Thursday, April 3, 2014
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore: Best Airport Hotel I've Ever Seen!
I swear this looks more like a tropical resort than an airport hotel. And that's the feel I got when I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. Lovely contemporary neutrals and comfy furnishings in spacious rooms (minimum 36 square m each) nestled amidst courtyard gardens. The king size bed is bliss for weary travellers.
Little wonder that it's voted as one of the "World's Top 10 Airport Hotels" at the 2011 World Airport Awards.
I especially love the big flower motifs adorning the glass bathroom walls. Cute peekaboo effect. That bathroom is huge too.
The floral and leafy motif is repeated throughout the hotel. You'll see it first in the metal lattice facade cloaking the hotel building. The giant leaf cut-out gives you a window to the airport-related buildings nearby.
The rest of the room is simple and sleek with rounded wooden edges dominating the design.
And that's a real Herman Miller chair you get at your work desk. Yes, I turned it upside down to check! It was so good I wanted one for home too!
There's a separate freestanding oversized bath in addition to the roomy rainshower stall.
The closet is interestingly open concept - you just slide the mirrored door in front of it to hide it.
What a cheery bowl of fruit to welcome you.
The amazing thing is: you have the airport literally right outside your room, with awesome views of planes landing and taking off, but you don't hear them at all in the room. It's so well soundproofed! And that's essential for a good night's sleep.
The reception is beautiful, with batik-like prints in the background. Check-in and check-out is really swift and hassle-free.
The hotel has beautiful curves flowing throughout. Don't they look beautiful?
The lobby lounge facing the gardens is a lovely place to chill. It's bathed in natural light from the double-storey floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
The lobby area colours are apparently inspired by papaya and watermelon. I see it now. Oh the kids love the cushions. They *always* go for them when they are here, even if we are just passing by. Too huggable, perhaps?
More of the watermelon theme. I love the quirky touch. And the comfy swivel chairs.
There's a handy display showing flights departing and arriving, so you can keep an eye out on your flight.
The hotel is also connected to the airport directly by an air-conditioned seamless link bridge to Terminal 3. You just walk right in and it doesn't even take five minutes. Terminals 1 and 2 can be reached by Skytrain.
I can't emphasize enough how convenient this is for travellers, especially if you have to fly very early in the morning or at some ungodly hour.
More of those beautiful curves, giving you an amazing sense of space. This is near the hotel's conference rooms. See the skylight? That's actually the swimming pool water feature.
There are plenty of dining options at the hotel and the airport too, so food is never a worry. Here's the buffet breakfast at Azur, the all-day dining restaurant on Level 2.
You can also enjoy Cantonese fine-dining at Imperial Treasure on Level 1. There's Bar '75 with three zones (a space to unwind with cocktails, a pool table area, and sports bar with big screen TV) and REFLECTIFF, an al fresco gastrobar just outside the Lobby Lounge.
The gym is very well-equipped. You don't have to miss out on workouts!
See these wooden bridges across to the pool? They are above the water feature that's the skylight to the floor below.
It's so nice to go for a piggy back ride through the bejeweled waters. The azure glazed tiles are gorgeous.
There are so many nooks and corners, with sitting areas and lights. The water is slightly cold for us, but you just can't resist a dip.
So many pretty things to look at while you swim.
It's so tranquil and restful here. You almost can't believe you're right next to one of the busiest airports in the world. The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is a luxurious haven for transit travellers, but also a wonderful escape for locals wanting a staycation. Away from the bustling city, yet completely accessible. The MRT can take you to Changi City Point for more shopping and eating!
Right now, there's a Great Value Package available for stays until 30 April 2014. It includes:
* Breakfast for two
* S$40 credit per day (not cumulative) for use at Lobby Lounge, Azur and bar '75 (room service not included)
* Complimentary WiFi
The package can be booked via this link: http://goo.gl/n7PgF1
CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT
75 Airport Boulevard #01-01
Tel: 1800 787 1221
or +65 6823-5300
Many thanks to Crowne Plaza Changi Airport for the wonderful stay experience.
Photos taken with the Canon 100D kindly loaned by Canon Singapore. It's small but nifty!
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