Review of Qantas Singapore Business Class Lounge 1

Qantas Singapore Business Class Lounge  

Often touted as the premier lounge for business class travellers. Strange, given that Qantas is an Australian airline. It must be because Changi Airport Singapore is widely regarded as the best airport in the world, regardless of which class you travel.

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Almost at the lounge for Qantas business and First Class passengers in Singapore.

The tiny island state (well actually, Singapore has more than one island) has typically produced a gleaming, world class lounge. One expects nothing less than clean and organised, when in Singapore. Let’s see if the Qantas Singapore business lounge lives up to all the hype.

Quick Index Qantas Singapore Business Lounge 

                                                                      

 the Qantas Singapore Business Class Lounge Location

The lounge is located in Terminal 1 Changi Airport. After you clear immigration you turn left and follow the signs to airport lounges. Go up the escalators and voila. Everyone has to share the lounge including First Class passengers! First Class passengers used to have a separate lounge, now they must slum it with the business class people!!

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The Qantas Singapore Lounge in Changi Airport is clearly signed.

                                                                          

Qantas business class dress code

Quite a lot of people can use this lounge. Before you get dressed though, please read our guide of what to wear and what not to wear! How embarrassing if you get refused entry because you’re not properly dressed! Just because Singapore is hot and humid and you have been in your flip flops/ thongs for a week, doesn’t mean you can wear them into a Qantas lounge. You have been warned.

Qantas Club Melbourne domestic business lounge at Melbourne Airport

                                                                          

Who can Get In

Passengers of Oneworld alliance airlines such as Emirates and China Eastern can access the Qantas Singapore business class lounge. Anyone with a Qantas or Jet star business class ticket has access too. However, if you’re flying Emirates, we prefer Emirates’ lounges. They’re a cut above. Sorry Qantas, but it’s true!

Check the table below, to see if you’re getting in or getting booted out!

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Are you in or out? Check this table to find out if you’re eligible for entry in the Qantas Singapore business class lounge.

Upon Entering

As you walk in, it seems huge! The modern furniture and clever lighting make the lounge very inviting. The Qantas Singapore business class lounge is one big, open plan space. There are a couple of wooden slat ‘walls’ and plant dividers breaking up the space.

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When you enter the Qantas lounge in Singapore you are greeted with polished concrete and a huge bar.

 

Does it look like an industrial space?

The bar at the Qantas lounge in Singapore. How many people do you think the bar can prop up?!
The bar at the Singapore Qantas lounge. Shiny and long, how many people do you think can line up here?!

Some people have commented that the Qantas Singapore lounge is very industrial and sterile. Well, Singapore is known to be clean. Whether you think it’s industrial is a matter of individual taste. Gone are the sofas due to physical distancing rules and a little thing called a global pandemic.

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Long tiled tables can look slightly cold and “industrial”. There are other cosier options too to sit at though.

                                                                        

the areas are divided by plant walls
The areas in the Qantas Singapore lounge are divided by plant walls.

Seating

The lounge is roughly split into a quiet and a not so quite area. This isn’t to say it’s raucous on one side! The dining side will naturally be a little louder than the business and reading side. However when we visited we were the first people in and only a total of 6 people turned up in 2 hours. The staff to customer ratio was pretty good! It was very quiet indeed as the pictures below show.

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Yellow, black and white padded armchairs in the huge Qantas Singapore lounge.

Similar to other Qantas lounges, there are different types of seating available. Bar stools for those propping up the bar and comfortable, padded armchairs for relaxing in. (Due to Covid 19 physical distancing rules, the bar service meant drinks were delivered to you at your chosen seat. Sorry no propping up the bar and talking to the bar tender anymore!)

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The comfortable padded armchairs come in various styles and colours.

At the tables, near the buffets, there are harder chairs with non padded backs.

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Hard wooden chairs near the restaurant area. Some chairs have a terminal view.

Near the self serve bar area (in the olden days!) there are low, white armchairs with square tables in front of them of them. 

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The white armchairs are the closest to the bar with a view of the airport terminal

Look around your seats and you will find power outlets. They are in the tables, near the armchairs and near the long tables. 

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You’ll never be short on power. Wifi is of course complimentary in the Qantas Singapore lounge.

                                                                          

Bathrooms and Showers

There are 20 shower rooms, so if it isn’t busy, just walk straight in. There’s no need to book, just look at the doors for the familiar green vacant symbol.

Marble clad corridor to the showers in the Qantas SIngapore lounge
Glossy marble clad walls lead you to the shower rooms in the Qantas Singapore lounge.

Each shower room is scrubbed cleaned to the high hygiene standards one expects of Singapore.

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Each bathroom has a hairdryer, vanity stool and towels.
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Standard white porcelain and marble walls in the bathrooms.
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The shower cubicle in the Qantas Singapore bathroom area. Good water pressure!

The shower gel, conditioner and shampoo are from the Li’tya Australian organics range. Li’tya means “of the Earth”. They are a small company based in the state of Victoria and use native Australian botanical ingredients in their products.

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Li’tya products use native Australian botanicals in their shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.

                                                                          

Food and Beverages

The dinner

As our visit to the lounge coincides with dinner we don’t get to sample lunch or breakfast. Ah, what a shame.

As in Qantas’s other business class lounges there are special dishes of the day cooked to order. This is a good option if you don’t fancy anything from the buffet. Being in Singapore, we expect a noodle or rice dish of some sort, or, maybe even both. The signature chicken laksa is a must try when in Singapore as the saying goes. Well actually it’s when in Rome, but, food is food!

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A selection of dinner delights. Qantas’ signature chicken laksa with tofu and rice noodles, some green vegetable salad with lemon vinaigrette and the pomegranate chickpea salad with pistachio.

The salad bar or vegetable side dishes are impressive. There is a choice of carrot salad with roast chicken cinnamon and wilted spinach or pomegranate, chickpea salad with pistachio.

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The Italian slaw is just one of 4 salads on offer in the Qantas Singapore lounge.

Also on offer is a tomato salad or a green salad with Neil’s vinaigrette dressing. That would be Neil Perry by the way a famous Australian chef. Two more salads to list are the Italian slaw and the green vegetable salad with lemon vinaigrette. That was a bit of a mouthful!

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Salad and apetisers on display for dinner at the Qantas Singapore lounge.

Whilst not up to the taste and presentation of an Emirates business class lounge, the food is still good quality. Nothing is inedible. We tried a lot of the food. All in the interests of fair reporting you understand!

We were too full for dessert, but here is the menu! It sounded really good.

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Dessert menu sounded good!

beverages

It’s time for J to prop up the bar and C to get her latte from the barista bar. Since we’re in Singapore, you get Tiger beer on tap. As Qantas is an Australian lounge, you get a pale ale by Little Creatures, a Perth based company. The wines are good quality and the spirits are the well known international brands.

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The latte is up to scratch we are glad to report!

                                                                          

Final Thoughts

The staff were fabulous, they outnumbered the guests. The service was polite, efficient, friendly and not too in your face. Having been to the Qantas First Class lounge in Melbourne, which we found to be a little small, the Singapore lounge lived up to its reputation. First class passengers won’t be disappointed. The lack of natural light was a bit disappointing and some tarmac views would have been better than terminal views. The WiFi was strong and there were plenty of power outlets. You’ll definitely want to unwind in the Qantas Singapore lounge for at least an hour. Definitely visit if you have the time.

 

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