pass, but Priority Pass does not give you free access to the gym.

Gym

Gym

I’m not sure why someone would want to sit outside given how hot and humid it is in Singapore, but if you like, this is a lounge with an outdoor seating area. It seemed to be mostly used by people who wanted to smoke.

Outdoor terrace

Sunflower garden

I guess one final notable thing about this lounge is the number of showers it has. I think there are something like 15 shower stalls in the unisex bathroom.

Showers

Showers

In terms of food, the options were pretty limited. There were hashbrowns, mixed vegetables, chicken, rice, french onion soup, salad, and cake. For drinks, there was juice, coffee, tea, and soda, but you had to pay for alcoholic drinks. The alcoholic drinks were also not cheap, but that is common in Singapore.

Food

Soup

Food

Food

Swiss rolls

Drinks

Drinks

Drink menu

While the SATS Premier Lounge in Terminal 2 was a pleasant surprise, the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Changi was a big disappointment. I wouldn’t come here unless I really wanted to work out during a layover.

Lounge Review: SATS Premier Lounge Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 (SIN)

The SATS Premier Lounge at Singapore Changi airport Terminal 2 is located near the Singapore Airlines lounge and the DBS Asia Treasures lounge (and apparently a defunct Malaysia Airlines lounge). This lounge is accessible via Priority Pass, which is how I got in.

Entrance to the lounge

The lounge has lots of seating with lots of outlets, which is always appreciated. There are some skinny cubbies to work in, there are some sections for groups, there are two massage chairs, there is a dining area with tables and long communal tables, and there’s even a first-class section that was roped off when I visited.

Lounge seating

Seating

Massage chair

Roped off section

More seating

Cubbies for working

There are showers in the bathroom, as well.

Shower

The food options are pretty good for a Priority Pass lounge. There was dim sum and congee, a variety of hot foods like stir-friend noodles, curries, and self-serve laksa. I tried some of the fried noodles, tofu stir fry, vegetable curry, and rice, which were all edible (albeit salty). There were also sandwiches, salads, yogurt, cereal, fruit, and breads for breakfast. For drinks ,there was the typical selection of soda, beer, wine, liquor, coffee, and tea.

Hot food options

More hot food

Self service laksa

Self service laksa continued

Drinks

Drinks

Sandwiches

Salad

Dim sum and congee

Seating in eating area

Dessert and fruit

Coffee

Cake

This lounge isn’t fancy, but it’s very functional and a good Priority Pass lounge. Lots of seating and electrical outlets, decent food options, and they even have massage chairs. The one critique is that I found the wifi to be slow, but everything else was pretty solid.

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.