- The Private Room
- SQ26 SIN-FRA-JFK Suites
- Luftansa Senator Lounge
- New York Marriott Marquis
- The Ritz Carlton New York Nomad
- Kimpton Eventi New York
- Conrad New York Downtown
- SQ25 JFK-FRA Business
- The Westin Grand Frankfurt
- Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
- SQ25 FRA-SIN Suites
This marks the beginning of my bucket-list trip!
I think I spent way too much time thinking about how early in advance should I head to The Private Room (TPR) – after all, this could be the first and last of my First Class trip on SQ. I wanted enough time to enjoy the facilities but yet not too much to feel bored. Okay I know that some people try to spend 24hrs in TPR to fully maximize their access but that sounds a little too much for me. In the end I settled for 6 hours ahead of my flight, so reaching at 6:00pm for a 2355 flight – dinner, rot, sleep, eat?
[Sorry but am having technical issues with my photos as well so please bear with me]
[Well, actually before that, I was similarly excited about checking in at First Class terminal at T3 because I’ve also not done that before. But it turned out to be abit of a non-event as the agent who attended to me had no welcome, no smiles, no nothing. I could have been checked in by a bot for all I know. Is it because I didn’t drive up and instead walked through from inside the terminal? Who knows. I was given a cursory and very muted ‘youareinvitedtotheprivateroom’ and handed my golden ticket as an ending to the formalities and off I go. But here are some obligatory photos anyway.
Singapore Changi Airport – The Private Room (TPR)
Located in Terminal 3 within the SilverKris Lounges @ 0530 – 0230 daily. Access to The Private Room – Suites and First Class passengers arriving or departing on a Singapore Airlines flight (guests are not permitted). Which is understandable for maintaining the exclusiveness.
You can’t possibly miss the new and giant SQ motif with the words “SilverKris Lounge” as you pass the customs – is this what they meant when they say stairway to (champagne) heaven?
The entrance to the lounges are very closely guarded by the Lounge Dragons once you step in but they are friendly about it. You first get attention from the Business Class dragons as that’s the outer most counter, followed by First Class, and then TPR. Once the first staff saw my Suites pass, I was handed over to a First Class dragon who escorted me through the classy hallway, passing through a second hallway with The Private Room embossed on it, meanwhile bringing me through the facilities after she found out that this is my first visit.
The space is obviously newly refreshed and so talked about by other bloggers that I will not bore with too much overlapping details but I do really like the bright off-white and blue tones of the entire space – very calming to me for some reason. The first block of this space is the chillax area where the lounge chairs and sofa seats are: the middle section contains the bigger sitting options for 3-4pax or a family and this section is flanked by semi-private booths equipped with solo / couple seats or solo seats + couch configuration. I can hardly see any situations where this is crowded but that’s a good problem! During my visit, the space was peppered with fellow atas passengers, so my pic-taking have been moderated to protect their privacy.
Past this area is the proper dining section where cluster of mostly 2-seaters are, and where I parked myself for dinner. The booth set up is super nice and proper dining ware is set up on each table as well.
USB charging points and ports are planted sufficiently at every spot to ensure the First Class passengers don’t run out of battery to IG/vlog/live stream their atas journey.
Right at the end of this space is what I term the drinks gallery – the wines, champagnes, coffee, tea on offer are on display here so guests have a mental picture to help them decide on what they want if need be. Staff are more than happy to serve you of course.
Menus in TPR are segmented by timing and my visit was dinner time which starts from 6:00pm onwards. I saw a decent selection of starters, mains, and a small list of vegetarian options with Indian and Asian options. Also available are 4 dessert options although they didn’t look too exciting for me. You can order as much as you want, as much as you can eat. They won’t judge. I think.
Drink options are laid out in 2 pages:
My eating strategy was to try to sample the interesting ones while not overloading myself knowing that I’d have a feast on board. And I think I did quite well but also because the portions are small thankfully. I took a break in between but I tried the Lobster Bisque (very good!), Wagyu Satay (not bad), Grilled Octupus tentacle with Garlic Aioli (good too!), and Jhinga Kali Mirch Korma with Saffron Pulao (great prawns but a little too spicy for me).
For drinks, of course it has to be the Comtes De Champagne – and this was before I knew they retailed for more than SGD350 a bottle! I also liked very much the fact that they poured your glass tableside.
A smattering of desserts, chocolate pralines, and mixed nuts are also available laid out in one corner for self-service.
Food aside, I made sure to check out every facility on offer, starting with the bathrooms which were immaculate and comes equipped with Lalique amenities.
Next up was the shower room – no booking is required but you do walk by a staffed counter if you need any assistance. I counted maybe 4 shower rooms and they were incredibly spacious: a generous shower space, your private toilet (bidet!), a sink with an entire countertop for whatever you need it for, and of course towels, floormat, and hairdryer, completed with Lalique amenities. Toiletries here are COMO Shambhala’s Invigorate series – they smelt quite amazing! And honestly, having this facility to shower before and after a long flight (I tried both!) rocks.
One of the most talked about facility in TPR is the Day Rooms which provide passengers an option to rest their heads if need be. There are a total of 4 and configured differently I believe – bookings are necessary and a 2-hour block is advised to you upon booking but leaving the room is based on a trust system I suppose. The room I got was one equipped with a bed + a coffee table + the workdesk + luggage space but no couch. But still an awesome space to rest in before / after / between flights!
Plenty space for barangs aside, the work desk is equipped with a proper work chair, slippers and blankets laid out in one corner, a leather-bound information booklet about the room including controls for the couch I didn’t have.
In the continued partnership with COMO Shambhala, one of these pages also contain information about the availability of a diffuser which you can request from the TPR staff alongside your choice COMO branded essentials oils – either Invigorate or Sleep. Sleep it is for me!
The booklet (alongside a standee on the table) also contains info about your bed – a Tempur Zero G bed apparently born from NASA technology. Wah. A fancy remote control allows you to tailor your optimum position but you are highly recommended the Zero Gravity position which is supposed to take stress off your back or something. It looks like an odd curvey shaped position just like how the picture shows but I did drift off to sleep for a good 1hour.
Lighting controls are available via a wall-mounted panel if any adjustments is needed.
I liked that they were thoughtful enough to provide hangers / hanging space for your jacket etc on one side of the wall.
One thing to note is these rooms do not have a wakeup call facility so please don’t oversleep and miss your flight if you are using on departure!
I didn’t manage to check out the Phone Booths nor the Play Rooms but The Milelion does better reviews (and pictures) anyway – https://milelion.com/2022/06/04/review-singapore-airlines-the-private-room-changi-terminal-3/ (couldn’t get my hyperlink to work for some reason).
Lastly, service in TPR was excellent – all the staff were politely attentive and you almost never had to ask for attention because they scout the area quite well looking out for guests who may possibly need attention.
What a great start to my trip this is!