I’ve always been intrigued. Whenever we drive past the facade of the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, I would often wonder “Who would stay in an airport hotel?”, “What would they do there?”, “Would it be noisy?”, “Is it even a normal hotel?”
Well, after our recent stay-cation there, I was much enlightened…and had all my curious questions answered!
|We’ve always flown from here…this time, we are staying!|
1) Who would stay in an airport hotel? Is it suitable for families?
Typically, an Airport Hotel is built for passengers who are on long transit (where they can book the room to rest their weary bodies for a certain number of hours) or travellers who decide to break their journey by stopping over at Changi Airport without the hassle of taking one too many taxi rides. For business visitors too, it is be a good stopover place to meet their clients based in Singapore.
However in our recent stay at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, we noticed a small band of local families spending their long weekends at the airport hotel. I was intrigued and I discovered the boon – With all the shopping, eateries and kid-friendly activities in the airport, it makes perfect sense – you just need to park your car there and everything else is literally a short walk or a sky train away! No worries about driving into town, finding parking and walking to your destination under the hot sun. With so many eateries (like Dian Xiao Er, Thai Express, Imperial Treasure and more), one is never short of choices. Shopping? There is enough to keep one busy with NTUC, Travellers World, Cotton On, Watsons to name a few. Best of all, most of the shopping you do there are GST free! Yes, you save 7% on regular priced items!
On another note, a stay-cation at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is virtually weather-proof, haze proof and completely rain-proof as it is sheltered within the clean and air conditioned environment of our famed Changi Airport. In short, it’s the perfect hotel for a most fuss-free, worry-free, relaxed family stay-cation!
|Leave all your stresses behind…this Airport Hotel is hailed as one of the best Airport Hotels in the world!|
|Classy with warm service – PREFECT!|
|At every turn, there is something to please your senses.|
|No airplane sounds, rather, peace and tranquility fill the air…|
|Everything you’d expect from a 5-star hotel…and more.|
|Don’t rush around! Stay!|
2) What would we do there? Will it be boring?
We’ve mentioned earlier that Changi Airport itself has a whole suite of shopping, eating amenities as well as kid-friendly activities (after they’ve spent those hours ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘aah-ing’ seeing the airplanes take off and land).
Within the hotel, I was surprised to find a large beautifully landscaped pool surrounded by tall swaying palm trees. The pool is large and deep enough for hours of fun. The timber decks that skirt the circumference of the pool is wide enough to accommodate many deck chairs and parasols for the privacy of its guests.
|An oasis within the airport…|
|I was surprised to see a large pool with swaying palms…In an Airport Hotel.|
|My daughter and I…doing what we do best…having fun!|
|An architectural oasis in the world’s busiest Airport…|
|I never imagined to see so many tall swaying palms here…|
|For a completely fuss free, rain or haze-free vacation, this is it!|
The hotel has a large gym that is opens 24 hours with the hotel’s spa right next to it. During our stay, our room was at the executive club floor which gave us access to the executive club facilities where we enjoyed free flow of evening canapes and drinks including wines, champagne and cocktails (worth checking out their Singapore Sling).
During our stay, we managed to sample the dinner buffet selection at Azure. Its wide selection of local, Western and Middle-Eastern cuisines are indeed worth trying. For breakfast, the wide selection at Azure will jump-start your decision-making capabilities early in the morning. Not easy because the selection is delectable. For our 2nd morning’s breakfast, we chose to dine in the Executive Lounge where a smaller but sufficient selection is served. Having it in the Executive Lounge offers guests the privacy and exclusivity, far from the larger bustling breakfast crowd.
|The Executive Club Lounge…an oasis within an oasis with a delectable spread of cocktails and canapes!|
|After relaxing outside, how about relaxing inside?|
|Seriously good canapes.|
|A lady’s favorite – Mango Cream Cheese Pudding…|
|This, is better than it looks.|
|Don’t just stand there and watch…go for it!|
|Wanna work off those calories? Try a fully equipped gym that opens 24/7.|
|Classy down to the details…|
3. Is it noisy? Is it even a full-fledged hotel?
While my family and I are avid travellers, hearing the constant loud roars of huge passenger jets is never welcomed on our agenda. This, being an Airport Hotel, naturally, everyone’s concern would be the noise level.
Well rest assured! During our stay in the Executive Room (with pool access), we could scarcely hear anything that reminded us that we are in an Airport Hotel! If you prefer, you can request for the rooms with ‘Runway View’ where you can view the magnificent aircrafts land or take off right from your room window. For the ‘Runway View’ rooms, guests would experience the occasional soft drone of the parked A380s nearby (akin to hearing the lapping waves in a beach front resort). The sound-proofed windows did a good job at masking the noise generated by the aircraft’s’ taking-off and landing with a view that is second to none.
|Interior of the Executive Room – plush, spacious and welcoming.|
|Facilities and amenities are par excellence.|
|A room…fit for a Princess.|
|Hop, skip and jump…and you’re at the pool already!|
|Sea-view and Mountain-view are quite passe…checkout the Runway-view!|
|Big or small…looking at planes take off and land from your room will surely be something the kids will remember for years to come!|
|The Deluxe Runway-view Room.|
The level of hospitality and quality of amenities at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport exceeds that which one would expect from a 5-star luxury hotel. We felt rejuvenated and pampered by this convenient yet unique stay-cation experience. It truly transforms one’s idea of an ‘Airport Hotel’ and makes us think twice about going to the airport solely to catch a flight. For the long weekends where you feel like getting away but too tiring just thinking of the logistics (and hefty costs of the flight + accommodation), come and stay at the Airport Hotel! It promises to be a stay-cation like none other.
|What’s a stay-cation without some shopping? Shop at the airport and save on GST!|
|We will never look at this hotel the same way again…Thank you for the wonderful experience!|
|Contact: +65 6823 5300|