October 23, 2016
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport may be known to many as a transit hotel, with its façade conveniently connected via two air-conditioned pathway to Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, and its close proximity to nearby business parks, providing a comfortable space for tourists and business travellers to be re-energized.
Apart from its eye-catching exterior that is laced with white Frangipani motifs, its advanced facilities and lush business rooms in the newly opened Jewel Wing can and will turn heads.
Complete with woody interiors and decorated with batik accents, the lobby welcomes one with its warm lighting.
The check in process was fuss-free and efficient with the front desk extending the morning call service warmly — a really thoughtful service for transiting guests with an early morning flight, or an important morning meeting of any sort.
To get to the hotel’s new wing, we’d have to head up to the second floor and walk pass the ballrooms, which is fully mirrored, making the entire walkway spacious.
If you’re there over the weekend, you’d probably get to witness weddings being held.
The 24-Hour business centre is located just opposite the meeting rooms. Simply dial the One Stop Service for secretarial services, guests may also remotely print documents from their in-room wireless printing service and self-collect it here, or request for the documents to be delivered directly to their room.
The new Jewel Wing is separated from the hotel with a glass door, only guests staying in the 10-storey extension will have access with their room keys.
I’d say that’s ultimate privacy, you can be rest assured that there won’t be random people walking around the premises.
The additional 243 new Business Rooms (Business King and Business Twin) make up a total of 563 rooms in the hotel, built to cater to the increasingly growing visitors to Singapore as well as to accommodate the upcoming Terminal 4 and Jewel Changi Airport.
Dressed in the same clean, wooden finish and frangipani motifs on the carpet, the design is soothing on the eyes and senses while walking from the lift to the room.
Soft, fluffy bed and pillows welcome you upon stepping into the Business King Room, where we were going to spend the night in.
Large floor-to-ceiling window allows ample light when you’re up and about, be it working on a presentation, or any form or work really. Not only that, the various spaces around the room gives you the flexibility to work just about anywhere for as long as you’re comfortable.
We were absolutely pampered by its bathtub and rain shower that will ease one’s stress away. You could spend a comparable amount of time in the bathroom as in the bedroom itself, I kid you not.
Apart from the day and blackout blinds in the bathroom, the Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film-enabled privacy smart glass panels will separate the bedroom and bathroom with a flick of a switch, instantly.
All en-suit comes with a set of Orla Kiely bath amenities, which smells herbal-ish and natural, making bath-time a tad more enjoyable and relaxing.
The room comes with a 40-inch smart LED television with Miracast and Airplay-enabled functions, which will keep you entertained with your favourite programmes and TV channels.
Tucked at a corner of the room is a writing desk big enough to have all your files and laptop displayed without being too cluttered, it comes with a Herman Miller ergonomic swivel chair to ensure your posture is well looked after when putting in those extra hours.
In-built USB charging ports are available at your convenience, placed right beside the table on the wall so you could charge multiple devices simultaneously.
What really impressed me was Crowne Plaza’s signature Sleep Advantage kit, essentially a room mist to promote a deep, restful sleep. A couple of spritz and the sheets were covered in a subtle lavender scent, letting you sleep like a baby through the night.
If you’re afraid you’ll sleep too soundly and miss your alarm ringing, you could always opt for the wake-up call when checking in.
Fret not if you haven’t had the time to get a pre-paid SIM card, Crown Plaza offers a mobile phone you can bring about with you when you’re travelling around Singapore.
The complimentary unlimited mobile internet, city guide, unlimited local and IDD calls to 11 countries worldwide means you will stay connected on-the-go.
And when you’re done with work, why not take a dip in the ever vibrant pool area, littered with families and chuckles of kids. A relaxing place to be in the evening to soak up the last of the golden hours before the sun sets.
Did I mention, the view from the pool is quite spectacular. Unlike other infinity pools or bird’s eye view of the city, Crowne Plaza has the Changi Control Tower peeking through the building.
Quite a breathtaking one at that, to have such an iconic structure as a landmark.
If you’re a gym buff, the Fitness Club has some of the latest equipments that will keep you in shape during your short stay here. Right beside the gym is the spa, pretty tempting to end any day with a good massage and or aroma therapy.
Located on the first floor, the Lobby Lounge opens daily from 7am to 11pm, providing breakfast-to-go (4am – 11am) for travelling guests who doesn’t have the spare time for a proper sit-down meal. Plus point for that consideration!
The Lobby Lounge has two portions with one dimmer space and the other just beside the full glass doors leading to the outdoor patio. Where you could while away the late evenings with a cup of tea or a cocktail in hand.
Look no further for a lunch meeting place, the Imperial Treasure is a couple of steps away from the lobby, offering up Cantonese cuisine. The private rooms and dining areas are both great for hosting guests.
Bar ’75 is a popular sports-themed bar that has drawn in sports fanatics from the hotel to gather up with a glass of iced cold beer and watch live sports on the big screen. It can get very lively, but hey that’s the whole point isn’t it.
If you’re seeking for a quieter evening, the Club Lounge exudes a serene ambience where light bites and drinks are provided.
We were told that the best spot to have our drinks is at the corner of the lounge, where you’d be undisturbed and closest to the foods. That’s not all, you’d overlook the Changi Control Tower, the best view in the house.
And if you require a place to have short meetings, here’s where you should be. Unrestrained by walls, the room is decked in full panelled windows overlooking a quaint water fountain and lots of plants.
You’d be in a relaxing state with no stress and hair-pulling moments during the discussion.
Azur is located on level two of the hotel where you could have your breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at. Boasting an open kitchen concept that fires up the stoves and whips up scrumptious dishes of both Western and Asian cuisines.
We were there for the morning buffet and the line was buzzing with foods calling out to our hungry tummies. There were cereals, pastries, dim sums, breads, and more.
A couple of live stations were available too, like the egg station where you could choose to have your eggs fried, scrambled, or in the form of an omelette. Pair that with generous servings of ingredients and breakfast is heartily made.
Our favourites have got to be the eggs, bacon, mushroom, and everything that goes into making our very own “full Monty breakfast”.
If there’s room for more, the dim sum is quite worth the mention too, you’d have to try the cha siew bao at least. We wished we had stomach for more, but I guess that’d have to wait for the second time we’re back.
For travelling and business guests, Crowne Plaza is undoubtedly a place to get all the rest and respite you’ll need from flying halfway around the globe. Having Singapore Changi Airport just steps away from your hotel room equates to a fuss free travelling journey to and fro the airport, about the island when waiting for your next flight.
With all that thoughtful touches (morning wake-up call, Sleep Advantage kit, breakfast-to-go, etc.) you’re definitely in good hands. Even if you’re not one of the two types of guests mentioned above, you could always have a weekend staycation here at Crowne Plaza just for a short pamper, because treat yo’self.
Expected Damage: From $230 per night