I didn’t feel my most glamorous when I checked into this airport hotel but boy did I feel grateful.
The Ambassador Transit Hotel is a godsend located just above duty free in Singapore Changi Terminal 3 International Departures.
(Note: At Singapore Changi Airport there is also an Ambassador Transit Hotel in Terminal 2 and an Aerotel Transit Hotel with pool in Terminal 1. Pictures and review below refer to the airport hotel in Terminal 3.)
I’d flown on a night flight from Sydney to Singapore but at just over 7 hours long the flight is not long enough to get a good sleep once all the dining and movie watching is out the way. As I had a 7 hour layover in the airport and a full day of activities ahead of me once I reached my final destination of Bangkok, I figured it might be worth investing in somewhere to rest my head for a few hours.
Rooms at the Changi Ambassador Transit Hotel are sold in blocks of 6 hours. I only needed 4 or 5 but 6 is the minimum you can buy at a rate of S$90 per person for a single room. A double room costs S$110 and additional hours cost S$20 per hour.
You can book a 6 or 12 hour stay online if you are organised – or just rock up and hope they have availability, which is what I did.
Behind the check in desk, right next to the Movie Theatre, is a surprisingly silent corridor. My room was completely sound-proofed – it felt crazy to think there were people buying duty free below and planes taking off just a few hundred metres away.
My room had no windows, which was mildly disorienting but great for helping me get quickly off to sleep. I purchased a single room but was put in a twin so there was a spare bed next to me. This meant I could pinch the pillow from the spare bed and sleep with my usual two. The mattresses were a bit hard for my liking but it felt so good to lie flat I passed out straightaway.
I’d arranged a wake up call when I checked in so the phone buzzed me out of my sleep a few hours later. I grabbed the handset, answering automatically, and then feeling a slight fool when I realised I was talking to an automated machine. (Ahem.)
Anyway, wide awake I joyfully jumped into the power shower and used some of the large-sized toiletries that are provided.
Towels, toothbrushes and a hair dryer are all in the bathroom so you don’t need to bring a thing except your deodorant. I’d packed some toiletries of my own and a fresh set of clothes so I watched a bit of news on the TV before leaving my dark cocoon and stepping back into the brightly-lit terminal ready for the new day.
I headed outside the room to get breakfast but there are tea and coffee facilities in the room if you need it, as well as a fresh jug of water.
Rather handily, the plug sockets are right next to the bed so you can charge your phone while using it as a back up alarm.
One thing to note is that the airport wi-fi does not extend into the hotel rooms (at least not in T3). It’s probably to help you get a good sleep but is something worth noting if you need to be on call/ plan on doing some work while in the room.
Overall, my short stay was very comfortable and I was impressed at how immaculate the rooms were. The convenience of having somewhere quiet and comfy to sleep and shower right inside the departure hall is worth investing in if you’re on a long-haul journey. For stays of over 8 hours, however, I would recommend you go for the luxury of staying at the award-winning Crowne Plaza Changi Airport instead.